C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Only a brief report required this week since the 4th XI’s defeat at the hands of Turnham Green on Saturday followed a familiar pattern. A decent performance in the field, marred only by a crucial dropped catch, was followed by a naïve attempt at a run chase.
Asked to field Crouch End started well enough. Dhamendra put in another excellent shift: Anisul was fierce but inclined to bowl short but both picked up a wicket. Rony replaced Anisul: and the best period of Crouch End pressure ensued. Three wickets fell but the important one proved illusive. The captain had opened and patiently pushed the score along. His mistimed drive, when in the 20s, into the hands of mid off, was not accepted and he was eighth out on 79. Rony and Dhamendra each took 3 wickets, Ian and Vikash, one each. Nabil held a catch but nor before he had whinged so much about keeping wicket that Khalid had replaced him. Turnham Green 152 all out in 46.1 overs.
Khalid pulled his second ball for four and in trying to do the same things to the next ball patted it back to the bowler - not the start required of the team’s most experienced and effective batsman. Previous readers may remember Crouch End’s previous surrender to the elderly, artful dibbly-dobbly bowler last time these teams met. He produced a decent off break to defeat Dominic. Mohammed (14) stepped in front of his stumps to the inswinger from the other end. Vikash (10) chipped the dibbly-dobbler to a fielder; Nabil after an assured start and some well timed leg-side hits, charged the bowler, on 28, and was stumped, as was Rony for 4. Andrew held the tail together picking off some leg-side boundaries including a six; but at the other end, though Antonio, Ian and Anisul all showed signs of staying around, all lost patience, tried to take d-d on and were caught. With 13 to win off the last two overs and Dhamendra for company, Andrew, on 31, tried to hit the gnarled assassin back over his head. The ball went up but not away. Crouch End all out for 140 in 43.1 overs. Dibbly-dobbler 5 for 45.
That’s it really. No instructive conclusions to be drawn apart from hold your catches and hold your nerve.
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