Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill Sunday 12 July 2015
Despite posting a season’s best score, a maiden Tiger century from Barnaby Pinfield, and some spectacular fielding, the Tigers suffered their eighth loss in 12 games at a curiously dank Winchmore Hill against a competitive Octopus side, always excellent opposition in traditionally high-scoring contests.
Batting first, the Tigers’ total looked impressive, but was something of a curate’s egg, with prolific bursts of scoring (51 from 3 overs a one point) interspersed with periods where runs dried to a trickle beside some fine bowling, particularly from Ogilvie – 2-20 in 8 overs on a day when most bowlers went for more than a run a ball. Mike Delanian blasted off with 33 from the first 36 runs, Mike Herlihy added a measured 31 in 25 overs and there were supporting contributions from Stewart Taylor (22), Andy Ward (15) and Rowan Allerton (16*).
But it was Barnaby who stole the show with his first ton for the Tigers, including 13 fours and two sixes following a shaky start. Sadly, guest Peter Denton pulled a hamstring early in his innings and though he bravely took the field later was no more than a passenger for the remainder of the game.
A target of 244, at a click over a run a ball, looked imposing, but Octopus are a fine batting team, and with a short boundary on the lower side where a defensive prod through the slips leaked away for a boundary, together with being a man short in a field containing two raspberries, meant it wasn’t going to be easy. Ogilvie and Hayward therefore began impressively against a second new ball, 61 coming up in 8 overs from Taylor and Simon Warren.
The obligatory rain shower had fallen during the interval, a vivid rainbow straddling the Edmonton area to the east, when the match turned in dramatic fashion, Stewart producing a leaping one-handed catch high above his head at cover to dismiss Ogilvie for 29, only to be trumped in the next over as Rowan snaffled a blistering cover drive one-handed to out Hayward (39), the ball barely leaving the ground! Both catches were worth the admission price alone, had there been any. In between Simon had bowled Sridar for a duck and suddenly the visitors were 65-3.
But, as so often has happened this season, the Tigers lacked the bowling resources to follow up early success and Murthy (66) and Gurunathan (55*) added 102 for the fourth wicket relatively untroubled. Rowan reeled in a huge skier to out Murthy (amazingly his 9th catch of the season), but Octopus were never behind on the run rate or under real pressure, and though Ian Daffern claimed two late wickets, the visitors’ positive approach saw them home with ten balls in hand.
Stewart and Rowan put in tremendous stints in the field with two catches apiece and much scampering about, but it couldn’t compensate for the many absences, gaps in the field and lack of mobility elsewhere. This was probably a game the Tigers would have won with a full side and set of bowlers. Everyone tried hard but it just fell short yet again.
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