C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
CONVERSATIONS IN CRICKET #3
Steve: We should be able to defend 194
Me: If we can't, we don't deserve to win.
We couldn't. We didn't.
Losing the toss invariably means we bat first, and though Richmond's skipper teased me, like so many women have, for a good ten seconds, as to what to do, the "We'll bowl first" eventually came. A Tsumani-less Simon strode out and shortly back in, while Dilan continued to impress with solid defence…Continue
Another tale of 4th XI battling failure, away to Bessborough on Saturday; and though it’s also a tale of a heartening recovery this wasn’t sufficient to prevent defeat.
Crouch End were embarrassed to be reduced to 8 for 5 after 7 overs. It seems traditional that we give the opposition a bonus LBW decision in which the batsman swears he has hit it. Peter was the victim this time. Sam had already pushed a soft catch to mid-wicket, Andrew missed an out-swinger,…Continue
The 4th XI lost another opportunity to score some runs on Saturday, at the Church Road home ground against Hornsey 4ths, and the game by 6 wickets.
A soft pitch, a grassy outfield, two self-inflicted run outs (by Rob Y), some poor shots and some good leg-break bowling reduced Crouch End to 62 all out in 46 overs. There were no boundaries and a top score of 16 (by Rob Y).
Hornsey were made to work for their win. Des, Kiran and debutant Doug all bowled well;…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 24, 2012 at 7:54 — No Comments
Wildcards 95 a/o vs London Marshes 96-2
I wanted to make this humorous but it’s not funny anymore. Stop reading at the end of this sentence if you’re prone to depression.
It would be true to say that the pitch had a significant effect on the outcome of this game. Being both slightly damp and also hard in places, it was obvious the ball would stay low but with the odd surprise. The home bowlers clearly knew how to use…Continue
Match Report Update:
7th July vs Edmonton: Losing Draw. Bowling and fielding not great. Batting good.
14th July vs Lohana: Abandoned. Stand in skipper Phil Nagler called/bottled it when the first drop of rain fell on Saturday morning.
And so to Kenton:
Upon arrival there was a strange sight at either end of the pitch, big white things on wheels. One had heard of these fabled 'sight screens', in stories passed down from generation to generation, but for a…Continue
The 4ths trudged across a swampy outfield in confident expectation that, even if they agreed to start a reduced overs match on the least squelchy of the strips offered, the encircling black clouds would cause its speedy termination. Seven hours later, after no rain and quite a lot of sunshine, they were congratulating themselves on having retrieved a point for a losing draw against a strong and noisy Expatriates 3rd XI.
Recruited no doubt from the cancelled games…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 9, 2012 at 2:37 — No Comments
A severely weakened batting line up meant that temporary skipper JJ would have to assume more responsibility in all departments, a prospect he seemed to relish.
At 46-5, J was joined by late call up Wasif who grafted against some testing bowling. They put together the key partneship which brought us up to 100. From there the tail wagged and ran the tattered Lyons ragged. We squeezed up to 143 a/o with JJ the last man out for a fantastic 69, his only support…Continue
Turnham Green used the old trick of opening the bowling with a mature player with a two step run up who lobs the ball skywards at zero miles per hour and makes monkeys of the Crouch End middle order.
Electing to bat at the Church Road home ground on another blustery day the 4th XI made a decent start. Courtney, umpiring, withstood the verbals of the mature bowler but then had to withstand the verbals of Khalid whom he gave out LBW despite the fact that Khalid, and…Continue
* DISCLAIMER: Got a bit bored this week and tried something different. I think it works, but some may argue it doesn't actually contain many details of the match. This probably true, so for those people the headlines are:
Dilan and I forgot our trousers. One of the opposition spent 5 minutes in our changing room chatting to James F before realising he wasn't in our team. They got 157. Kashif and Felix bowled well, Matt got 6 and was brilliant. Naggers and Dilan started well, middle…Continue