Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill Sunday 3 July 2016
Life in Post-Apocalypse Britain goes on much as before. Despite the mass hysteria, weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, the sky has not yet fallen in, nor has anyone descended to hell in a horseless cart. Yes – England still does not have a football manager, nor a team come to that. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ misery goes on, beaten comprehensively by a vibrant Spartan eleven in the Paulin local derby.
Losing the toss on a helpful batting strip, with a shortish boundary on the lower side, the Tigers fought hard but could not prevent their opponents piling up a massive 245-5, with the brutal Qasim hitting a superb 117 not out, including eight of the fourteen sixes in the Spartan innings. Waqias (54) and Ali (33) put on an effortless 86 for the first wicket, after which Steve Bignell (2-54) and Chris Wright (1-39) briefly exerted some measure of control as three wickets went for 12 runs. But once Qasim got into his stride there was no stopping him, barely offering a chance with some clean hitting.
‘Frantic’ is probably the best word to describe the Tiger run chase. At the 20 over mark they were well up with the required run rate at 115: the problem was seven wickets were down at this point, including both openers run out; Mike Delanian for the third innings in a row, who then controversially fingered his partner. Chris Dane top-edged back to the bowler and Ian Porton, after a typically spirited 28, was castled one ball after smiting a six. Other dismissals included a stumping off a quick bowler wandering out of the crease, and a playing-on. Only Wrighty stood proud amidst the carnage with a perfectly measured 66, including five more maximums to bring the total for the day to 20, but nobody could stay with him, the only decent partnerships being 40 for the 2nd wicket between Herlihy and Porton and 39 for the 9th involving Wright and Jimmy Carter.
Being bowled out on a good wicket in 30 overs is a poor effort. Everyone is trying hard but it’s just not happening. There seems to be no coherent batting plan, with the best partnership in the last two innings being just 43. With the exception of Wrighty, and perhaps Porton, all the top order batters are in bad form and confidence is low. The Tigers’ last two opponents were both narrowly beaten last season, but have been dominant in 2016.
AFTERMATH – ‘signs or results of an event or occurrence considered collectively, especially of a catastrophe or disaster’ – Collins English Dictionary
Also – the title of the fourth studio album, released in 1966, by the enduring British rhythm and blues beat combo the Rolling Stones, curiously hyphenated, but their first collection written entirely by members Michael Jagger and Keith Richards, oft times known as ‘Nanker and Phelge’ or ‘The Glimmer Twins’.
Absurd gaps between each song, but worth a listen