by Richard 'RJ' Johnson
On Sunday May 18 London Fields sampled the delights of the Central Line on their way to Chigwell to play the Metropolitan Police. In fact, our oppo turned out to be one policeman and ten guys from Romford pretending to be coppers, which as far as I know is a criminal offence. But it was the Fields who committed several crimes against cricket to undo many good contributions during this 40-over game.
Fields captain Richard chose to bat, and saw the side struggle to 50-odd for 5 due to some accurate bowling and early-season batting. Our recovery to 188 all out owed much to big hitting by Alec (78) and Jamie (44), with Richard (19) holding up one end. Fields newcomer Jamie impressed with his clean hitting - post-match analysis of his wagon-wheel showed that he hit the ball through both mid-on AND midwicket. But Fields would pay for leaving 4 overs unused.
Following an intriguing tea of steak-and-kidney pie and chips, Fields took to the field and in general bowled tightly. But they undid themselves with umpteen dropped catches, most of the team being guilty. The Police's 18-year-old opener Groves took advantage with 89, and Police made it to 189-3 in the 38th over. The Fields drowned their sorrows with a swift beer and returned westwards vowing to practice catching their coppers for next time.London Fields Batting
188 for 10 in 40.0
189 for 3 in 38.0London Fields Bowling