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May 2011 Blog Posts (20)

3rds vs Twickenham - There's a hedgehog on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now!

" Beware Twickenham. There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal"


So ended last week's blog. This clarion call to the team proved prophetic on 2 levels. Firstly, on the metaphorical level, soundly beating the opposition (bowling them for 91 and then getting it without losing a wicket). But it also bore relevance on a literal level, as upon arrival, fielding at mid on was the carcass of a wounded (well, dead) hedgehog. Being a player down we reasoned it could be our…


Added by Robert Russell on May 30, 2011 at 15:00 — 6 Comments

Want a Bat?

Sri did! so when the skipper Bobby asked sri before the start of the game "Do you fancy a bat today sri?" He replied with an emphatic "YES.. I will Bat in the Top 5 Please!". Bobby looked at his team sheet and said... "may be not that high sri.. i will bat you at 8!".  Fine he thought, at least its not no.11 again! and CECC no.8 usually gets plenty of time to bat right?.. So he walked in to umpire with 150 man as Syed and new man Ninad walked in to open the batting....


Oh did…


Added by Srinath Upadhyayula on May 30, 2011 at 13:47 — 2 Comments

Don't make me angry Grimsdykes. You wouldn't like me angry. Sunday 29.5.11

Today’s opposition call themselves “Grimsdyke” which suggests a bunch of stony faced Yorkshire lesbians.  But frankly Yorkshire lesbians would have been more congenial hosts than this lot.  First they ordered us to push their covers off their pitch.  Then we had to forage for the materials for drinks.  And at tea, all I can say is I hope they liked their steaming hot mugs of char, because neither mugs nor tea were provided to us.

This was fine by me.  My new Alan Border style of…


Added by Bernard George on May 29, 2011 at 23:30 — 1 Comment


For three weeks the 1st XI captain has been the victim of a sick snipper.  At first, I foolishly assumed my socks had somehow dismembered at their own accord, perhaps from old age.  Then as Omar put his evening socks on, only to put his foot straight through, did I realise something was afoot.


Last week the 1st XI captain's socks were savagely attacked again.  A clean cut of precision across the top of the toes.  The mark of a mad man.  Forensic scientists were called to the…


Added by Robert Jenkins on May 26, 2011 at 11:02 — No Comments

1sts versus Pinner (game 03, Home)

          The message from the Queen Bee


         Having lost the toss again, CrouchEnders were put in to bat by a rather weak Pinner side. The bowling wasn't particularly good on a pitch that offered a bit to the new-ball bowlers. Openers Omar and Rambo, the "Bad Boys" took full advantage of it. Omar recieved some jaffas which luckily didn't do much damage, but his shots to some of the 'other' deliveries certainly damaged pinner's hope of a good start. …


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on May 24, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments

4th XI v Bessborough 4th, Away, Sat 21st May

The 4ths were well beaten on Saturday.  They chose to bat and made slow progress again two formidable left-arm pacemen on a fast, boucey pitch.  Khalid pulled the occasional four, Andrew nudged the occasional single to 3rd man and between them got to 79 for the first wicket. New-comer Nihad briefly showed some aggressive intent; but then the Bessborough 11th man appeared and turned out to be another, faster bowler who would have strolled into most 2nd XIs and…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on May 24, 2011 at 1:26 — No Comments

3rds vs Hanwell - The One That Got Away

N.B This is my second attempt to write my blog. The first I attempted Saturday night a bit drunk, but was so depressing and vitriolic that I had to delete it. So I gave it 2 days and here we go again. A bit more upbeat.


The Good : CECC took to the field after spending 10 minutes trying to locate our newbie Nikhil, who had mysteriously disappeared from the Mill Hill Ground. (Did his disappearance forwarn us of our impending…


Added by Robert Russell on May 23, 2011 at 22:06 — 1 Comment

Wildcards v Octopus 22.5.11 We won I tell you!

Six matches of hurt, but we never stopped believing.  Except maybe those who decorated the changing room with “Crimewatch out” posters.  Ya bastards.

Yes, at the seventh attempt, a CECC team captained by yours truly has won.  And I can assure you it is nicer than losing.

Frankly for much of the afternoon it looked unlikely.  DJ was out first ball of the game to one that swung and seamed. The Octopi swung the ball, and the swirling wind made batting tricky.  Only Bobby (31),…


Added by Bernard George on May 23, 2011 at 10:20 — 2 Comments

Sunday Wildcards VS London Erratics

Match report from Shyraz...


Crouch end was looking sharp as per usual with the sun looking down on us, and with the pressure of delivering a good result gave the youngsters the drive to step up as well as the senior players.

The skipper looked to ranil (76) to set the tone and with both openers looking to score! And playing some entertaining shots for the spectators, gave us a good base of 100+ for the first wicket. But a brisk innings from the skipper…


Added by Youdy 3000 on May 18, 2011 at 10:48 — 3 Comments

1sts versus Osterley - game 02

A Sock Snipping, Long Showering, Rear Flashing game of Cricket.


        Robert the Skipper won the toss this time, and as planned, put Osterley in on a hard flat track (or so it seemed for the most part of their batting), and one of their opening batsmen decided that the 2nd ball of the match (James J the bowler) was the best time for him go for a sprint and loosen up. Unfortunately for him, Raheel at cover had to just pick the ball up and aim at one stump at…


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on May 16, 2011 at 13:47 — No Comments

Sunday Friendly vs London Maccabi 15.5.11

Those of a sensitive disposition should not read this report.

