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June 2011 Blog Posts (16)

How we made Southgate sweat, with the ultimate team performance: Sunday 2nds v Southgate 26.6.11

If, as my wife suggested, I had spent my birthday in the bosom of my family, I would have missed the finest team performance I have seen from a CECC team. I mean, how often do we have six players reaching 20 runs, or 6 players taking a wicket?  But today we achieved both those feats to leave Southgate sweating, dispirited and soundly beaten.

Bernard, Tim, DJ, Tom, Hamid and Connor were our super six batsmen.  Hamid top scored with 44 not out, and Connor was next with 33.  Nobody got…


Added by Bernard George on June 27, 2011 at 9:06 — 9 Comments

4th XI v. Swamibapa III, Away, Sat 25th June

The 4th XI retrieved a point from Saturday’s draw with Swamibapa.  There were some good moments, some performances from which to take heart, but the impression left by the game was a slightly gloomy one.


Swamibapa, having been put in to bat, were not discomforted by the damp pitch or the Crouch End bowling.  Charles, after two sparkling games was short of grip and consequently of consistency.  After picking up a couple of early wickets Dhamendra was making little…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on June 27, 2011 at 1:51 — No Comments

3rds vs Finchley - War of Attrition

The title proves apt both in the sense that this was not a great spectacle to watch, and it was to say the least a 'tetchy' affair. If Finchley were your girlfriend (or boyfriend, hey I not judging) if you didn't immediately dump them, they would be categorised as 'high maintenance'. They complained about the facilities, the pitch, the bowler's run through, Simon's choice of shirt, not getting LBW decisions, Richard's unconventional giving guard technique, amongst other things (one of these…


Added by Robert Russell on June 26, 2011 at 23:21 — 3 Comments

1st 11 versus Turnham Green (Home)

18/06/2011: Match against Wycombe House:

                On a rain affected day, a determined Wycombe House team did everything 11 guys with mops, buckets and saw dust could possibly do in order for the game to get under way. Well, who would want to miss a game against a team that is at the bottom of the table? Amidst all the rain and chaois led by Hitman's smashed car window, we went into bat trying to prove a point. The game was ultimately rained off after 28 overs but we took some…


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on June 26, 2011 at 14:32 — No Comments

2nd XI vs Swamibappa

My first game as captain in many years ensured a restless few days before the match and friday night proved very hard to get some shut eye before 3am, perhaps the loud music and chasing of girls was to blame.

On to the match, i planned my batting line up to perfection then Kamlesh decided to become a thespian and 'break a leg' - his replacement was my dear friend of 15 years Dr Death / Shiva. Although is a good pal and has found out u can take more than £10 from a cash machine his…


Added by David Jenkins on June 26, 2011 at 10:32 — 3 Comments

Wildcards triumph over Ruislip Victoria 19.6.11

Given that the wicket was green and damp, and we had Dhamendra in the team, we naturally chose to bowl.  Dhamendra immediately dropped into his usual accurate groove (how he failed to take a wicket is a mystery).  Even though Ian was a little more wayward at the other end, the opposition struggled to get runs.  After 20 overs they had only 52.  However we were finding it equally hard to get wickets, apart from a Dhamendra run out with a direct hit from fine leg.

It was clear that the…


Added by Bernard George on June 19, 2011 at 23:11 — 12 Comments

1sts versus Birkbeck (game 06, home)

first of all, sorry I am late. It has been a forgettable weekend. It was our first defeat of the season.


We won the toss on a wet wicket and the game started half-hour late. Birkbeck were this formidable batting side that could annhialate any bowling attack on any day. Although our bowling of tidy to start with, we couldn't hold on to any chances presented to us and it costed us dearly in the end. I can't remember the last time so many sixes hit on that ground. May be a Chess…


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on June 17, 2011 at 18:40 — 1 Comment

3rds vs Indian Gymkhana - "All right no one say anything, he's going to explode."

* This report will include the 'Rage Gauge' monitoring the fluctuating anger levels of Mr Simon Tanner, with 1 = not angry at all, and 10 = very angry. Keep an eye out for it.


