Reasons to be Cheerful – Part 3

  • Middlesex come back from the dead to beat champions Yorkshire in the match at Lord’s
  • Fanatical Gooner Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the Labour Party
  • Great Crosby Stills and Nash concert on Saturday night
  • Jose Mourinho currently has a face like a bear who has swallowed a wasp


Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill  Sunday 13 September 2015
JUDD STREET TIGERS 214-6 beat THE SPARTANS 212-9 by 2 runs

Yes, the Tigers bid farewell to Winchmore Hill for another summer with their fourth victory in five outings, overcoming both the cheerless BBC weather predictions and spirited opposition in a bumsqueaking finale. With the visitors needing 15 from the last over, Tiger skipper Stewart Taylor kept his nerve in a contest described by the twitter feed as ‘tighter than a gnat’s chuff’, whatever that is.

Averages here

Earlier, the Tiger innings recovered from a shaky start (55-4 in the 19th over) to post 214, thanks to Taylor’s 79 not out and 55 from in-form Andy Ward, the pair adding 95 for the 6th wicket in just 12 overs.

The re-jigging of the batting order, often a risky policy, actually worked out well on this occasion. The entry of Andy at No.7 increased the tempo of the innings dramatically, held together by Stewart, who batted 34 overs, hitting 10 fours.

The Spartans’ innings proceeded at a better pace (84-2 after 18 overs), with Quaiser (75) steering it nicely. At 146-4 with 10 overs remaining, the match was in the balance, the Tiger fielders having spurned a wagon load of chances. However, Rowan Allerton reeled in a skier at deep mid-wicket, Taylor clung on to another to out Taqee (28), who had added 62 in 12 overs in tandem with opener Quaiser and, most vitally, Ward’s running catch to dismiss the dangerous Mansoor in the penultimate over proved decisive. At 183 Mansoor and Quaiser had ended up at the same end, with the latter run out, the Tiger fielders almost making a dog’s breakfast of effecting the dismissal; Quaiser perhaps could have made his ground in time, if not involved in a long and heated debate with his partner!

STEWIE - girly hair style but great innings
STEWIE – girly hair style but great innings

Fifteen were required from Taylor’s final over with the last pair at the wicket. Despite a fumbled boundary from the first ball there were no further leakages. Five were required from the last ball but the batsmen could only manage two. Despite a patchy season this was probably Stewart’s coming-of-age as skipper, having played a captain’s knock and shuffled his bowlers and fielders well as the pressure mounted.

Reasons to be Cheerful was a 1979 single from punk/new wave band Ian Dury and The Blockheads, reaching a peak of No.3 in the Hit Parade. It was recorded in Rome during a break in the band’s European tour, suspended due to fighting at one of the gigs. It is a ‘shopping list’ song, acknowledging over 30 people and institutions, including genItalia, Elvis Presley and a cure for Smallpox.

Middlesex recovered from being 0-3 after the first over of the match, a deficit of 193 on first innings, and being 143-5 in their second innings, to post 573-8 and win by 254 runs, Yorkshire’s first County Championship defeat in 26 matches since Middlesex hit 472-3 in the fourth innings to win in April 2014.

Jeremy Corbyn tabled a Commons’ early day motion in 2004, supported by three other Labour MP’s, that Arsenal should pass into law as ‘The Greatest Football Team in the World’ by going undefeated in winning the 2003-4 Premier League title.

In 1994, rock legend David Crosby had a liver transplant, paid for by Phil Collins.

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH - C S & N at Hammersmith
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH – C S & N at Hammersmith

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