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The Real Stan


Posted by Stan Fletcher on 22/08/2017 10:56


This will come as a surprise to the Taverners, I eventually have the time to write the match report of our winning game against the Unabombers. The sun is out and the temperatures are soaring here in Mykonos. Everywhere I look it's wall to wall crumpet. I would love to add the pictures I have taken but would not like to offend Rev.  JB has mentioned before that they are a good outfit and not sure, correct me if I am wrong, that the Tav’s lost to them last year.

Capt won the toss and elected to bowl, after asking Joe top bat what he would like to do. ‘Chase’ said Root, sorry, Joe. From the start Ollie was pumped and the classy batters a little unsure and surprised by the pressure exerted by the opening bowlers. Both striking early Ollie in his second over and a superb run out from Joe in his 3rd over and finishing with figures of 1 - 21 from 4. Swinders striking in his first over finishing with figures 1-19 from 4. Then came the destructive Alo and controlled Stan. Alo’s spell was pure genius, pace and movement not allowing any respite on the watchful southern hemisphere batters. With wickets falling like my camera shutter on the beach things were looking great for the Tavs and my picture portfolio for Joe.

Then came the second moment of the match, Capt trundled in and the ball came back like the shutter on my camera capturing another image!!!!  The reaction time unbelievable, snatching the ball out of the sky above his head with outstretched arms. It stuck like my camera focusing on T&A. If Capt had have looked up he would have broken his neck, WOW.  Something tells me he thought it was going over, even he was surprised. But the Tavs elated. The last time he got jumped before his wedding. Finishing with 1 – 0 from 2. Rev finishing with figures of 0 - 9 runs from 1.4 overs, with a Baz run out. 

With figures of 5-35 from 7, the play of the day belonged to Alo. He got a wicket in each of his last 5 overs. This brought flashbacks to my phantom fiver. Best forget about it and look at the amazing views.

Reducing the Unabombers to 108 in 22.4 overs was a great result, a good clinical team effort. Capt asked Baz to open but he was not keen and I obliged. As the innings finished early, we had 10 overs to lunch with Swampy our rock going cheaply followed by ST. Starkers joining me to the lunch break with a partnership of 37 then missing a straight one again after lunch. Another partnership of 37 with Capt made things look comfortable with the score on 96 off 16.2 before he fell and myself soon after on 29. I was given out lbw by Rev after a healthy inside edge but as most of us know he is f**king blind and deaf. I was looking forward to batting out the innings. Joe and Alo came in to clean up, game over.

All in all a great win to a very surprised opposition who were unbeaten for over a year.  Drinks were enjoyed by both teams at Totteridge. 

Please don’t mention the cricket.

Cheers Stan