domingo, 11 de diciembre de 2011

Tim Bayly Sixes Tournament

There are times in your life when playing crickt becomes a matter of playing for the benefit of the game rather than just trying to win the game. Writing this sound like an excuse for playing shit! This is not really the case

Four teams turned up to play today at the Lima Cricket & Football Club (LCFC), Chak De, Eidegenossen, Kiteflyers and LCFC themselves. Order of play was as follows:

LCFC v Kite Flyers

Eidegenossen v Chak De


Eidegenossen v LCFC

Kite Flyers v Chak De


Eidegenossen v Kite Flyers

LCFC v Chak De


This is a six a side tournament which if you watch as an innocent bystander seems like a complicated kids game but as an adult is a great version of cricket. As a batsman should you puncture the fielding team you are almost guaranteed a four or a six, a mishit a one or a two. As a bowler your aim is to minimize the damage to your team.

First game up and LCFC put on 47 for their five overs. Soulsby putting on the majority of the runs. In response KFC chased down the score with two balls to spare. The report does not really do damage to game and though the game should have been won easily it was not till Ed smacked a six from the penultimate ball did the game end. LCFC fought but to no avail. (Hodgy dodgey fielding....)

Eids dismantled Chak De fairly easily in the second game. Nick Jones smacking the ball all over the park. Chak De doing little.

When Eids played LCFC a score of 52 by LCFC was deemed another slightly below par score and so it proved with both Mike Soulsby and Rob Champion’s overs both going for 20. Nick Jones and Ian Roughton chased down the score with apparent ridiculous ease. The game finished in under 3 overs. LCFC discovered a new abyss…..

The penultimate game of the round robin was between Chak De and LCFC which proved to be humdinger of a game. LCFC scored with MS RC and CS all adding runs with a late rally from JW and JP to bring the score to 44. Not quite enough. Tony went for 15 in his over, JW took 2 wickets and pulled the score back to par. CS took a wicket but was pricey. MS bowled excellently for his over leaving 12 needed off the last over. A couple of wides assisted Chak De and needing 4 off the last ball managed to squeeze it past Tony, slightly inconsolable, and gifting LCFC with the wooden spork…..

In a dress rehearsal of the final David Sharples and Kenny Steen managed to provide a rather dull interlude to the day and put on 30 odd for the loss of no wickets. These were chased down rather easily by Eids.

In the final Eids scored 67 and the Flyers only hopes were dashed in the first and second overs with Barsby being caught and bowled by Mahoney and Skipper Baxter being run out by the occasional Jack in the second over. KFC ended on 45 odd.

It is a shame that words can not really describe such a day with just shy of 30 people enjoying themselves enormously. To Eids the spoils of victory but to the other teams the feeling of belonging. Come next year, new games, new players, new batting, new fielding and new bowlers. Sixes is a kids game but played oh so enthusiastically by adults

Live long Cricket Peru 2011