C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
There was clear evidence on Saturday that the challenge is not the opposition but ourselves. Perivale 4th are the sort of team we should be able to match.
If any side had the players playing below their true grade it was us. Having lost the toss Crouch End batted and Darren, testing out his injured knee, made a typically belligerent start. It was a pleasant change to see the opposition wilt at the sight of a big-hitting, experienced batsman offering the prospect of a long hot afternoon in the field. However he tried another expansive shot to what turned out to be a slow off-cutter and was bowled for 29. Tom had already plonked his pad in front of a straight one; but another returning player with pedigree, Kamlesh Patel, was still at the crease. His class was evident but runs were difficult to find and frustration got the better of him. Mike W found the middle of the bat a few times but also the fielders until he also succumbed to the off-cutter. John G tickled a few to leg before pushing a catch to silly mid-off: and suddenly, there being two absentees, our new recruits had failed to show up, the Crouch End innings had dribbled away. Bill, Chanchal and Dhamendra all went cheaply and Crouch End were all out for 63 in 33 overs. How had that happened?
The Perivale openers chanced their arm and got away with it: after all there were only nine fielders. There were two highlights of the session: one was Dhamendra’s confident LBW appeal as the ball sped off the middle of the bat to the square leg boundary. The other was the catch by Chanchal at deep square leg to dismiss the No 3 for a first-ball duck. John had accounted for one of the openers and had bowled the new-comer an inviting leg-side full toss: but there was no time for further miracles. Perivale reached 64 for 2wkts in 9 overs.
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