4th May -v- Charlatans at Woolwich Barracks
A twelve man Cruasaders squad, assembled themselves at the well known Woolwich Barracks ground. Johnny G had been bitten by the Cricket bug and came sniffing for a game with the opposition not sure whether their eleventh man was going to turn up, The Claw was quickly recruited into the Charlatan line up. In the recent past, the wicket has often proven to suffer from severe cases of variable bounce, and we were now about to put their new square to the test, this only being the second game to be played on it. I skilfully lost the toss....and the Crusaders were put into the field.
Great opening spells from both Pommie and Moyse put the Charlatans immediately on the backfoot, with early wickets falling and not many runs being scored. One or two of the Charlatan batsmen presented some resistance with some bludgenous strikes over the outfield but that persistent line and length of Taylor soon brought about their un-doing. An impressive spell from the debutant, Nomi, slowly started to bring the curtains down on the Charlatans innings a few wickets later brought about the arrival of our very own Johnny-G to the crease....there were obvious mixed emotions amongst the Crusaders team, however that did not stop Mikey Taylor from initiating some friendly fire to remove his fellow team mate. Chand was introduced into the bowling attack to add a few more runs to the Charlatan's score; with their innings ending for a total of 83.
In true Crusaders form the run chase was made exciting with some interesting strokeplay and questionable shot selection wickets fell regularly...and I'm sure there was more than one occasion when the Charlatans fancied their chances of a victory even with only 83 on the board. However, Damon and Pommie saw us home, with Pommie in true Diva form stealing the winning runs from Damon.