Remnants vs. The Woozlers

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Fitzwilliam College

The Woozlers (113/5 in 20 6-ball overs)
lost to
Remnants (117/3 in 19.0 6-ball overs)
by 7 wickets.

Rumour has it that, ever since we out-lasted them back in May, The Woozlers "brains trust" have been plotting their revenge against us. Given their more than adequate reserves of cricketing talent it was possible we might be in a spot of bother, but any such fears were allayed when Remnants legend Tony Malik made a surprise appearance at Fitz. Even though he wasn't playing, his mere presence ought to have been enough to swing the balance in our favour.

People playing cricket.

Certainly Remnants, fielding first, were in control for most of The Woozlers' innings. Paul Jordan (1/13) led the way, bowling danger-man Sam Grimshaw (who'd hit 80-odd against us last time around) for a duck. Kiran Sakhamuri (0/14), Tom Jordan (0/14) and Russell Woolf (1/20) also did well, although this required good comebacks from all three after their first overs went for 11, 13 and 16, respectively. Kiran's excuse was that he was forced to deal with a left/right combination; the other two have yet to offer an explanation for the anomalous beginnings to their spells. Add in Olly Rex (2/20) and Chris McNeill (1/20), who bowled sensible first overs and so couldn't be mentioned in the previous sentence, and it really was a top team effort in the field to restrict a strong batting line-up to just 113/5. Unless The Woozlers had some serious bowlers another Remnants victory was surely only an hour away.

Paul Jordan and Tom Jordan receive a ticking off from Tony Malik for bowling too many long hops while, in the background, Kiran Sakhamuri confuses Julius Rix and Richard Rex with his own pearls of cricketing wisdom.

The Remnants chase beigins.

Our chase began with Andrew Lea (17 off 18 balls) and Tom Jordan (22 off 24 balls) both scoring at more than the required rate (to say nothing of the occasional extra that came our way), and by the time they were dismissed the game was all but won. That left Richard Rex (33* off 44 balls) and Ev Fox (35* off just 22 balls) to ease us home, which they did with an over to spare.

Chris McNeill, Ev Fox and Sally Hales work on their tans.

Andrew Lea prepares to face the might of The Woozlers bowling while, in the background, Paul Jordan umpires from the wrong spot.

Julius Rix receives some sage advice from Tony Malik about how to handle his difficulties in the region of middle stump, one of Tony's many areas of expertise.

That not only meant a 2-0 year's record against The Woozlers, but that Remnants is back in the black, albeit only by one game, and probably only until we get thrashed again by Granta on Tuesday.