League Match vs GBCC Strikers, Sun 6th August 2017, Hackney Marshes

Strike Out! (sorry)

by Phil Clark

The GB Strikers requested their League match against London Fields be shifted to the Sunday to allow them to play in a T20 tournament at Lord's. Having won that tournament, the Strikers were clearly still in T20 mode when they trekked to Hackney Marshes for this top-of-the-table clash. Against a clinical Fields bowling and fielding outfit, the Strikers' chase lasted only one delivery more than their innings at Lord's – all out for 46 in 20.1 overs – to lose by 95 runs.

The Fields' total of 141 – based around Robin Friend's fluent 43 and solid supporting knocks from Alex Turner (18), Vijay Shah (24) and Taz Miller (19) – looked well under par on a low but unthreatening track. The Strikers were characteristically canny in their use of bowlers, opening with the hooping left-armers of young Zaid and holding back their Premier League ace, Abu, until the Fields were looking to accelerate. Abu scythed and yorked through the Fields top and middle order, taking 4/24, and looked to have swung the match irrevocably in the Strikers' favour.

Perhaps it was the dark memories of Zubair's double ton for the Strikers two seasons ago or the inspiration of playing on Pitch 1 at the Marshes, replete with sightscreens and the gangrenous changeroom/cowshed, but the Fields came out to bowl with rare cunning and intensity. Vijay's wily off spin reaped two wickets in the first two overs, finishing with 3/24, while Phil Clark's 1/7 off 6 overs kept it tight at the other end. The real mayhem unfurled when Ty Graham's left-arm curlers brought 4/13 and Taz Miller's skiddy scuds 2/2. Particularly impressive was Ty's ability to be both fast bowler and fortune-teller, twice proclaiming loudly what was about to happen as he charged into bowl ("You gotta be ready to go!", "It'll only take one ball to end this!") then delivering exactly as he promised. His latter wicket foretold wrapped up the match with the first ball after drinks, as Abu launched a long ball to the sprinting Taz at long on (his third catch of the innings).

Ty's final predictions of the day – that the Fields would get back to their home ground before their Sunday team had finished their match, that there would be many plastic bags filled with cheap Continental lager and his heavily pregnant partner wouldn't yet have gone into labour – also came true, much to the relief and mirth of the merry London Fields throng.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Robin Friend CaughtAbu43
2Paul Teasdale CaughtZaid0
3Alex Turner BowledAbu18
4James Gingall CaughtAbu7
5Alec McCrindle BowledAbu8
6Vijay Shah CaughtZaid24
7Dave Miller BowledJunaid19
8Ruby Quince BowledZaid0
9Phil Clark CaughtWasim7
10Chris Murphy RunOut3
11Ty Graham NotOut0
    Total 141 all out

GBCC Strikers Bowling

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GBCC Strikers Batting

46 all out in 20.1 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Phil Clark62717.00
2Vijay Shah802438.00
3Ty Graham4.101343.25
4Dave Miller20221.00

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