- Match Report
Wombats Lose But Paynemaker Returns to Deal with Hiroshis & Hiroshettes
by Adam Cronin
Following a typical June downpour for the preceding 24 hrs, the skies miraculously cleared Sunday morning, lighting up for a superb afternoon of cricket. The sun was particularly handy for drying out the wombats kit, which had become sodden in YCAC storage.
The wombats took to the field first, and saw some tidy bowling early on from Achal and the bowler formerly known as Mr 140. Despite a lack of any real need for action in the field, Frankie managed to tear something important in his leg in the second over, apparently by moving slightly, rendering himself invalid for the remainder of the match.
Both openers struck, and the Wombats had the Quashers 2/80 at one stage, but then the wickets dried up and runs started to flow. Struggling to get any wickets, the Wombats moved to a new strategy of tossing up lollies in the hope that the batsmen might hit themselves out of the field. This worked a treat, bagging two of the Wombats eventual haul of five wickets.
Unfortunately, the wayward balls also generated some agro from awaiting Hiroshi’s. The first conflict took place on the favoured arena of the bowls pitch. Yusry nearly copped the returned ball in the head when he went to collect, and responded with a barrage of ‘I am a member too’ justifications for the near-death-incident. This incited a flare-up which was only doused when Dino intervened with a cleansing cascade of apologies.
Hiroshi-two (a.k.a the Hiroshette) lurked down on the tennis courts, and refused to hand the ball back (holding it behind her back) when asked politely by the Wombat retrieval team. This behaviour spawned a Hulk-like transformation in ex-pres Jamie Payne, and many were simultaneously pleased, and quietly terrified, to see the return of The Paynemaker. With no taxis to be seen however, our hero was left with only verbal rebukes. Nonetheless, the ball was eventually retrieved through his fortuitous metamorphosis.
The fielding from the Wommies was highly variable, with some good diving efforts (Jamie Payne) offset by Samarjian wanderings and a dropped chance (Apoorv). Despite being held to a modest total for the first 10 overs, the Quashers batsmen fired up their hitting in the latter half, and the accelerated scoring was only punctuated by a great take by el Capitano Dean, and some excessive shots for 0 and out.
The Quashers ending with a respectable total of 212/5.
The Wombats openers looked good, with Jamie Payne, perhaps still charged with Paynemaker agro, looking particularly well balanced and aggressive until run out during some confusion. Opening partner Dino put together a respectable resistance against some tight bowling for his 17 before being caught-and-bowled by man-of-the-match Dhaka.
Three more batsmen tumbled soon after, with Adam Birss, Apoorv and Luke managing zero between them, and it was left to Yusry and Deano to steady the ship, though more tight bowling meant that the required 10+ per over was looking unlikely to say the least. Deano put in a captain’s knock for 25 before being caught. Adam Cronin and Yusry saw out the remaining balls, though despite some good hitting from Yuz, the Wombats were never going to get close to the mammoth total; the Wombats finishing with a slightly-less-than-embarrassing 90/7.
After the solid thrashing, the Wombats headed for a cleansing beer, only to half salt rubbed into their wounds when informed that Gurman of Alpha-Q did not play because he was ‘not needed against you guys’ in the absence of Patmore. All in all, a solid all-round performance by the Quashers which could not be matched by the Wombats.
|Tokyo Wombats CC vs Alpha Quashers Yokohama CC|
|Japan Cup 2019 (South Kanto), YCAC, Kanagawa, June 16, 2019|
|Toss||Tokyo Wombats CC|
|Umpires||Indian Engineers CC|
|Result||Alpha Quashers Yokohama won by 122 runs|
|TWCC MoM||A Gurnani|
|Alpha Quashers Yokohama CC Innings: 212/5 (20.0 overs)|
|N Kanungo||c J Shearer b A Gurnani||13||22||1||0||59.09|
|V Jayakumar||c J Shearer b D Abbott*||47||37||6||1||127.03|
|N Rangasamy†||c D Abbott* b M Dharmadasa||13||11||2||0||118.18|
|D Dhaka||handled ball||68||28||10||2||242.86|
|V Perumalsamy||handled ball||21||12||2||1||175.00|
|N Chhajed*||not out||10||5||0||0||200.00|
|V Somasundaram||not out||3||4||0||0||75.00|
|Extras||(b 0, lb 0, w 26, nb 3)||29|
|Fall of wickets|
|32-1 N Kanungo, 80-2 N Rangasamy†, 135-3 V Jayakumar, 185-4 V Perumalsamy, 193-5 D Dhaka|
|Tokyo Wombats CC Innings: 90/7 (20.0 overs)|
|J Shearer||c & b D Dhaka||17||42||1||0||40.48|
|J Payne||run out (V Jayakumar / N Chhajed*)||4||11||1||0||36.36|
|A Birss||b V Jayakumar||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|A Jaitly||b D Nagarajan||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|D Abbott*||c R Kumar b V Perumalsamy||25||17||4||0||147.06|
|Y Mohideen||not out||12||17||1||1||70.59|
|A Gurnani||c N Chhajed* b N Kanungo||6||14||0||0||42.86|
|L Eyes†||c & b N Kanungo||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|A Cronin||not out||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Extras||(b 2, lb 0, w 18, nb 0)||20|
|Fall of wickets|
- Dino’s high catch at cow, great effort.
- Apoorv and Luke not deciding who was going and it just dropped in the middle.
- Alpha guy post game: Gurman only came because we thought Alex Patmore was gonna be here but he wasn’t so we didn’t need him against you guys.
- When Frankie was asking if someone had a spare cap and I handed over mine
Yuzry: Don’t be nice to him, he’s a c**t.
- Jamie looked on form to kill another Hiroshi after clashing with the tennis players after an Alpha batsman put one over the fence.
- Yuz & the bloke at the bowling lawns getting into a pissing contest because of a stray ball that was smacked off Milli’s bowling.
Golden Thong Nominations
- Apoorv pulling a Samarji and being completely in La La land for most of the game. Blames that on the injured finger during warm ups.
- Frankie injuring himself on the 11th ball of the day doing absolutely nothing. Don’t think the ball was anywhere near him at the time.