It was a usual summers day in Sharjah with extreme heat, humidity and not much breeze, the perfect conditions to bat first. Nick Harvey (our fearless leader) lost the toss due to a poor rotation and elevation of the coin which forced Darjeeling to bowl first.
Josh (4-0-40-1) opened the bowling for Darjeeling and looked great from ball 2! Eventually claiming the dangerous wicket of the man who sent it back over his head first ball of the day for 6. Josh’s figures do not do him justice he bowled to the Cannons best batsman all day!
Greg Moses (2-0-17-0) opening from the road end bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket. When Greg was asked later in the day to bowl a second spell he refused claiming his sledges were more valuable from the field, or was it Gary’s sledges ? I’m not sure!
Nick Harvey (3-0-29-1) was next into the attack. By this point the batsman were seeing it well and it was a tough time to bowl but he bowled well.
Chris Ward (3-0-18-0) In his first game for the club bowled well, but was unlucky not to claim a wicket.
In need of a wicket Nick introduced Chef (3-0-15-2)into the attack (watch out Agar) the change of pace worked and the runs started to dry up, until Mohit (2-0-26-0) rolled the arm over.
Gary (2-0-17-1) was next into the attack. The batters found it hard to score runs until Nick moved Gary’s straight man on the fence to long off. The next ball went straight over Gary’s head, screaming catch it Gary turned around to find no fielder there. Gary to Chris Ward “straight means F@£&#?G straight”.
Chris Neal chimed in with 1-1-0-1, possibly underbowled!
Loose cannons finished there innings 164-6
The Austrialian duo of Pete Kesby & Chef Andrew opened the batting. The pair were far to intimidating for the U/19, 7ft, opening bowler, who looked like SHE was dressed for the beach rather than a game of cricket. the boys built a partnership of 80 of 7 overs. The first fifty coming from extras (50w-10nb-3b-1lb).
With the score on 80 Pete Kesby run himself out for 6.
Jason entered the crease, as we know he struggles with the short ball that comes on with pace, luckily it was slow and Jason was smashing the ball around. The bowler tried everything to put off Jason, including bowling shirtless and wearing his own sisters shorts. Chef wanted to be as far away from this as possible and departed for 25.
New to the crease was Chris Neal and was looking in great touch with the shot of the day, on the up, high elbow drive for four. Jason continued to bang em round. Special mention to the 7ft giant. She almost saved one of Jason’s fours to long on but failed. Spectacular effort!
Chris Neal soon departed after making 17 and looking in good touch.
Greg came in to finish the game off with 5 overs to go and not many to get. Jason needed some shade and decided to hit two sixes and a four, Greg chipped in with 3 and it was finished in the 17 over.
Chris Dommett, kept very well all day taking one catch and robbing Chef of his 3rd wicket!
Gary, for stopping a class drive that was a certain four with his foot…… Whilst umpiring!
Nick H, for setting the tone early in the field. Well backed up!