Monthly Archives: June 2009

That joke isn’t funny anymore..

You wait over a year for a defeat, then two come along at once.  The once mighty RHC3’s slumped to a second consecutive defeat on Saturday, after once again turning up with just nine players.  Fraggle really getting the short end of a very shitty stick as he stands in as captain.

Dunbar opted to bat first and things were looking bleak as they made their way to 120 for 1, but the introduction of Raj, on one of his rare ventures back from London, delivering an exceedingly good assortment of tempting pastry encased products slowed the run rate and began to winkle out the batsmen.  A couple of pieces of questionable running aiding the collapse to 168 all out.

After a passable tea, we set about the chase, Hoffy taking advantage of some rank bowling to hit a few boundaries, before he tamely holed out to square leg.  Progress continued at a good pace, we were always above the required rate, however wickets fell fairly regularly.  Raj played a classy innings and we looked like we could sneak it while he stayed in.  Sadly, he couldn’t, missing a full toss down leg side that ratteld the leg stick half way up.   We fell 20 runs short.  Those two bodies would’ve made a big difference to the outcome.

Two weeks in a row now with nine.  On each occasion one of those has been either a non player or someone who hasn’t played for a number of years.  In fairness, both have done solid jobs and contributed.  We’ve used juniors, again they’ve held their heads high and we’ve competed, but this is not a sport where a shortage of players can be compensated easily.

In football the team down to ten men can often play better.  It’s fairly simple to remain competitive in this situation if you remain organised.  The playing area is not overly large, and the scoring area is strictly defined.  It’s not overly difficult for an organised side to make scoring difficult even when shorthanded.  It’s harder in rugbyas the scoring area runs the entire width of the pitch, thus it’s easier for the full strength side to stretch the cover and find a weakness to exploit.  In cricket it’s almost impossible.  Scoring can occur anywhere on the field, and a batsmen with nous will manipulate the ball to areas that aren’t covered.  As a bowling team, you need to balance the need to take wickets and thus set “attacking” fields, with the need to prevent runs being scored.  It needs real effort on behalf of the fielders to come close to covering the extra gaps.  We have won games when shorthanded, but this rested more on the ineptitude of the opposition.  Turning up with 9 against a full side of 11 is effectively a 40 run start for the opposition.  We have nothing to fear in terms of ability from any other side in the league, but we are in danger of throwing away a great chance for back to back promotions by not getting teams out.

I’m already beginning to question my commitment.  If other guys can’t be bothered to turn out, why should I go on knocking my pan in, particularly as the extra effort required in covering up for absences takes it’s toll.  Injuries are to be expected and can’t be helped, but people who come to play for the club know when we play, know when games are and should be able to plan their lives so as to maximise availability.  It’s not like it should come as a surprise.  I communicated to the captain before the season began which Saturdays I was unavoidably elsewhere.  The kicker for me was the sides grumpy old man.  Who just days after delivering a lecture on availability, made the last minute decision to attend a music festival at the weekend.  Hypocrit.  To be honest, if I have to play anymore matches short handed this season, I’m quitting.  It’s not worth the feelings of impotence as once more a ball is played through a gap that shouldn’t be there.  I’m not so much angry about all this as disillusioned.  League tables prior to this weeks games are here: http://www.eastleague.org.uk/index.php?option=com_joomleague&func=showRanking&p=25

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All things must pass….

Lo!  It has finally happened.  After 407 days, and 15 consecutive wins, RHC3’s finally tasted defeat.  Clackmannan County 2’s were the visitors to ‘Fortress Bangholm’ on Saturday as first clashed with second in Division 7.   A forfeit had looked likely on Thursday as a rash of injuries, a sulk and a girlfriend inspired holiday conspired to leave us looking around for bodies to stick on the field.

Stand-in skipper Fraggle performed a minor miracle and we arrived at the ground with 9 players.  Four under 15’s (one aged 12) and the juniors coach, playing his first game of cricket since he got married.  He’s been married for over twenty years!!

