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I was surprised the GWR captain chose to field in the heat of the day until I saw him pace out his run to open the bowling.  He was obviously the team’s best asset and meant to prove it right from the start.  The first wickets fell however to the rookie at the other end.  Both Khalid and Rob Y played too soon to rank short balls; and it wasn’t until the sixth over that the old hand found a very good one to bowl Kashif.  The fact that the score was by then 49 was testimony to the frailties of the GWR wicket keeper – the total bye tally for the innings was 28 – but then some decent runs came off the bat as Nabil settled in for – I never thought I’d say this – a sensible and patient innings.  18 overs and 90 runs later he ran himself out for 38 but by then had given the innings a bit of substance; and, with small contributions from Stu, Rob H and Dominic, Crouch End were all out for 159 in the 36th over.

 

Things went Crouch End’s way in the field.  Kashif tended to drift wide of the off stump; Dhamendra found the strong wind blew his floated deliveries down the leg side, but each found good balls to pick up wickets – Kashif two, Dhamendra three. There then followed a period of embarrassment.  After a useful first over Courtney lost his line and took about 20 minutes to get through the next.  Dominic found the problem contagious; and though Stu wheeled away very tidily from the other end and Rob H established some control, the game drifted towards the last hour with GWR needing 60 to win.  Andrew’s first ball changed the complexion of the innings.  He hung on to a long hop hit firmly to his left by the one remaining threatening batsman; and two balls later hit the stumps with a full toss.  Kashif’s second spell meanwhile was looking much better and he blasted through the final two tailenders.  GWR all out (9 wkts) 117 in 35 overs.

Kashif 10 overs 1 maiden 4 for 33, Dhamendra 8 – 0 – 3 for 20, Andrew 1-0 – 2 for 2.

Man of the Match: Nabil

 

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