C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
The 4th XI were soundly beaten by Hornsey 4th in their first league game on Saturday, away, at the St Aloysius School ground.
Crouch End won the toss and fielded; but after 10 overs, and despite the best efforts of Nabil and Stuart, Hornsey’s experienced openers had put on 75 runs. Andrew and Dominic exerted a bit more control; Andrew had both the openers caught behind by Khalid, had the first precocious youth caught by Peter at square leg then was pleased to see the very capable captain edge another to the safe hands of Khalid. Stuart and Tom tried valiantly to keep the lid on things; but a succession of youngsters, one of them ending on 61 not out, showed a lot of enterprise and no little skill in scampering their way to 207 in the 49th over when the last wicket fell.
Hornsey knew how to use the new ball. One opener was old and very tall, the other was young and very small, but each moved the ball in the air and sometimes off an increasingly helpful pitch. Crouch End’s main resistance came from a third-wicket partnership of 40 between Mamun, who hit another accomplished 30, and Nabil whose crisp, if too often aerial, hitting brought him 22. Hornsey’s change bowling consisted entirely of wrist spin: they had four 13-year-old exponents, one of them with an unfathomable googly. Though Stuart and Dominic put up some stoic resistance Crouch End succumbed for 92 in the 31st over.
This game was in interesting contrast to the same fixture last year. Hornsey had got their act together. Last year’s youngsters had panicked and got out for 90: this year’s seemed much better coached and had much more about them. The older players too had a lot more to offer. The fact that there were four father-son combinations, if you include the scorer, made for a very good tone to the side. We may have been doubtful about Hornsey’s youth policy in the past: they seem to be on the right lines now.
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