Cockfosters Sunday 23 April 2017
In the first of a series of occasional celebrity match reporters, we welcome today former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray ‘Butch’ Cliche, now a radio and TV football pundit, famous for playing, managing or coaching the most clubs in the world of football – ever, and a man who is known to speak almost entirely in cliches.
Thank you very much and, not to put too fine a point on it, I must say it’s an absolute pleasure to be here on this wonderful blog site.
Now, this must be a very disappointing result for the Tigers, who, in my humble opinion, put a hell of a lot into this game with little reward, although, one would hasten to add, they did not bat well in any way shape or form. To be perfectly honest they struggled all through their innings against, to be fair, a very strong outfit containing a number of fit, young league cricketers. The boy Daney scored 21, though it has to be said, it took him 20 overs. Chris Wright, a man who scored runs for fun last season, was adjudged lbw for just one, and he’s had a bit of a shocker there.
I must say though, that I was very impressed with the two new lads – very much so. The boy Mitchell Greenham looks the real deal to me, very unlucky to be brilliantly caught on the boundary after making a brisk 14, and then later turning in a fine bowling effort, 2-16 I think it was from his 8 overs. He’s one for the future – no two ways about it. Then the new wicket keeper Garret O’Brien looks very efficient and professional, make no bones about that. And it was good to see the boy Carter back to his best form, top-scoring with 24 and a real terrier in the field. He’s had a difficult couple of seasons with injuries and whatever, but most certainly he played some good shots here, and I was pleased to see that grizzled old veteran Steve Rennie hit a few good blows for his 11 runs, but at the end of the day, a total of 121 was well short.
In contrast to their batting, the Tigers bowled and fielded excellently. The lad Webster might have to be taped up with sticking plaster to get him through a game these days, but he hit the woodwork twice when the home side looked like running away with the game. Three quick wickets put the cat among the pigeons, but Frame and Sayers steadied the ship from 60-4, and in the end it proved too demanding a task to bowl the home side out. The lad Daffern took a fine catch and put in a great shift with the ball, but is still a tad impatient with his batting.
I have to mention though that Steve Bignell really should call it a day and make room for some younger talent. He’s had a great career, but when running he looks like a three-legged dog chasing a cat up a tree, though, in point of fact, one would have to say he did take a fine catch at slip.
I thought young Burgess showed some thoughtful captaincy, but if I have to be honest, at the end of the day Compton were the better side overall when all is said or done and thoroughly deserved their victory. No two ways about it.