C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Roman Tennis returns:
When travelling to games there's always the chance when you don't travel in convoy that you'll all arrive at different times increasingly close the the start time. Simon waited for Roger and George and left at least 20 minutes after Vijay (the 5ths very first skipper trivia fans!), Richard leading the way after kindly offering to take a few to the ground, and Jack. Cunningly, Simon had sent Antonio in Jack's car with ball scorebook, and keepers stuff ahead whilst Simon waited 'to make sure it was there for the start'.
Amazingly Roger, George and Simon arrived well before everyone else and Simon had to be traffic controller for Dilan's mum and nurse Jack around various tube stations around Southgate by telephone.
Old Minch is one of our oldest fixtures, but we haven't been there for at least 5 seasons but it was good to see that little had changed from the stopped clock in the middle of the playing fields (4.45 trivia fans) to the familiar sight of Saracens rugby ground in the background, plus that Chaseville ground too (we never ever seemed to win there and the outfield was always dreadful).
We fielded first with Antonio as a volunteer keeper (well done as no one else volunteered but were happy to complain if he missed stuff). Our bowlers bowled well but a multitude of dropped catches (10+?) were critical in allowing Old Minch to reach 175 for 8 in their allotted 40 overs as late order batsmen biffed the ball around. Wickets were shared round with Ian Hayes getting 2 (he could have had 5) and Nikhil getting 2. Simon took 2 catches but could have had 4.
New Feature - 1st Innings Highlight of the week - Antonio's increasingly amusing reactions to missed chances with the ball thrown into the ground on at least two occasions.
Tea was rather good with the opportunity to construct your own sandwiches and copious amounts of cake including cheesecake.
Hayes and Tanner opened the innings but a steady fall of early wickets reduced us to 17 for 3. Tanner and Yavdav picked up the rate with some clever running and biffing from Yavdav. Tanner fell at 41 getting caught and bowled by the fixture secretary of Old Minch as always seems to happen, Simon will in future only book fixtures with clubs with non-playing fixture secretaries.
This brought (Vijay Pawar - 1st 5ths Captain) to the crease and he and Varun seemed likely to bring us on course to an unlikely victory but as they both fell to skiers (Varun 41, Vijay 56) our chance fell away with Nicky out plum and Antonio and Nikhil not grounding their bats the correct side of the crease we fell away to be 139 all out. A really good effort for a mix and match team but ultimately victory cost by dropped catches when we could have had them out for 150 or less.
A good game against nice opposition who normally play on Saturdays in the Hertfordshire league as Cockfosters 5. We had a good chat with a couple of old members at the end about some of the shenanigans at Calthorpe out on the square at a couple of corporate dos.
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