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ABF


Posted by Alan Browning on 03/07/2017 07:17


It was the hottest day of the year as lots of sweaty men descended on Highgate Wood, but that's another story that Starkings can tell you another time. This is the story of a similarly hot day where the Joe Quinn mantra of “Always Bat First (ABF)” could never have been more appropriate. And so the toss came, Peter Thompson on somewhat of a losing streak, went man to man with the Palm Tree skipper. I don't think I've ever seen 10 men watch a coin with such eagerness.

The coin landed... Peter Thompson probably lost the toss but we will never know... we were BATTING! A huge roar went round from the Taveners, whilst the opposition squirmed like a Stubbsy victim. They knew they would have to chase leather in the blistering heat for 40 overs, like the aforementioned Stubbsy victim. The toss win was the champagne moment, we were batting first, we always bat first.

Right, enough with the funnies and onto the cold hard facts. I have a match report deadline to meet.

Quinn and Danos opened the batting and the Tavs showed early dominance. Quinn taking an early lead in the scoring before Danos punished some poor bowling to rack up the boundaries. A partnership just shy of 100 brought to an end as Dom was caught on 44. It appeared Palm Tree were there for the taking but they had a slight resurgence at this point when the two Peters in the middle order were skittled without scoring – Thompson bowled (wafting, no doubt), Starkings stone cold LBW. There has never been a leg so before the wicket as Peter Starkings that day. Starkings would dispute this later on, and then leave before fines in one of the biggest sulks ever seen.

The flurry of wickets brought Alo to the crease with the aim to put Quinn on strike and the runs will come. A partnership of 100 came in relatively quick time. Quinn's solo 100 came in that time too, it was glorious batting. As Alo departed on 39, Stubbsy came to the crease. At this point Quinn unleashed some of the most destructive batting ever witnessed by the Tavs – flat batting seam bowling back over the bowlers head for huge 6s. Quinn was ably supported by cameos from Stubbs, Ford, Verney and Maloney – Maloney with a batting PB of 0 off 1. Quinn's innings of 158 off 105 balls led the Tavs to a score of 280 off the 40 overs. Palm Tree looked tired.

Hoping that Palm Tree would capitulate when batting it seemed they would do just that as McGuinness clean bowled their opener first ball, and he did not offer a shot. From there Ollie bowled with great hostility and accuracy, as he had shown all season. Had Ollie not been out until the early hours the night before then he may have had his maiden 5 fer. Unfortunately he had to settle at 4, but it was the top 4 for Palm Tree, all bowled. Ollie was the pick of the bowlers but he was well supported by Maloney. Tom bowled with excellent flight, guile and turn to come back from being clubbed for a huge 6 to take 2 wickets. Palm Tree showed resilience in the middle order but Stubbsy saw to that, removing the top scorer. BobAlo cleaned up the tail like Boogaloo circa 2011. Palm Tree were bowled out for 147.

Swinders bowled too.

Another great win for the Tavs and the weekend streak continued – the streakend. Quinn set up the win with his brutal batting display and Ollie sealed it with some fine bowling. Quinn was duly awarded man of the match in the Prince, where it all ended in lagers!