Porton Spring Wine

Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill   Sunday 22 May 2016
JUDD STREET TIGERS 265-3 dec  beat N2 CASUALS 103 all out by 162 runs

The Tigers got back on track with a convincing victory at the Wynchgate against an out of sorts Casuals, putting up an excellent total and bowling the opposition out cheaply on a lively, green wicket. Ian Porton answered his critics with a Tiger-best 96, well backed up by the in-form Chris Wright (81*), Chris Dane (42) and Mike Herlihy (26*)

Only Mike Delanian missed out with a blob, Bhatt taking a low return catch, his only reward for a marathon stint of 14 overs, though everyone else filled their boots on a good afternoon for batting. Porton, criticized earlier in the week for his lack of runs by the Tiger Director of Cricket, played some bold shots in tandem with Dane as the pair put up a century stand in 19 overs against some steady bowling and fielding. Ian was just 4 short of a maiden hundred when he fell leg before playing across the line. If he had known his score at the time he may not have played such an injudicious stroke, but such are the vagaries of fortune.

Wrighty and Mike Herlihy kept the score moving with 93 in the last ten overs, the latter’s persistent cries of ‘Two-it!’ keeping his teammates much amused, particularly when one Wright blow went for 6! The Casuals fought hard but were eventually overwhelmed by the bat.

The visitors’ reply never got going after Daney and Stewart Taylor had reduced them to 4-3 in the opening overs, as the usual Winchmore Hill nuclear winter began to set in. Patel Jnr. played a good hand for 25 and Wahab (17) unleashed some sturdy blows before being taken sharply by Herlihy at slip off Simon Warren. Newham (29) showed some late resistance as a few plops of rain began to fall, but it proved even a forlorn task to hold out for a draw. Grizzled veterans Phil Hill and Steve Rennie picked up a couple of wickets each, including a genuine IPL dismissal when a Hill full toss was dispatched to long leg where Delanian took a fine catch.

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SPRING AND PORT WINE was originally a stage play by Bill Naughton, made in to a film in 1970 starring James Mason as an overbearing father in the Bolton of the 1960s. Also starring Diana Coupland, a simpering Susan George and the usual collection of ‘sixties supporting actors struggling with northern accents, the movie is straight from the ‘It’s grim oop north’ genre of British films adapted from the stage such as ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’, ‘Billy Liar’ and a ‘A Taste of Honey’.

A popular old-fashioned stage comedy which simply doesn’t work on film – Halliwells’ Film Guide

Answer to last week’s quiz. The cricket field has been invaded by a swarm of bees -India v Australia Test Match New Delhi October 2008.

And finally – a funny picture.

SPIRIT OF ’66

bobby

‘Now look, Bobby, if your injury starts playing up I’m going to pull you off at half-time’

‘Crickey, Alf, we only get a cup o’ tea and an orange at West Ham!’

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