C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Saturday was hot. Very hot. Thankfully we only had a short trip to Alexandra Park to negotiate. The toss was lost and we were asked to bat on a dry, hard and dusty wicket. It looked like a good toss to lose and save ourselves an afternoon wilting in the sun. This would be a real test of our excellent good form against a side that caused us plenty of problems in the reverse fixture.
Jon and Khairul opened and progress was brisk with both exploiting loose deliveries from…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on July 25, 2016 at 21:51 — No Comments
It’s not often the 4th XI have a well balanced side, but against Wembley 4ths on Saturday there were four seamers, six batsmen and a wicket-keeper-batsman at No 7; and this was conspicuously a game in which many contributed.
Crouch End were asked to field in very hot conditions and Dhamendra took an early wicket; but it took 15 overs of stalemate - no wickets and very few runs – for him to get the next one, caught by Mike the ‘keeper who then repeated the trick off…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 25, 2016 at 19:39 — No Comments
There was clear evidence on Saturday that the challenge is not the opposition but ourselves. Perivale 4th are the sort of team we should be able to match.
If any side had the players playing below their true grade it was us. Having lost the toss Crouch End batted and Darren, testing out his injured knee, made a typically belligerent start. It was a pleasant change to see the opposition wilt at the sight of a big-hitting, experienced batsman offering the prospect of a…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 18, 2016 at 13:34 — No Comments
Last Saturday saw us take on fourth placed Teddington at our Edmonton home. They had beaten us in the first game and were lurking just four points below us in the table. Despite this, I was cautiously optimistic given our recent good run of form. The side saw four changes from that which has performed so well over the last five weeks.
Despite the warm day, the pitch was very green. After three successive toss losses, my luck returned and Teddington were asked to bat. …Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on July 18, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments
After last week’s heroics against league leaders Hampstead and the subsequent euphoria, it was always going to be a tricky and different challenge against bottom side Edmonton. On paper a match against a side that had lost all nine previous games and not gained a single point looked a formality. It proved anything but that.
With great availability this week, it was pleasing to be able to name 10 of those that beat Hampstead. Keith replaced Dilan behind the stumps as the…Continue
Added by Matt Chambers on July 13, 2016 at 13:43 — No Comments
For the second week running the 4th XI came up against a side with a lot of experience. This was considered a strong Crouch End team and it was happy to be put in to bat. However, George went in the first over, Tom was put out of his misery when he eventually got an edge, and progress was understandably slow in the face of some very tidy bowling. Mike D and Naggers waited patiently for a hittable ball and slowly got the run rate from one-an-over to the dizzy heights of almost…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 13, 2016 at 11:39 — No Comments
Having won the toss the Crouch End top order faced one very accomplished bowler and got themselves out to the bloke at the other end. One Robbie Singh, returning to cricket by way of the Acton 4th XI, landed the ball on a length and moved it both ways. Naggers alone, briefly supported by Vaibhai, Ruskin and Nino, managed both to keep him out and not surrender to the pie-chucker at the other end, scoring 48 out of the Crouch End total of 114 in 43 overs. Acton…Continue
Added by Andrew Frank Smith on July 6, 2016 at 12:19 — No Comments
Last Saturday was always going to be the true test of how good we are this season, or how good we think we are. It does not get tougher than Hampstead away – here is a side that we got promoted with but won the league at a canter and have won all bar one of their matches this season. They only didn’t win that one game because of last weekend’s rain. They had not lost since we beat them on the first day of last season.
Be warned – this is a long one, so settle in. There’s…Continue