Versus Tadworth 20th April
Gaieties; 183 for 8, Burton 44 n.o.
Tadworth; 152 for 6.
Bad light stopped play at 8.00PM. Match Drawn
Gaieties batted first on a dry but
slightly dusty pitch. None of the early batsmen was able to put
a sizeable enough innings together having made it to double figures.
Struggling at 110 for 7 with 10 overs left, Burton (44 n.o.) and
Joe Ireland (27 n.o.) managed to take the attack to Tadworth.
Burton's 44 had to be seen to be believed - a 6 over the long
boundary will always remain in the memory. 183 from 48 overs was
a reasonable total.
Tadworth started slowly, losing an early wicket to Cowley (2 for
14) before consolidating their position. Two wickets in one over
from Burton (2 for 20) altered the position. With 6 wickets down
it was increasingly difficult for Tadworth batsmen to see the
ball in the darkness. Bad light stopped play at 8.00.
Versus HAC 21st April
Gaieties; 186 for 4, Dutta 84 n.o.
HAC; 170 all out, Cowley 6 - 54, Cartmill 3 - 40
Won by 14 runs
Having been inserted, Gaieties started
well with quick runs for Smith I. and Perks. Smith's dismissal
slowed things down but HAC were unable to take quick wickets.
75 runs from the last 10 overs thanks to a majestic innings from
Dutta (84 n.o.), supported by Perks (40) and McKinnon (17 n.o.)
took the score to respectability.
Gaieties started well with 3 early
wickets for Cartmill, then HAC fought back when the change bowlers
were introduced. A couple of attacking players put HAC well up
with the rate with 20 overs to go. Cowley came back and picked
up a quick wicket to break the partnership. A great leg side stumping
by Hughes off Cowley was a turning point in the game. HAC continued
to play for the win. More wickets for Cowley gave Gaieties the
win with 8 balls to spare.
Versus Godalming 28th April
Godalming 186 for 5, rain stopped
Versus Follies Farm 5th May
Goodwin (Friend of Matthew)
Jeffers (Friend of Cowley)
Follies Farm; 119, Smith I. 3 for
Gaieties; 122 for 5, Burton 43 no.
Gaieties won by 5 wickets
A 9-man Gaieties side was asked to
bowl on a slow but true pitch in a 40 overs per side game, Burton
and Cowley removed the openers before Smith I. (3 for 22) took
three more wickets to put the score on 50-5. Follies Farm were
eventually bowled out for 119 off 38 overs.
Gaieties made a nervous start losing
early wickets until Smith J, (38) came together with Burton and
moved the total to 80-5. After Smith's dismissal Vale (18 n.o.)
provided an excellent foil to Burton's belligerence (43 n.o).
Gaieties won by 5 wickets with 4 overs to spare. The team bowled
and fielded particularly well with only 9 men. Once the early
batsmen were out cheaply the game was there for the taking, Early
dismissals left Gaieties at 17-4 when Smith J. was joined by Burton.
Once the two had established themselves the scoreboard started
to move until Smith was bowled for 38. Vale joined Burton and
Gaieties went on to win the game with a dogged Vale hitting three
boundaries in what was to turn out to be the final over. Burton
once again left the pitch undefeated and responsible for a considerable
innings, which undoubtedly won the game. 9 of us turned out to
be too much for 11 of them.
Versus Babington House 12th May
Gaieties; 223 for 6, Smith I. 60,
Smith J. 58, Dutta 51 no.
Babington House; 196 for 6.
Gaieties won by 27 runs
Babington House is a 3-hour drives
from North London so an early start for this first fixture. The
pitch was set amongst bean fields and tennis courts on one side
of the driveway up to the main house. The pitch had only been
created in the last 5 years and was consequently slow and lacking
any bounce and had no pavilion or changing facilities.
At the toss JS was asked to play
a 40 over game with 8 overs maximum per bowler, this despite his
suggestion that a time game would be more appropriate for a Sunday
fixture between teams that had never played one another before.
Gaieties won the toss and opted to bat. Smith I. and Greenaway
got off to a positive start before Greenaway was out for 15. Smith
J. joined his brother and together put on about 100 before Jonathan
was given out for 60 to a no ball that wasn't called by the umpires
- caught at short leg fending off a full toss above shoulder height.
