Sunday 15 September 2013 Winchmore Hill CC
JUDD STREET TIGERS 140-4 beat THE WHALERS CC 139-4 by 6 wickets
The Tigers signed off at Winchmore Hill with another fine win over a strong but depleted Whalers outfit to continue their excellent run of results. But this was no summer’s last sighing, more like a nuclear winter in dark, dank and dunk conditions. Following the bleak BBC weather forecast, the captains sensibly decided to shorten the game to 24 overs, a decision perfectly justified as, after some light mizzle during the game, more persistent precipitation and almost total darkness ensued immediately after the game’s conclusion.
That fine institution – The British Broadcasting Corporation – has come in for some muscular abuse recently (‘Pusillanimous Commies’ – Andy Burman ‘The Gent’ – ‘Public Sector expenditure propaganda, obscene pay-offs & DJ antics’ – Mike Herlihy ‘The Truth’), but their forecast for Winchmore Hill, notorious for its microclimate, was naggingly accurate, so some credibility regained there.
Opting to bat first, The Whalers posted a good score of almost a run a ball on a flat but slow, puddingy, end-of-season wicket. Fielding proved difficult all day, with players slipping on the lush outfield and there was one bizarre incident of mass hysteria, when the ball, having travelled less than a yard from the batsman, ended up over the boundary following a triple overthrow scenario – six free runs to the opposition! At the other end of the spectrum, a direct hit on the stumps by Chris Dane from 30 yards ran out loanee Steve Rennie. The prolific Dickinson hit an excellent 67, with an opening partnership of 63 with Giles (27). The Tiger bowlers slowly gained some control, Matt Webster yet again the pick with 1-13 in his 5 overs.
When the home side replied, Chris Wright went gung-ho from the off, but it was the second-wicket partnership of 57 in 8 overs between Mike Delanian (42*) and celebrity BBC quizzer Chris Dane (40), that laid the foundations of victory. Mike survived one massive skier, which reappeared from the Stygian gloom after several minutes to be dropped by the bowler, but Richard Burgess, Ian Daffern and Chris Boden, freed from his Princes Risborough commitments with a brisk 14, maintained the necessary impetus to see the black and oranges home with 2 overs to spare.