Saturday 30 June 2012
DINDER & CROSCOMBE 97-8 & 83-3 beat JUDD STREET TIGERS 32 all out & 96-4 by 52 runs
Sunday 1 July 2012
JUDD STREET TIGERS 186-8 beat DINDER & CROSCOMBE 131 all out by 55 runs
An enjoyable weekend tour of Somerset ended with honours even, the resurgent Tigers putting in an excellent team effort on Sunday following an appalling batting display in the shortened format the previous day.
With an unpredictable weather forecast on the Saturday a restricted match option was agreed of two innings each of 15 overs. There were showers about amidst the cold winds, though the worst of them was the Tigers’ batting line-up in the first innings when, having restricted the home side to 97-8 (Craig Murray 3-22), they were bowled out for a paltry 32 in 12 overs. The pitch was slow with little bounce, but there was no other excuse for this apart from collective mass hysteria, with successive batsmen outdoing each other in levels of ineptitude. Dinder’s second dig of 83-3 left the tourists with a near impossible target of 149 from 15 overs, in which they at least salvaged some pride with 96-4, Matt Webster making 38 and Chris Boden 25 in an undefeated fifth-wicket partnership.
After some straight talking and a good deal of local ale, the Tigers re-emerged on Sunday in a far different mood. Batting first, the visitors’ openers Chris Boden (25) and Mike Delanian (23) easily put together 39 for the first wicket in 10 overs against what appeared ultra-defensive fields. When Chris Dane holed out to his favourite default position at long-on the innings had reached 73-3 at its mid-point. Fortunately Rowan Allerton (having played for Dinder the day before) and Chris Wright got the big bat out to splatter 79 from 12 overs. Wrighty made 52 and Rowan a blistering 57 notout, though the innings tailed away a tad at the end to nevertheless a decent total of 186-8.
If the ex-Westies had done the damage with the bat, it was the former Horizontals who starred with the ball as Dinder’s reply never really got into gear. A classy run out from sub fielder Graham and two wickets for Dave Scally reduced the locals to 10-3, with Matt Webster conceding a mere 13 from his 7 overs off the reel. Futcher (17) and Willmott (20) got the innings going, but another 3 wickets from Murray and 2-36 from Jimmy Carter left Dinder in more trouble at 81-7 until big-hitter Difford briefly threatened an unlikely comeback with 47, including three huge sixes, until well caught on the boundary by Delanian. Two wickets in successive balls from Wrighty and the coup de grace from Stewart Taylor ended the game in the 30th over.
A worst-ever total of 32 in the fledging club’s initial season is hopefully a record that will stand the test of time. Interestingly, upcoming opponents Gentlemen of West London were outed for an equally disconcerting 54 last Sunday, so both teams will be looking for a stiffer batting effort next weekend.