JUDD STREET TIGERS 163-5 BEAT POTTER STREET 162 ALL OUT BY 5 WICKETS
The Tigers kicked off the season with an impressive win over a strong Potter Street outfit at a grey, chilly Winchmore Hill, winning by five wickets with almost ten overs to spare thanks to an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 80 in 13 overs from the Chrises Wright (49*) and Boden (34*).
The homesters were on the ball from the word go as the Potters limped to 37-7 by the 21st over, but recovered superbly with an eighth-wicket collaboration of 86 between Pavel (53) and Alf (69). Matt Webster (3-13) and Chris Dane (4-36) were the pick of the bowlers. Tigers got off to an equally sticky start, sliding to 37-4 before the batsmen regained control.
The visitors began in a timid fashion on a green wicket against an excellent opening burst from Webster and Wright, so much so that they had accumulated just 36 for 6 wickets in the first 20 overs. Steve Rennie set the tone with a spectacular catch at backward point, followed by Boden’s fine slip catch to dismiss Fahd. Chris Dane then induced Ammar to unluckily play on and took an easy return catch to out Naser. Rizwan was stupidly run out and when Ian Porton (deputising for the injured Jimmy Carter) took a sharp catch behind the wicket to dismiss Terry, Potters had slumped to 37-7. However, the more aggressive approach from Pavel and Alf, plus some help from the tail, saw the last three wickets add 125.
The fielding was excellent, with no dropped catches and two more safe pouches by Ian Daffern and Rowan Allerton.
The Tigers got off to a similarly shaky start, Gisli Bergmann well held at slip off the speedster Terry and poor Richard Burgess needlessly run out again, both with the score at 6. Porton (16), Allerton (15) and Dane (18) all appeared in good nick with some powerful hits but all three holed out miscuing loose deliveries. At 83-5 the match was still in the balance, but despite the absence of Delanian, Herlihy and Pinfield the Tigers still batted deep and the sight of Chris Boden striding to the wicket at No.7 was reassuring. Potters did not help themselves with some indisciplined bowling, which saw them leek 28 extras, adding to some lapses in the outfield.
Some measured batting repaired the damage and when Wrighty smashed 19 from the 28th over the game was almost up. Craig Murray did well in his first full game as new skipper with some thoughtful captaincy and overall this was another fine team performance.