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Tower Cavaliers v Homerton 

Thursday 14 July 2011, Victoria Park
Tower Cavaliers won by 3 wickets

Tower Cavaliers lost the toss and were put into field

Homerton: 101 for 4 in 16 overs
J. Saunders-Griffiths Esq. 29
Dutch Deglossop OBE & Bar 24
Jarek Mlodziejewski Esq. 16 not out
Rob (built like a brick) Rathouse 10 not out
C. (KING) Duncan Esq. 1-14 off 3 overs R. Arnold (Sheriff Rossco) Esq. 1-24 off 4 overs (dirty) Harry Zeus 1-14 off 1 over

Tower Cavaliers: 102 for 4 in 13.2 overs
A. (DEADLY) Dickson Esq. 23
C. (KING) Duncan Esq. 21
R. Arnold (Sheriff Rossco) Esq. 15 not out
P.(the) Price (is right) Esq. 8 not out
Jarek Mlodziejewski Esq. 1-15 off 3 overs Rob (built like a brick) Rathouse 1-11 off 1 over Dutch Deglossop OBE & Bar 1-18 off 3.2 overs

One of founder clubs of the VPCCL, Homerton won the toss and elected to bat. This was fine by the Tower Cavaliers - although wicket keeping gear had to be borrowed from the historic Homerton CC.

Maybe a change of gear would be a good omen for the Cavaliers' keeper(GODFREY) Kenny Marshall, who was having a bit of nightmare run behind the stumps. Guess what? The omen was good - he held onto a fine, fine catch off the bowling of debutant (dirty) Harry Zeus, which made his day.

But that was the third wicket to fall. Before that the tall, lanky and languid opening bowling combo of Arnold & Duncan bagged a wicket apiece to send the Homerton openers back to the pavillion..score was 5 for two off 2 overs. A quality 3rd wicket partnership of 59 runs by the Predator, Dutch Deglossop & the DRAGON, J. Saunders-Griffiths got them back into the game.

That was until(dirty) Harry Zeus used his magnum force bowling to break the partnership. Alas the founding fathers innings rather tailed off afterwhich and they ended up with 101-4 off their quota of 16 overs. N.B..exceptional run saving fielding by the Cavliers' omnipresent (thatch) Maroof Ahmed - the dark knighT. The Cavaliers lost their first wicket when (GODFREY) Kenny Marshall did not respond to (dirty) Harry Zeus's call for an easy single.

A greek tragedy as Marshall was looking hotter than hell. Run out for 9 with the score 18-1. Soon become 26-2 when the greek god was caught behind. This allowed the joining at the crease of the deadly twins, Duncan & Dickson. They pumped up the score to 70 until Dickson was adjudged Leg Before for 23.

The skipper, DICKSON, took his medicine with aplomb and headed into the shed. Only one more wicket fell, when the King, Duncan toe ended a huge heave to be caught out with a very well held catch. This allowed Cavaliers to utilise the talent of their most sorely missed squad member, the recenltly hamstrung Mr Phil J Price - who whacked a quick 8 runs and scored the winning run in a 21 run patnership with (Sheriff) Ross(co)Arnold, 15 not out.

(Deadly) Dickson wins as stand-in skipper - keeping the Cavaliers (only just)in the race for silverware. To end, it was said frequently by the late and certainly great lieutenant Columbo; "Just one more thing", well played Homerton CC, thanks for a sporting contest. Godspeed.

PS..A honorable mention to the pink marshmallow like (maybe even pink blamange like) lady with her ipod & headphones sauntering across the field of play during our game. Gracious thanks to her - the tasty pudding/dessert like lady she was - it made the evenings cricket a mere after thought. It's what dreams are made of!

Submitted by Alkesh Solanki of Tower Cavaliers


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