C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Added by Simon Tanner on January 25, 2017 at 9:14 — No Comments
Quite a strange end to the season for the Sunday XI. A regular fixture against Grymsdyke has been a good choice in levelling the playing field in a friendly. However, what should have been a fairly tight affair turned into a rout, and for the first time in my underwhelming experience as captain, one in our favour.
After losing the toss and being put into bat, we lost 3 cheap wickets and looked like we’d be in for an early tea, but in came Waqas and settled down to bat. I adopted…Continue
After last week’s loss we knew that a winning draw was the minimum requirement against champions Hampstead. This would only do if our two other rivals lost, so a win was the ideal scenario. Of course we had beaten Hampstead already earlier this season in an epic game and this made me think that they would not see our match as a ‘dead rubber’. They would not want to lose to us again after all. I was right …
The toss was won and Hampstead were asked to bat. They showed…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on September 6, 2016 at 9:51 — No Comments
Last Saturday was a watershed moment. It represented the first time that one of the youngsters from our fledgling Colts system played in a 3rd team League match. Others have played in the 4th team during this year and last, but this shows the progress that we are making in this area as a club. Not only that but the Colt in question, 14 year old Rory Butler, impressed both his team mates and opponents with his performance.
This milestone for the club was set against the…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on August 31, 2016 at 11:42 — No Comments
This season has seen us play some excellent and enjoyable games of cricket. Frankly, last Saturday was not one of them. The conditions were not conducive to playing cricket - regular showers stopping the match, it was cold, it was gloomy for much of the time and an unrelenting wind buffeted the players all day. Add to this that Richmond’s second ground is sandwiched between Heathrow Airport and the M4, which made it feel even more desolate and isolated given the conditions. The smell of…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on August 23, 2016 at 10:28 — No Comments
Last Saturday’s excellent victory at Osterley put us right on their coat tails in the second promotion spot. Therefore it was important that we did not slip up against lowly Finchley. We had beaten them easily in the first match but this was to prove a much sterner test … they won the toss and we were asked to bat first on a hard dry pitch.
Things did not start well as their experienced left-armer accounted for Keith first and then Jon to put us on 22-2. This brought…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on August 16, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments
COME ON YOU HORNS(ey)
After a couple of good victories, the 4ths were in confident mood going into their home clash with local rivals Hornsey.
We had a good side on paper...sadly the game is played on grass and we were shot out for 84...mentions must go to Simon who batted heroically/stoically/painstakingly/grimly for his 19 and Shiva who looked in good nick before holing out for 18...Robin and KC bowled well for the oppo but no one cares…
Added by Simon Tanner on August 10, 2016 at 13:49 — No Comments
As our good unbeaten run has progressed and turned in to a genuine back-to-back promotion push, one fixture has loomed on the horizon – Osterley away. They are traditionally strong and we have traditionally struggled against them, including losing a tight game earlier this season. With just a few weeks remaining, Saturday’s showdown with them was a pivotal moment and one that defines how the rest of our season progresses.
After a couple of late movements between the XIs we…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on August 8, 2016 at 13:49 — No Comments
Although North Middlesex won the toss and asked Crouch End to bat, the Crouch End innings was uncannily similar to the chasing innings last week. In each case only 4 wickets fell, Ruaridh made a brisk, powerful contribution in the region of 50 and Shiva got a big unbeaten score, this time 85. The Crouch End total of 231 also featured some classy back-foot boundaries by Sanjay and a patient, well-judged 48 not out from Hikmatullah. Murmurings among the opposition led to the supposition…Continue
Added by Simon Tanner on August 3, 2016 at 10:09 — No Comments
Saturday saw us against Twickenham at our Edmonton home. They absolutely smashed our depleted side in the first match this season, but since then we have re-grouped and gone on a good run. They on the other hand have suffered an inconsistent season. Following last week’s frustration of not removing the last Alex Park batsmen to win, it was important that we got back on track.
