C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Pinner had won the toss and elected to Bat
Pinner: 100 a/o 35 ish overs, Chris Hull 5-1-11-4
Crouch End: 101/5 in 32.2 overs.
M.Anstee: 32*, K. Alexander: 25
Having lost the first game to Srilankan Cavaliers, Crouch End took the field
with more purpose and vigor which was clearly visible in their bowling and
fielding. Mohsinul and Ray Khan stuck to the task even though opposition's big
hitting opener Manoj gave them a flyer (21-0 in 3 overs). Mohsinul would soon
pick up Crouch End's First Wicket (LBW) and things changed dramatically. Manoj
soon perished trying to clear long-on against Ray only to see Chris Hull take a
neat catch. At this point the momentum was fully with Crouch Enders and one
would've expected Pinner to keep their head down and build an innings. That's
not what happened. Every Batsman walked in from then on were taking undue
risks, playing the ball in the air to some very tight bowling from the Crouch
Enders. Barring a few wides from Mosh, the bowling had been generally good. Ray and Mohsinul finished with 2 wickets
each. Then followed the real downfall of Pinner, as Shobuj picked a wicket
in his second over (again an ambitious shot from one of their middle order
batsman - caught at cover), and Chris Hull, with his tight swing bowling picked 4 wickets
in his 5 overs (2 brilliant stumpings by Keith, and a stunning catch at long-on
by Skipper Rogers) to finish Pinner's innings for only a 100.
Chasing only a 100, Mark and Murthy walked to the crease with an intention of
winning it by 10 wickets. Not to be. After timing one sweetly through the
off-side for 4, Murthy perished, unable to get on top of the extra bounce and
was caught at gully off the last ball of the fist over (4-1). Mohsinul came in
at 3 and was controversially adjudged caught behind for only 10. Keith at 4,
played some lovely shots and just when Crouch End were closing in on Pinner's
total, Keith was dismissed trying to play over mid-off, only managing to hold
out for 25. This was followed by 2 quick wickets (Shiva 1, Kamlesh 2). Amidst
all this, Mark was doing what he does best at the other end, blocking good ones,
and dispatching the loose ones to the boundary (don’t ask him about it. He
would say something about his right elbow not coming straight enough…B.S.).
When he was joined by the experienced Andy Jeffreys who looked solid for his
unbeaten 14, it was all over for Pinner, and Crouch End second’s got their
first win of the season.
BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE BY US. CONGRATULATIONS TO SKIPPER ROGER GREENSLADE.
Spot of Bother:
In Pinner’s total of 100, there were 34 extras given by our bowlers. If only Pinner kept their head down and blocked the good ones, we could’ve been easily chasing 200 that day.
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