Slow Train Coming

North London CC    Sunday 20 September 2015
JUDD STREET TIGERS 253-6 beat RAILWAY TAVERNERS 236-8 by 17 runs

In a fitting finale to the season the Tigers ground out another close and hard fought victory in the North London gloom, mainly thanks to a fifth-wicket club record partnership of 144 between Stewart Taylor (92) and Chris Boden (95). There was a brave response from the Taverners, who included loanee Chris Wright, falling just a few runs short, mainly thanks to an excellent innings from Terry, who became the day’s third batsman to be dismissed in the 90’s, running himself out one short of his hundred.

On a flat, but soft slow pudding of a wicket, combined with a damp outfield, it was perhaps surprising that the match yielded as many as 489 runs in the 80 overs bowled. The Tigers found it tough going to begin with, another poor start finding them 51-4 when Taylor came to the wicket in the 11th over, Mike Delanian, Chris Dane, Richard Burgess and Craig Murray not having employed the scoring pencil unduly. Not so Boden, who had struck 35 already by this point.

21418204258_e6a917e4f7_kSkipper Taylor is enjoying something of an Indian Summer, following his match-winning 79 last week with what looked like being his maiden ton until running out of steam in the penultimate over. The partnership with Boden lasted 23 overs until Chris fell five short of his first Tiger century. Ian Daffern (25*) then helped to add 58 in the final six overs, including one of only two sixes in the innings, runs that would prove vital in the final reckoning.

The Taverners’ innings began cautiously and never quite got enough steam up to match the asking rate. Mike Herlihy took a wicket in his only bowl of the summer, but Groizard (49) helped Terry add 91 for the second wicket until smartly caught and bowled by Simon Warren. With the dangerous Reilly now at the crease the field was well spread and boundaries came at a premium. At the 30-over mark Taverners were 161-2, needing 93 from the last ten overs, at which point Stewart brought himself on to bowl, taking Reilly (26) with a hard return catch first ball.

When Terry was run out attempting a quick single at 224 the game was more or less up, although the home side probably missed a trick by not employing Wrighty until seven wickets had gone down, at which point he immediately ran out his octogenarian partner before he had faced a ball! Gold stars should also go to Matt Webster for another mean spell (1-23 in 8 overs) and some sterling work on the boundary from the evergreen Steve Rennie, not to mention a worthy performance behind the stumps by Chris Boden, having previously batted for 34 overs.

So, an excellent end to the season for the Tigers, having turned a dismal year around with five wins in the final six matches, mainly due to improved availability and return to form of many of the players, most notably the captain. Hopefully this can be carried into the start of 2016.

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Slow Train Coming was the 19th studio album from folk-rock legend Bob Dylan, released in 1979 following his spiritual reawakening and conversion to Christianity. This proved something of a watershed work for him, despite the album’s inclusion of rock’s most boring guitarist, Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler.

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