Sunday 23 July 2017 Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill
Summer is over and the nights are drawing in, as a heavy and prolonged shower at about 5 o’clock scuppered any chance of the Tigers obtaining their first victory since May 14, following an excellent bowling effort on a pitch that had been exposed to the elements the previous day.
SE Challengers are a new side from SE London who have entered a t20 league and were looking for a warm-up game, coming in as replacements because the Tigers’ original opponents Octopus were not available. The visitors began the 35-over game as if in t20 mode, with Bhavesh (30) and Keyur (25) racking up 50 in 9 overs. It looked a case of the same old story for the Tigers, as skiers were grassed in successive deliveries, Chris Dane being the unlucky bowler.
It was Simon Warren who broke the spell, bowling Bhavesh and going on to take 4-39 as the fielders at last began to take their catches, six in all, the pick being Richard Burgess’s instinctive left-handed effort low down at slip. Matt Webster, reverting to leg spin, bagged 2-13, before Steves Bignell (3-8) and Rennie (1-5) polished off the innings in less than 28 overs, Rennie opening his bowling account for the season after pouching his first two catches.
Following another poor Tiger start (15-2), Burgess (15*) and Chris Wright (21*) were just getting into their stride when the rain intervened. At looked at one point, despite the gloomy forecast, that this game had got away with it, despite six hours precipitation falling on the uncovered wicket the day before. But is was not to be; one moment the sky was blue and full of weird and fluffy cloud formations, then the next, Stygian gloom descended. Curiously, barely a spot of rain had fallen all day at the Women’s Cup Final at Lord’s, just a few miles south. The field could take no more water, and although the weather had improved again by 6 o’clock, the decision was taken to abandon the match.