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Winchmore Hill    Sunday 6 May 2017
Judd Street Tigers 212-7 beat Haringay Libraries 187-6 by 25 runs

This week’s guest, professional Yorkshireman, Huddersfield Town supporter and acclaimed author David Peace reports on the Tigers’ spirited encounter with Haringey Libraries Cricket Club.

The nuclear spring suddenly disappeared, and at home, on the Winchmore Hill cricket ground, on the grass and on the sand, and in the sunshine, Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club took on the Haringey Libraries Cricket Club.

And on the boundary, in the sunshine, next to the grass and the sand, the Judd Street Tigers’ captain Stewart Taylor looked at the pitch, the cricket pitch at Winchmore Hill and looked at his team, to Ian Porton, and from Ian to Andy Ward, and from Andy to Chris Wright, and from Chris Wright to Chris Dane, and from Chris Dane to Mitchell Greenham, and from Mitchell to Ali Sikandar, and from Ali to Mike Herlihy, and from Mike to Jimmy Carter, and from Jimmy to Matt Webster, and from Matt to Steve Bignell, and he said, we will win this game if we bat first.

And in the sunshine, at home, on the Winchmore Hill ground, the Judd Street Tigers cricket team batted first, on the grass and on the sand. And the Haringey Libraries’ bowlers took their shiny red ball and bowled at the Tiger batsmen. And in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand, the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club scored 212 runs. And in the sunshine, on the grass and on the sand, Ian Porton hit the ball hard, and in the scorebook, the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club scorebook, his runs added up to 44. And Andy Ward, in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand, hit the ball harder, and in the scorebook, the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club scorebook, his runs totalled 61.

At home, at the Winchmore Hill cricket ground, in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand, the other Tiger batsmen all scored runs, and in the last few overs Ali Sikandar batted, in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand, and Ali Sikandar hit the ball even harder still, scoring 18 in the last over, and in the scorebook, the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club scorebook, his runs totalled 27 without being dismissed.

And in the pavilion, the Winchmore Hill pavilion, the cricketers of the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club and the Haringey Libraries Cricket Club sat and drank their cups of tea, and ate their pieces of fruit and chicken, and their slices of cake, and bowls of rice, and looked at their phones, and discussed how they were going to win the game.

And then the batsmen of Haringey Libraries Cricket Club took on the bowlers of the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club, in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand. And Chris Wright bowled the ball and hit the wicket, and Andy Ward dived low to take a magnificent catch, with his left hand, just above the ground, and the players of Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club rushed to congratulate Andy Ward, and in the sunshine, on the Winchmore Hill cricket field, there was much slapping of backs and shaking of hands, and everyone was very happy, except the batsman, who was very annoyed.

But then, in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand, two batsmen called Kumaran and Raj began to score many runs, and the bowlers of the Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club could not get them out, and in the scorebook, the Haringey Libraries Cricket Club scorebook, their runs totalled 102. Then, in the sunshine, on the grass and on the sand, Stewart Taylor said I’m not having this, and brought himself on to bowl, and he bowled the ball at Kumaran and the ball hit his pads, and the team appealed, and the umpire raised his finger and gave him out, in the sunshine. Then the next batsman hit the ball in the air, in the sunshine and on the grass and on the sand, and Chris Dane ran round in a circle, and Chris Dane caught the ball, and there was much back-slapping and high-fiving.

Then, at home, at Winchmore Hill, in the sunshine and on the grass and on the sand, the batsmen of Haringey Libraries Cricket Club could not score any runs and began to lose heart, and as Stewart Taylor shuffled his bowlers, their innings lost momentum and they could not score enough runs. And, in the sunshine, and on the grass and on the sand, the players of Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club won the match by 25 runs. And Stewart Taylor had taken four wickets and he was a very happy captain of Judd Street Tigers Cricket Club.

-and the team had won.

-another win.

-at home.

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Dave ScallyDavid Peace is famous for his ‘factional’ novels (fiction mixed with fact), including ‘The Damned United’ – the story of  Brian Clough’s disasterous 44-day reign at Leeds United, ‘Red Riding Trilogy’ – concerning corruption in the Yorkshire Police force, ‘GB84’, the ‘Tokyo Trilogy’, and most recently ‘Red or Dead’ – a factional account of Liverpool  Football Club manager Bill Shankly. He is currently preparing a similar novel about Geoffrey Boycott and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

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