Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 8 September 2013
Guest match report by Mike “The Truth” Herlihy
Judd Street Tigers beat Railway Taverners by 9 wickets
Tigers had to manage for the first time in their short existence without Steve ‘Mr Cricket’ Bignell, the Club’s Treasurer/Scorer/ Kit Manager/Report Writer/Kit Packer/ Mentor for the first time in this successful 2013 season. The various tasks were divvied up and yours truly was allocated the task of reporter on the understanding laid down by the Club’s hierarchy that I do not criticize any Club members; apparently JST have a fair sprinkling of sensitive players. You know the type, they swallow the BBC/Guardian propaganda around public sector expenditure/ fracking and climate change but turn a blind eye to obscene pay offs at the BBC and the antics of their back in the day DJ’s. You get the picture. I’ll move on.
The Taverners won the toss and in damp conditions decided to bat first. Not a good move. JST opening bowlers Webster and Wright set about their business. Former media luvvie Webster (Kit manager for the week) was the more impressive, picking up 2 wickets for 5 runs in 5 overs. Wrighty, after his disgraceful batting antics the week before in front of his doting parents, was wicketless after 7 overs and his afternoon deteriorated when dropping a regulation catch off Taylor. The Taverners continued to lose wickets at regular intervals with teamer favourite Simon Warren picking up 3 wickets for 39 in his 7 overs thanks to some good catches from the Renster, Allerton and Wright. Steve Parr batted well for the Taverners with 51 as did Martin Pirongs for 31.
A rain shower meant an early tea at 116 for 6. Some of the JST stalwarts showed a lack of class at tea time, complaining of the reduced amount of sandwiches and pork pies, and it was not so cute to see Steve Rennie scavenging some cold pizza from the adjoining Under 14’s table.
The Taverners resumed their innings after tea but were ripped apart by some very tidy bowling from Stewart ’We are Raving’ Taylor (3-19) and Craig ‘the Taxman ‘Murray (2-8). Taylor also put in a good stint behind the stumps sharing the duty with Allerton. For once Skipper Dane was wicketless and insiders put his unusual lacklustre performance down to a pretty average effort on the BBC show ‘Pointless’ which is available on the i player for the rest of the week. This was witnessed by Tiger members who have time on their hands for daytime TV. As Gore Vidal once said ‘It is not enough to succeed – friends must fail’. It was good to see Vice Captain Murray back in the fold although he was unable to explain why I was presented with a 17p tax bill after giving the Revenue enough bunce towards his performance bonus for 2012-13. A few words of wisdom buddy’ hot desking is the feng shui of corporate cost cutting ‘hope that message filters down the HMRC food chain.
The Taverners were dismissed for a below par 123. JST ‘s reply was delayed by the rain but then the sun shone. The usual openers, former Swamp rocker, Mike ‘I am the music Man’ Delanian and Herlihy began the reply in good touch before Delanian was caught for 12 with the score on 21. The pressure of packing the kit bag clearly on his mind. Young Rowan Allerton, energized by a blast of Black Sabbath through his Dr Dre cans promptly took the bat from Delanian as he returned to the hutch. What happened next was carnage as the young barrista peppered the cars in the car park with boundary after boundary in some explosive hitting. He offered one sharp stumping chance but that was it. A partnership of 103 runs in the next 11 overs saw the Tigers through to victory by 9 wickets with Allerton (70 n.o) and the reliable Herlihy (39 n.o) unbeaten. The Renster and Richard Burgess were padded up at 4 and 5 but in the words of Sidney Youngblood- ‘all they could do was sit and wait’
In the bar the team reflected on the rise of the Tigers. A year ago they presented a sorry bunch, 5 defeats on the bounce and the team not gelling with rumours of personality clashes. 12 months it is a different story with win number 14 of the season, still personality clashes but more focus. Thoughts turned to absent Tigers unable to share another victory. Former Yorkshireman Dave Scally who was away scoping options for his emotional return to the great County later this month. There was talk last week of giving him a token sentimental award at the end of the season function but fortunately DS had no truck with such thinking. Neither do I. Jimmy Carter being kettled at his 5th wedding of the summer and Barnaby Pinfield hiking with his family in Snowdonia in preparation for another year of training the next generation of ‘ no win no fee’ legal beagles.
The season comes to an end in 2 weeks time. The Whalers next up.
I will leave you with some wise words. Success depends upon being the master of obvious and mundane things and whilst the smart person accepts, the idiot insists.