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Match report: Ripley 23/04/17

Tuffers and Meet opened the innings for Nomads and looked fairly comfortable for the first few overs, until Meet was bowled by the opening quick bowler.

 

Tuffers was next to go, having little chance from a delivery which kept very low. Enter Rusty, he hit two text book singles before being cleaned up by Ripley's impressive young spinner.

 

Things went from bad to worse, when Dopey Merch was bowled not long after. Rumour had it he was on the village cricket equivalent of a 'king pair' having been bowled for a primary the previous day.

 

After successfully blocking the first delivery and visibly relieved, Merch loudly exclaimed: "thank [goodness] for that, I got a golden quacker yesterday," before succumbing to the very next ball, amidst howls of derisive laughter.

 

The batting collapse continued when the Assassin mistimed a drive and only managed to chip the ball to mid-off for the simplest of catches, he too not troubling the scorer.

 

Argy Bhaji and Judge stuck around to use up some of the 30 overs still remaining, until Argy Bhaji mistimed one of his trademark drives and was caught in the deep for five.

 

Morse arrived at the crease and batted sensibly to steady up one end, while Judge hit a few boundaries to post some kind of target.

 

Judge was out next in similar fashion to the Assassin, mistiming a drive straight back to the bowler for 25. Morse, Sparkie and the Godfather all followed soon after to leave Ripley chasing a total of 59 to win. They reached their target losing just the one wicket.

 

Both skippers agreed to play a second game - a beer match of 15 overs - as it was still only about four o'clock.

 

The Nomads restricted the hosts to 68 off their 15 overs with some all round tight bowling. Merch and Argy Bhaji took centre stage in the reply, scoring 34 and 16 respectfully, smashing some huge sixes on the way to a convincing win.  

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