Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill Sunday 28 June 2015
The Tigers’ dismal season continued with a four-wicket loss to new opposition Haringey Libraries at a damp and chilly Winchmore Hill, despite dominating the opening exchanges of both innings, the match having been delayed by an hour and shortened to 35 overs due to rain.
The Tiger innings never really launched against some good bowling and sharp fielding, despite a good start by Mike Herlihy (46), Richard Burgess (28) and Chris Wright (29), leaving it a solid platform at 101-2 in the 21st over. Mike and Richard, both looking good, were needlessly run out and Wrighty, having bludgeoned a mighty six, then crashed the next delivery down the throat of short mid-wicket! Nevertheless, there was sufficient batting left to set a target of 200, but sadly the innings levelled out to a disappointing 168 all out by the 34th over, the only significant contributions coming from Stewart Taylor (17) and Ian Daffern (18).
The visitors had a good second wicket partnership between Carnworthy (18) and Goraja (49), the former run out and the latter well caught at long off by Rowan Allerton. Phil Hill turned back the clock with a couple of wickets but latterly lost his compass. The Tigers worked hard to give themselves a great chance of winning, reducing Haringey to 107-5, needing 62 from the last ten overs, but the bowlers then produced a few overs of complete rubbish, handing the initiative back to the batsmen, who took full advantage, milking the leg side, to win with ten balls and four wickets to spare.
‘It’s difficult to see where we go from here,’ admitted a disappointed Director of Cricket Steve Bignell.
‘Two years ago we were beating everybody with pretty much the same team. Now we can’t buy a win. The batsmen are making schoolboy errors and there simply isn’t enough depth in the bowling. Everyone is trying hard but it’s just not happening, and the opposition isn’t going to get any easier in the coming weeks.’