Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 2 Sept 2012
JUDD STREET TIGERS 234-3 lost to ACME 235-5 by 5 wickets
Despite posting a club record 234-3 and recording its first centurion, the Tigers lost by 5 wickets at Winchmore Hill last Sunday when Acme scrambled the winning run off the penultimate ball of the match.
Acme, old opponents of West X1 dating back to the 1990’s, have always been a strong batting side, with high scoring contests being the rule. On the same pitch just one year earlier the Beggars’ 255-2 was only just enough for a hard-fought win. This time the Tigers’ total was not quite enough.
Winning the toss and batting first on a dull, gloomy day, the home side struggled initially, losing Mike Herlihy early doors as they made just 29-1 from the first ten overs. The ever-improving and consistent Mike Delanian (45) and Chris Dane (31) began to up the tempo, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Chris Wright that the innings finally took off. With Barnaby Pinfield (33*), Wrighty added 99 for the 4th wicket in the last ten overs, hitting 5 sixes and 13 fours, including three successive maximums off Early, all to different parts of the ground!
Needing to score at 6.71 per over, Acme were up with the run rate from the very start. For once the Tigers caught their catches and the likes of Pinfield and Jimmy Carter threw themselves around the boundary saving fours, but the lack of a fifth and sixth bowler was to be a telling factor again. Johnson was out in Wrighty’s first over, well taken by Delanian at cover, but Pathmarama (48) and Miles (29) got the innings going until both fell victim to excellent catches in the deep by Wright and Pinfield. Bahtra (58) and Sarangam (34) kept up the chase until both dismissed in Dave Scally’s second spell. However, Williamson (20*) and Prest (12*) held their nerve to get the visitors home with a ball to spare.
It was a highly entertaining game with some quality batting on a good pitch, but a change of tactics for the Tigers might be required, as batting first and failing to defend a total does not seem to be working.
CLUB CRICKET UPDATE:
Congratulations to our landlords Winchmore Hill, who clinched the Middlesex County Cricket League title for the first time last Saturday, beating six-year reigning champions Ealing by 29 runs in a tense match. Meanwhile, young Tom Edrich (grandson of Bill), who Matt Webster bowled for a duck earlier this season, made 54 as Southgate scored 285-7 against Eastcote. Poor Southgate have not won a league game all season and were beaten again as Eastcote made 286-5. They are relegated back to Middlesex Division Two after just one miserable season back in the top flight.