C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Another tale of 4th XI battling failure, away to Bessborough on Saturday; and though it’s also a tale of a heartening recovery this wasn’t sufficient to prevent defeat.
Crouch End were embarrassed to be reduced to 8 for 5 after 7 overs. It seems traditional that we give the opposition a bonus LBW decision in which the batsman swears he has hit it. Peter was the victim this time. Sam had already pushed a soft catch to mid-wicket, Andrew missed an out-swinger, Jeremy missed a straight one. Nabil was well caught at slip but why he was flashing at a wide one, second ball, we can only speculate.
Bessborough rested their strike bowler; but all credit to Ian and Dominic who put on 75 for the next wicket. It could have been more if they’d had more confidence about running between the wickets; but they stuck to the axiom of defending the good balls and hitting the bad ones. Ian, after 18 overs, misjudged a Yorker on 30; Kiran swung to good effect for 9 and Dominic ended on 39 not out when Courtney couldn’t follow up his spanking 4; and the innings ended on 111 in 34 overs.
Any score is a defendable score; and hopes were raised when Kiran took an early wicket. He received only sketchy support at the other end. Andrew’s introduction put the pressure on again and yielded two wickets; but runs had leached away. Kiran returned and immediately hit the stumps for the second time; but the Bessborough middle order didn’t panic. There was time for Jeremy to take an excellent catch at mid on from Dominic’s bowling; but it was all too late. Bessborough 115 for 5 in the 24th over.
Crouch End weren’t too shabby in the field; but a side that bowls 15 wides and nine no balls is not giving itself an even chance. Let’s hope some of the many lessons to be learned through this season’s experience can be heeded before the season ends.
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