The Holy Grail

Sunday 7 July 2013    Winchmore Hill CC

JUDD STREET TIGERS 264-7 beat N2 CASUALS 169 all out by 95 runs

On the day that Andy Murray ended the 77-year wait for a Men’s Wimbledon Champion, another sporting icon, Chris Dane, skipper of the Judd Street Tigers, also appeared on the verge of ending his 50-year odyssey to score a batting century. Poised on 97 not out in a damp Somerset a few years back against Dinder, his chances were scuppered by a tardy umpiring change and a sudden downpour that ended the match. Earlier this summer, against the same opposition, he ran out of steam and was dismissed for 92.

Against the N2 Casuals, on the hottest Sunday of the year so far, Chris finally appeared to have nailed it. Dropped three times, he seemed to have ridden his luck, and was just one hit away from the big one. But sadly, visibly wilting in the heat, he was bowled for 96. The earth trembled, tears were shed, and the wait must go on.

Nevertheless, Daney’s contribution, along with 54 from Barnaby Pinfield, in a third-wicket partnership of 105 in just 13 overs, provided the backbone to the Tigers’ record total of 264 in 40 overs, assisted by 34 from debutant Ian Daffern – brother-in-law of the Marchioness – which included some fine blows and one six, and four boundaries from Matt Webster in a late cameo.

With shorter boundaries on the lower pitch, and a fast outfield, it was always going to be a high scoring game, and a weakened Casuals, assisted by loanee Rowan Allerton, put up a good response. No restrictions on bowlers was agreed, which was fortunate as two Tiger trundlers were tarting for another team in Amsterdam (their contracts are currently under review by the club’s lawyers). Webster put in another Trojan stint of 11 straight overs in the heat, pinning Parker and Dyer leg before and conceding just 3 runs an over.

But Sisodia was looking dangerous, driving powerfully on the off side and pulling to the leg boundary. Fortunately Daney still had something in the tank and cleaned him out with a dipping full toss for an excellent 72. Hingorani was run out following a smart piece of fielding from Dave Scally, but there still remained the danger of Rowan. The last time he played on this pitch a mighty blow almost took out an upper floor dressing-room window in an over of utter mayhem against The Plums. On this occasion he was restricted to some biffing which did not cause too much damage, with the exception of a monster six off Daney which almost landed in the car park!  But having made a brisk 33 he was well caught at long-off by Mike Delanian.

Leading wicket-taker Simon Warren, with a dropped catch and a refusal against his name at deep extra, redeemed himself by cleaning up the innings, tail-ender alert button flashing, with figures of 4-52 to give the Tigers a comfortable victory in the end, their eighth of the season.

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  1. Our cultural attache has reminded me that Mr Pinfield has the incorrect epithet on his shirt. ‘Marquis’ is in fact the French spelling, in which case Mrs P would be a ‘marquise’. The correct English spelling is ‘Marquess’, therefore female partner is ‘Marchioness’. It’s been 950 years since the Norman invasion and they’re still messing up our language!

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