The Bloody Lads have got bloody good. The bloody cads!

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King’s Road were punished by the Bloody Lads last Sunday, after a batsman described as “just below county level” put the bowling to the sword.

Mulvey hit 12 fours and 14 sixes as he smashed his way to 155 not-out, almost single-handedly securing a 10 wicket victory.

With captain Dan Sherman otherwise engaged at the start, following a dodgy tapas experience the night before, Chris Brown won the toss for The Road, and elected to bat.

Openers Matt Cocken and Lewis Robinson made a steady start against good bowling.

The Road had made 54 before they lost their first wicket, Cocken being bowled for 18 by the off-spin of Healey.

Lewis fell 21 runs later, trapped LBW after making an assured 33.

The batting continued well with another 33 runs made for the third wicket, with Chris MacNicol putting in another good display before being caught on 21.

Sherman (now recovered from his earlier troubles) soon followed, stumped on 29, seemingly oblivious to the fact his foot was out of its ground.

This made way for a bludgeoning in the final few overs and Mo Shaboodien and Brown teed off and put on a quickfire 40 run partnership.

King’s Road finished their innings on 184-5, at the time thinking that was a decent score.

Little did they know what was to follow.

After a tea that can only be described as ‘Lomas-style’ The Road set about the task of defending their total.

The signs were ominous, when a Chris Brown full toss was dispatched over long-on for a maximum second ball.

Mulvey relished the pace that Brown and Osman Khan were providing, and was hitting multiple leg side boundaries an over.

Sherman decided to slow the pace down, bringing on Mark Isham and MacNicol, and whilst they managed to stem the flow of runs, Bloody Lads were still going along at over a run a ball.

When The Road had taken to the field the rain had started, and the wet ball was doing them no favours, with three chances going down.

And there was a brief break when the rain moved from heavy to torrential, allowing some time off the field for the soggy Orange Caps to lick their wounds, and pray for the match to be abandoned.

It was not to be their day; after a twenty minute break the sun came out, and Mulvey set about chasing the score again; Michael Rossi replaced Isham and can be pleased with his figures of 0-13 off two overs.

King’s Road could be forgiven for thinking the worst of it was over, but how wrong they were.

With the rain clouds regathering, Mulvey was in no mood to hang around, and Richard Peralta was the unfortunate victim.

In an over that brought to mind all of the most uneven sporting mismatches, poor Richard Peralta was dispatched for 34 runs off six deliveries, with Bloody Lads securing their victory in only 19 overs.

It was just in the nick of time for the Lads, as the heavens opened seconds later.

The Road return with an LPL game against the London Itinerants on Saturday, and will hope for a more even contest (and a better tea).

Author: Mark Isham

Club chairman. Beanpole.