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After a testing week for the selectors, Captain for the day Jamie Keats managed to cobble together an XI for the match against his second club, Surbiton Imperials, at Thames Ditton. Keats lost his first battle of the day and the Road were bowling shortly after.
Keats had turned to Matt Small… who pretty much ripped his arm off to retrieve the new ball. Keats lobbed up a few at the other end and the game had begun.
The batsman started off sensibly in the opening exchanges, and Paterson fought every instinct in his body to stop himself from “going over the top”… or hitting it down mid-off’s throat as is the more likely outcome.
After a short, neat spells, both bowlers were swapped out in search of the break-through to Osman Khan and Lewis Robinson. We needed some magic, and Ozzie “The Wizard” didn’t dissapoint, getting Rakesh caught via a sharp catch from The Horse at gully.
Spurred by his catch, Lewis then started to canter in with some purpose and settled into a brilliant 8-over spell, which brought the wicket of number 3 Roheel, bowled LBW for 5.
This brought in the dangerous left-handed England (deaf) international Siddik, who played some solid defensive strokes to try and work out the pace of the pitch.
By this point the wind was swirling into Ozzie’s face, and having been blown off course a couple of times, Keats decided that Peter Jackson Eastwood’s 60 yard four step run-up was just a more viable option. The lanky-lobber repaid the faith almost immediately when he clipped Patterson’s off-stump (who had batted sensibly for 23).
The wicket brought the handy keeper-batter Rosenthal to the crease, who looked very scratchy for 4 runs, before being fantastically caught down the leg side by Elliott – bowled PJE.
Pradeep was in at 6, and was duly sent back approximately 36 seconds later, bowled by PJE for 0.
By this point, Siddik started seeing it better, and looked comfortable despite decent spells from Tim and Rossi.
He went onto belt his way to 68, before finally being bowled by the man of the MOment, caught at mid-off by Smally. His deaf buddy Joel was an able support act, who hit a handy 30, before the MO – Smally combo struck again. Incidentally the Siddik – Joel partnership put on 80ish for 6th wicket.
Khan and Mo then mopped up the tail for another 20 and Surbiton put on a par score of 199.
INNINGS CHANGE: Surbiton Imperials put on 199 all out off their 40ovs. The Road will be chasing 200 after the break
— King's Road Cricket (@KRCSC) June 11, 2017
After a tea that sent Rossi off the rails and back onto the carbs, it was down to PJE and Robbo to get us underway vs the rapid Roheel and left arm -can do-no-harm- Joel.
After a watchful start Lewis was bowled for 19 by a beauty that tickled the off-stump bail by Roheel. Unfortunately an injury crisis struck The Road during the first innings, and Elliott was elevated to 3.
At the fall of the wicket, Elliott was asleep in his pads, and after being given the kiss of life by Lax, he lethargically strolled out to bat at 3.
PJE went a few balls later, with the team score still on 27 (PJE bowled Joel for not too many).
This should have brought the Smallz together on a rare reunion in the middle, but Smally was unfit to bat (apparently), so Keats took one for the team and having stemmed the bleeding from his nose, strolled out at 4… only to stroll back one ball later, having inside edged a low one back onto his stumps to the jeers of the Surbiton faithful.
Much to his surprise, he saw he injured Smally make a miraculous recovery and replace him in the middle – the Smallz United at last. At this point The Road were in severe trouble: 27 for 3.
The Smallz put on 10 together before Elliott was bowled by a straight one launched down by a bloke who can only be described a less attractive version of Scott Styris.
This brought Osman to the crease. Smally looked comfortable and was playing the ball on length particularly well, hitting some wonderful sweeps, pull-shots and straight cutty-slaps down the ground for boundaries. Ably assisted by The Wizard, they saw The Road through to drinks with the score now on a much more respectable 90 for 4.
The momentum continued for The Road for 4 more overs, before The Postman got his second victim, Osman caught at mid-off by Roheel for an enterprising 26 – an honourable 75 run partnership.
Smally then found himself batting in tandem with the ever-enterprising Lax. The pair put on 20, before Smally was cleaned bowled by Patty Styris 10 short of a half century, a presonal best for the former tailender. A fantastic knock none the less.
Mo, having spent the past 28 overs trying to get his glove onto his severely swolen hand joined Lax in the middle.
Worrying about the runs required, the Surbiton skipper sensibly hauled Paterson out of the attack, and went to his more consistant bowlers. Not before being bunted down the ground a couple of times by Lax, who had started seeing it well by this stage.
Although the target was still gettable, Mo was unable to follow through with his strokes, and the innings peetered out with The Road finishing on a respectable 164 for 6 off of 40. MO & Lax both 22N.O.
Had the two fielding injuries not occurred to Mo and Smallz, The Road may have got much closer to the target. A spirited recovery nonetheless, and a standout man of the match performance by Matt Small.
Author: Jamie Keating