Old Camdenians, Mill Hill Sunday 25 June 2017
Judd Street Tigers 133 all out lost to Spartan CC 167 all out by 34 runs
The misery goes on, as the Tigers crumpled to yet another defeat, outwitted by a weakened Spartan side at the secluded Old Camdenians* ground in Mill Hill, a new venue to the team, but sadly a similar result to recent matches against this opposition. The Tigers bowled and fielded well to limit their opponents to 167, thanks in no small part to Rowan Allerton’s four boundary catches (a Tiger record for an outfielder) and a brace of wickets each from Winchmore Hill colts Joe Webster and Jamie Blundell, but were subsequently blown away by the bowling of Raza (4-14) and Ali Butt (4-18).
The signs were good early on with wickets from Matt Webster and Chris Dane, but Baharat held the innings together with 54 as the other batsman hit out aerially, Rowan attracting the ball like a magnet at long off. Blundell (2-39) and Webster Junior (2-18) both bowled excellent spells but were held up by Jafer, who, when not making the best tea seen for ages, or performing his barman and groundsman duties, successfully blocked out all the bowlers, allowing 62 runs to be added for the last four wickets, including 31 for the last pair, which ultimately proved the difference between the teams.
Whether the Tigers batsmen were still bloated, from not only the usual cheese sandwiches, fruit, cake and tea, but also samosas, pizza, savoury chips and ice cream, they got off to the worst possible start, Raza bagging two wickets in the first four balls, Daney, Richard Burgess, Chris Wright and Simon Warren all being dismissed at the cost of four runs to the opening bowler, with only Middlesex colt Blundell (15) seeming to have the technique to play him. It was yet another appalling start by the visitors, having lost a wicket to the first ball of the innings the previous Sunday, been 13-2 against Beamers the week before and 4-2 in 5 overs in the home game with Spartans the week before that. There is much to be said for playing positive and upbeat cricket from the get go, but sometimes good bowlers should be faced down and seen off before the side can build a decent score.
Of course Rowan Allerton knows nothing of this, going guns blazing from ball one. Fortunate to survive being dropped behind first ball, he cracked 41 in 10 overs, with two sixes, before dying with his boots on, caught on the boundary. Out of form Stewart Taylor (coming to the wicket at 23-5) toughed it out for 22 in 14 overs, but Ali Butt ran through the lower order, spinning the ball prodigiously. Although father and son Webster added 19 for the last wicket, both scoring 13, the game had sadly gone by then.
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*Old Camdenians was originally formed from the pupils of Holloway School in north London, though they are now an open club who play in the Saracen Hertfordshire League. Holloway produced a number of successful footballers, including Arsenal’s 1971 hero Charlie George, though he was later ‘asked to leave’.