“We're fielding an eclectic mix of all the talents. With just a bit of luck I think at least three members of this side could make the Ashes squad for the winter”
The summer of 2017 is rapidly drawing to a close. Nigel Gordon is clearing the tankards away from behind the bar, Paul Johnson is dusting down his Brentford season ticket and Arsenal have already given up all hope of winning the league. Yep, a pretty normal early September it is then.
There is, however, still one formal game of cricket on the agenda for Twickenham CC. On Sunday the Club XI welcome Wibbandune CC to the Green for what has now become the traditional end of season finale. Tails of what might have been will be mixed with stories of what certainly was as the Ts' stalwarts don the whites for one final time this year.
Steve Watts will be leading the troops, and given that his third XI have imperiously helped themselves to a title this year one expects he'll be looking to finish the season on a high. He may even get those airloomed leggers out for a bit of an airing. The Wounded Giraffe (aka Andy Donelan) will also be looking to loop down some spin as well (one presumes) hitting a few balls straight to mid off in time honoured style. If Donners were to *really* roll back the years then he'd end it all by getting injured, too.
The Vets are also nicely represented. Colin Blunden will be looking to launch a few missiles in to the trees at either end of the ground, whilst Phil Parker has now recovered from the multiple injuries he suffered during one ball of the Vets game at Ruardean Hill back in July (see here for more on that). Great to have you back on board, Parks.
Somewhat oddly Kev Cavilla doesn't have a wedding to go to - most strange, he's obviously made a mistake in his planning there. So, he's in. TCC's resident Sachin Tendulkar impersonator, Nitin Parab, also offers a bit with both bat and ball.
The rest of the Ts side has a nice mixture of stroke players and nudgers, pace (that's you Vijay, everyone else can just forget it) and guile. Providing the weather holds, it'll be a nice way to end the formal festivities for another year.
The full XI is; Steve Watts, Colin Blundon, Kevin Cavilla, Andy Donelan, Hinay Dassani, James Joyce, Nitin Parab, Phil Parker, Paramdeep Saini, Vijay Sanas, Arvind Shidlagatta
Updated 18:20 - 8 Sep 2017 by Dan Hough