Old Minchendenian’s Association Ground, Southgate
Sunday 5 July 2015
The beleaguered Tigers finally broke their winless sequence with a dramatic late victory over Fives, skipper Stewart Taylor (33*) and Ian Daffern (26*) putting on 44 for the ninth wicket in 7 overs to win the game after the Tigers appeared yet again to have blown their chances, having dominated much of the contest.
The club was once again unable to field a full set of cricketers (this sadly being the rule rather than the exception this season) and were grateful to the opposition for lending them young Hari, who proved to be considerably more than a makeweight, bowling eight overs and fielding excellently. Stewart, opening the bowling off his long run, dismissed Fives’ top three by 44, two castled and the other smartly taken in the gully by Steve Bignell, finishing with 3-26. Craig Murray also bowled a frugal spell (1-16 from 8 overs) and the home side could only manage 69-3 at the drinks break and were 98-5 with 10 overs left. Hari dismissed the solid Colin (48) at 138 but the Tigers’ cricket then went the shape of the pear, haemorrhaging 91 runs from the final ten overs, mainly thanks to some bold hitting from Sujan (44*).
The target of 190 was therefore far more imposing than it should have been, particularly as prolific run-getters Herlihy, Dane and Wright were all absent. But Tigers are never more dangerous than when cornered and the batsmen showed positive intent right from the outset, openers Andy Ward and Mike Delanian punching a second new ball for 33 from the first 4 overs. All the top five got starts (Ward 11, Delanian 25, Burgess 28, Pinfield 27, Murray 18) but then got out to loose shots. Nevertheless, Tigers looked favourites at the second drinks break (106-3), but the innings subsequently stalled and then subsided to 146-8 with 44 still required from the last 8 overs.
Fortunately Taylor was holding firm and finally found a willing partner in Ian Daffern, a batsman who will never die wondering. There was a good deal of playing and missing, but when he made contact the ball went a long way very quickly, as he dominated the partnership which saw the visitors to a rare victory with seven balls to spare, Stewart’s first as captain and one in which he made the biggest contribution, though this was an all-round team effort and long overdue.
The more musically savvy of our readers have probably cottoned on to the Pink Floyd references in recent postings, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the psychedelic and pseudo-symphonic progressive rock combo. ‘When the Tigers break free‘ was written by founder member Roger Waters as a testimonial to his father Eric, who died at the battle for Anzio in 1944 whilst serving with the Royal Fusiliers, when Roger was only five months old. The ‘Tigers’ relating to German Tiger tanks which broke out and overwhelmed Eric Waters’ company, leaving no survivors.
A controversial political activist and conservationist (champagne socialist?), avid Gooner and golf fanatic, Waters quit Floyd in the 1980’s but was reunited in 2004 with the band for one last slightly tense gig at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park (musical and ideological differences with guitarist Dave Gilmour unlikely ever to be reconciled).
‘When the Tigers broke free’ was originally intended as part of ‘The Wall’ album, but was vetoed by the rest of the band as being too personal, though it was included in the subsequent film version. It was released as a single in 1982 and latterly appeared on the CD version of Floyd’s ‘Final Cut’ album.
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