Sunday 24 April – Cockfosters, Herts
In a year when almost anything seems possible, from Leicester City winning the Premier League to Carl Brathwaite hitting four consecutive sixes in the last over to win the t20 World Cup , the Tigers somehow contrived to lose a match they had dominated for most of the day as Frame, the Southgate Compton No.5, struck 17 from the final five balls of the innings to give his side an unlikely victory.
This was all the more surprising as batting had been a constant struggle on a cold day with a low pitch and slow outfield, but the final denouement was purely down to excellent batting rather than any failure on the Tigers’ part, the team having fielded and bowled well in difficult conditions.
If anyone ever wondered what it would be like to play cricket in a post-apocalyptic dystopian nightmare, then this was it – temperatures that barely rose above 8 degrees, with no glimpse of spring sunshine, slight drizzle and light that was barely playable as the match drifted on to almost 8pm. It was perhaps pushing the envelope somewhat to play a 40 over match in such conditions, but the contest was no less exciting for all that.
Electing to take first dig, the Tigers lost Mike Delanian to the second ball of the season, followed by Chris Dane in the fourth over, but Mike Herlihy (31) and Stewart Taylor (30) batted sensibly to put together 65 in 16 overs with just three boundaries. Chris Boden (33) and Rowan Allerton (33) increased the tempo with 44 in only 6 overs, but once this pair departed the innings dribbled away somewhat with a mere 36 from the final ten overs.
Excellent bowling from Daney, Stewart and Chris B restricted the home side to 55-4 at the 20 over drinks break. Rowan Allerton than cleaned up Brandon (20) with his first ball just as the fifth wicket pair looked like getting on a roll (his first wicket since 2013!). Frame was anchoring the innings well but two more wickets from Ian Daffern left Compton needing 70 from the last 10 overs and 20 from the last two. It seemed Tigers would sneak home by a few runs, but Frame targeted the short cover boundary for two consecutive sixes that would have yielded no more than two runs on any other part of the field, before scrambling the winning run from the last ball of the match.
Matt Webster has opened a new vocational path for himself with a starring role in the new Hollywood western – the absurdly-titled Jane Got a Gun.
‘It made a pleasant change from pulling the strings the other side of the camera,’ Matt told Tigerweb, ‘but I’m not going to let it interfere with my cricket career.’
The film franchise is likely to include sequels including James Bond Got a Revolver, Lee Harvey Oswald Got a Rifle and Napoleon Got a Howitzer.
YES, BUT THE MOMENT’S GONE