SUNDAY 9 AUGUST 2015 PAULIN GROUND, WINCHMORE HILL
The Tigers romped to only their third victory of the season with a convincing win over Highgate’s Friendly Sunday XI at a steaming Winchmore Hill, mainly thanks to a career best 89 from Craig Murray, who shared in a club record-equalling 8th wicket partnership of 88 with on-loan Mark Barrell to lift the Tigers to their highest total of the summer.
Providence and serendipity are odd bedfellows, but they conspired perfectly in favour of the ailing Tigers on this day. With one player having boarded an incorrect King’s Cross fast train and ended up in Cambridge (curiously not stopping at Winchmore Hill), the home side recruited WHCC batsman Mark Barrell, his Sunday friendly having been called off due to the opposition being unable to raise a side.
Having won the toss and elected to bat under a clear blue sky, the cloud cover had filled in by the start of the innings and the Tigers struggled to 58-4 against a seaming ball, both openers failing for once and a brief recovery from Andy Ward (29) and Chris Dane (18) having foundered. Enter Craig Murray, a man having been somewhat in the wilderness since losing the captaincy last autumn. However, with the weight lifted from his shoulders performances this year have been exceptional. He may not be the most attractive of batsman and this innings not the most attractive itself, but highly effective nonetheless, including 17 fours.
Rowan Allerton (27) kept him company for a while adding 44 in six overs, but it was Barrell’s entry at 154-7 that really gave the innings impetus, announcing himself with an effortless six that smashed a window in the pavilion committee room! Two more maximums had the players rummaging in the bushes for several minutes as he and Craig added 88 in less than 8 overs, Mark remaining undefeated on 54.
Facing a daunting target of 263 Highgate were never really up with the run rate despite a fine second wicket alliance between the veteran Mathews (36) and teenage star Rawson (62). For once the Tigers bowled straight to a good length and held all their catches, none better than Richard Burgess’s effort low-down one-handed at slip to out Singh in the first over. Another Tiger undergoing a renaissance is Jimmy Carter, who sent down an excellent spell culminating in Rawson’s dismissal with a corker.
The leg-side full toss theory did make a belated appearance but too late to do any real damage. Marner biffed well for 50 not out at the end but the visitors fell well short despite a late scorebook massacre during which the Tigers could have bowled anything between 38 and 42 overs (44 recorded at various points in the book). But a win is a win is a win, despite the unusual circumstances and the Tigers deserved it for a much improved performance.
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