So the second match of the season rolled onto the calendar like a spring sunrise breaking through the clouds......
As a rag tag assembled in front of Paddy O'Shea's at an ungodly hour to catch the venga bus towards Dulwich the more respectable members of the team(the ones with cars) made their own way to the ground.
Arriving at the hallowed turf we found the grass long enough to stop even the hardest of hit Fruit Bat(Matt Richmond, he brings healthy snacks) cover drives it looked like a good day for cricket, it certainly was!
Losing the toss the Daredevils decided to bat first. Ducks took to the field and performed the usual first ball ritual.....9 slips......Wide ball. Back to normal.
Peanut started well from the Rugby ground end and Cheese struggled to find his youth and line from the Football ground end. It was However Cheese who got the breakthrough with one of his Quicker balls to clean bowl an unnamed opener.
Daredevils progressed well but slowly and pressure from Dardevil(Darshak) and Later Ewok saw the Devils struggling to accelerate to a total they would have been happy with.
Zia batted well as always and nursed the Devils towrds their final total of 163 of 25 overs.
Notable mentions in the field where Devo who despite shelling a few catches held on to Zia's edge and got a cuddle from Cheese. Ewok bowled tight as did The Professor and Dardevil.
Fruit Bat and T Bag opened the batting and looked positive from the off. Quick singles and a lesson or two in shot selection saw us move forward at a steady pace. T bag unfortunately got a thick edge and played seeing the Ducks lose their first wicket. The Butcher joined the Bat at the crease and things looked good....a quick fire 22 from Butcher until he departed...bringing Cheese to the crease this time the hulk of a man couldnt get it off the square before gifting a catch to Slip. Peanut hit 22 quick runs before being bowled by a beauty from Zia. Darshak and Fruit bat were left the task of finishing....needing 12 off the last over a big 6 from Matt and a few quick singles and a few wides helped us to tie the scores with 1 ball left. Despite the heroics of the last dash all out kamikazi running Dardevil got run out by a whisker and the game finished as a tie.
Fruit Bat finished with an impressive 83* carrying his bat through the innings.
Daredevils 163/4 off 25 Overs
Ducks 163/5 off 25 Overs