Myles’ friends played a cricket match in his memory on Sunday 27 July on Wandsworth Common. It was a great occasion, organised by Nick Pritchard who is to be thanked for his enormous efforts, not only in organising everyone but also for providing all the equipment. His father, David, was the main umpire, aided by young Puddle.
Nick Pritchard’s report :
Sunday 27th July saw a Slob Select XI face the Graham Bunions XI on Wandsworth Common. The match took a breather last year so everyone was raring to go for this 25 over bludgeon and with Bunions XI winning the toss, Pritchard elected to bat on a greenish wicket.
Each player had to bowl at least one over and the Slobs elected to open up with Charlie Clarence and Tommy Charlesworth who bowled with accuracy and kept the run rate down for the first 4 overs. Trenchy then let loose with some significant swipes to the boundary and raced away to 25 where he had to retire. Morton and Santa put on a tidy partnership but both then went in quick succession with Smithers and Prawndice Mason picking up good wickets.
The ball was thrown to Danny ‘the Doosra’ Bensley who was carted around the paddock in his first over! Mellor and El Carpenter maintained the run rate with some good strokeplay with the former also reaching 25 and having to retire. The Doosra specialist was brought back on and after one carthorse to the boundary a moment of magic in the deep from Chaz Lovell saw Pritchard caught by a spectacular diving effort. It was a brilliant bit of fielding and the Slobs went wild!
Smithers and Lovell picked up a few more wickets and Trenchy and Mellor had to come back in to pick up a few more runs in the final overs. Graham Bunions XI finished on 176 all out a formidable target but one that could be overcome by a talented Slob batting lineup.
Forster and Fraser opened up for the Slobs and the Bigman Forster who had brushed off a long train journey down from Norfolk got stuck in immediately to the Turkish Big Mac’s bowling. Mellor then bowled Fraser who was unlucky to go for 1 with the ball barely bouncing. Alex Manby and Charlie Clarence had a very good partnership until Trenchy bowled Alex with an absolute jaffer. Clarence went next cheaply to a half tracker from Tearo with Morton holding on to a sharp catch.
Prawn Mason and Max were stubborn at the crease however some useful bowling slowed the run rate right down and the required rate got away from the Slobs with 50 required off the final two overs! Lovell gave it a good try with some sturdy bludgeons to the boundary but in the end the Graham Bunions XI won comfortably by 36runs.
Man of the Match was spilt between Will Mellor and Trenchy who both batted and bowled very well.
Special thanks to Dev Pritchard and Hugs Puddle for umpiring throughout the day and also thanks for everyone who came to watch and play.
Jamie Forster, Ollie Fraser, Alex Manby, Charlie Clarence, Ed Smith, Max Fox-Andrews, Luke Mason (c), Charlie Lucas, Danny Bensley, Tommy Charlesworth and Charlie Lovell
Graham Bunions XI
Alex Mackenzie, Will Mellor, James Ogden, Nick Vinson, Harry Santa, Elliot Carpenter, Nick Pritchard (c), Stephen Trench, Jamie Morton, Olly F-C and Rob Teare