It was billed as the 'Clash of the Titans' (or at least it should have been, if anyone had bothered to stick it up on a 50ft billboard as we entered the ground), with ourselves and Indian Gymkhana joint top, having won 4 out of 5 games each. It should have been a real test, a chance to pit ourselves…


Added by Robert Russell on June 13, 2011 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

Sunday 12th June Match Reports

It rained all day.


Added by Simon Tanner on June 13, 2011 at 10:45 — 2 Comments

4th XI v. Edmonton 5th XI away Saturdday 11th June

After a good fielding and bowling performance the 4th showed none of last week’s resolve and capitulated to Edmonton 5th.


Edmonton usually supplies a good batting wicket but this one was very close to the edge of the square; and the decision to put Edmonton in seemed justified when they were successively 1 for 4, 2 for 7, 3 for 8, 4 for 8, 5 for 16, 6 for 29 and even 7 for 75.  Dhamendra was having one of his good days – 12 overs 5 maidens 2 for 12,…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on June 12, 2011 at 12:15 — No Comments

1sts versus MTSCC (game 05, Home)

After the Lyonians loss, CrouchEnders needed an inspiration. On a hot Saturday morning, JJ went in to do the toss in the absence of official skipper Rob. Having lost the toss JJ headed to the changing room and spoke a few words...which didn't sound entirely inspirational, particularly to the one person he was glaring at the whole time. Anyway, we were in the field.


Hitman started with a maiden, and JJ from the bottom end struck in his first over with a leg stump half-volley…


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on June 9, 2011 at 19:38 — No Comments

A Soggy Sunday for the Wildcards

CECC vs Old Elisabethans


Whilst the weather brought play to halt at Lords and offered the England team some shelter from the Sri Lankan batting onslaught, no such quarter was given Old Elisabethans on the other side of London, as Crouch End fought through torrential conditions in the field in a brave attempt to defend a meagre-ish total of 177.


The day started under cloudy skys with Bobby winning the toss and electing to bat. Myself and Ranil made a decent…


Added by John Kennedy on June 7, 2011 at 14:44 — 1 Comment

Super Sri Saves the Day (well almost)

Half way through our innings I looked at the scoreboard, and the words of Bonnie Tyler came to mind.

I need a hero.  I'm holding out for a hero till the end of the night

He's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast .  And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight

And a hero arrived...


Our batting had started OK.  Shyraz and Sam put on 39 for the first wicket, with Shyraz flashing the blade freely.  Then a rattle of wickets. …


Added by Bernard George on June 5, 2011 at 23:58 — 4 Comments

3rds vs Perivale - Old Enemies Bested

* For no real reason, other than I want to see if I can do it, I will attempt to write this report in the style of an old war epic.


And so it was on the 4th day of June in the year of our lord 2011 that the mighty warriors of Crouch End travelled west (well Ealing) to renew old rivalries with our bitterest of enemies Perivale. Some knew of past battles where bad light, outrageous appealing and sawdust had deepened the chasm of resentment and vitriol, others were oblivious of…


Added by Robert Russell on June 5, 2011 at 18:43 — 12 Comments

4th XI v. Highgate Vs, Mill Hill, Saturday 4th June

I try not to include too much autobiographical information in the 4th XI reports, but I feel I should make an exception today.  I dropped a catch off the first ball of the day, I didn’t bowl and I scored no runs, but I locked the Mill Hill padlock a satisfied man.


Highgate Vs chose to bat.  They made a slow start against the nagging length of Dhamendra and the pace of Charles.  Although only one wicket fell in the first 16 overs the batting side were never…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on June 5, 2011 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

1sts versus Old Lyonians

After winning the toss, Rob elected to field first on a rather moist pitch. The bowling started off pretty well as both JJ and Syd bowled some tight overs up front. Overs went by and after 10 overs Lyonians were 30-ish without loss. The first wicket didn't fall until Shobuj ran one of their openers somewhere between 15 and 20 overs. As it so often happens more wickets fell. After Rob's brief spell not going all that well, he replaced himself with Shobuj, the other spinner in the team. He…


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on June 1, 2011 at 12:12 — 1 Comment

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