Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill Sunday 10 July 2016
The Tigers recorded their first victory since the 22nd of May with a fine performance against a side which downed them by four wickets at the same venue a little over a year past. Matt Webster, Craig Murray and Ian Porton were the outstanding performers on a blustery day that made life difficult for batsmen, bowlers and umpires.
Some morning drizzle had freshened up the ground which occasioned much movement, the first being movement from the top pitch to the lower, due to the overrunning Under-13s match which had been rain delayed. Two overs into the visitors’ innings a further movement was required as the umpires realised the pitch had been marked out for another junior contest, the stumps then being moved two yards back to their correct adult location.
Whether it was all this creating confusion for the batsmen, or just the change of scenery for the Tigers, but there was soon further movement – this time the visitors’ top order moving back to the pavilion, thanks to an excellent opening burst from Matt Webster (3-15). Stewart Taylor, Ian Daffern and Mike Delanian all held on to sharp catches and the fielders gave little away. There was some recovery by the Haringey middle order, with Van Der Merwe holding firm for 27, but three wickets in the same over (though no hat trick) from Craig Murray scuppered any chance of them posting a challenging total, the last four wickets going down for a mere four runs.
There were a few flutters when Mike Herlihy was cleaned up with a corker in the second over of the Tiger reply by C Garnsworthy (mysteriously pulled from the attack after one more over) but Ian Porton and debutant Jon Ranger (the first manifestation of the Lend-Lease agreement with Winchmore Hill CC) soon settled the innings down, Ian playing powerful shots both sides of the wicket for a splendid 54. Chris Wright (24*) polished things off with three more sixes, but not before an intriguing battle with young spinner Garnsworthy, clearly not wanting to lose his wicket to a minnow.
It was a good day for the Tigers after a run of six games without a win, but things may not get easier with three players currently injured (see below) and champion bowler Webster now embarking on a month’s summer holidays.
REGENERATION – the act or process of regenerating or the state of being regenerated: rebirth or renewal.
Also – the title of the award-winning 1991 anti-war novel by Pat Barker, exploring the psychological damage to soldiers in WW1, part of a trilogy that includes The Eye of the Door and The Ghost Road – all well worth a read. Regeneration was made into a feature film in 1997.