25 years ago Australia were beaten at home, by Mike Gatting’s England, to complete a series of 14 matches without a victory. It was a humiliation.   BUT IT MADE THEM STRONG. From the next game onwards they played cricket in a new aggressive spirit. They played hard – ALL THE TIME. They played not just to win, BUT TO CRUSH THE OPPOSITION. And so was…


Added by Bernard George on May 15, 2011 at 23:23 — 7 Comments

3rds vs M.T.S.C.C – When Conversations Go Wrong

After we had soundly beaten M.T.S.C.C by 9 wickets to make it 2 wins out of 2, the following conversation (or near enough) took place between myself and Matt.

Me: It’s 3 hours after the cup final. Should be alright going through Wembley.

Matt: Yeah, I reckon…


Added by Robert Russell on May 15, 2011 at 18:27 — 1 Comment

4th XI v Old Actonian's 4th XI Saturday 14th May - Mill Hill

The inaugural 4th XI League fixture – v.Old Actonians at Mill Hill onSat 14th May - was a classic, notable for many things but not, alas, for a win.


Crouch End were put in to bat: the new ball attach looked threatening, fielding was keen, Old As looked like a good team.  Jeremy scored 7 off the top edge before being bowled, James F would have been LBW in the first over if the bowler had bothered to appeal but he and Khalid started to blunt the threat and…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on May 15, 2011 at 13:29 — 1 Comment

Sunday 8th May

Words from Tom Morris:


Sunday Wildcats vs. Spartans

A warm May welcome to the Spartans for a re-enactment of the Battle of Thermopylae saw a day of ups and very few downs for the Wildcats, particularly in the catch department.  However, in keeping with the tough resilience of the Hellenic Warriors, they dug their heels in with some tight bowling, leaving the Sundayers’ hopes fading under the shady branches of the weeping willow, a good 50 runs short of…


Added by Simon Tanner on May 12, 2011 at 9:01 — 2 Comments

1sts versus Edmonton - game 01

After all the talk, strategies, and plans, it was time for Crouch-enders to put them to practice against one of the toughest oppos' in the league, Edmonton.


Edmonton had won the toss and put us in on a moist, green wicket.


CECC: 256-9 in 55 overs (Shahid 106)

Edmonton: 244-7 in 46 overs (Shahid 4-75)


PHEW! Boy was that close. So how did it all unfold? Rambo reports:





Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on May 10, 2011 at 22:46 — No Comments

4th XI Friendly v. N2 CC Sat 7th May

The 4th XI that went to Barnet to play N2 Cricket Club was a bit light on bowling, due in part to the Kevin communication problem.  Joe and Nicholas made a very good stab at being a new-ball pair, certainly one of Joe’s best spells for the club, but the first wicket didn’t fall until the score was about 150 and the departing batsman had got 100 when Bhanu held a good sharp catch.  Connor, Kasif and Nabil all then got good bowling experience under their belt, Bhanu took two…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on May 9, 2011 at 22:21 — 1 Comment

3rds vs Alexandra Park - Simon Tanner Makes A New Friend

*DISCLAIMER* Response to my previous blog has indicated that there may have been too many Moni/Money puns. Therefore I can categorically state there will be none in this match report. That would be Silly Moni authorship of my behalf and quite frankly you, the reader, deserve better.


After the mathematicial conundrum of how you fit 9 players with kit bags into a Ford Focus was solved. Crouch End won the toss and realising our…


Added by Robert Russell on May 8, 2011 at 17:51 — 2 Comments

Crouch End Wildcards 2 V Beamers


On a blustery Sunday afternoon, a Wildcards Select 11 took on the rather worryingly named 'Beamers'. Even more concerning was the shadow of a large number of consecutive defeats looming over the game before we'd even got eleven players together...

...Which included one of the Beamers' sons (but more on that later).

With our opposition facing the gales and opting to field first, off we went. Despite a strong opening pairing…


Added by Paul Godden on May 2, 2011 at 23:19 — 1 Comment

Sunday 1 May at Gerrards Cross (and if Gerrards Cross how do we feel after another defeat?)

Another Sunday, another defeat.  Once the opposition had blasted their way to 250 runs off 40 overs we looked doomed, and when the promising George Greenslade knocked a catch back to the bowler in the first over of our reply it was unlikely that this would end well.


However there were some good individual performances.

Joe Perera's bowling grew in confidence and aggression, resulting…


Added by Bernard George on May 2, 2011 at 11:19 — 4 Comments

3rds vs Alexandra Park - Show me the Moni!

The thing about new members is you never know how good (or not so good they are) until they take to the field. Take Moni, although he bowled a couple of overs and luckily hacked 2 sixes from the opposition premier off spin bowler, he was still a bit of an unknown quantity. Anyway more Moni talk later (NB I have a whole season's worth of Moni/money puns - highlights will include On the Moni, Pocket Moni , Blood Moni, Moni Spinner and my personal favourite Moni Shot).




Added by Robert Russell on May 1, 2011 at 17:18 — No Comments



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