Clax won the toss and stuck is in, no doubt expecting us to be rolled cheaply and to get home early.  JK and Jonesy opened up, and hung around for a while until the Jones was run out.  Fraggle arriving to swat a few, before JK was yorked.  SuperKev joined Fraggle and the pair added 40 before Fraggle was undone.  Corky swatted a quick 12, Wardie got an early pearler and Ally joined Kev.  These two continued to frustrate Clax, getting us up to the 40over mark.  Kev was cleaned up for a magnificent 44, Ally being caught for 12 soon after, barely making it back to the pavilion before his old man was trapped lbw first ball.  Chappers left stranded on 0, and the innings closing on 143 for 8.

Clax came out swinging, taking advantage of the short boundaries and the gaps in the field.  As well as some loose bowling from Chappers in particular.  Jonesy held a good catch to get an early break through but in truth runs were just too easy to get.  Wardie then lived to regret his tale of not having dropped a catch in over a year.  SuperKev then involved himself in two run outs, took a stonker of a catch on the boundary, moving to his right to get Wardie his first senior wicket.  He then bettered it taking a caught and bowled to get our 6th wicket.  I’ve never seen a ball hit higher, the hang time was close on 5 seconds!!!

Clax made the target in a little over 21 overs with 4 wickets to spare.  Lifting them to the top of the table with 89%, we’re second on 87%.  Edinburgh will be third, the best they can be is 85%.  Points deductions meaning that a 5-0 record would only be good enough for third.  It’s off to Dunbar next week, they were the last side to beat us before Clax.  Here’s to another winning run.

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So, the BNP got a couple of seats in the Euro elections.  Not massively surprising that the locations are in the North.  Areas traditionally reliant on heavy industry, with large numbers of unemployed in run down towns, that have large asian populations.  It’s easy, in times of economic blight to point fingers, and drum up blame.  Combine that with a low voter turnout.  Most people in Britain can’t be arsed to vote in a general election, never mind for a European parliament that seems distant, remote, removed from our lives.

Should we be worried??  I doubt it.  Whislt the rise of votes for the right all over Europe looks like a pattern, it’s understandable in context.   Most countries are governed by the centre right or left leaning parties.  These euro elections are pretty much mid terms.  It’s rare for governments in power to do well mid term.  The economic climate brought about by greedy bankers leads to a need to protest vote.  Or in some cases not vote at all.  In these situations minority parties always do well.  They say things that other more serious parties won’t, and appeal to the baser instincts at these times.  Will it lead anywhere?  Unlikely.  Labour in the UK are at the end of their days for now.  But the BNP are not a serious alternative.  Come the general election, we’ll wake up, smell the coffee and vote for a safer choice.  Eastern Europe?   Now they are a different kettle of fish.  Freed as they are from the yoke of communism, neo-fascism has a real chance to take root there, and indeed has, as a statement of nationalism.  Protecting ones own is a natural state when times are difficult.  The banks have a lot to answer for, unless and until we can spark economic recovery, the spectre of the far right grows darker over Europe.

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Playing Favourites

It’s Friday, time for more Twitter Favourites:

amy_wrightGonna have such a fun time at recorder club this afternoon! 😀

coxy99I have my period and thrush at the same time..how cruel!!

Jason_ManfordAltho try not to swear! She’s Hannah Montana! “if you need cheering up Miley, try a holiday in Blackpool, it’s like Vegas apart from…”

Karen230683Why r both my brothers blonde so unfair their hair is going nice and light in the sun 😦

KirstieMAllsoppJust been told I can’t say “for god’s sake!” or “Christ almighty” on TV (& it’s channel 4!!) I am so sick of compliance I cld scream Aah!

marginatasnaily@Jimmy_Poodle the house – your wit – the ghost- your un-masculine view of automobiles – the accent – what are you trying to DO to me here? x

NettofabulousThe full version of Rapper’s Delight is pointless as anything other than an exercise in auditory stamina.

There ya go, the best of the best of this week’s twits.  Go see them, you’ll love them all as much as I do.

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