Played at Harrow School Sixth Form Ground
Result: Won by 16 runs
On what was probably the greenest and most pleasant outfield in Southern England that weekend, Stragglers won the toss and chose to bat. With 7 of the team being genuine openers, what could go wrong?
In just 7 overs the Harrow pair of Mason and McIntyre decimated our top order. We lost 4 wickets and gained just 6 runs in that spell. In true wandering spirit, Harrow changed their bowling, which allowed messrs Brown and J McDuell to knuckle down. A fantastic 98 run partnership ensued with Conor falling a few short from his 50 and Johnny reaching 69. Well supported by Brewster and then Pradeesh, Stragglers were ultimately very happy with their 178 for 7 in the allotted 35 overs.
Harrow left the field in high spirits, but their top order was to falter as well. At 12-2 Stragglers thought that they were well back in the game, but sensible batting from Scott and Edgell was beginning to take matters from us. It took Allsop (coming out of a 4 year bowling retirement) to quickly break the partnership with a fine stumping by Suckling with his first ball. Allsop then bowled out the resilient Edgell. Incredible (and virtually identical) catches at slip from McDuell pere et fils and a handy boundary catch from Allsop meant that Harrow went from 114-3 to 157-9. A fine run out off Allsop’s last over by the Chairman wrapped up the game for Stragglers.
We retired to Field House for drinks on the picturesque terrace and waxed lyrical about our performance. We should acknowledge the fine sportsmanship shown by Harrow, which ensured a great day was had by all.
Team Batting First: Stragglers of Asia
|Extras: 17||TOTAL: 178|
Team Batting Second: Harrow Wanderers
|8||Mason||Caught Ph McDuell||Surendran||2|
|9||McIntyre||Caught J McDuell||Allsop||11|
|11||L Faber||RUN OUT||Allsop||0|
|Extras: 10||TOTAL: 162|
Scorer(s): Karen Suckling