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July 2011 Blog Posts (13)

2's vs. Old Lyonians- The one that got away between Shiva's legs.

No one asked me to write a report, but I feel the need to shed light on Shiva's terrible fielding and the fact that we lost a match that we should have won comfortably.


  They say that bad things come in three and this was true of today:

1. We batted badly.

2. We bowled badly. 

3. We fielded f****** awfully.


  Also, there were three very real fatal omens at the start of the match:

1. A bee/old Indian man buzzed in my ear.



Added by Joseph Perera on July 31, 2011 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

1sts versus Pinner (away)

Without JJ, Mosh, Rhodey and a non-bowling Hitman, it is fair to say that Crouch Enders were somewhat depleted going into this game. After the toss was won by Skipper Robbie J and we went in to bat on what was supposed to be a flat deck, Omar and Syd started well. They soon realised this wasn't a typical pinner wicket with the ball coming on nicely, instead stopping on them like a tennis ball owing to the overnight rain. With a range of ariel but clean strokes, Omar soon reached his fifty.…


Added by L N Murthy Upadhyayula on July 26, 2011 at 13:48 — No Comments

3rds vs Hanwell - You can't teach an old ball new tricks.

What makes losing worse, is losing to a team that are quite nice, because then you can't really slag them off in the car on the way back. Even more so if they don't make a fuss when you feather one behind, the umpire doesn't give it and you decide that after 2 shooters, 1 highly dubious LBW, 2 people running you out, along with the fact your 46 for 4, you're not going to walk. Maybe it was karma we lost. Cheats never prosper............unless they're from Finchley.....................or…


Added by Robert Russell on July 24, 2011 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

Match Report 4ths 23/7/11

The oppo won the toss and put CECC in to bat, rarely a good decision on the pudding at Mill Hill. Again, no changing or toilet facilities available fortunately TGP team were decent about it. Alas, Liam copped a good one and was back in the hutch early then a few overs later 5Fer found another way to get out early by playing on, enter Khalid. He took control of the game and hit out hard when the loose ones were presented especially to the point/cover area (49). He was ably assisted by the…


Added by Richard Pfeiffer on July 24, 2011 at 10:10 — 2 Comments

2's vs. Pinner- The Walk in the Park

   Midway through our innings I stood with James and Courtney on the boundary and happily declared that this game was a walk in the park, although James became rather meek when he realised the fielder standing not 6 feet away was the one who had got him out. This clearly annoyed this wicket-taking fielder and he rallied out a less than optimistic cheer to his depleted team. Chris hammered a four next ball and I'm pretty sure the game was finished soon after. We won, by the way.



Added by Joseph Perera on July 23, 2011 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Shepherd's Cot Development League v. Hornsey (H) Sun 10th July

A brief report on how the Hornsey Development League formula worked again.  In a repeat of both of last year’s fixtures in this league, Hornsey won the toss, batted and, with a substantial contribution from their overseas player, put up too big a score.  The important thing for Hornsey seems to be the League, for Crouch End it is the Development: and we must thank the opposition for giving our young bowlers a decent challenge. 


After the slightly tetchy realisation that runs…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 11, 2011 at 22:50 — No Comments

A Nightmare In Edmonton, Part II

Sunday Wildcards V Edmonton. The grudge match.


After news got back to CECC of the events the day before (In Mr Tanners words - 'whoops'), The Wildcards travelled to Edmonton with a point to prove. The day started pretty well, the sun was shining, the weather was sweet and we were bowling. 


Syd and Pat opened the bowling and their batsmen had no answer to the blistering pace and unnerving accuracy. As far as I can remember, Syd bowled a couple and Pat had…


Added by Jack Waters on July 11, 2011 at 10:09 — 3 Comments

3rds vs Alexandra Park - Wind of Change

So this is how it goes: I walk out to the middle, make some small talk with the opposition captain, scrutinise the wicket (making me look like I know what I'm doing), he flips the coin, I call heads, it comes down heads, we bowl, skittle them for under 200, chase it down, shake hands and go home with 10 points. And so as the coin was in mid-air, I duly called heads, and heads it would have been, had not a sudden gust of wind blown the coin sideways off the wicket and onto the outfield. Then…


Added by Robert Russell on July 10, 2011 at 20:56 — 6 Comments

Battersea Ironsides? Sarf of the river? Yor 'avin' a larf.

We had a miserable journey to the distant land of Wandsworth (one congestion blackspot after another). And when we came to bat, most of us had a miserable time too.  The pitch had variable bounce, and the opening bowlers were swinging the ball like a frisbee.  Khalid went LBW for nuffink, then Antonio for four and me for seven, and if they had kept the openers on a bit longer it might have got a bit embarassing.  But they didn't and we had three batsmen who took advantage.

First there…


Added by Bernard George on July 9, 2011 at 23:21 — 3 Comments

INTERNAL CLUB MATCH: The WideCrabs V. The Artists Formerly Known as The Meercats

Perhaps, gentle reader, we will never know the truth of why it happened. Along with the Marie Celeste and the construction of the pyramids, the exact reasons* as to why our oppo (Langlebury) cancelled the league match precisely one hour and twenty minutes before kick off / toss up will be forever lost in the midst of time.


But my theory is it went something like this.


They pitched up early, had a sneaky look around, saw a formidable sight reminiscent of Allan…


Added by Paul Godden on July 6, 2011 at 21:01 — 3 Comments


 FOR ONE WEEK ONLY - Rob Jenkins writes


Rambo made way for Mosh in Mr Khans car and the focus of the journey was on the youngster.  I learnt nothing.  For Moshinul responds to a conversation like George Best his second kidney.…


Added by Robert Jenkins on July 5, 2011 at 21:13 — 2 Comments

3rds vs GWR - Moni talks, but you shouldn't always listen!

Turning up at the salubrious surroundings of Ealing Sports Ground, Moni ascertained the pitch and team we were playing. However things didn’t seem right, GWR belied the look of a team bottom of the league with their matching shirt logos and vociferous warming up, moreover the changing rooms were actually open and furthermore upon arrival a dead crow lay in our path (not quite as decomposed as the hedgehog, but a foreboding sign). Something untangible was worrying me, but undeterred I strode…


Added by Robert Russell on July 3, 2011 at 19:23 — 7 Comments

4th XI v Ickenham 4th at Mill Hill, Saturday 2nd July

The 4th XI struggled with the bat against Ickenham IV at Mill Hill on Saturday, but prevailed with the ball recording a well-fought 10 run win.


The fact that the Crouch End total included 37 in wides and no balls indicates that table-topping Ickenham were not at full strength, yet several wickets, those of Khalid, Jeremy, Ian and Antonio, fell to very good balls. Others (Sam, Shashi, and Vikash) obligingly hit the ball to fielders.  Andrew having shepherded the score to 50…


Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 3, 2011 at 17:28 — 2 Comments

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