Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 15 June 2014
The Tigers slipped to a disappointing defeat to a resurgent N2 Casuals at a chilly Winchmore Hill, their knock of 174 on a placid wicket being about 30 runs short of par. Stewart Taylor’s measured 54 and Craig Murray’s pugnacious 31 were the only batting highlights as no fewer than five men fell lbw, mostly hitting across the line. In reply, the Casuals’ opening bat Parker played a winning hand with an excellent 73 as the Tigers’ bowlers toiled to little effect.
Only when Taylor and Murray came together for a fifth-wicket stand of 44 in 7 overs did the home side show any urgency at the wicket. Chris Dane looked in superb form until becoming another lbw victim for 16 and many of the batsman got in without progressing much against some steady bowling and good fielding. Following Craig’s dismissal the innings fizzled out in weak fashion, with just 19 runs being added in the last 10 overs as the tail showed little exigency, the total of 174 only being achieved thanks to a generous bag of extras.
Some tight early bowling from Chrises Dane and Wright restricted the visitors to 27 from the first ten overs and 63-1 at the drinks break. However, the pressure was frequently released by an inevitable leg-side full toss – at least 40 runs coming this way during the course of the innings – and some odd fielding lapses. Phil Hill rolled back the years with two quick wickets, trapping Lowe (30) lbw and having Newham caught behind in short order, before Parker, who had played all the bowlers some much aplomb, was eventually bamboozled by Mike Delanian, 142-2 becoming 158-5. With the Casuals only having ten men there was a whiff of a chance, but thanks to some more leg-bungers Hingerani and Bolt saw the visitors home easily with 21 balls to spare.
A game to forget and something of a wake-up call.