C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Old Actonians 4th XI play in the attractive setting of a local school’s 1st XI pitch with a good modern pavilion and with very good teas. Unfortunately Crouch End didn’t make the most of the circumstances.
Waqaas’s early promise was cut short when Khalid ran him out. When your uncle tells you to run even when you have given him a loud firm ‘no’ I suppose you have to do as you’re told. Peter was bowled by a good inswinger, Simon was LBW to one he, allegedly, hit – what comes around goes around, see last week’s report. Perhaps the responsibility weighed too heavily on Khalid: he was trapped in the crease for another LBW – 32 for 4. Nabil was once more the backbone of the innings with a sensible 22. He and Andrew took the score to 77 before both being bowled; and after a few scampered singles Crouch End were all out for 89 in 38 overs. The Old A’s bowling was good in parts; but this was basically another batting opportunity spurned.
Nothing much troubled the Old Actonian openers. Dhamendra threatened to get into the groove but couldn’t make the breakthrough. Kiran started well but lapsed into a worrying tendency to bowl wides outside the off stump. Ian, Rob H and Andrew were a mixture of good and bad; and the two wickets to fall were slightly fortuitous – one long-hop missed for an LBW and another edged for a played-on. Old A’s 90 for 2 in 22 overs.
The evidence is there as to what we have to do to make Saturday evenings more enjoyable. Can we use it to step up the performance – a few percentage points all round perhaps – to improve our competitiveness?
It's about time Dominic got a mention for his weekly, sterling work with the scorebook...and 4 not out.
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