Coleshill CC Sunday 23 September 2013
JUDD STREET TIGERS 213-6 beat VCC 143 all out by 70 runs
The Tigers wound up a highly successful second season with another distinguished win over VCC at the excellently appointed Coleshill ground in rural Buckinghamshire. In trouble at 39-4 in the 13th over, they recovered magnificently to post 213-6, thanks to a record fifth-wicket partnership of 119 between Richard Burgess (43) and Chris Boden (72).
But the day belonged to Dave Scally, playing his last game before returning to his native Bradford after nearly 25 years of loyal service to Walthamstow Horizontals and latterly the Judd Street Tigers. Dave provided a perfect symmetry to the occasion: promoted from his usual spot at the southern end of the batting order to open the innings, he scored a run from the first delivery of the match, then trapped VCC’s last man lbw with the final ball of the game. The last ball of summer.
Winning the toss and batting first on a soft, green pitch in humid conditions, the Tigers looked in little trouble early doors despite some superb seam bowling from Bamford (0-5 in six overs with 4 maidens). But it was his opening partner Deakin who turned the game around with three wickets in seven balls. Mike Herlihy was smartly stumped, then Scally and Mike Delanian tamely drove him into the safe hands of guest Dave Rawlings at mid-on/off. 19–0 had swiftly become 20-3 and things got worse when Leroy’s superb breakback defeated Chris Dane at 39-4 in the 13th over.
But part of the Tigers’ success this season has been when prolific scorers sometimes fail, others step up to the plate to save the day. On this occasion it was Richard Burgess and Chris Boden, regaining the initiative with a collaboration of 119 in 22 overs. Richard has struggled for runs all summer, but came good at the last, the right man to play the anchor role, allowing Boden to attack. When both were dismissed there was no let-up, as the force of nature that is Rowan Allerton (31*) and Chris Wright (17*) blasted 53 from the last five overs to set up a challenging total.
VCC briefly threatened at the outset with a brisk opening stand, ended by a Matt Webster jaffa. Thereafter only Atif, ninth out for 83, offered any real problems. His batting partners disappeared at regular intervals, including Mad Dog Rawlings, who flourished for a rapid 16, including a straight six off Chris Wright, but Atif carried on attacking, depositing one Wrighty beamer into the nearby woods and another onto the pavilion roof. His innings was ended by Chris Boden, who turned in an excellent spell of 3-21 despite creaking like an old staircase following a season of injuries sustained on duty for Princes Risborough, a town immortalised by John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. Wrighty also bagged a trio of victims with six catches taken – 2 by the bleary-eyed tyro Rowan (plus a hand in a run out) and one each for Chris Wright, Chris Dane, Mike Herlihy and Ian Daffern.
But the last word goes to Dave Scally, who was given a guard of honour on to the field. He bowled more overs for the team than anyone else in 2013 and his 17 wickets at 28.94 was scant reward for his consistency and reliability – only Mike Delanian and Richard Burgess played more games. His loss will be a big gap to fill for next season.