Sun 15
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Poppy Fields Cricket Club
Victory versus Poppyfields - at last

Victory versus Poppyfields - at last

By Tracy Wassall
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Over 500 runs again but this week we win.

The multi gazeboed troupe that is Poppyfields, descended upon Ragley Park to play an Alcester and Turner eleven. After again winning the toss, I elected to bat as it looked like we had a strong line up, normally famous last words. Paulo and Paul opened but Dip never looked the same after running a 3 and was cleaned up for 5 with the score on 27. Minnow joined the wicket keeper's opening alliance and the score had moved rapidly to 119 when he was given out LBW by Pete, although initially he could not find his way back to the pavilion. Daddy Turner showed his younger son Kaie how to find a fielder and the grammarian then came in to support Fossie to his initial century, allegedly off 65 balls. He immediately retired to go into his paddling pool, which brought me to the crease; the run rate was bound to increase now. Dave felt the need to attack a straight one and the final Turner entered. Odin hit 5 fours (one less than me actually!) before he too provided the fielders with catching practice. Pete struggled to connect against spin and the innings limped to a conclusion at 277 for 7, assisted by 45 extras. We were able to see France take control against the Croats during tea and Jason, who had earlier passed a fitness test - yes he could walk in a straight line - opened with a terrific spell of bowling - 8 overs straight off for only 26 runs. He beat the bat on numerous occasions and I told him the batsmen weren't good enough to get an edge, which he foolishly later believed. At least he could see what getting to his own bed for 10.30 the previous night could do. Pete, after some initial waywardness, picked up a useful wicket but they had still progressed to 64 in the 12 over. Odin replaced Pete and his answer of "quite quick" to the question "how fast are you? was proven correct. However the batsmen were dispatching the ball equally quickly to the boundary and were benefiting from some lapses in the field. Ollie, who had promised to bowl leg spin, then sprayed his inswingers around like an Uzzi, according to Min, who had taken over behind the stumps, as Tim claimed to be "injured". Pete took a good catch off Ollie and with the score having progressed to 130 in the 22nd over, the Turners decided to link up for 2 wickets, both caught D bowled O. Spinburn then did bowl 2 overs of leg spin and took 2 wickets and got another one to spit into Minnow's face off a good length, a useful skill. The Os each finished their 8 overs and Facebook Datwan, then using his own Uzzi, somehow took 3 wickets in an over. I finished it off in the 35th over with the 3rd (1st?) choice keeper, Dip taking a stumping opportunity after spurning one earlier. They didn't give up but in the end we finally beat Poppyfields to complete an adult clean sweep over the weekend. Jacko is allegedly back next week, to try to once again pepper the Great Alne pavilion. I just hope they have enough kids batting, to give me another hat trick!?? Oh and Dave “the janitor” Datwan accidentally took out a spectator!
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Sun 15, Jul 2018



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