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.
118 for 4 in 24.0
|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|
116 for 10 in 24.0London Fields Bowling