In the gentleman’s game, it’s unusual to see another player respond to a teammate’s farewell message. In a European Cricket League encounter, Chris Williams did exactly that.
On a cricket field, it is not uncommon for a bowler to remove his shoes and use them as a phone as a symbol of his departure. Also, a batter’s response to the same bowler after defeating him the following time around has happened before. But it’s rare to see another player respond to a teammate’s farewell message. In a European Cricket League encounter, Chris Williams did just that. Wahid Abdul, the Dreux bowler who had taken out Tunbridge Wells’ Marcus O’Riordan in the previous over, inspired the Tunbridge Wells captain’s jubilation after he had smashed a pair of sixes. Williams’ sixes and subsequent celebrations were directed at K Ahmadzai, the bowler.
Earlier in Tunbridge Wells innings, Wahid Abdul produced a brilliant yorker to clear out O’Riordan, who had smashed two boundaries in his first two balls of the over. Abdul celebrated his wicket by removing his shoe and picking up his phone. Players like Dave Mohammad and Tabraiz Shamsi have exploited this celebration after a wicket to their advantage in the past.
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When O’Riordan received his send-off from Abdul, Williams, who was at the non-end striker’s of the batting order, hit Ahmadzai for a six and used his bat as a phone to make a symbolic gesture. Following Ahmadzai’s next delivery, Williams struck a six, repeating the identical feat.
In the end, the contest was won by Tunbridge Wells with a score of 50 runs. First-innings captain Chirs Williams (56) and Alex Williams (53) both hit half-centuries as they put on 141 for three in their allotted 10 overs (58).
As a result of Joe McCaffrey’s three-wicket haul of 9 runs in 1.2 overs, Dreux was bowled out for just 91 runs in their innings.