C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Turnham Green used the old trick of opening the bowling with a mature player with a two step run up who lobs the ball skywards at zero miles per hour and makes monkeys of the Crouch End middle order.
Electing to bat at the Church Road home ground on another blustery day the 4th XI made a decent start. Courtney, umpiring, withstood the verbals of the mature bowler but then had to withstand the verbals of Khalid whom he gave out LBW despite the fact that Khalid, and only Khalid, had reckoned he had hit it. Waqaas and Hikmatullah took the score past fifty but Waqaas went down the wicket to dibbly-dobbler and was stumped for a good-looking 37. Nabil seemed set on another sensible knock until he decided to chip the same bowler into the hands of mid on. Andrew then got a ball that shot along the ground at great pace from the other end and Ian saw the d-d’s off break flop onto the stumps through an inviting bad-pad gap. 68 for 6. Hikmatullah though was still there; and though his lack of scoring ambition was causing some concern in some quarters (Des Khan, Khalid) he then featured in the crucial partnership of the innings of which the leading partner was Dominic with an heroic innings of patience and studied aggression. The pair had put on 61 when Hikmatullah was out for 27. Dominic continued, with small contributions from Rob H, Nicky, Courtney and Des, finally giving dibbly his 6th wicket when he was bowled for 40. Crouch End had reached a defendable 148 in the 48th over.
And the defence started with two wicket for Des, manfully bowling into the very stiff wind, while at the other end Hikmetullah embarked on an excellent accurate and hostile spell. Resistance was stubborn, the usual 4th XI combination of youthful talent and craggy experience. Andrew replaced Des, Ian replaced Hikmatullah and wickets started to fall. Ian had one of his good days. Bowling down wind he worried less about pace and more about pitching the ball up and was rewarded with three wickets. Crouch End were able to attack all the way. With 12 overs to go Hikmatullah was brought back and proceeded to blast through the last two wickets. Turnham Green all out for 106 in 35 overs. Des 2 for 15, Hik 2 for 28, Ian 3 for 32, Andrew 3 for 12.
A good win which gave the team a sense of how to shape a win when fielding second. There were very few lapses of concentration and the opposition succumbed to the pressure. Men of the Match: Hikmatullah for steady batting and impressive bowling, Dominic for a splendid, landmark innings.
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