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Report 1st Sept 2020 HOME vs Deportivo

Deportivans batted first, all out for 57.
This is how Twitter saw the Blades innings:

@khumpuk and @harryalbertfay to start the chase.
3 from the first over. Very stodgy pitch and slow outfield helped the Blades restrict Deportivo but they now have to bat in the same tricky conditions.
@harryalbertfay absolutely smashes a four to the long boundary and is then bowled trying to repeat the trick. This brings @DanBrowner96 to the crease.
@DanBrowner96 is somehow castled. No-one quite knows how.
@Farmski7 up next.
Will be a tricky chase this. Blades on 7 for 2 off 2.
A fine drive from @khumpuk takes the Blades chase to 13 for 2 off 3.
Joan Collins has had enough of this and launches a couple of brutal fours, lording it over the enemy in scenes reminiscent of her hey day in Dallas. 23 for 2 off 4. Blades well ahead of the rate here.
The enemy bites back and @Farmski7 is LBW
5 for 3 off 5 as @Jimbojet73 joins @khumpuk in the fading light.

27 for 3 off 6. Plenty of overs in the bank by will the light allow it??
E.X Tras joins the action to take the Blades to 30 for 3 off 7.
A brutal hit to the long boundary by K-Dog moves the score on. 35 for 3 off 8.

@khumpuk
creams another and then takes two. His score on 20. The Blades seemingly cruising.
Another two fours for @khumpuk and he retires. This correspondent now has to go and bat in the gloom
This correspondent should have seen it out but with the scores level and the field in he looked to launch it. And is bowled. Andy Rhodes is then bowled to put the Deportivo pie chucker on a hat-trick. Which The Barrier sees off.
Blades need 1 run from 18 balls. Which @Jimbojet73 cuts with ease from the first ball.

Blades win by 5 wickets.

Later on WhatsApp, K-Dog punditted, “I come with news of a Blades victory! Chasing just 57 off 16 overs on the definition of a pudding/gluepot of a pitch, patience was the key backed up by a particularly fine Bazza bowling spell. Great to be playing be into September, let’s hope Thursday is the same.”

Dan opined, “Cracking work tonight Blades! An enjoyable win 🍻”

Whilst DOC Galpin enthused, “Great to get some cricket, very enjoyable evening”

The Groinstrain Badger Express then summed up events with a statement:
“Kiran, you are too humble by half. A great knock, 28 not out, and a measerky 7 runs from your 3 overs and a wicket to boot. Top work fella !!! Bazza super spell, really turned the screw in the middkevif their innings, 3 wickets for only 2 runs. And backed up with amazing bowling at the death from Galps, 3 overs and a wicket an even stingier 1 run. Top work all round in the field. What looked like a tough total on that wicket, we chased down with aplomb, good supporting knocks around Kiran with a swift 10 from Farmski. Great night Blades. 😁we go again Thursday !!”

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Ah, cricket

My fellow Albanians

it is with enormous pleasure that I can announce there WILL BE CRICKET this summer! Yeah bwoi, you read that right.
Thanks to negotiations involving The HOFF, the ECB, the DCMS, the AA, the BTS, the Albanian Culture Minister and Dominic Cummings, The Blades have secured permission  to return to the crease in July. That’s right, Wednesday (and occasionally Thursday) night Baggy Blue action will rise phoenix-like from the shrivelled husk that is the blackened carcass of 2020 to bring cricketing pleasure to millions  thousands  dozens several.

It is maybe poor form to reveal the inner workings of the negotiations, but because The Blades believe in community and togetherness, we refused to agree to restart “Project Innitiate Summer Sport” unless other cricket teams were allowed to play this summer aswell. So, thanks to The Blades’ negotiating team, sides such as Hampshire and England and so on will also schedule a few knockabouts. I’m sure they’ll be in touch about that.

The first Blades fixture will be away to Crawley on Wed July 15th; due to short notice, registration will be via WhatsApp only.
The next confirmed fixture is away to Winchester on THU July 30th – click here to put your name down for it.

And finally, a plea. This year has taught us how much we all miss cricket when it isn’t there. Make sure you register, make sure you play. The last thing we want is to finally have fixtures announced and then not be able to raise a side.

Thank you all.
Keep the Red Flag flying high
See you on 15th
First to arrive in Crawley and ask “all right here?” wins a prize

#ALB

 

PPOTY 2019

My fellow Albanians

As the upcoming Awards Dinner is shortly approaching soon before long, THIS is YOUR chance to vote for the Players’ Player of the Year. The year in question being this year, 2019.

The votey thing is below. Make your selection from the full list of those who have represented the Baggy Blue this season.

The winner will be announced on 11th October

#ALB