Remnants vs. Selwyn College

Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Fitzwilliam College

Selwyn College (129/9; 20 overs)
Remnants (113/5; 20 overs)
by 13 runs.

With grey clouds hovering over the ground, captain Phil Watson stuck with his early season strategy of making the opposition field in the dark, and another small target seemed likely after 14 overs, at which stage Selwyn had stumbled to 70-odd/6. Only their 'keeper (35) had looked dangerous, and a succession of cross-bat strokes saw wickets fall to Paul Jordan, Les Collings and Colin Anderson (one each) and Rich Savage (two wickets in his second Remnants game).

But then everything went pear-shaped with the arrival of the Selwyn number 8, who, after being dropped early on in his innings, hit three sixes and three fours, getting to 40 off about 25 balls. Daniel Mortlock eventually bowled him for 49, and then got a wicket the next ball as well to be on a hat-trick. He then sent down a perfect yorker, but was so busy lamenting the fact that the batsman just dug it out that he ended up missing the simplest run out chance in history: having cleanly caught the ball at the non-striker's end he attempted to delicately remove one bail, only to see it roll back into place. By then it was too late: the single had been run, and Selwyn made it to 129/9, rather than being 128 all out.

Whilst Selwyn seemed to have just the two capable batsmen, they had a wealth of bowlers -- a couple of quick openers, a few tight medium pacers, and a leg-spinner who was turning the ball past off-stump from ``a foot outside leg'' (hallegedly). They kept the scoring rate to 5 an over whilst ensuring a regular stream of wickets. At various stages Ross Williamson, Phil Watson and Andy Owen all looked like they might be able to shift up the required gear, but never quite made it, and we went down by 16 runs, just as the rain started to fall.