C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Having won the toss the Hornsey skipper couldn’t wait to unleash his young opening bowlers on us. One in particular had a very productive method. He bowled consistent speedy in swingers which lead to dozens of LBW appeals, three of them successful, one of which, to our great disappointment, was Kairul’s first ball.
Shiva however survived a first ball appeal; and it was just as well he did since his 55 was the backbone of the Crouch End innings. It was a mature, measured, knock – yes this is Shiva; and with dogged support from John Greenslade (20*) the score reached 144 all out in 42 overs.
Dhamendra was his usual steady self: he bowled many overs for few runs; and when the more penetrative Chanchal got one of the openers – a well taken catch by Alec – we wondered if Hornsey might struggle; but, through sensible batting, aided by the inability of, first, Chanchal, then Peter, then Nino, to pitch the ball up and thus not feed the No 3’s strength outside the off stump, the game slipped away. John came on when the end was in sight and picked up 3 wickets for 12 runs, but we were outplayed. Hornsey: 145 for 4 in 30 overs.
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