C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
The night started early with a defeated away team lookimg for solice in the bottom of a pint glass, JoE's bag on top of the score box (and though I was only witness to one of these-) Simon talking up his two wickets on the tube and fast bowler not saying a word in the car all the way from south harrow to…Continue
SAT FRIENDLY, HADLEY WOOD, HOME
Robbie J opened the batting and counted down from a target of 100 runs . No less. After the first over 85 were required and by seven overs just 50. At the other end, eternally underused bat Sri, showed that he could be the next Upad to open the batting in the 1sts... If he wants to experience what Mukund felt like this summer and cripple his self esteem.
115 off 16 before Sri was out for a excellent 36. Inexplicably, Rob…Continue
Sunday Platoon vs Southgate Compton
With Captain George away for the week, the much nicer but far less effectual, Sergeant Morris took charge to lead the Dad's Army on a Sunday training mission to Southgate Compton. Despite being blessed with presence of a number of bright young cadets, even their ebullience couldn’t bring about the long sought after victory that…Continue
The day began with the news that Sasha would captain the side and the discovery that the ground was "very soggy". The oppo who thought that the game was a 1.30 start (it wasn't), eventually turned up and so Sasha went out to toss with their skipper.
"We're rubbish we haven't one a game all season", he said.
So to my surprise the call came down on his chosen side and he took no time in deciding to bat on a very green wicket.
Charles and Hamid opened up and we could see…Continue
Deep into September and the skies are cloudy, rain sweeps occasionally across the oval, and the game finishes in near darkness, with us shivering in mildewed sweaters that last got an airing in May. There is surly murmuring from the ranks, mainly from two players who have not forgiven me for ordering them to bat at nos 10 and 11, due to them turning up without their match fees. The winter is coming and I will not be seeing some of you guys again for some time, which may be just as…Continue
Getting to the ground after a tense England watch (rugby) meant that I may have been thinking rugby more than cricket, but I think we'll all agree the ground looked like it had had a rugby match played on it, contradictory to it's prestigious reputation as the field of dreams.
Anyhow, it was declared by the ever cheerful skipper (who is beginning to groom a ginger mullet) that we should drown, oh no that action made by him was bowl. We bowled first.
Varun and Ian opened up. It…Continue
Sasha clips the ball off his legs for 3 runs, and gets to his maiden 50 for CECC 3rds. Scores tied. I face up to my second ball, steer (edge) it down to 3rd man. CECC win by 6 wickets and are promoted to Division 3. Cue celebrations which will involve Joe getting mercilessly sprayed with champagne, a picture of myself and Varun looking…Continue
A tale of two games today, literally. The best news of today was that we managed two games, despite the weather trying to halt all cricket in London.
Game 1 Harrow - we lost the toss, were put into bat, and the rain started almost from the off. Harrow were keen to play, as they wanted to win the league and had loaded their team accordingly. We had one hour of play, and were 32 off 12 overs - pretty slow batting, but that was partially understandable given they had some…
The report of the last 4th XI last league game will probably be the shortest. Osterley 3rds would be top of the league but for points deducted after an altercation with Ickenham, yielding their place to Osterley 4ths who had beaten us with some comfort earlier in the year. By a quirk of time-tabling we made the long trip to play both sides on their home ground
Both Osterley sides have been noisy, pleased with themselves, slightly chaotic but full of raw talent. …Continue