Jamie Elliott joined Ian and kept
the score moving allowing Ian to make his 50. After Jamie and
Ian were dismissed Dutta (51 n.o.), Burton and Wyse helped the
score up to 223 for 6 from 40 overs.
Babington started slowly and never
managed to get above the required run rate. Burton took an early
wicket and then Smith, Dutta and Wyse kept up the pressure picking
up important wickets and keeping the required rate creeping up
towards 10 an over. 140 was needed off the last 20 overs and when
their 2 players of any quality were dismissed with 5 overs still
to go there was no way that they would make their target.
Another unfortunate umpiring decision did little to lift the slight
antagonism that had developed. Cowley bowled one that kept low
and cut back. At first sight it looked as if the ball had missed
the stumps and rebounded off Hughes' pads, but Hughes and several
close fielders clearly saw the ball hit the stumps. Umpire's decision
was not out. Babinton finished on 192 for 6 playing out the final
over as a maiden. Victory to Gaieties, the third of the season.
In the bar after the game it was
agreed that the 40 overs format had not been the right way to
play this kind of game and that next time we would play a time
game. The general feeling was that it was a long way to go to
play on a poor pitch despite the beautiful setting. One possibility
would be to play a Saturday game at nearby Downside School against
the masters and then stay over and play Babington starting early
enough to allow players to get back home in reasonable time.
Gaieties versus NPL 19th May
Gaieties; 212 for 6, Dutta 106 no.
NPL Lensbury; 170 for 8, Cowley 4 for 44, Vale 3 for 30.
Gaieties won the toss and on a fine
sunny afternoon naturally opted to bat on a typically slow NPL
Smith I. and Perks both made a swift
start and scored 55 in the first 10 overs. Perks was out for 30
and Smith for 35. Dutta took up the reins and with able support
from McKinnon and Thomas in particular, was able to score a maiden
century for the club, the milestone being achieved with an enormous
6 over mid off. Gaieties declared at 215 for 6.
In reply NPL lost 2 early wickets
to Burton and Cowley before they managed to drag themselves back
into the game with an excellent third wicket partnership. With
20 overs to go they required 120, which was easily achievable.
Cowley returned to take 2 wickets, which slowed the momentum that
had built up. With Vale bowling tightly from the other end and
the team fielding well, the tables started to turn. Vale took
a couple more wickets and when the eighth wicket fell to Cowley
there was a real chance of a Gaieties victory. Stubborn resistance
by the last remaining batsman of any quality kept out the last
5 overs. At close NPL were 170 for 8. Match Drawn.
Versus Heartaches 22nd May
Hutton (A Heartache 'lent' to Gaieties - Smith J. having to drop
out at the last minute)
Gaieties; 125 for 9 dec. Dutta 50 no.
Heartaches; 130 for 3.
Heartaches won by 7 wickets.
Massed rain clouds greeted everyone
who arrived at Stoner for the start of this fixture. However the
sloping pitch drained quite quickly and despite the odd shower,
play started half an hour late at 2.30. The wicket was 'muddy'
and slow. Heartaches won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting
Smith and Goodwin opened the innings
and immediately demonstrated how hard it would be to hit boundaries
while the outfield was still damp. 2 overs into the game there
was a further rain delay of 15 minutes before play could be continued.
Scoring was difficult thanks to tight bowling and the slow pitch.
Wickets fell steadily. After 19 overs Gaieties were 39 for 3.
Dutta and Chris Hutton put on a stand for the 4th wicket, taking
the total to 90 from 35 overs before Hutton went for 22. A middle
order collapse followed as Gaieties tried to up the scoring rate.
5 ducks were recorded as Gaieties struggled to 125 -9 after 46
overs (13 of which were maidens), Dutta again remaining undefeated
on 50 not out.
The declaration left Heartaches 126
to get in 40 minutes and 20 overs. This was further reduced when
every one had to come off for 10 minutes for more rain after the
first few overs. The sun came out and the strong wind started
to dry the pitch out. Heartaches lost an early wicket to Burton
but the first wicket partnership that followed was able to hit
the ball in the air and score at 5 an over. Gaieties dropped a
few difficult chances in the deep. Cowley picked up 2 wickets
in one over to bring in 2 new batsmen. Unfortunately they were
equally aggressive and Heartaches achieved victory in the penultimate
over by 7 wickets having received just 27 overs.
