Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 31 August 2014
The Tigers crashed to their seventh defeat in 10 matches in a bad-tempered contest, despite posting an imposing total of 216 in 35 overs, which was easily overwhelmed by a powerful Acme batting side with four overs to spare on a benign pitch that produced 433 runs in 66 overs for the loss of only seven wickets all day. The failure to defend big totals is now becoming a regular occurence for the Tigers and this was not an enjoyable game for them.
Despite the warm and sunny conditions a pall of gloom hung over Winchmore Hill, the hosts having been relegated to the 3rd Division of the Middlesex County League the previous day, two years after being First Divison champions! Back on their favourite top pitch at the Paulin Ground, the Tigers batted solidly against some tidy bowling and good fielding, despite two overthrows for four, Mikes Delanian (46) and Herlihy (48) being relatively untroubled putting together their best opening partnership of 84 in 17 overs. Chris Dane’s brisk 68 then upped the tempo for the remainder of the innings, assisted by Stewart Taylor (13) and Matt Webster (17*).
Acme have always been stronger in the batting and proved it again, Bonnet-James (55) and Whiting (74*) matching the home side’s opening stand in quicker time, with the giant Bonnet-James pulling anything remotely short for six over the shorter boundary. John McGirr removed him at 87 with a pitched-up delivery, then had the next batsman caught behind next ball, only for him to be reprieved by the umpire and his own lack of sportsmanship (he went on to make 34 in a second-wicket stand of 76). Matt Webster was his usual frugal self (only 16 from 6 overs) and McGirr bowled well after some early punishment, but the remaining bowlers went for seven an over and it wasn’t long before the pie shop was open for business again. A couple of hard chances went down, though generally the fielding held up well.
Ian Daffern dismissed Hoskin thanks to a diving catch from ‘keeper Bignell, but with an lbw embargo (which in fairness had begun in the Tigers’ innings) well in place, plus a huge bag of 43 extras (mostly byes and wides) the last few overs descended into near farce as the visitors coasted home with little difficulty, Whiting batting brilliantly to hold the innings together, his left-handedness being a constant source of annoyance to the fielders.