VPCCL Match vs Broadway Market CC, Tue 8th May 2018, Victoria Park

LFCC 155/4 (16ov) beat Broadway Market CC 92/7 (11.4ov)

by Laurie Sayer

With the sun filtering through the trees and blue skies yawning across Victoria Park, Paul Teasdale and Will Isaac strode purposefully to the crease thus heralding the beginning of a new mid-week season.

Teasdale, on the back of a sumptuous league fifty the preceding Saturday, faced up to the first ball from Broadway Market’s long-haired opening bowler. A mixed bag of bowling followed, with Teasdale and Isaac batting through the opening overs sensibly – rotating the strike effectively and running well between the wickets to keep the scorer busy.

Both openers soon began to move through the gears however, Teasdale gliding the ball to the third-man boundary with devastating effect and Isaac unfurling a contemptuous sweep backward of square on the leg side. The partnership passed fifty as Teasdale played a rare but effective slog back over the bowlers head and Isaac began driving well off the front foot.

Sadly, much like the British summer, it ended sooner than those watching would have liked with Teasdale edging through to the keeper. Oli Turner stumbled to the crease at this point with his usual lack of either vim or vigour and immediately began to flay the bowling attack to the four corners of the ground with impunity. With Isaac continuing serenely at the other end the total ticked passed 100, the flow of runs only interrupted when the excellent Isaac was called in having made an untroubled 50.

Jason Lord marched to the crease with intent at this point and proceeded to unfurl his trademark cut shot to the delight of the now raucous crowd while Turner continued his random bludgeoning whenever given the opportunity. Sadly Lord’s strength became his weakness as he top edged a cut into the gloves of the (perhaps over) jubilant ‘keeper.

This cleared the way for new Fielder Dennis, replete with Yorkshire top (much to the excitement of your scribe), to come to the crease and further blunt the scorer’s pencil with some fine shots down the ground. His dismissal led to a slight collapse from the Fields as Turner and Rupert Ekblom quickly followed for the addition of not too many more runs.

A fine effort all round though with Isaac’s masterful 50*, Teasdale’s elegant 35 and Turner’s rambunctious 32 powering ‘Fields to a respectable 155.

Tyrone Graham and Laurie Sayer were given the honours of opening the bowling and the immense pressure created soon led to a run-out off the bowling of Graham – the offending batsman clearly none too keen to face many more of Graham’s thunderbolts.

Graham’s pressure soon told again as the next Marketeer edged through to Teasdale behind the stumps to leave them two down with no more than 30 on the board. Sayer struck next as the number 3 tried to up the run rate only to sky a length ball for Teasdale to take an excellent running catch under the square leg umpire’s nose.

With the opening overs done and 3 men back in the hutch it felt Fields were ahead of the game, a state of affairs soon confirmed when Ekblom forced another run out with controlled bowling. Dennis proved a more than handy bowler in support of the effervescent Ekblom – inducing the next batsman to edge through to Teasdale for his third catch of the afternoon. Ekblom took the next man with a fizzing yorker before their last batsman tried to hit Dennis into the next borough only to be gleefully pouched by the waiting Isaac on the long on boundary.

The game won, fields paid their respects to the genial Marketeers and retired to the pub where much hilarity and bonhomie ensued. All in all it was a highly enjoyable and rewarding evening’s entertainment for all involved.

London Fields Batting

155 for 4 in 16 overs

Broadway Market CC Bowling

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Broadway Market CC Batting

92 for 7 in 11.4 overs

London Fields Bowling

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