Sunday 1 May 2016 Paulin Ground Winchmore Hill
In Greek mythology, Tyro was the daughter of Salmoneus, brother of Sisyphus (he of the impossible task), and the grandmother of Jason (of Argonaut fame). She was married to Cretheus, but loved Enipeus, though was seduced by the sea god Poseidon, by whom she had twin sons.
The dictionary definition of Tyro is ‘novice’ of ‘beginner’ and an epithet continuously attached to Tigers’ Rowan Allerton, though somewhat unfairly, since he has been turning out for West XI and the Tigers since he was in short trousers. His performances have rarely lived up to his huge potential, but this year he appears to have a more mature and serious approach to his cricket. Could it be that he will at last become the player that everyone believed he would?
In this fixture he transformed a game that appeared to be drifting away from the Tigers, coming to the wicket in the 21st over at 77-4, the home side having lost 4 wickets for 19 runs after the steady start of 58 in 16 overs by Mikes Delanian (34) and Herlihy (13) had got bogged down by some accurate bowling and resolute fielding, Elstone posting excellent figures of 3-22 as the ball swung all day in the hazy conditions. In tandem with the busy Andy Ward (38) the pair added 89 in just 10 overs to turn the match in the Tigers’ favour.
Rowan struck 5 fours and 3 sixes in an innings of 62 that lasted 13 overs, anything short or overpitched being brutally dispatched to the undergrowth in short order. Stewart Taylor (17) and Chris Boden (16*) retained the impetus but, as last week, the tail fizzled out disappointingly, P Kent posting 5-34 in only 28 balls.
Needing 223 to win, Harrowdene could only manage 170, which was exactly the total they posted in the corresponding match last season, though in 2015 they were assisted by a bag of 44 byes and wides as the Tiger bowlers suffered a compass malfunction. The arms of the umpires were well exercised in this game also, which yielded a combined total of 36 wides.
This time the visitors’ effort was held together by the classy Pritesh (67), though he had little support from the top order. A lively spell by Simon Warren (3-37) broke the back of the innings, assisted by two wickets in an over following the drinks break. ‘Keeper Boden bagged three fine catches, including Pritesh, and although the tail wagged to some profit the result was not really in doubt. Chris Dane recovered from the previous week’s trauma with a frugal stint of 1-19 in his 8 overs and apart from a couple of drops the fielding held up well once more. As the symmetry grew overwhelming both sides were bowled out in 39.4 overs and the Harrowdene’s 170 matched not only their 2015 effort but also the Tiger total from the previous week.
POSEIDON, DISGUISED AS THE RIVER GOD ENIPEUS, INTERNET DATING TYRO, OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER KATE BUSH VIDEO?