CINCINNATI SIX SAVED

Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 20 May 2012

JUDD STREET TIGERS 108-3 & 108-5 beat CINCINNATI 86-6 & 102-7 by 28 runs

Johnny Cash had a backing band called the Tennessee Two, later the Tennessee Three. Brendan Carlin’s Cinicinnati had been struggling for players all week, and just six made it to Winchmore Hill on yet another bleak, nuclear winter’s day under ginger beer skies – hence the Cincinnati Six, which sounds like a jazz band, as indeed does the Judd Street Tigers.

To make a game of it the Tigers loaned out three players and a nine-a-side, two innings x 18 overs contest was agreed, giving everyone some much needed match practice. It turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable game, with a first victory obtained against this opposition after five successive defeats for West X1. The match lasted 72 overs, nine more than was managed in the previous Sunday’s defeat to the Whalers.

Batting first, the Tigers made identical scores in each innings – 108. In their first dig all the batsmen made runs: Matt Webster 28, Steve Norman 12, Dave Scally 16, Chris Boden 31* and Chris Wright 15*. Cincinnati replied with a laboured 86, 26 of which were extras, only Hinghandai making a decent score with 23 – a wicket each for Scally, Webster, Boden, Chris Dane and Mike Delanian.

The Tigers initially struggled in their second outing, with Wright, Dane and Jimmy Carter all blobbing out, Majid bowling out the last two with successive balls. But Mike Delanian carried his bat for an impressive 53, his powerful signature leg hits interspersed with sensible defence. Boden added 12 and Ian Porton another 13, Scally weighing in with a brisk 22 in 12 balls at the end, leaving Cincinnati an imposing 131 to win.

They never seriously looked like reaching the target, despite a productive, though wheezing, third wicket partnership between veterans Mike Herlihy and Steve Bignell. Herlihy was run out for 18, but Bignell went on to hit an unbeaten 53 despite injury – his first half-century for nearly ten years. The visitors plus friends finally fell 28 runs short, with three wickets for Dane and two for Webster.

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