Paulin Ground Winchmore Hill Sunday 8 May 2016
A depleted Tigers slumped to a heavy defeat on the hottest day of the year so far in a game that was damage limitation from the get go, having being reduced to 9 players late in the week, with Matt Webster breaking bones in his hand and Rowan Allerton falling sick with tonsillitis, no replacements being available at short notice.
The Tigers have a good record against Graces, but were under the pump from the off, electing to field first with a team whose average age was nearer fifty than forty, and hoping to chase a not too challenging total. Pal (36) gorged on some loose bowling early doors, until bamboozled by the Chris Dane slower ball. His opening partner Scott anchored well making 32 from 109 before being caught behind off Chris Wright. Simon Warren put in another excellent shift (2-43) but it was a fiery spell from Wrighty (3-31) that kept the home team in the game, knocking out the off stump of both Newton and Anthony without disturbing the leg bail on either occasion!
It was tough going but the visitors kindly offered an extra fielder, one of which (Pal) ran out Modi with a superb throw from the boundary. But it was the left-handed No.5 Martin who held the innings together, making 59 not out as the Tigers restricted the final total to 214.
The Tiger reply never really got going against some steady bowling, the two Mikes both bowled by Kazi for 24-2. Daney (30) and Andy Ward (14) had a lively partnership to get the innings rolling, but when both were out the game looked up at 69-5 from 20 overs. Wright (41) and Stewart Taylor (22*) showed some resistance with a stand of 62 in 8 overs, Chris taking Martin for 18 in one over before the bowler got his revenge with a play-on. The busy Pal then wrapped the game with his left-arm fizzers (4-29), all lbws.
It was a pity the contest could not have been 11 v 11, as the two sides looked well matched otherwise. These situations unfortunately occur from time to time, though the Tigers clearly have some availability and selection issues to sort out.
ANYWAY, TO LIGHTEN THE MOOD, HERE’S A LITTLE QUIZ
What is happening here? Is it –
a) Rowan Allerton is wanging a return in from the boundary
b) Tottenham Hotspur have taken up cricket
c) The playing field has been invaded by a swarm of bees
Answers on a postcard please