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June 2015 Blog Posts (16)

3rds vs Acton 4ths

Saturday was hot.  As I walked to the game with the sun blazing down, I had the baking and long hard afternoon at Uxbridge a few weeks ago in my mind.  There I won the toss and we had to endure our most difficult session of the season and wilted in the heat as they smashed us to all parts.  Should we bat first this time?  Should we stick to our guns and bowl first?  As I walked out with Acton's captain, I still could not decide.  He won and chose to field, so taking the decision away from…


Added by Matt Chambers on June 30, 2015 at 14:08 — No Comments

League Averages after Week 7

Hi guys. Still struggling with who's who in the 4s. Mo kindly informed me that Zinnah is Opu and Opu is Apu so Apu and Opu are Zinnah. On the other hand, I also learned that Kaium and Quayum are not the same person and I suspect that Khairul is also K.K. are the averages spreadsheet here

1st XI Batting &…


Added by Kamuran Akkus on June 24, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

St Albans vs Crouch End - Chess Valley game Sun 21st June

We lost the toss and St Albans batted first on a good pitch.

Our openers Charles and Symon bowled well, both taking a wicket. The change bowlers also did a good job, Asif bowling ten overs of high quality, wily medium pace, unlucky to finish wicketless. Mark bagged two on his first bowling outing after injury. 

As we neared the last…


Added by Joe Nickel on June 23, 2015 at 13:15 — No Comments

3rds vs Birkbeck College 3rds - Shiva me timbers

After gaining just two points from the previous three games, it was important to get back on track against struggling Birkbeck College on Saturday.  The forecast indicated rain later in the afternoon, so there would have to be no mucking around to secure a positive result.  Birkbeck's captain showed me both sides of the coin in great detail (- is this a new league directive for 2015 that I have missed?).  I liked the look of one side more than the other.  It liked me too.  Birkbeck…


Added by Matt Chambers on June 22, 2015 at 16:10 — 5 Comments

League Averages after Week 6

I'll continue with the copypaste for now. Excel file still attached. Msg me if there are any mistakes.

1st XI Batting and Bowling…


Added by Kamuran Akkus on June 18, 2015 at 2:00 — 4 Comments

3rds vs Highgate 4ths - All good things come to an end ...

As I walked to the club on Saturday morning, it was muggy and gloomy.  There was an ominous and slightly unsettling feeling in the air.  The match was against old foes Highgate 4ths, who were enjoying a good run that had seen them leapfrog us in to second place the previous week.  The pitch was green and damp.  It was not a toss to lose.  The toss was lost.  We were politely asked to bat amidst mild, restrained opposition celebration.  Simon and Richard opened up in very tricky conditions…


Added by Matt Chambers on June 17, 2015 at 18:07 — 1 Comment

Crouch End vs Northwood Town, Sun 14th June - Jo Nickel Match Report

Skipper Nix won the toss and elected to bat first, on a damp, strangely curved pitch. It was, to be fair, a shit decision. 
Crouch End innings: The ball was popping and seaming extravagantly, one opener in particular finding bounce and lateral movement - and at pace. However, it soon became clear that Northwood were significantly better at bowling than…

Added by Simon Tanner on June 15, 2015 at 13:47 — No Comments

Bend it like Brentham With the Crouchend CC  youth policy out the window, we travelled to Brentham with a very strong and experienced side. Most notable was the return to playing role for Darren, a…

Bend it like Brentham

With the Crouchend CC  youth policy out the window, we travelled to Brentham with a very strong and experienced side.

Most notable was the return to playing role for Darren, appearance of Dave Cattell and the debut for Hitesh in the second eleven.

Brentham won the toss on a flat dry deck and an immaculate outfield on a lovely summers day.... and at 40 without loss they were off to a flyer ... a couple quick wickets…


Added by Sasha on June 12, 2015 at 0:48 — 2 Comments

League Averages after Week 5

Tried something different with the copy pasting this week. Spreadsheet included too.  figs15.xlsx

1st XI Batting and Bowling…


Added by Kamuran Akkus on June 11, 2015 at 11:05 — No Comments

First Sunday's league match - v. Redbourne June 7

As Bing Crosby (you’ve heard of him?) would have said, “you gotta ACCentuate the positive, EElimInate the negative”, which is why I will start with the fact that the Sunday team got our highest Sunday score of the season so far, 215 all out.

Unfortunately this was in reply to Redbourne’s not-inconsiderable 344 for 4. We took a bit of a battering.

CECC’s man of the match, Zinzan, returned our best bowling figures of 2 for 37 from 10 overs, then scored 46 runs.  (Nobody else is…


Added by Mark Sandler on June 9, 2015 at 13:39 — No Comments

4ths vs Wembley - The Magnificent Seven

Warning – if you haven’t seen the movie, go to Netflix before you continue…

The 4ths faced three problems before the game on Saturday; the first that only 10 men were playing; the second, that Mo was tootling down the A303 to Devon, meaning that the most reliable all-rounder from last season and Churchillian strategist of the game had to be replaced by a new skip-for-the-day.  Third, the oppo, Wembley, had a 100% record so far.  Not looking good. 

Looking worse when, after…


Added by Tom Morris on June 8, 2015 at 19:48 — No Comments

3rds vs Uxbridge 4ths - The Battle of Uxbridge

Following last week's trials and tribulations, it was good to be back to somewhere approaching full strength for our longest trip of the season.  The facilities at Uxbridge are second to none at our level and will welcome Chris Gayle et al when Middlesex host a T20 match against Somerset there in a couple of weeks.  I had done my research - Uxbridge score plenty of runs and it was easy to see why.  A rock hard pitch (I heard someone describe it as 'a road') and a couple of short-ish…


Added by Matt Chambers on June 7, 2015 at 22:23 — 2 Comments

League Averages post Week 4

Fixed issue with slightly off economies for incomplete overs. Did my best to piece together who's who in the 4s. As usual, please do let me know if there are any mistakes.


Added by Kamuran Akkus on June 4, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

2nds vs Lohana (H) 30th May

Thanks to the Thirds

The usual scramble for players at selection was met with a generous shuffle and savy loan of some high quality competitors ... thanks Matt for lending us your Troopers - we start to see the selection and freedom of movement begin to pay off already.

Winning the toss on a good deck Lohana were asked to bat first as Crouchend tried to consolidate their league position and ensure they got the most points from the match up.

Some much improved bowling and…


Added by Sasha on June 2, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

3rds vs Kenton 4ths - For Pete's Sake

Following a selection meeting on Wednesday that made me wish I had stayed in Australia and much subsequent shuffling of an already depleted pack, we finally made it to match day at Edmonton.  We had 10 players including three debutants and club legend Peter Jenkins, who had agreed to help in our hour of need.  As I went out to the middle with Kenton's skipper he lamented about missing personnel and missed opportunities to win in previous weeks.  I put on my best poker face, revealed that we…


Added by Matt Chambers on June 1, 2015 at 17:17 — No Comments

Sunday XI May 30 v Weekenders

Phil scored 58 and Julian 42. With the help of a few cavalier innings in the teens, the Sunday side put together our best score of the season: 195. Unfortunately, the oppo had already batted and amassed 275 for 2, with numbers 3 and 4 bats each scoring a ton. There was no glory for any of our bowlers, sadly – every less than perfect ball being smashed to the boundary.

At 20 overs, we were matching their rate, with over 100 on the board, and fewer wickets lost. But Phil’s dismissal led…


Added by Mark Sandler on June 1, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

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