Versus Beddington 26th May
Versus Wycombe House 9th June
Versus Cranleigh 16th June
Cranleigh; 174 for 7.
Gaieties; 174 for 9, Smith I. 79 not out.
Cranleigh batted first on a damp
pitch with a soggy outfield, particularly for the bowlers' run
ups. Scoring was slow but the first wicket was a while in coming.
Burton (2 for 43) eventually picked up the openers. Gleasure and
Smith I. both bowled tightly with Greenaway picking up a couple
of excellent stumpings. A couple of run outs prevented Cranleigh
from posting a large score. After 41 overs they declared for 174
Wyse and Smith I. opened the batting.
Wyse was first out, caught and bowled for a duck. Dutta soon followed
with the score on 14. McKinnon joined Smith and some belligerent
hitting took the score to 100 before McKinnon was bowled for 25
with 18 of the final 20 overs to come. Smith J. joined his brother
and after a couple of maidens started to find the boundaries again.
With 10 overs to go the score was 145 for 3, 30 requires in the
remaining 10 overs. Ian was out for an excellent 79 followed by
Jonathan for 30, 156 for 5. Greenaway joined Gleasure who looked
in control of the game. Unfortunately Greenaway gave a catch to
slip and was out for nought. Gleasure hit a 6 in the penultimate
over to leave the scores level with 6 balls to come and 4 wickets
in hand. What happened next was quite extraordinary. Burton was
bowled by the first ball of the over. Marians was then out to
the fourth ball. Thomas came to the crease with a single required
from the remaining 2 balls. Unbelievably he too was out without
scoring to the final ball of the game. Scored tied on 174. A victory
Versus Oxted 23rd June
Gaieties; 209 for 5, Elliott 68,
Gleasure 65 no.
Oxted; 158 for 8, Cowley 3 for 32.
The Chairman made his first appearance
of the season following his operation on what was a beautiful
warm sunny afternoon. Greenaway and Elliott opened the batting
and made good use of the quick outfield. Greenaway was first out
for 21 with the score on 56. Dutta came to the crease and had
to play second fiddle to Elliott who seemed to enjoy the freedom
to play his shots given by the excellent track. Dutta was out
for 24 and a mini collapse ensued, Elliott being bowled for 68
and the senior Smith brothers both going cheaply. 125 for 5. Gleasure
was joined by Smith M. and immediately set about the bowling with
some enormous hits. Crisis was averted, as Gleasure hit 65 no.
Gaieties declared on 209 for 5 from 42 overs.
The Gaieties bowlers soon made inroads in to Oxted's batting.
Cowley (3 for 32) and Burton (2 for 28) bowled straight and were
rewarded for doing so. At 39 for 5 Oxted looked in deep trouble.
Smith I., Dutta and Gleasure picked up wickets but could not remove
the final batsmen who made it to 158 for 8 from 44 overs. Match
Pinter versus McKinnon 30th June
Pinter; 188 for 6 dec.
McKinnon 189 for 6, Smith I. 93 no.
Early arrivals at the ground were
able to watch Brazil defeat Germany in the World Cup final but
the main feature of the day was to take place on the cricket pitch.
The Pinter XI captained by Davidson
batted first with Wyse and Smith M. doing the honours. Smith was
forced to retire hurt in the second over. Smith J. joined Wyse
who was soon bowled by Burton in the fifth over. Dutta came to
the wicket but was soon out caught Perks bowled Burton, 26 for
2. Smith and Gleasure then stared to pick up the pace with a series
of boundaries. Gleasure fell to Smith I. for 49. Smith M. resumed
his innings and helped his brother move the score to 164 before
he was out to Cartmill for 22. Vale joined Smith J. until Jonathan
was finally out for 72. 186 for 5. Thomas was the last man out
with the score on 188 for 6.
Baker and Perks opened the McKinnon
innings facing Gooding and Cowley. Cowley had Perks caught behind
in the second over and soon picked up Baker for 12, 20 for 2.
Cowley R. and Marians steadied the innings until they were out
to Wyse and Gooding respectively, 61 for 4. Smith I. seemed to
relish the opportunity to take on his erstwhile teammates and
played an exceptional innings with shots all round the wicket.
Woolhouse and Swaab went cheaply but McKinnon (21 no.) and Smith
(93 no.) kept the runs coming and victory was secured with 2 overs
to spare. Smith I. Won the bottle of champagne for man of the
Versus Oxford Downs, 4th July
Oxford Downs; 148, Winder 4 for 36,
Smith I. 2 for 4.
