MATCH REPORT: Curtain closes on King’s Road season with well-written tragedy vs the Thespian Thunderers

Full Scorecard:

The Road’s last home game of the famous 10th year of Orange had come. Thespian Thunderers CC were the Opponents. Homely Haydons Road the venue, nutters & all.

Skipper Dan Sherman won the toss & sent the Thesps into the field. Club stalwarts Mark Isham & Matt Small marched in at 12.30pm to open the KRCSC innings. A partnership of 20 ensued before Matt Small lost his wicket to a return catch by the bowler.

After moving to a steady 29/1, the Thesps took control of the game & Chris Macnicol, Raju Mazumder, Mark Isham, Jamie Keating & Captain Sherman were all sent packing in the next 15-overs.

29/1 had turned into 72/6, with more than a dozen overs of the innings still left. A quickfire counter attack from Peter Jackson Eastwood & Mo Shaboodien (54-run partnership from 8-overs) lent some respectability to the score.

Matt Cocken marshalled the last 2 partnerships with Ali ‘Snakey’ Tyzack & Michael Rossi to add another 25-runs at the end. 159 All Out with 6 balls of the innings left. A decent recovery, leaving something for the bowlers to bowl at.

The last supper (Tea) of the season read like a ‘Seasons Best Hits’ version, except for vice-captain Keating’s ‘make-ur-own’ sandwiches. The best Sweet & Savoury dishes of the season so far were all on display & heartily hoovered up by the Oppo & Us alike. Undoubtedly the best 30-min period of the Day.

Time to field.

Raju Mazumder took the new ball first up in Chris Brown’s absence & took a wicket with his 8th delivery of the day (1 wide & 7 dots, to be precise), bowling the opener. Easy peasy, piece of cake, nothing to it, this new ball stuff.

But 1-1 was the best that it got on the day unfortunately, as TTCC then took control as they had when they were bowling. The Road took another couple of wickets, but couldn’t really stem the tide as We bowled too many half trackers & full tosses, 90% of which were easily & gleefully dispatched by the TTCC batters.

Tyzack (0/29 off 8 overs) & Shaboodien (2/29 off 8 overs) were the only bowlers (7 bowlers used by Skipper Sherman) not to go for 6 runs or more per over. Thespian Thunderers thoroughly deserved their victory, winning by 7 wickets, even before the 30-over mark.

The thing best remembered about this day was Not the Cricket, but the Teas, all 11…no sorry…10 sets of them. Whatever that 11th tea was, hopefully its something we wont see again. 😉

Ferring, Here We Come! (Minus Lavender, Thank F***)

Author – Mo Shaboodien

Author: Matt Small

Fast Bowler Extraordinaire & Media Secretary 2017