Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 7 September 2014
The Tigers signed off at Winchmore Hill for another season with a comprehensive victory over the Railway Taverners from Crouch End, posting a record total of 284 in the process, thanks to top knocks from Barnaby Pinfield (92) and Chris Dane (82). Allowed to play on the big boy’s pitch for the only time this year, the Tigers won the toss and wore down the opposition on the huge playing area, before putting down a much improved presentation in the field.
In perfect batting conditions the innings began poorly against some lively swing from James and Powles, Mike Delanian and Ian Porton back in the shed with the score only 20. Thankfully a steadying 30 from Mike Herlihy allowed Pinfield and Dane to later cut loose against some friendly bowling, adding 93 for the fourth wicket in just 10 overs. Daney and Richard Burgess (28) added a further 59 for the sixth wicket, the latter finishing in an undignified heap after being stumped from the last ball of the innings, having previously almost been decapitated by a Daney on-drive and then running out Matt Webster, ending his partner’s long run of not outs! Pacey bowled well through the last few overs, taking 4-38. The boundary was breached only 33 times for such a large total, 17 of them from Barnaby, (including five in one over from the unfortunate Lall) with so much running needed to be done.
The Taverners’ reply never really got out of the station, the ever-consistent Webster bowling James and Gibbs before Ian Daffern once more claimed a wicket with his first ball, Clarke taken with the first of two sharp catches behind the stumps by Ian Porton. He fluffed a third, only for it to be mopped up by Dane at slip in spectacular fashion. The vistors were in trouble at 49-4 but a good stand of 64 from Pacey (52) and Pirings (30) improved their situation until Craig Murray (3-25) and Mike Delanian (2-11) polished off the middle and late order to augment Webster’s 2-14 and Daffern’s 2-30, although the veteran last pair clung on for the final ten overs.
Altogether a much improved performance with bat and ball, with Dane inching ahead as leading run- scorer for 2014 along with Webster as top wicket-taker.