C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
" Beware Twickenham. There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal"
So ended last week's blog. This clarion call to the team proved prophetic on 2 levels. Firstly, on the metaphorical level, soundly beating the opposition (bowling them for 91 and then getting it without losing a wicket). But it also bore relevance on a literal level, as upon arrival, fielding at mid on was the carcass of a wounded (well, dead) hedgehog. Being a player down we reasoned it could be our 11th man, before sense prevailed and it was given a proper burial at sea (ditch next to the boundary).
CECC won the toss, and despite flashbacks to last week, stuck with our modus operandus and bowled first. Joe bowled tightly with bounce and menace and picked up 1 of their openers, Moni was a bit more wayward. On came Hemant and continued from last week, taking 3 wickets including 2 in a row, the first of which was accompanied by entirely accurate retort "You don't leave those". Twickenham then rallied (a bit) and their no.5 clubbed Nickiel whenever he dropped short, at drinks they were 85-5. Then in a collapse strangely reminiscent of something that happened recently.......what was it?........no, it's gone, Twickenham finished losing their last 5 wickets for 6 runs. The reasons, well Nickiel exacted his revenge on the biffer and ended with 2 more, and enter stage left Mr Kishore Vara. Moving the ball sideways (his words), he picked up 3 wickets and that was that.
Oh that's right we collapsed last week spectacularly, I knew it sounded familiar, anyway. CECC opened with Rajen and Kishore, and this week did what we should have done last week and finished the job professionally. Both carried their bats to 41 and 44 not out respectively, and in 21 overs the game was over. As an interesting aside, we think that we have stumbled on a sure fire omen for victory - whenever Moni is due to go in next, we don't lose a wicket. This was true at MTSCC when he was at 4, and again this week batting at 3. The audible ripping of pads being removed with 10 runs to win almost cried out 'When will I bat?'. Unfortunately this week there were no Moni shots (that one's for DJ).
A truly professional perfomance to get ourselves back on track. In addition to those already named, I should also mention:
1) Simon's first 2 catches of the season.
2) Joe nearly starting another fight with the oppo.
3) Liam's mate Jack subbing for the hedgehog and looking damn impressive also with 2 catches.
4) Hemant making a fantastic observation which I said I would include in this report but for the life of me can't remember what it was (Hemant if you read this add it in comments).
5) Kishore nearly wiping out the oppo skipper in our warm up with an errant shot.
6) Kishore again for twisting his body round twice before falling over, attempting a sweep. (Ever the professional made sure his bat was grounded)
7) Joe again for foolishly betting against me on the pronunciation of Moni's name.
8) Richard, who after the first delivery of the Twickenham innings realised something was amiss. Oh yes, forgot to put his keeper pads on!
Next up our ever genial hosts Perivale. Must remember to bring the sawdust. (3rd XI joke, please refer to Andrew's match report last season for explanation).
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