Sunday 11 September 2016 Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill
The Tigers kept up their improved September form with a comfortable victory over new local opposition Mayfield on one of the warmest Sundays of the summer. In 2015 the Tigers won all three fixtures in this month, and this was their second this year. Having recovered their batting mojo over the last three games (575 runs now for the loss of only nine wickets), the bowling equivalent has also been rediscovered, all this in contrast to some weak performances in both areas during August as the club struggled for players.
The welcome return of Rowan Allerton his been one positive factor. Last Sunday he bagged four late wickets, albeit with the game already won. Here, on a difficult two-paced green pitch he changed the dynamic of a contest that had been limping along at a little more than two runs an over all afternoon, hitting 6 fours in an innings of 40 in 12 overs – the best of the day.
Stewart Taylor’s decision to field first was proved correct as runs were hard to come by all day, the wicket being pitched in the centre of the square, with long boundaries and an outfield slowed by the previous day’s rain. The Mayfield innings never really got going, mainly thanks to an excellent Chris Dane opening burst of 4-20. Swinging the ball through the air, he yorked both openers, induced Patel to unluckily play on, then completed his bag with a bizarre dismissal when Kureshi edged low to Steve Bignell at second slip, the ball rebounding from his instep into the hands of Mike Herlihy at first slip (see below). Only the No.9 batsman Femi made any significant contribution with 23 as the innings petered out for 89.
Whilst the Tigers had employed a barrage of slow medium to slightly faster medium trundlers, the Mayfield bowlers took pace off the ball from the get go, the home side struggling to 20-2 from 13 overs with both Mike Delanian and Ian Porton falling cheaply. Enter Rowan, ably assisted by Mike Herlihy (27*) ticking over the score with his usual phlegm, adding 64 for the third wicket in just ten overs to see victory achieved with more than 15 overs to spare.
*A similar dismissal to that of Kureshi occurred in the Edgbaston Ashes Test of 1985, when Aussie Wayne Philips smashed a ball from Phil Edmonds at Alan Lamb, fielding at silly point, the ball cannoning off his boot to David Gower on the leg side, given out by the umpires after consultation. The batsman was not happy but as there were no referrals in those days he had to go. Four wickets later the Ashes were retained.
Dismissal at 10.00