League Match vs Bloody Lads CC, June 17, 2017, Millfields

Phil Turns Up The Heat At Millfields

London Fields (118-4) beat Bloody Lads (116 all out) by 6 wickets

by James Gingell

There was enough heat in the air to remind an expat Australian of their youth, and enough grass on the pitch to wobble the ball from a persistent length: this was Phil Clark’s day. After Bloody Lads tamely lost their openers in the first two overs - one chipping a full toss to cover, one bowled aiming a premature slog - Wilcox and Ensor advanced the score to 45 for two. But Clark’s late movement had them groping at thin air, and soon both were castled by off-cutters. From there, it was a procession.

Deprived of his fast bowling comrade Vasu, who hobbled off after the recurrence of a back injury, Clark bowled his allotted overs straight through, collecting five for 27 without the need for a catcher. Much credit to captain McCrindle, too. He fielded first where others would have batted, gave his spinner the new ball to good effect, and nailed his sequence of changes - four of the six bowlers used took wickets in their first over.

The Lads scraped together 116, which they, and the tens of people watching the game over the internet as the standing umpire videoed the game, knew was never enough. Their seamers challenged both edges of the bat, and Fields lost three before the score was 50, but Turner drew the sting with 22 and Kapoor drove with devastating power on his way to an unbeaten 46.

London Fields Batting

118 for 4 in 24.0

Name Scoring How Out Bowler Runs
Michael Warner LBW Solomon 4
Paul Teasdale Caught Geordie 12
Alex Turner Bowled James 22
James Gingall Caught Stan 5
Rahul Kapoor Not Out Unknown 46
Dave Lane Not Out Unknown 13
Vijay Shah Did Not Bat Unknown 0
Abhinav Vasu Did Not Bat Unknown 0
Alec McCrindle Did Not Bat Unknown 0
Troy Utz Did Not Bat Unknown 0
Phil Clark Did Not Bat Unknown 0
Extras None Extras 16
Bloody Lads CC CC Batting

116 for 10 in 24.0

London Fields Bowling
Name O M R W Eco Avg S.R
Abhinav Vasu 4.0 0 26 1 6.50 26.0 24.00
Phil Clark 8.0 3 27 5 3.38 5.4 9.60
Alex Turner 3.0 0 15 1 5.00 15.0 18.00
Vijay Shah 4.0 1 18 1 4.50 18.0 24.00
Rahul Kapoor 0.0 0 0 1 0.0 0.00
Troy Utz 6.0 1 24 1 4.00 24.0 36.00