C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Hornsey 4ths might have lost their home fixture on Saturday before it started. As it was, they had to wait until Crouch End 4ths had bowled them out for 90 and knocked off the runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
At the 12.30pm start time they had one player, at 1pm they had four. They were indulged with a 1.30pm start, when they won the toss and batted. They produced two match balls which were not the league ones and, it transpired, fielded an ineligible player. The Hornsey captain dismissed any polite mention of these things as mere pedantry: ‘We’re here to play cricket.’ Amen to that.
Ian and Kashif put in some very tidy opening overs with a ball that was wet, losing its surface and picking up mud. The breakthrough was a while coming but Ian’s swing had one caught at short mid-wicket and one bowled, while Kashif’s pace did for the captain. Ganesh started his long and parsimonious spell: at the other end Khalid’s two overs gave Hornsey a ray of hope. Dominic closed things down again, and found a Yorker to get rid of the no. 5, but Hornsey’s main threat started to get his eye in and was farming the bowling. It took a couple of overs from Andrew to tie him down before he gave a catch to cover point. The rest were mostly colts who gradually surrendered to Andrew. Hornsey all out (only 10 of them) for 90 in 45 overs.
Some good bowling figures therefore: Ian 7 overs 2 maidens 2 for 8, Kashif 8 overs 3 maidens 1 for 15, Ganesh 14 overs 2 maidens 0 for 28, Khalid 2 overs for 15, Dominic 6 overs 1 for 15, Andrew 8 overs 5 maidens 5 for 6.
The fielding was a bit of mixture. There was some good ground-fielding, Gareth showed he has a good pair of hands, but the run out attempts all lacked conviction and there were lapses of anticipation. Bhanu had another good day behind the stumps.
The 4ths batting has seldom been fluent this year: it has often struggled to reach small totals; but Richard and Khalid looked very comfortable reaching 20 in the third over before Richard unaccountably missed a straight one. Kashif started well but tried a big hit and played on. Ganesh was deemed a little unlucky to be given LBW and Gareth’s return to cricket lasted just a couple of balls as he was bowled by the ineligible player. It was left to Mamun, Moshinal’s diminutive brother, to join Khalid and play the mature innings the situation required. Khalid’s batting was a fine demonstration of patience, only unleashing the big shots when the goal was in sight, falling LBW for 43 with two runs needed. Mamun got those, ending on 26 not out. Crouch End 92 for 5 in 30.4 overs.
It’s easier to refer to breaches of league rules after a game has been won. To those mentioned above was added the question as to whether the player who turned up at tea to make up the 11 in the field should be allowed to bowl. The captain retaliated by accusing us of using a ‘chucker’ – of which no mention had been made earlier. Dominic is working hard at his action, in fact he bowls better when he keeps his arm straight, so he gets no advantage when he tries too hard and bends it: those were the balls off which they scored runs. Dominic’s other invaluable contribution was to take complete and expert control of the score book.
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