Friendly Match vs Homerton CC, Sun 13th May 2018, Victoria Park

The Game Must Go On!

London Fields beat Homerton

by Chris Murphy

Match originally cancelled due to poor condition of the pitch. There was a WhatsApp debate as to whether the park rangers could cancel the game, but it turns out the groundsman did, so fair enough.

We moved to Victoria Park for a reduced game of 35 overs.

Paul and Laurence (Homerton) skipper agreed LFCC to bat first.

Alex and Kap opened the batting for the fields, facing Mark and Muts from Homerton. Both were patient, rotating the strike well and punishing the wide balls.

Kap eventually came undone trying to push the pace and spooned one up off the bowling of Danny, to be caught for a hard fought 29.

Steve Fernbank came in at number three and wasn't going to die wondering. Regularly coming down the track to put the bowlers off their lengths. The same did for Fernos as it did for Kap, but off the bowling of Kimbal. This prompted an ever so slight wobble, with Ruby being bowled leg stump off Danny after facing a few balls, being caught in two minds and getting his bat stuck in the pitch. Paul Teasdale came to the crease next to steady the ship.

Somewhere in all this, Alex Turner brought up his fifty with a mighty crunch and a mightier grunt. Turner picked things up towards the end of his innings, with three fours and a six. (I think) Alex Turner was the next to go, but as I was trying to avoid catching herpes in the public toilets and missed his wicket. Caught apparently. Alex finished on 84 and adds to his already impressive run total for the season.

Troy was the next to come in and with glint in his eye and the calmness of a heart surgeon and biffed a quick fire 27 off 14 balls, in what turned out to be a valuable knock. Skinner came in to face the last few and carried his bat along with Teasdale who notched up classy and unflustered 43.

The fields finished on 221, posting a competitive score for Homerton to chase. Lunch was taken and after some sandwiches and looseners in the nets, it was Homerton’s turn to bat.

Chris Murphy and Laurie Sayer opened the bowling for the fields, bowling tight lines, with Loz starting his spell with a maiden. Homerton’s openers, Dutch and Hutch looked solid from the start and didn't appear too troubled on a true and bouncy pitch. After Chris and Laurie’s first spells, the score was 14 runs off 8 overs, putting the pressure on Homerton.

After struggling with his line, Simon combined beautifully with Laurie to run out Hutch for a decent 26. Hutch took it well and I’m sure ‘Run out by Dutch’ under How Out in the score book was laughed off in the pub after. That, or Dutch is missing, presumed bludgeoned.

Saggs was the next man and milked the bowling for twos and singles. Simon and Laurie teamed up and again with Laurie snaffling a catch at cover. Sam came in next, but lost his partner Saggs due to some fine bowling by Ducker - the score book doesn't say who did the honours, but it Saggs was caught. Ducky’s skin pads did come to the rescue again, saving a few vital runs.

Skinner provided one of the bowling highlights of the day, bamboozling Homerton’s bowlers with his change of length and variations in pace. He had Mutts stumped after some quick work from Ferny behind the wickets and had Kimbal caught behind the very next ball. The umpire didn’t originally give it, but Kimbal eventually walked after an obvious internal moral struggle. On a hat trick, Skinner tossed up a tempter, which was annoyingly blocked by Towel.

Troy picked up two wickets (both bowled), which was a deserved reward for accurate and consistent bowling, topping off a decent all round performance.

Towel and Marcus combined well and scored a number of boundaries to make it a real nail biter.

Laurie and Chris bowled at the death, with the former backing himself to bowl into the body, which paid off after Kap took a fine catch on the boundary to dismiss Towel.

Homerton needed 12 off the last 6 balls, but the final blow came to their hopes when Marcus was bowled by Chris.

A good performance by all and an even better game of cricket.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Alex Turner CaughtMark84
2Kapila Perera CaughtDanny29
3Steve Fernbank CaughtKimbal13
4Ruby Quince BowledDanny2
5Paul Teasdale NotOut43
6Troy Utz CaughtDavid27
7Chris Skinner NotOut3
8Darrin LewisDidNotBat-
9Chris MurphyDidNotBat-
10Simon MessengerDidNotBat-
11Laurie SayerDidNotBat-
Extras20
    Total 221 for 5

Homerton CC Bowling

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Homerton CC Batting

216 for 9 in 35 overs

London Fields Bowling

 NameOMRWAvg
1Chris Murphy6118118.00
2Laurie Sayer6127127.00
3Simon Messenger4028128.00
4Darrin Lewis6047147.00
5Chris Skinner6045222.50
6Troy Utz5023211.50
7Ruby Quince20210-

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