Little Easton, Essex Sunday 12 August 2012
JUDD STREET TIGERS 194-6d lost to EASTONS CC 196-2 by 8 wickets
In the heart of rural Essex (more Lovejoy country than Birds of a Feather) the Tigers went down to another defeat despite posting their second best total of the season. In what was designated a ‘time’ game – but in effect turned into a 37 over contest – the Tigers’ batsmen got into their stride for the first time since Dinder on a benign, flat wicket that offered nothing to the bowlers on (for once) a warm, dry afternoon.
Mikes Herlihy (25) and Delanian (37) opened with an impressive partnership of 76 in 18 overs, both driving well in front of the wicket. Herlihy is a cultured and consistent batsman, whilst Mike D improves with every game, adding some nice cover drives to his favoured leg hits. There was a mini-collapse to 83-3, but Chris Dane (51) and Simon Warren (38) upped the tempo to add 78 for the fourth wicket in just 11 overs. A half-century from Daney is almost par for the course these days, though Simon was the more aggressive with a six and 6 fours.
A target of 195 looked imposing enough but the Easton batsmen were in little trouble early on, helped by some sloppy fielding, Barr and Scott putting up 93 for the first wicket. Authentic dismissals to Tiger bowlers are as rare as rocking horse poo these days, but suddenly two came along at once! Craig Murray had Scott (40) smartly stumped by Dave Rawlings and Jimmy Carter’s low trajectory outwitted Barnard for a blob. When the final 20 overs were called 104 runs were still needed and the game looked in the balance, but Hawkins (48*) and Barr knocked off the runs with nearly five overs to spare, with the latter (95*) just missing out on a well deserved century.
Eastons were a younger, fitter side who held their catches, fielded well and ran quicker between the wickets, which ultimately was the difference between the two teams. Delanian, Warren and Carter fielded bravely, but there were too many lapses overall and too many four balls from the bowlers, who have managed just three wickets in the last three games, with no fielder having caught anything since the beginning of July. The season is in danger of tailing off. Nevertheless, an excellent day’s cricket in a fine setting.