Match report: Seveno vs Battersea Badgers

Joseph Hood Recreation Ground
17 August, 2019

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Prologue

Samuel Johnson told his biographer James Boswell that “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”. It seems unlikely that Johnson had Raynes Park foremost in his mind when he said this. The small corner of London in which we play is not, perhaps, the most verdant, majestic or spectacular place in our fine city.

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Act one: the rain

And lo it did come to pass that the clouds did part and, after a little light rain on Saturday morning, things were looking good for the second leg of this season’s Badgers trilogy. As usual, the Seveno team took their time to arrive while the oppo got to the ground unfashionably early.

Act two: the pain

With the score on 88/4 in the middle of the 26th over, Sachin and Nishant were motoring nicely, when true disaster struck. It was the sort of ball that, from the boundary, didn’t look too bad and when it struck Sachin on his temple it took a few seconds on the boundary for the fact to sink in.

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Act three: the campaign

By the innings break we had had word from Abhi that Sachin was doing very well (see Quotes below), which settled everyone’s nerves further. By this time, of course, we were three players down, and the Badgers were happy to sub us three of their men. It’s worth recognising that this meant some of their players would have fielded for some sixty overs, maybe more, over the course of the day.

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Player of the match

Cricket, as they say, was the winner here, but for a five-wicket haul and two breathtaking catches: Paul “Harxy” “Harksy” Harker

Quotes of the match

“I’m a metrosexual man, you know” — Jay

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