C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
The 4th XI took full points from their game against Edmonton on Sat 15th June but made such heavy weather of it that there was an air of disappointment about the event.
It was the first game at our new home ground, no more than 200 yards from Edmonton’s own ground; yet the opposition could only raise seven players.
The pitch was slow; and, in an atmosphere of unreality, a reasonable bowling performance by Des Khan, Kevin Butler, Tom and Andrew accounted for all six wickets in 22 overs for 66 runs. At 55 for 2 the lower order batsmen started to get changed. Waqaas was still pitching the bad balls into the spaces in the field and in the direction of the fielders who couldn’t catch; but Simon pulled a catch to mid wicket, Nabil flicked another to square leg, Nicky, Dominic and Andrew all allowed themselves to be bowled; and Simon gave Waqaas out LBW for 29 when he was sure he had hit it. It needed Des to nudge his first ball for a two to fine leg to get Crouch End over the line. We’d lost 6 wickets for 12 runs. Crouch End 67 for 8 in the 22nd over.
The standard of the opposition in the 4th XI’s league is very variable. On this showing we are in for a tough time against Osterley, Bessborough, Swamibapa…. The Crouch End aversion to staying at the crease was also in evidence this weekend in the 3rd XI on Saturday and in the home game on Sunday. It looks as if technique must be worked at on Wednesdays and attitude honed on matchdays.
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