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MASS MURDER

Pro Thilina Masmulla turned out to represent Thurstan College Colombo OBA in the Sri Lankan Festival of Cricket 2014  held at Merchant Taylors School on Sunday and despite losing in the Cup Quarter Finals to St. Joseph College OBA, came away with the Player Of The Series 2014. The basis of his reward was an astonishing innings in which he recorded the first ever Century in the 26 years history of the 7 a side, 5 overs a team competition. Mass scored 107 taking Thurstan College to a record 148 in their 5 overs. During his innings, Mass hit the maximum 36 off an over twice, in 3rd and 5th overs and then repeated the feat in the 4th over of the Quarter final which they eventually lost.

 

 

 

SAM DORSEY STEALS THE LIMELIGHT AS THIRDS REACH FIRST EVER CUP FINAL

 

In one remarkable hours play, the thirds destroyed Rochdale’s batting line up with Sam Dorsey capturing a sensational eight wickets for ten runs as the home side careered from 71-2 to 79 all out. Whilst Andy Tocher toiled away in a rare bowling spell at one end, he could only watch on in amazement with the rest of us, as young Sam took his last seven wickets for no runs. It had been nip and tuck up to then as the earlier bowlers strangled Rochdale’s early order, keeping them to less than three an over in the stifling humidity of the Rochdale bowl. The sight of a 13 year old spinner entering the fray at this point must have had the waiting batsmen licking their lips in anticipation of a late burst, but that was quickly dispelled as wickets tumbled so quickly, that the scorers struggled to keep up.

 

That wasn’t the end of the drama though as Rochdale, as expected and predicted in the dressing room, tore into the Clifton batting line up with some pretty impressive bowling of their own as another bout of tumbling wickets ensued. Matt Harling steadied the ship after George Rudd, Chris Royle, Sam Dorsey, Andy Lord and Mike Ferry disappeared into the dressing room with less than 25 on the board. Gary Royle then stuck around for a while as the score crept snail-like towards forty before getting his pads in the way of a quick delivery and that heralded the arrival at the crease of Andy Tocher who promptly ran out Matt leaving the shell shocked Cliftoners staring down the barrel. A very determined Nick Flaxman then scored the best 7 not out of his career as Toch more than made up for his boob by playing a mature match winning innings of 27 not out to effectively win the game in front of a large gathering of the Clifton faithful who had earlier gnawed their fingers to the bone. So August 17th beckons and a final at East Lancs Paper Mills after the selection committee have struggled through the complicated NMCL eligibility rules to see who can play and who can’t.   More pics on facebook.

 

 

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TEA TIME

Andy Tocher has taken on the role of tea rota organiser for 2014 and is doing a fantastic terrier-like job. There are only a few dates left, so in order to save the “usual suspects” from rolling up their sleeves and having to do an extra, please take a look at the updated list here and fill one of the gaps?

 

SURVEY

The management committee’s survey monkey questionnaire has now only two weeks to run so if you want to share your views of about all things Clifton Cricket Club BE QUICK !

This is your chance to show your appreciation, make suggestions or vent your spleen. Click here and spend a few minutes answering the questions. Please note that this is a members survey and without your membership number, you will not be able to log on.

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