LAME TIGERS GO DOWN FIGHTING IN STREET BATTLE

Winchmore Hill CC  Sunday 16 Sept 2012

JUDD STREET TIGERS 199  all out lost to POTTER STREET 272-8* by 73 runs

Judd Street Tigers were  defeated by Potter Street from Harlow as the curtain came down on cricket at Winchmore Hill for another summer. Nevertheless, a good effort in difficult circumstances. It was revenge for the visitors, who had lost to the Tigers by three runs  back in June in a real bumsqueaker.

Potter Street claimed a creative 272-8 from a scorebook massacre but it mattered not as the Tigers could manage only 199 in reply, a brave attempt considering the injuries sustained by Chris Wright, Chris Boden and Richard Burgess who all resolutely carried on despite the pain (it was like Chase Farm A & E at one point!).

Winning the toss yet again, skipper Dane opted for different tactics by inserting the opposition, attempting a run chase for once on a bouncy pitch and fast outfield. Matt Webster (2-30) and Chris Boden (3-34) were again the pick of the bowlers, but when Chris Wright pulled up lame after only three overs the Tigers were in trouble against a strong batting side. Bonnett made 34, Faisal 30, Huda 33 and Katoch a steady 67, followed by Ahmed (a centurion in the first match back in June) hitting a blistering 44 coming in at No.8 before Jimmy Carter took a steepling catch at long on. Dave Rawlings snaffled a hat-trick of sharp catches behind the wicket, but the final total could have been anything between 250 and 275 after the Potter Street scorebook had been passed around like a hot potato, several of the scribes being obvious neophytes.

Nevertheless, a target of 273 was agreed, though that looked a long way off as the Tigers slumped to 21-3. Mike Herlihy was bowled second ball, Mike Delanian offered up a skier to mid-off and Barnaby Pinfield was unluckily run out by a direct hit chasing a third run off the only ball he faced. Daney opted for all out attack to up the tempo and added 63 with Richard Burgess in 10 overs. Chris rode his luck, being dropped three times before holing out for 54, whilst Richard continued his good recent form with a more measured 44. Wrighty with a runner could only make 13, and though the remaining batsmen did their best  it  rapidly became a lost cause. Chris Boden hit a brave 32 despite painful injuries to both foot and hand, but as the night closed in the innings ended at 199 with five overs unused.

* Or thereabouts. Apologies to Tiger bowlers for any errors, but the figures were copied from the scorebook as shown on the scorecard below.

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