Flat-track bullies have a field day

Winchmore Hill CC  Sunday 1 September 2013

JUDD STREET TIGERS 148-2 beat ACME 146 by 8 wickets

The cornered Tigers came out roaring again and got back on track with a convincing eight-wicket victory over a weakened Acme outfit on the big pitch at Winchmore Hill. The bowlers and fielders defended the huge outfield well to limit their visitors to a below par total on a flat wicket, after which another effortless unbeaten half-century from Mike Herlihy helped the hosts to their target with ten overs to spare.

In recent years this has been a high-scoring contest and more big runs looked in the offing on the 1st XI pitch at the Hill. The Acme openers Miles (41) and Thompson (32) put together a cautious stand of 71 for the first wicket against some steady seam bowling from Dave Scally, Matt Webster, Chris Wright and Chris Dane. But it took 20 overs to make any breakthrough, coming from the reconstructed Stewart Taylor with his nascent slow left-armers, bowling both openers and trapping Kock lbw. Gylbraith managed a few blows, including a straight six off Daney, but the innings petered out somewhat: Early was run out after some smart work by Rowan Allerton and Steve Bignell, with Wright, Dane and Webster cleaning up the rest for 146.

The Tigers’ batsmen were never in any trouble against some undemanding bowling – only Miles offering any real pace -and romped home with much to spare, the only real drama coming from the radio commentary of the north London derby, the Totts’- supporting regulars in the pavilion bar being in subdued mood for most of the afternoon. The two Mikes put up 85 for the first wicket in 13 overs before Delanian (33) was caught behind, but Herlihy (53*) went on his usual merry way rotating the strike and putting away bad balls to the leg boundary. Wrighty missed out, lbw trying a cheeky reverse sweep, but Richard Burgess played his best innings of the summer – 24 not out including some classy boundary strokes.

It was disappointing for the visitors who were missing some of their stalwarts, two of which failed to arrive, and it might have been interesting to see how many the Tigers could have made batting first, but a win is a win for all that.

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