Sunday 20 August 2017 Paulin Ground Winchmore Hill
The Tigers made it a hat-trick of wins with an entertaining victory over the Railway Taverners from Crouch End, the bat rather than the ball dominating on this occasion after several low scoring games, 455 runs being notched for the loss of only 9 wickets in 80 overs.
Furthermore, never has a Tigers’ match been so well supported this season, with 13 players in attendance, plus Mr. and Mrs. Wright, together with canine back-up from Sausage and Alfie (good at chasing the ball but not much cop at batting or bowling). They were treated to a well-matched contest that was decided only by the last ten overs of each innings.
In-form Garret O’Brien contributed another measured 57 from 82 balls at the top of the Tiger innings, aided by 19 from Chris Wright, a grizzled 24 from Steve Rennie and 14 from Chris Dane, but at 136-6 in the 30th over the match was in the balance. Sadly for them the Railwaymen ran out of steam in the final 10 overs with some ordinary bowling and several dropped catches, not to mention some excellent hitting from Stewart Taylor (52 from 34 balls) and Matt Webster (43 from 38), as they put together a club record unbeaten seventh wicket partnership of 101.
The Taverners’ innings followed an almost identical trajectory, both sides being 74-2 after 20 overs and 143 in the 30th over. Captain Eiran Reilly smashed 83 not out in just 51 balls (an identical score to his innings when the Taverners beat the Tigers last September) including one brutal straight six which almost took out scorer Ian Porton, Alfie and the BDOC! with good support from Pacey (20), Nortje (32) and Majid (49*). The game was held up briefly as the undisciplined Sausage invaded the pitch for the second week running, Alfie being too cool to indulge in such delinquent behaviour!
The Tigers had eight front line bowlers at their disposal, and drizzle set in late in the day, slowing the outfield. The Taverners huffed and puffed but could only manage 75 from the last ten overs, falling 19 runs short, with some fine death bowling from Taylor and Wright.
Alfie and Sausage were not overly impressed by the standard of cricket on offer