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Sunday 5 May  Winchmore Hill CC

JUDD STREET TIGERS 254-5 beat DINDER & CROSCOMBE CC 130-7 by 124 runs

The Tigers continued their great run of early season form with a convincing  victory over Dinder & Croscombe from Somerset at Winchmore Hill last Sunday. Their  total of 254-5 was built around a club record partnership of 134 for the second wicket between Chris Dane (92) and Mike Herlihy (65). The Marquis of Pinfield added 28 and Ian Porton 23 not out.

In a disappointing reply Dinder could only manage 130 for 7 in their 40 overs, after recovering from 65-7 at the midway point. There were two wickets and a brace of catches for debutant Guy Garside, plus a further pair of wickets each for Chris Wright and Matt Webster.

Batting first, the Tigers showed little indication of the run glut to follow as openers Mike Herlihy and Mike Delanian accumulated a sedate 21 in 10 overs before Delanian departed following a bizarre run out. Daney’s entry saw the tempo of the match change completely as he went for it from ball one, striking powerfully in his favourite arc between long on and deep square leg, whilst Herlihy played the supporting role, content to rotate the strike with singles to the off side. The partnership was worth 134 in only 17 overs when Chris first ran out of steam, then tragically his own wicket, eight short of what would have been a much deserved century (12 fours, 2 sixes).

Mike had made an all-run 49 before hitting his first boundary, but continued before being bowled for an excellent 65. Pinfield and Porton carried on the momentum to take the Tigers to their best ever total with 80 runs from the last 10 overs.

Dinder’s innings never got off the ground as they slumped to 9 for 3 and later 65 for 7, mostly throwing away their wickets to full tosses and long hops. Garside made an immediate impact, catching Gould Snr. in the first over, then recovering from conceding 12 in his first over of off-spin to bag 2-26 in 7 overs. It looked like an early bath for everyone at the halfway point of the innings, but former West X1 warhorse Denis Culpin (24*) and youngster Ford (34*) dug in to double the total in the last 19 overs and the match fizzled out in a somewhat negative fashion.

Due to no fixture next week and the cancellation of the club tour to Provence, the team have no match for 3 weeks, though some of the players will be in action on May 18/19, joining the Gentlemen of West London CC on their trip to Amsterdam.

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