Gaieties; 149 for 2, Dutta 65 no, Smith I. 40 no.
Won by 8 wickets
A full complement of Gaieties were
ready for the 2.00 start at Oxford Downs. The pitch looked good
and unaffected by recent rainfall. On winning the toss ODCC decided
to bat first. Smith J. opted to open the bowling with Cowley and
Gleasure. A tight opening spell resulted in Gleasure accepting
a caught and bowled as ODCC began to feel the pressure. It was
Winder's return to the side which did most to put ODCC on the
back foot, taking 4 of the top 6 batsmen in an 11 over spell that
cost just 36 runs. In particular his first wicket, beautiful caught
by Smith J. in the gully will live on in the memory. Wickets continued
to fall thanks to some steady bowling and good fielding until
Smith I. finished off the tail with 2 quick wickets, leaving ODCC
148 all out from 46 overs.
Perks and Cake opened the batting and were made to work hard to
keep the score moving, Cake taking 23 overs to make 22 runs in
a 71 run partnership with Dutta. Cake was out with the score on
85. Smith I. then set about the ODCC bowling with murderous intent.
His 40 n.o. came off 17 balls, including 2 sixes and 5 fours.
Dutta followed suit and between them hit 65 runs off 30 balls,
Dutta once again not out for 65. Gaieties won by 8 wickets with
19 overs to spare. A comprehensive victory.
Versus Shipton- Under- Wychwood
Cancelled. Shipton still in National
Village knockout competition.
Versus Lutterworth July 14th
Guests - both Lutterworth players McCray Wiffen
Lutterworth; 170, Burton 3 for 15,
Woolhose 3 for 37.
Gaieties; 174 for 3, Smith I. 60 no, Smith J. 53 no.
Won by 7 wickets.
The 8 Gaieties who were prepared
to make the 2-hour journey up the M1 to Lutterworth were welcomed
by a beautiful setting at one of the oldest cricket clubs in England
and one of the top clubs in Leicestershire. This fixture was originally
organised by Matthew Burton and this was the first time that the
game was not cancelled because of the weather or cup runs. Lutterworth
had agreed in advance to lend us a couple of players to help make
up the numbers. These turned out to be Keith McCray, Matthew's
school friend and a young seamer, Tom Wiffen.
Despite the beautiful wicket the
game was played on an under 17 strip on one side of the square.
Unfortunately the slow nature of this pitch made it difficult
to score runs quickly.
Lutterworth won the toss and opted
to bat. Cowley and Burton soon had then reeling at 10-3 after
only 8 overs. The slow nature of the innings continued with only
a couple of players able to hit boundaries. Woolhouse and Burton
ended up with 3 wickets each as Lutterworth were eventually bowled
out for 170 from 44 overs.
A weakish Gaieties batting line up
could have been in trouble at 42 for 3 in the 10th over but Smith
J. and Smith I. played with great composure to see off the only
danger bowler (a young left armer who could turn it both ways).
90 runs were required in the last 20 overs and victory was achieved
with 5 overs to spare, Smith I. scoring 60 n.o. and Jonathan 53
n.o. Gaieties won by 7 wickets, the 5th victory of the season.
Versus Bromley Common 21st July
Andy Orme (friend of Richard Woolhouse)
Bromley Common; 226 for 3 from 40
overs, Cowley 2 - 66
Gaieties; 227 for 3 from 37.3 overs, Elliott 114
Won by 7 wickets.
Bromley batted first on a fast, even
bounced wicket. Attacking from the first they soon reached 100
without loss. Cowley and Ian Smith managed to slow things down
sufficiently that Bromley declared at 226 after 40 overs, leaving
Gaieties plenty of time in which to knock off the runs. Elliott
and Wyse opening the batting started slowly. After 16 overs the
score was 57 - 0. In the next 8 overs Elliott took the attack
to Bromley taking the score to 130 at the start of the final 20
overs, a target of under 5 an over for victory. Elliott was second
out with the score on 168, his personal tally being 114. Dutta
and Ian Smith maintained the scoring rate and the Bromley total
was passed in the 38th over.
A generous declaration by Bromley
on an excellent batting wicket. Elliott's innings was an absolute
delight and deserved to win the game.
