Winchmore Hill Sunday May 27 2018
JUDD STREET TIGERS 188-6 (Greenham 88, Rennie 43, Dane 29)
SPARTAN CC 108-3 (Mujahid 57*)
The Tigers’ run of consecutive defeats in 2018 ended abruptly late in the afternoon when a biblical downpour curtailed play with 20 overs left and the outcome still in the balance. Sadly, with too much water on the wicket it was deemed impossible to continue.
Despite a late drop out the Tigers had eight players available, which was at least an upgrade of one on the previous two games, boosted on this occasion by Winchmore Hill’s 12th man Tom Stephenson and Keith Gunter from Spartan. Batting first, prospects did not look good when both Richard Burgess and Chris Wright failed to engage the scorer, Wrighty being particularly unlucky to be given out caught behind off his pad.
Chris Dane continued his good form with a positive 29 from 40 until venturing too far outside his crease, which brought together Mitchell Greenham and Steve Rennie. 25 overs later they had put together a record 4th wicket partnership of 136 (to date the only century stand for that wicket). Mitch is a class batsman and measured his innings perfectly with 13 4s and a six, whilst grizzled old veteran Steve prefers his own inimitable batting style, on this occasion abandoning his preferred nurdle in favour of the cross-batted slap, to good effect, in accumulating a career best 43 for the Tigers.
When Spartan batted, there were wickets for Mitch, Wrighty and Steve Bignell, but Muhajid was just beginning to take the long handle to the bowlers with a barrage of sixes when the heavens opened. There had been occasional drizzle and threatening cloud most of the afternoon, with thunder and lightning crashing around. The Paulin ground looked to have avoided a storm when suddenly down came precipitation, accompanied by huge lumps of ice, cats, dogs and a plague of frogs.
With early season commitment poor and skipper Stewart Taylor likely to be sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury, it was more bad news when Daney dislocated his thumb attempting a catch on the boundary. Availability prospects are not getting any better.