Remnants vs. Coton

May 21, 1997

Remnants (72/6 in 20 6-ball overs)
Coton (69/6 in 20 6-ball overs)
by 3 runs.

Batting was a nightmare on Coton's decidedly villagey wicket today, with 12 wickets falling for just 141 runs (which came at a rate of only 3.53 an over). Remnants had the dubious honour of batting first, and it was thanks only to Tony Malik (31*) that we even made it to our eventual 72/6. John Richer (10) and Mike Sneyd (9) were his most able supporters, but it really was a one-man show. Tony was also brilliant with the ball, conceding just 9 runs from his 4 overs, but here the whole attack came to the party, Jamie Taylor (0/8) being even more economical and Russell Woolf (2/13), Paul Jordan (2/18) and Dave Brown (1/16) all getting vital wickets. The result was a miracle beyond belief: Remnants somehow defended a total of just 72 in a full 20-over game. For all the absurdities of these evening knock-abouts, has there ever been a more implausible result than this?