Versus Virgin/Nomads 28th July
Virgin; 196 - 8 declared from 49 overs, Burton 4 - 42
Gaieties; 110 - 8 from 39 overs, Woolhouse 33 n.o.
took on 10 Virgin on a blisteringly hot day at Tadworth. The pitch
was hard and dry but with large patches of moss visible. This
meant the ball bounced but did not really come on to the bat.
Batsmen did not feel confident enough to hit through the line
Feeling that the best way to win
at Tadworth was to chase a total, Smith inserted Virgin on what
was to turn out to be one of the hottest days of the year. Burton
gave Gaieties an excellent start, picking up 3 early wickets to
remove the Virgin 'regulars'. At 36-4 a total of even 150 looked
a long way off. A couple of Virgin 'irregulars' steadied the innings
and started to pick the score up. The fifth wicket fell at 111
but 3 dropped catches from the Virgin's most successful batsmen
allowed them to build a respectable total even if they were using
up a number of overs to get there. Finally after over 3 hours
and 49 overs the declaration came at 196 for 8.
In reply Gaieties were soon rattled
by the pace of an ex - Transvaal player. Perks, both Smiths and
Gleasure fell cheaply. At 42 - 4 after 14 overs Gaieties looked
out of the game and in danger of defeat. Greenaway batted excellently
and didn't look in trouble until he was run out for 25. Woolhouse
however was able to preserve his wicket and to marshal the tail
thus avoiding defeat.
In an innings where established batsmen
failed to make their mark, it was good to see new and as yet unheralded
members of the club making an impact when it was required.
Versus Hornsey 4th August
Hornsey; 66 for 3.
Rain stopped play. Match Drawn
Trotter (Mark - Friend of John Greenaway)
Woolhouse C. (Chris brother of Richard)
Roehampton; 77. Smith I. 3 for 10.
Gaieties; 81 for 5.
Won by 5 wickets.
The all day game at Roehampton started
at 12.00 with Jonathan Smith winning the toss and opting to bowl
on what looked like a very slow damp pitch with plenty of grass
on it. Roehampton made a very slow start but it was not until
the slower bowlers came on that wickets started to fall. Gaieties
fielding was as good as it has been all season with 4 catches
each for Jonathan Smith and John Gleasure. The wickets were spread
fairly evenly between the bowlers, Ian Smith the best with 3 for
10 from 10 overs. Roehampton were able to offer little resistance
and eventually were all out for 77 a few overs after lunch from
Gaieties made a brisk start but lost
a few early wickets to slow bowling. It took 20 overs to knock
off the necessary runs for the loss of 5 wickets. The game finished
at just after 5.00, Gaieties winning by 5 wickets to record the
seventh victory of the season.
Versus Devizes 25th August
Andrew Jeffers (Friend of NC)
Devizes; 210 for 5.
Gaieties; 214 for 3, Wyse 79 no, Nealon 62.
Won by 7 wickets.
Although a 2-hour journey from west
London, Devizes is easily accessible and has a picturesque cricket
ground overlooked by a white horse carved in to the chalk hillside.
The pitch was dry and hard but with slightly uneven bounce, and
a fast outfield sloping gently down to the newly built pavilion.
Jonathan lost the toss and was invited
to bowl first. Devizes fielded a young side made up of only 3
senior players, the rest being colts. The pitch suited anybody
who played straight and who looked to play in the 'vee', this
was not a pitch to play hooks and cuts on. Burton picked up an
early wicket but after this the bat started to dominate. The low
bounce made it difficult for the wicketkeeper and a number of
runs went in byes. The second wicket fell at 115 when Jonathan
took a straightforward catch off Winder who proved the most economical
of the bowlers. Ian Smith finally managed to bowl the remaining
opener for 84 having been hit for a series of straight sixes in
the previous overs, 163 for 3. This dismissal and another wicket
for Burton to dismiss their Australian skipper, slowed the scoring
rate down. Devizes batted through to 210 for 5 in just 37 overs.
Gaieties had just over an hour and 20 overs to make the runs.
Thomas and Wyse opened the batting.
In the first over Thomas edged 2 fast, short balls for boundaries
through the third man area. Before he could call for a helmet,
he had been bowled by the only ball that pitched in his half of
the pitch. Nealon came in at 3 and along with Wyse started to
build an innings. With 20 overs to go Gaieties were 77 for 1,
requiring 134 more to win, a shade under 7 an over. Nealon was
finally out for 62 with the score on 141 with 10 overs to go.
