Paulin Ground Winchmore Hill Sunday 16 August 2015
The Tigers achieved their first back to back victories for 13 months at a gloomy Winchmore Hill with a much improved batting performance, though perhaps the win was not quite as convincing as the scoreline might suggest.
Harrowdene became substitute opposition after Five Lions had pulled out at the last minute and provided an excellent contest. A friendly outfit, founded as far back as 1927, they are now a travelling veteran side sprinkled with some sprightly youngsters, sporting an average age even higher than the Tigers!
Their innings got off to a poor start with Patel smartly thrown out by the deadly Rowan Allerton from cover in only the second over, and struggled to 70-6 in perfect bowling conditions on a green pitch with the ball swinging and seaming prodigiously. Despite the lack of resources all the bowlers picked up wickets with 2 apiece for Mike Delanian and Craig Murray and one each for Chris Dane (back to his best form), Stewart Taylor and Jimmy Carter, although the visitors’ lower order were allowed to add a further 100 as the bowling strayed latterly continuously down the leg side, producing a hugely disproportionate bag of 48 extras. Beale (42) and D Elstone (31), plus a pile of byes and wides, compiled a vital 90 for the seventh wicket, lifting their final total to a more than reasonable 170.
The Tigers’ top three effectively won the game, with openers Mike Delanian (33) and Mike Herlihy (42) putting up 67 for the first wicket in 15 overs, then Andy Ward (64*) helping Herlihy add a further 80 for the second in 18 overs. But the batsmen were never totally in control against some steady bowling and a flurry of wickets near the end, coupled with much faffing about (including a bizarre scoreless cameo from Steve Rennie, having a running dichotomy with his pads) contributed to one or two squeaky bums before Andy (with his Tiger-best innings) showed the necessary composure to hit the winning runs from the first ball of the final over.
Following on the recent death of Cilla Black, another icon of popular culture, actor and writer Stephen Lewis sadly passed away last week at the age of 88. Most famous for his part as the morose and harassed bus inspector Cyril ‘Blakey’ Blake in the critically slated but popular TV series ‘On the Buses’, his catchphrase ‘I ‘ate you, Butler’ (relating to his nemesis bus driver played by Reg Varney) resounds to this day. ‘On the Buses’ ran for 74 episodes between 1969 and 1973 and spawned its own cinema franchise. He also wrote a number of stage plays and appeared in many TV series and films, including small parts in the then fashionable British soft-porn comedy films of the 1970’s, though not the sadly long lost ‘Confessions of a Sunday Cricketer’, starring Robin Askwith, Anthony Booth, Diana Dors, Raquel Welch and Fred Trueman.
Varney, a honky-tonk pianist turned comic actor, is probably best remembered for being the first person to use an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) at the Barclay’s Bank branch in Enfield Town on 27 June 1967.
‘Turn it on again‘ was a popular tune from progressive rock band turned raiders of the pop charts Genesis, dating from 1980, where it spent 10 weeks in the Hit Parade reaching a peak of No.8, critically known for its uncharacteristically complex rhythmic structure, having a rare alternating time signature of 13/4.
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