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Nightmare on Rollers Street – Part VI

I really didn’t feel like writing this report, but not doing it would have been a cop out. Anyways, the long and short of it is that the Rollers have forgotten how to play cricket.

Sunday’s defeat to the Strikers was our sixth on the trott – never before have we even lost six in an entire season.

We’ve had a few brandy sessions to deliberate the reasons – losing key players, revised batting system, getting old – but the harsh reality is we need to rediscover our mojo, especially with some tough games on the horizon.

At Brackenfell on Sunday, the hosts took first strike on a flat track – and they made us toil. Tim (65) was in fine form as he and Gilli put on 46 for the first wicket, though Michael van Dewenter (2/31) gave us some hope with two wickets in three balls.

However, the respite was brief as debutant Werner smashed his third ball for a one-bounce four over midwicket en route to an aggressive 88, before Riaan put the cherry on top with a brisk 41 as Strikers posted 227/5 in 35 overs.

The Rollers’ lotto system again didn’t play along, but we got off to a decent enough start, getting to 49/1 after 11 overs, with debutant Simon Drennan looking good for his 21.

However, six runs in six overs put us well behind the run-rate, meaning a strong tail had too much to do to chase down the steep target.

Michael (19), Abrie Esterhuizen (15*), Jarryd van Wyk (28) and James Lamprecht (31*) tried, but it was never going to be enough as the Rollers finished on 160/9, 66 runs short of the target.

There were a lot of glum faces in the dressing-room afterwards, though the mood perked up spectacularly when were informed of the brandy special – R60 for three doubles and coke!

So stuck in we got, showing that while we are utter shit on the field, we are still a force to be reckoned with in the bar.

Thanks to Riaan and his team, and you’re welcome for us bowling you into form…


Batting Tom Stapylton-Smith  8 (1×4) Simon Drennan  21 (1×4) Hannes Carlson  12 (1×4) Michael van Dewenter  19 (2×4) Abrie Esterhuizen  15* (1×4) Johann Roux  0 Hannes Moore  1 Jarryd van Wyk  28 (1×6, 2×4) James Lamprecht  31* (3×4) Neville Cooper  0 Ryan Cooper  2

Extras: 24 TOTAL: 160/9 (35 overs)

Bowling James Lamprecht  7-1-33-0 Ryan Cooper  7-1-42-0 Tom Stapylton-Smith  7-1-42-2 Michael van Dewenter  7-0-31-2 Hannes Carlson  6-0-49-1 Hannes Moore  1-0-21-0

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