Sunday 23 June 2013 – Minchenden School Sports Ground, Southgate
JUDD STREET TIGERS 154-6 drew with FIVES CC 104-5 – Match Abandoned
Sadly, this contest, which was bubbling up to an exciting finale, was ruined by the weather. For once, the forecasters got it right, as the combatants were forced off the pitch in the early evening by persistent heavy drizzle which made playing conditions impossible, particularly for the fielding side.
Earlier, the Tigers had posted 154-6 in their 40 overs against some good bowling on a lively, bouncy wicket, Barnaby Pinfield providing the backbone to the innings with another well crafted knock of 66. Fives’ reply was in trouble early on, but they were just gaining the ascendancy when the weather intervened.
Another 200-plus total for the Tigers had looked on the cards as Pinfield and Mike Delanian put up 60 for the first wicket in 14 overs with little difficulty, but the introduction of two slow bowlers – Dinesh and Sujan – slowed the run rate to a trickle. Sujan took 4-24 with four maidens; dismissing Chris Dane, ending his run of 22’s in a downward spiral, overbalancing and being smartly stumped; had Wrighty caught behind, Richard Burgess in the deep and bowled Barnaby with a corker (119-5 with 7 overs left). There followed some good hitting from Matt Webster (24*) and Dave Scally (13), adding 32 for the 6th wicket and boosting the total to a more respectable 154, but still below four an over.
Fives’ reply got off to a poor start after a fine opening burst from Wright and Webster, leaving them 19-3, and they had only reached 58-3 at the drinks break, needing almost 100 from the last 20 overs. Sid (42*) , Topi (21) and Nikul (14) then accelerated the scoring rapidly and the home team seemed to be on top when the rain came. After a brief intermission the players reassembled for one over of drama – ‘keeper Jimmy Carter dislocating a finger, Craig Murray taking a low return catch to dismiss Nikul, followed by a disputed run out – before the precipitation returned to finally end the game.
‘And the water prevailed exceedingly upon the earth’ (Genesis 7:19)
Later, Chris Wright, watched by the Surrey bowling coach, was invited up to The Oval as a net bowler for the Surrey and England teams, a great honour for Chris and the club.