In their first (and possibly last) outing for 2010, the BC Bengals delivered a cricketing masterclass over the OJ Wanderers.
The 35 over match was held at the Victoria Recreation Ground, Surbiton. An early pitch inspection raised some concerns over the ability of the groundsman and combined with the thick overhead conditions we were immediately put into bat by the home team.
Much like their corporate leadership, the opening pair of Beim and Chudzynski played intelligent and effective strokes looking to blunt the OJ’s early aggressive bowling spell. Nothing could stop them until the 8th ball of the day when Chudzynski was given out LBW to a ball that seemed to seam, swing and dip plumb onto his pads.
The OJ’s had made a mistake. By taking the wicket of Chudz, they had unwittingly brought to the crease local PE teacher and brother to Chudz, Chudz Jnr (CJnr). The run rate shot upwards, the bowlers lost appetite for the fight and the sun even managed to break through. All was well in the world until a strange umpiring decision broke the spell and CJnr was soon back in the pavilion, again given out LBW.
The night before had left us with a couple of last minute drop outs and therefore Hotham coming in at 3 was genuine middle order territory. The noble upbringing and classical education showed in the Hotham batting and calling between the wickets. The complete repetoir of ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Waiting’ was consistantly heard through the innings, leaving the spectators in no doubt as to which side George’s bread was buttered.
Beim fell next trying to send a floater into the nearby housing estate. Furlong entered the fray to create a partnership that had a certain air of ‘Lord and his Groundskeeper’ about it. Hotham out – IT department in. Gee did a sterling job with the block or smash technique and added to the quickly mounting total. In stepped Laurie (a late recruit from the retail agency Johnston Hall) to add some braveheart spirit to the mix. An unfortunate incident of playing the ball on to his own stumps meant that although the tail wagged, it didn’t last. 178 all out for the BC Bengals.
A quick tea and back into battle.
The bowling was quick, accurate, varied and AGGRESSIVE. A potent mix of Hotham, Furlong, Chudz Jnr and a short and cheerful artist called Josh did the bulk of the work and the damage. The OJ’s never really stood a chance and when they began arriving at the crease with helmets we knew they didn’t like it up’em.
Hotham’s name was entered on the BC honours board with a 5 wicket hall, Furlong collected 2 with other wickets falling to Laurie, Chudz Snr and a run out. The OJ’s were all out for 98 runs, their spirit shredded and pride in tatters.
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