C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
The 4th XI broke a few Crouch End/Calthorpe records on Saturday, away against Edmonton 5ths, yet failed to win the match.
333 for 1 is, as far as the Chairman knows, the highest score any CE/C team has scored; and the first wicket stand of 291 between Khalid and his nephew, Waqaas, playing his first game for the club, is the club’s highest ever partnership.
The game was played on the pitch squeezed between Edmonton’s first table and the A10. It has proved a productive ground for Crouch End. It was the scene of our 3rd XI’s very first league victory a few years ago, featuring the 3rd XI's very first century from Leo Wood and some fierce bowling by David Jenkins.
This time it saw the 4th XI’s first century and its second. Khalid and Waqaas took advantage of some inexperienced bowling and the short boundaries to proceed at a steady 6 an over for the first 20 overs. Both showed a readiness to play straight to the good balls but punished anything loose. As the bowling got more ragged the run rate accelerated. Edmonton finally accepted a catch to dismiss Khalid for 122 in the 36th over. The next two overs produced 42 runs and it was time to declare, with Waqaas on 155 not out and Kashif not out 2.
54 overs should have been time enough to bowl Edmonton out. Things started well. Kashif and Hickmet both bowled with pace and accuracy. Hickmet soon had the opener caught at short mid-wicket, then took two wickets in two balls, both caught close to the wicket, and bowled a fourth. Kieran weighed in with five excellent overs during which there were a couple of drops behind the stumps; but these didn’t seem too expensive when Andrew bowled the escapee and Stu had the next man LBW. But time had been slipping away: with 20 overs left there were four wickets still to take. One batsman had been in from the start and, despite the frequency with which the returning Hickmet whistled the ball past the edge of his bat, he seemed no nearer to departing. Kashif kindled hope again by bowling one of the tail-enders and trapping another LBW; but at stumps Edmonton were 116 for 8.
On another day bowling of this quality would have won the match. The figures:
Hickmet 16 overs, 5 maidens 4 for 38, Kashif 14 overs 1 maiden 2 for 39, Kieran 5 overs 4 maidens 0 for 2, Stu 10 overs 7 maidens 1 for 8, Andrew 7 overs 4.maidens 1 for 13, Courtney 1 over 0 maidens 0 for 1, Nabil 1 over 0 maidens 0 for 9.
We have to be satisfied with a winning draw for an overwhelming performance.
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