Ian hit a sweet boundary before chipping one to the gully, 146
for 3. Jonathan then joined Dickie. With 5 overs to go the score
was 172. Jonathan hit 4 boundaries in the next over to reduce
the pressure. The winning runs came from overthrows in the penultimate
over, Gaieties 214 for 3, Richard Wyse 79 not out, Jonathan 25
not out. Victory by 7 wickets.
Versus Harry Baldwin's Occasionals
Bunker J. (Son of the Chairman of the baldies)
Gaieties; 177 for 8, Elliott 64 no.
Baldwins; 178 for 4.
Lost by 6 wickets
Gaieties could only muster 9 men
for this fixture, the Smith family having a family celebration
to attend. Jonathan Cake as opposing skipper won the toss and
asked Gaieties to bat on a late season wicket. Wyse and Elliott
opened the batting and made slow progress against the miserly
bowling of Todd and Cake. Todd took the first wicket in the 5th
over bowling Wyse for 5. Dutta and Elliott started to pick things
up until Dutta pulled a ball from Cake to square leg and was well
caught for 22. Nealon came in and was out in exactly the same
manner to an even better catch. 65 for 3 in 18 overs. Baker and
Elliott persevered until Baker was bowled for 12, 102 for 4. Gleasure
came to the wicket and looked assured until adjudged LBW for 19.
Elliott was finally out for 64 and the remaining batsmen worked
hard to bring up a reasonable total. McKinnon making 21 not out.
Gaieties declared on 177 for 8 from 47 overs. The total seemed
good enough on a pitch that was rather two paced.
The Baldwins found the pitch equally
difficult to score runs on. After 18 overs they were 48 for 2,
Dutta and Gleasure having picked up the wickets. The game seemed
headed for a draw as tight bowling and fielding prevented the
Baldwins from getting up with the rate. Cake joined Lailey at
the fall of the 3rd wicket and the game quickly changed. With
5 overs to go the required run rate was still over 10 per over
with Cowley and Gleasure coming back for second spells. None of
this seemed to concern Cake who proceeded to take on both bowlers
with little regard for reputation. The winning runs were scored
in the penultimate over. Cake made 60 not out to win the game
for the Baldwins by 6 wickets.
Versus The Stage 4th September
The Stage; 217 for 2 dec.
Lost by 67 runs
This was the first fixture against
the Stage. The Stage batted first on what looked a great batting
wicket and got off to a quick start despite some fine bowling
from Burton. The first wicket fell to Smith I. in the 15th over,
45 for 1. Smith continued to bowl impressively form the rest of
a 16 over spell. The 2nd wicket fell in the 26th over when Smith
I. took a catch at slip to make the score 93 for 2. For the next
10 overs the score moved on relentlessly to 146. In the last 5
overs the batsmen started to find their shots and all the bowlers
suffered as the scored moved quickly to 217 for 2 from 43 overs.
Wyse opening the batting with Thomas was first out in the 3rd
over. Dutta came in to join Thomas but was out in the 11th over
for only 8. Smith J. played a few shots to score 20 until he was
out caught, 40 for 3. Smith I. played a brief cameo until he too
was caught for 12. Thomas found things hard going but kept his
wicket intact. With Greenaway joining him at 55 for 4, they saw
the score move to 94 before Greenaway was out for 21. Thomas was
soon out, 96 for 6. Burton tried to make a game of things with
a quick fire 35 but the wickets kept falling until Gaieties were
all out for 150.
Versus Sidcup 15th September
Gaieties; 241 for 2 dec. Nealon 134 no.
Sidcup; 154 for 9, Burton 3 for 37
The recent fine weather produced
a dry track and fast outfield at Sidcup, the blue sky and sunshine
was another unfamiliar feature of this late season fixture.
Gaieties won the toss and elected to bat. Apart from a slightly
unpredictable bounce when playing forward, the pitch looked a
belter. Smith I. and Nealon opened the innings and made a steady
start but soon started to find the boundary on the fast outfield.
Smith (21) was the first out with the score on 58 in the 13th
over. Dutta joined Nealon who was beginning to show some real
form with some blistering cuts and pulls. Their partnership lasted
into the 29th over when Dutta was caught for 29 when the score
was 137. Nealon maintained his momentum with Smith J. as his partner.
