London Fields (367-4) beat Mighty Wanderers (207 all out)
by Paul "Teas" Teasdale
With the Hackney half marathon making it almost impossible to get anywhere in the borough – unless you were Jase and Turley who took advantage of the closed roads to pound out PBs, ‘Chariots of Fire’ theme tune on four-hour repeat – the Mighty Wanderers lived up to their name by only managing a full complement closer to 2pm than the scheduled 1. The game got underway all the same with LFCC batting first, either by captains’ agreement or the good old-fashioned toss of a coin – innings revised down to 35 overs.
The impish Robin and Teas opened and were quickly outscored by extras with the Wanderers’ bowlers struggling to find line, length and sometimes even strip. When the ball reached the bat it usually then reached the rope, Teas retiring at 50 inside 10 overs. James G came to the crease and showed what good form he is currently in, timing the ball with the precision of a Swiss clock maker: a cut through extra cover the shot of the day for this observer (also proof of how much the Millfields pitch has improved over the years). Robin was finding good rhythm too, filling his boots with a typically classy ton. With James followed the retire at 50 career path, off barely any, in came Ferny, clearly embarrassed about how one-sided the game was and being a gentleman, promptly allowed himself to be stumped (Tom Damant – good lad, too – continued the trend not long after.) Troy wasn’t going to miss out on the run fest and notched yet another half century for the team before giving someone else a go. With more retirees than a Saga holiday, in strode Ruby to favour the sweep and behind-square pull, almost exclusively and to almost every ball he faced. When he departed stumped for a well-played 35 (one of three stumpings in the innings) Oh (FFS) Turner and Rupert joined the party with some lusty blows at the death. Fields ended their 35 overs amassing a mammoth 367 which must be close to a club record. The poor Wanderers must have wondered what they had wandered into.
Taking the field, the fielders weren’t prepared to give any quarter with Chris Murphy and skipper Vincent co-opting the new ball. Vince struck first with a wicket in the fourth over, muscular Murphy followed suit in the 5th and a crazy-eyed Vince struck again with a wicket maiden in the sixth. Things were looking bleak for the beleaguered Wanderers but their number 7 belied the odds, anchoring their innings with a well hit 71. Rupert and Oli came on for a turn of spin, both bowling with control (and swag) – Oli with two maidens; going for a miserly 9 runs from his four over spell. Things didn’t get any easier for the batting side with Tom ‘Creme’ Damant and Troy coming on second change – testament to the strength of the LFCC team on the day. Moment of the game, or rather the three mini moments of the game ending in collective event, were soon to come with Troy completing a sensational hat trick in his second over – bowled, LBW, LBW respectively – ending with the incredible figures of 3 wickets for 0 runs with 3 maidens off 3 overs (or 3-3-0-3 for Tyrone). Needless to say, the LFCC lads were cock-a-hoop; Robin captured the moment with a delirious vid filmed from via boot-cam that is well worth watching if only to see Troy roar like a silverback. The inevitable win came eventually despite a spirited 67 from the Wanderers no 11 (who was also their no 7 who went LBW for a golden duck in his first batting life) when he was run out with a ball of their innings to go – Wanderers all out for 207.
All retired to the Princess of Wales for sweet sweet beers, including the well-travelled oppo who took their shellacking in good spirits, it must be said. A glorious day’s play with many a LFCC record broken (probably).
367 for 4 in 35.0
|Robin Friend||—||Not Out||Unknown||100|
|Paul Teasdale||—||Not Out||Unknown||50|
|James Gingall||—||Not Out||Unknown||50|
|Troy Utz||—||Not Out||Unknown||50|
|Rupert Ekblom||—||Not Out||Unknown||17|
|Vincent Croft||—||Not Out||Unknown||1|
|Chris Murphy||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
207 for 10 in 35.0London Fields Bowling