Eastons Take Sheen Off Tigers’ Record

Little Easton, Essex – Sunday 2 June 2013

JUDD STREET TIGERS 125 all out lost to EASTONS CC 127-6

The previously rampant Tigers slipped to their first defeat of the season against Eastons CC in rural Essex after a calamitous batting collapse that saw them fall from a comfortable 98-2 to 125 all out on a good batting track. They subsequently fought back well in the field but simply didn’t have enough runs to defend.

There was little evidence of the subsidence to follow in the early part of the innings as Mike Delanian (15), Mike Herlihy (21), Chris Dane (22) and Simon Warren (35) made steady progress against some accurate bowling in the first 22 overs. Daney was just getting into his stride with three consecutive boundaries before edging behind, but Warren was looking potent on a ground where he scored a century in 2003, striking powerfully legside, until flattened by a painful blow amidships – a worrying moment for both Simon and Mrs. Warren watching from the boundary! Unsurprisingly, he lost focus and was dismissed soon after.

It began to fall apart as Eastons brought back their opening bowlers – Barnard (3-37) and the naggingly accurate Mimmack (4-30), immediately going the shape of the pear upon the dismissal of sheet-anchor Herlihy to a smart catch by Gilbert behind the sticks. An out-of-sorts Chris Wright went a few balls later in the same fashion for a rare blob, followed by Warren in the next over. Thereafter only Richard Burgess (12) showed any sort of application, the last three wickets disappearing in a puff of smoke for no runs in a lemming-like rush to self-destruction. Eastons rarely drop any catches, and they bagged eight on this occasion, some of them top drawer.

Notwithstanding, the Tigers roared back, Dave Scally inducing a return catch from Hawkins in the first over, and by the tea interval Eastons had limped to 2-1 off 5 overs. Suitably refreshed, the batsmen took the initiative after the break, though Matt Webster’s spell was typically parsimonious (11 runs from 8 overs). Chris Dane bowled Sutcliffe at 49, then took a an excellent running catch to dismiss Easton’s top scorer Dawson for 51. Simon Warren weighed in with three wickets and when Barnard was skittled by a Rowan Allerton grubber at 112-6 the visitors had a narrow Escape to Victory window, but Carsberg and Bowler knocked off the runs needed with time to spare. A good effort in defence, with a steady performance from stand-in ‘keeper Jimmy Carter.

It is difficult to explain what went wrong. The wicket was slow and low, typical of the time of season, Wrighty was unable to bowl and top batsman Barnaby Pinfield was absent, though his replacement Simon Warren was the Tigers’ best player on the day, but the breakdown of the lower-middle order in successive  innings may need addressing.

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