Church Langley, Potter Street, Harlow
Sunday 10 June 2012
JUDD STREET TIGERS 199-8 beat POTTER STREET 196 all out by 3 runs
It was a bizarre weekend for cricket buffs: Tino Best hit a world record 95 for a No.11 batsman in Test Cricket; Eoin Morgan clobbered a 49-ball century for Middlesex against Lancashire, and village side Barrington CC were bowled out for 6 in a Somerset League match after a steady start of 3 for no wicket!
There was just as much enterprise and excitement in gloomy Harlow, where Tigers’ skipper Chris Dane dismissed Potter Street’s last man with only four runs needed for victory. For the second match running the Tigers’ attack took a battering and conceded a century to an opposing batsman, with an aggregate of 445 runs against them in 68 overs at more than a run a ball. But the bowlers stuck to their task defiantly and with the help of some good fielding, triumphed in the end.
After the early loss of Stewart Taylor the Tigers’ innings settled down with some sensible cricket from Mike Herlihy and Chris Dane, who put together the new club’s first century partnership of 107 in 20 overs. Dane hit a typically cultured 54 before running himself out, whilst Herlihy, after taking ten overs to get off the mark, made a more conventional 43 in the next 19. After a brief collapse some boisterous hitting from Chris Wright and Matt Webster added 51 in 7 overs, both batsman making 27. The innings fell away a tad at the death but a target of 200 in 40 overs looked about par for the course.
Wrighty bowled James with the third ball of the home side’s reply, but this only brought Rehman to the wicket, who immediately signalled his intentions with a four and a six, followed by more equally powerful striking. Such was his domination of the innings that his century came out of a total of 132 with the batting side well ahead of the required run rate. Wickets fell at the other end but there was great relief when Rehman’s magnificent knock was finally ended by a superb running catch by Taylor off a Dane long hop.
However, any euphoria at his dismissal soon evaporated when Bardsley smacked the next three deliveries for a four and two sixes! Wright, Taylor, Webster and Simon Warren put in great spells under pressure and the other batsmen were winkled out. As the tension cranked up ‘keeper Bignell misjudged a skier that would have won the match and Richard Burgess made a vital one-handed stop at point to save a certain four runs. With just one blow from Bardsley needed for victory, Daney magicked up a grubber to hit the base of the off stump. Had Potter Street’s last man not had to leave early they might have won a game that fluctuated all day in poor conditions, the heavy rain arriving shortly after the conclusion of the cricket.