The match started slightly late due to Twickenham getting stuck behind a fatal accident on the…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on August 1, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments
Saturday was hot. Very hot. Thankfully we only had a short trip to Alexandra Park to negotiate. The toss was lost and we were asked to bat on a dry, hard and dusty wicket. It looked like a good toss to lose and save ourselves an afternoon wilting in the sun. This would be a real test of our excellent good form against a side that caused us plenty of problems in the reverse fixture.
Jon and Khairul opened and progress was brisk with both exploiting loose deliveries from…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on July 25, 2016 at 21:51 — No Comments
It’s not often the 4th XI have a well balanced side, but against Wembley 4ths on Saturday there were four seamers, six batsmen and a wicket-keeper-batsman at No 7; and this was conspicuously a game in which many contributed.
Crouch End were asked to field in very hot conditions and Dhamendra took an early wicket; but it took 15 overs of stalemate - no wickets and very few runs – for him to get the next one, caught by Mike the ‘keeper who then repeated the trick off…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 25, 2016 at 19:39 — No Comments
There was clear evidence on Saturday that the challenge is not the opposition but ourselves. Perivale 4th are the sort of team we should be able to match.
If any side had the players playing below their true grade it was us. Having lost the toss Crouch End batted and Darren, testing out his injured knee, made a typically belligerent start. It was a pleasant change to see the opposition wilt at the sight of a big-hitting, experienced batsman offering the prospect of a…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 18, 2016 at 13:34 — No Comments
Last Saturday saw us take on fourth placed Teddington at our Edmonton home. They had beaten us in the first game and were lurking just four points below us in the table. Despite this, I was cautiously optimistic given our recent good run of form. The side saw four changes from that which has performed so well over the last five weeks.
Despite the warm day, the pitch was very green. After three successive toss losses, my luck returned and Teddington were asked to bat. …Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on July 18, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments
After last week’s heroics against league leaders Hampstead and the subsequent euphoria, it was always going to be a tricky and different challenge against bottom side Edmonton. On paper a match against a side that had lost all nine previous games and not gained a single point looked a formality. It proved anything but that.
With great availability this week, it was pleasing to be able to name 10 of those that beat Hampstead. Keith replaced Dilan behind the stumps as the…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on July 13, 2016 at 13:43 — No Comments
For the second week running the 4th XI came up against a side with a lot of experience. This was considered a strong Crouch End team and it was happy to be put in to bat. However, George went in the first over, Tom was put out of his misery when he eventually got an edge, and progress was understandably slow in the face of some very tidy bowling. Mike D and Naggers waited patiently for a hittable ball and slowly got the run rate from one-an-over to the dizzy heights of almost…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 13, 2016 at 11:39 — No Comments
Having won the toss the Crouch End top order faced one very accomplished bowler and got themselves out to the bloke at the other end. One Robbie Singh, returning to cricket by way of the Acton 4th XI, landed the ball on a length and moved it both ways. Naggers alone, briefly supported by Vaibhai, Ruskin and Nino, managed both to keep him out and not surrender to the pie-chucker at the other end, scoring 48 out of the Crouch End total of 114 in 43 overs. Acton…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 6, 2016 at 12:19 — No Comments
Last Saturday was always going to be the true test of how good we are this season, or how good we think we are. It does not get tougher than Hampstead away – here is a side that we got promoted with but won the league at a canter and have won all bar one of their matches this season. They only didn’t win that one game because of last weekend’s rain. They had not lost since we beat them on the first day of last season.
Be warned – this is a long one, so settle in. There’s…Continue
Saturday was a funny day. After much rain during the week, some of it at a biblical level, the forecast was for more during the match. With the middle of the division very congested – seven points separating third from eighth – any points gained could be crucial, especially as some matches may be abandoned or struggle to finish.
The pitch was green and I lost my first toss of the season. We were put in to bat and as we began, so did a few spots of rain. Nine of the side…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on June 27, 2016 at 13:14 — No Comments
I thought I’d got away with it this week – it was 10am on Saturday morning and I was standing in the queue at the Post Office waiting to collect a parcel. No changes, no cry offs – the team was as selected on Wednesday night for the first time this season. Then Hiren called.
Someone had dropped out from the first team. Cue the domino effect and much calling around, movement of this person and then that person. Thanks to much last minute help from Peter – what would the…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on June 21, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments