TIGERS ROARING AGAIN

Sunday 9 Sept 2012  Winchmore Hill CC

JUDD STREET TIGERS 223-8 beat RAILWAY TAVERNERS 93 all out by 130 runs.

The Tigers recorded their first success since July 1st with a convincing 130-run victory over the Railway Taverners from Crouch End. This was a far better team effort than in recent games, with most of the batsmen contributing and a much improved performance with the ball and in the field.

With the skip winning the toss yet again, the innings could not have got off to a worse start – Mike Delanian being caught behind from the second ball. Chris Boden and Jimmy Carter soon followed to leave a precarious 18-3 in the 7th over. Some sensible and considered batting from Richard Burgess (46) and Mike Herlihy (39) then steadied the innings with a stand of 68 in 12 overs. Chris Wright (20) never quite got going against some friendly bowling; Steve Rennie (14) flourished briefly, but with  ten overs left the score was still an unimpressive 141-7 on a quick wicket and fast outfield.

Fortunately Chris Dane, taking a breather at No.9, and Simon Warren, despite never quite finding his timing, increased the total by 66 in just six overs. Daney was particularly impressive with seven 4s in his 37, whilst Simon finally got into his stride with 39 not out.

The return of both Matt Webster and Chris Boden boosted a bowling attack clearly in need of a lift, and they blew away the visitors’ top order in no time, reducing them to 29-5. Steve Bignell and Richard Burgess took authentic low catches behind the wicket and Delanian held on safely to his weekly catch at cover. Chris took most of the wickets (4-10) but Matt was unplayable at times and finally got a deserved wicket.  Simon added a couple of late victims in an accurate spell, and although the outcricket got a tad sloppy as victory looked assured, the Tigers finally bowled out the opposition for the first time in seven matches, hitting the stumps six times.

We have to sadly report that Tiger and former West X1 stalwart Andy Cox has announced his retirement from social cricket, citing old age and musical differences. Andy was an occasional player for a number of years, and although his career never quite took off in the way he would have hoped, he scored some useful runs and took some good wickets, in addition to being an amusing and erudite companion off the field. He will always be welcome at future matches and as a taxi driver for the French tour.

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