C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
It’s not often the 4th XI have a well balanced side, but against Wembley 4ths on Saturday there were four seamers, six batsmen and a wicket-keeper-batsman at No 7; and this was conspicuously a game in which many contributed.
Crouch End were asked to field in very hot conditions and Dhamendra took an early wicket; but it took 15 overs of stalemate - no wickets and very few runs – for him to get the next one, caught by Mike the ‘keeper who then repeated the trick off Hikmatullah at the other end. The stalemate was resumed: two decent batsmen were at the crease but they weren’t getting away. Chanchal replaced Dhamendra down the hill and embarked on what, in the circumstances, was an heroic spell of 14 overs. Wembley’s stubborn opener lost patience and top edged to Shiva at gulley and their most productive partnership ensued. This is where things might have gone wrong. There were a couple of expensive overs but Chanchal was looking the most likely to get a wicket and was prepared to soldier on. He got his reward with the next wicket to fall – a very good catch by Tom P at deep mid on - and the tail was exposed. Mike took an excellent third catch; Hikmatullah hit the stumps: Kamaran, whose first spell had been ‘mixed’ then found an excellent ball to get an LBW; and the No 5 who’d been the mainstay of the Wembley innings hit a catch to cover to be last out on 71. Wembley 166 ao in 48 overs. Chanchal 4 for 57. Dhamendra, Kamaran and Hikmatullah 2 wickets each.
The Crouch End reply was a tale of two innings, though there were some supporting contributions. There was an all too brief appearance from Yorkie, a good solid few overs from Simon and Hikmatullah to blunt the new ball; but the bulk of the work was done by Ruaridh and Shiva who unleashed some very clean hitting. Ruaridh sped to his first 50 for the club before hitting a catch to the deep mid wicket boundary. Shiva took on the mantle and steered the side home with the stoic support of Tom P who used the pull, his one scoring shot, several times when presented with a short ball but otherwise was content to play dot ball after dot ball until Shiva had bludgeoned the total to 167 and his own score to 65. Crouch End 167 for 4 in 34 overs
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