C.E.C.C.| Shepherds Cot | Crouch End | North London | N8 8JJ
Quite a strange end to the season for the Sunday XI. A regular fixture against Grymsdyke has been a good choice in levelling the playing field in a friendly. However, what should have been a fairly tight affair turned into a rout, and for the first time in my underwhelming experience as captain, one in our favour.
After losing the toss and being put into bat, we lost 3 cheap wickets and looked like we’d be in for an early tea, but in came Waqas and settled down to bat. I adopted the Tanner approach, seeing through an impressive 26 balls before scoring, while Waq brought the field in to pat the ball over their heads or pushed them out to take the quick single. While Waq kept the scoreboard rolling, I did the decent things to give everyone else chance and holed out. Ravi made a stylish 22 while Sohael came in to keep the bigger hitters going. Waqas was finally out for a worthy 71. Things could have wained at that point, had Julian not decided to make the most of his chance of coming in at 8, and promptly went on to tonk the ball all over the park for a rude 43. We finished on 195 – 8 off 35 overs.
When they came into bat, it was clear that their intention was not to see their eye in, a fault that turned out to spread throughout the batting line up. Charles was firing on all cylinders, taking a scalding 2 for 8 off 5, while relatively new Oli took a respectable 2 for 23 off 5. The oppo tried to stem the flood by awarding wides if the ball missed the stumps and at one point turning down a plumb lbw with umpire saying, and I quote, “No, it hit the pad”.
In a touch of captaincy genius, much to the mockery of the rest of the team, Apu came on first change and promptly took a wicket in his first over, going on to finish with a decent 1 for 14 off 4. So there doubters! Meanwhile, at the other end, Julian had once again chosen to toy with the oppo, taking an admirable 4 for 5 off 4 overs, including a nifty stumping from Courtney. All out for 56.
Julian’s performance made up for his schoolboy error before the game started. Grymsdyke is a predominantly Sri Lankan team, so when a 60 year old white Caucasian traipses up to the pavilion with his bag, Julian politely directs him to our changing room. Um, wrong team mate…
All in all a great performance in batting, bowling, and excellent fielding. Thanks for making me look good fellas.
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