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Bernard George
  • 65, Male
  • London
  • United Kingdom
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Bernard George's Friends

  • Asif Bin Salim
  • Md. Harun Ibn Rashid (Pappu)
  • Mohammad Islam
  • Nabil Ahmed
  • Mr. Sahil Sethi
  • Tim Bointon
  • Robert Russell
  • L N Murthy Upadhyayula
  • Stuart Bell
  • Simon Tanner
  • Youdy 3000
 

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Profile Information

Year joined club
2009
Make of bat
Wooden
Type of player
pretender
Favourite shot
cut
Top score for CECC
50
Style of bowling
pick-n-mix
Top bowling figures at CECC
6/45 June 2011. 5/38 July 2014. 5/18 August 2014.
Preferred fielding position
gully
Most like which professional cricketer
Bob Willis (I am old and grey)

Crouch End Tigers, match report, Sunday 18 April 2011

OK, the Crouch End Tigers (this being the new name for the Sunday team) were soundly beaten by North London Muslims.  We never looked likely to match their 197 for 4, and struggled even to get to 101 all out.  And yes, this gave Crouch End three defeats out of three on the opening weekend of the season.  But there were reasons to be cheerful.

First, and most important, to play 75 overs of cricket, in the sunshine, in mid-April, is always something to be celebrated.

And second, our bowlers performed well.  Pride of place goes to Matt Chambers, whose 8 overs for 27 runs included 3 overs bowling at the death, when the opposition was swinging at everything.  Matt bowled with guile and accuracy, beat the edge countless times, and deserved much more than his solitary wicket.

Joe Nickel was also good, getting bounce and movement.  Like Matt his return of just 1 wicket for 29 off his 8 overs did not reflect the number of chances he generated.

As for the youngsters, Ian and Nabil bowled with maturity, and DJ came on for three overs of clever variations at the end, which helped limit the opposition score.  Only Murthy struggled to find early-season rhythm, and took a bit of punishment off his two overs.

So well done the bowlers.  But the fielding…. that was diabolical (your reporter included).  We could have had about five run outs and ten catches.  Murthy took a skier comfortably, but otherwise we were a shambles.  I will not name names.  Not even the fielder who watched with sleepy disdain as a thick edge flew 20 yards, before narrowly missing him on the way to the boundary.  Not even the man in the deep who actually jumped out of the way of a shot which would otherwise have hit him on the leg.  Let us just say that as a team we are in bad need of fielding and catching practice.

The result was that the opposition captain, who opened their innings, was only out in the final over of their 40, with his score on 97.  He was good, but he was not that good.

If we were casual in the field, we were suicidal with the bat.  Murthy ran out Rob, before running out himself.  Bernard ran out Matt.  Stuart, Ian and Nabil all forgot they were under strict orders to play safe, and were bowled swinging at straight balls.  To be fair, DJ was unlucky with a ball that kept low, but after 20 overs it was our own stupid fault that we were reeling on 66 for 6.  15 overs later when Bernard was given out LBW by Ian for 22 it was all over bar the drinking (or in the case of the opposition, the praying).

So let us list what we have learned:

- A team that fumbles, crumbles

- Running between the wickets is a lot harder than it looks, especially if Murthy is doing the calling

- Best not swing at a length ball on off stump

- Ian is the new Andrew Smith (if you don’t know what that means just let the ball hit your pad when he is umpiring and you will find out jolly double quick time)

- Cricket is a cruel mistress.

CECC man of the match: Matt Chambers

Bernard George's Blog

Glory in the sun - 4ths vs Shepherds Bush – 26.7.14

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 20:35 5 Comments

“The fewer men, the greater share of honour” said Henry V before laying into the French on Crispin’s Day (or so Shakespeare had it).  So with us against the Bush.  Just nine of us, and we lost the toss, and had to field in baking heat.

But we few, we happy few, we band of brothers, got stuck in.

After 26 overs the Bush were 62 for 4.  They did not seem able to find the holes in our field.  Yours truly was pinning down one end, and at the other Pappu, Symon and Anisul moved the…

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4ths vs Edmonton 7.6.14

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 12:00 3 Comments

A glorious win.  268 for 8 off 42 overs, and then we bowled out Edmonton for 135.  Here are the notable features:

Wind up of the day:  The oppo captain refused to start the game for an hour and a quarter.  “That run-up is dangerous. Someone could break an ankle!”

True, there was a moist patch a few feet back of the stumps, due to water having drained off the covers, but the ground was firm and the action areas were dry as dust.  Mister Health and Safety refused to…

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Mud and glory as 4ths triumph over Shepherd's Bush

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 10:00 1 Comment

Dateline 24.5.14  Edmonton

What a game!  We triumphed not only over Shepherds Bush, but also over the British weather.

We racked up 201 from 40 overs, losing an hour to rain and declaring early to leave the oppo the same number.  Highlights were a 73 run opening partnership between Simon (20) and KK (47) and with extras also making an impressive contribution.  After Simon was out wickets fell regularly.  But Mo tonked the ball back over the bowlers’ heads with enthusiasm before…

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Sunday 18 May vs London Maccabi

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 21:50 0 Comments

The hebrew word Maccabi refers to the leaders of a rebel army that wrested control of Judea from the Seleucid Empire in 63 BC . The word Maccabi has become synonymous with courage, success and victory.

After the visit from these Maccabees, I know how the Seleucids felt.…

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At 21:35 on September 14, 2011, Varun Kumar Yadav said…
dear sir..
why i was off the field  u know the reason...and i came back-on the field  just because i thought..might b team need me ..i was injured..that time as well ..but i putted  team first then  my injury ....but any way's thanks 4 your  everything 
with love 
varun
At 11:18 on June 1, 2010, Prashant V Jethwa said…
Thanks - Great Shots
At 13:51 on May 31, 2010, L N Murthy Upadhyayula said…
thanks for the photos bernard
 
 
 

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