The pair put on 104 runs in the final 15 overs to take the final
total to 241 for 2 declared. Smith finishing on 38 not out and
Nealon completing a maiden century for Gaieties with an unbeaten
136. It was a chanceless innings and a joy to watch. His 100 came
from 109 balls, his 136 from 123.
The pitch was clearly a belter and
it was going to be a tough task to bowl a side out on. Cowley
and Burton opened the bowling and made good use of the pace and
bounce that was still left in the pitch. The first wicket however
fell to Smith M. who swooped Randall like on a ball played square
of the wicket and hit the stump directly for a clear run out.
Burton picked off the other opener with a glorious combination
of balls, having forced the batsman to dig out a sharp yorker,
his next ball bounced and moved, catching the edge of the bat
and landing in Davidson's gloves, 38 for 2. Cowley then took a
sharp low catch off his own bowling to remove another wicket,
40 for 3. Burton picked up a second wicket when Dutta took a good
catch at second slip, 49 for 4. Smith and Woolhouse replaced Cowley
and Burton. The bowling change soon paid off when a Woolhouse
long hop was hit high in the air for Burton to take a simple catch,
69 for 5. Sidcup then managed to steady their innings at the start
of the final 20 overs with a series of boundaries which demonstrated
that they weren't out of the game yet. Vale was brought on to
replace Woolhouse and almost immediately removed their best bat
who had just made his 50, Smith I. taking a good catch at slip,
117 for 6. Sidcup started to realise that they were in danger
of losing the game and started to become more defensive in their
approach. Smith M. however maintained the pressure with a second
direct hit run out from square of the wicket to make the score
136 for 7. As the batsmen dug in to try and avoid defeat, Smith
brought back Burton and Cowley to try and finish Sidcup off. Burton
clean bowled one player and Cowley did the same from the opposite
end, 154 for 9 with just under 3 overs to go. Doughty defence
from the last two players prevented the final victory. Match drawn.
Versus Hampstead 22nd September
Gaieties 220 for 9 dec. Davidson
Hampstead 225 for 5, Burton 3 for 66
Lost by 5 wickets
Blue skies and sunshine belied the
autumnal feel of this rearranged fixture from earlier in the season.
Jonathan won the toss and decided to bat on a slightly under prepared
pitch with a dry fast outfield. Elliott and the in form Nealon
opened the innings. 37 came off the first 7 overs before Nealon
was first out for 17. Dutta joined an increasingly confident Elliott
but never looked entirely comfortable before he was second wicket
down for 12 with the score on 80. Elliott was next out LBW just
three sort of his 50, 98 for 3. Smith I. got off to a flying start
hitting 12 from 3 balls including a massive 6 before he was well
caught by Cartmill fielding as substitute. At 118 for 4 from 27
overs the innings needed stabilizing. However 3 wickets then fell
in the next 2 overs. The innings that had started promisingly
was now looking somewhat shaky at 119 for 7 when Davidson went
out to join Marians. The pair then managed to turn things around
with a partnership of 44 in 10 overs before Marians was out for
7, 163 for 8. Cartmill joined Davidson and together put on another
43 before Davidson was finally caught behind for an outstanding
56 batting at number 9. At 220 for 9 after 47 overs the innings
Hampstead got off to a hesitant start.
Burton picked up the first wicket in his second over catching
the opener LBW, 10 for 1. Cowley soon bowled the other opener,
24 for 2. Burton's excellent spell continued with another two
wickets from dead straight balls, 50 for 4 from 12 overs. Despite
the excellent start Gaieties were soon made aware of what they
were up against when Thompson, Hampstead's Aussie pro. started
to club the ball to every corner of the ground. 136 were required
from the last 20 overs and Smith I. and Cartmill had to bare the
brunt of the onslaught as the batsmen picked up quick singles
and boundaries with seeming impunity. Finally Cartmill managed
to take the edge of the Aussie's bat, Davidson taking the catch.
132 for 5 with 13 overs to go. A couple of dropped catches and
some fielding howlers did not help the mood of the Gaieties' skipper
as Hampstead continued to apply the pressure and eased themselves
into a winning position. Burton and Cowley were brought back but
were unable to prevent victory by 5 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
A disappointing end to the season.