London Fields beat Bloomsbury Royals
by our new correspondent, Herschel Pant
London Fields bowled first, after having lost the toss. On a ground that was a weird mix of a Mumbai maidan and lush green top - the opposition started aggressively. “Lanky Laurie” fought back picking up wickets regularly (4 in total) with Upen providing a great composure. Stats won’t show the number of times he beat the bat. While Bloomsbury was going at it from the start, an almost 6 an over rate was not able to stop the wicket flow. At 99/5 at the first drinks break (15 over - and we all needed it!), the match was well poised. Enter - Troy. He bowled with full heart and a head band to boost. The runs continued to flow from Din and Asif’s bat who maintained a great partnership as Vijay and Rupert didn’t quite find their rhythm today. It was broken by a great backward running catch from Herschel off Troy's bowling - helping him to get 4 wickets overall. With the continued fall of wickets, Bloomsbury ended with 206 in just 31 overs.
With “Its coming home” chants in the background, it was not clear whether it was meant for the 11 players on the pitch in London or the pitch in Russia. Either way, Alex and Kartik took that in the positive spirit and provide a solid 80 run opening stand in the first 15 overs. With the first drinks break taking its first victim (Alex), Captain Vijay came to the crease to continue the chase. A couple of customary fours later, the spin duo of Hiru and Arif applied a lot of pressure on the run rate, making it at some stage go above 6 an over. Vijay held his bat with a brilliantly timed innings of 69. With Kartik falling at the second drinks break and the score at c140 - London Fields needed only 68 runs in just under 10 overs.
Tease pushed Vijay hard for doubles as run flow finally increased. As it went down to run a ball, Herschel got in with the team score at 180 or so. 3 boundaries from him helped the pressure releasing runs towards the end. Another nail biter where London Fields were able to hold their nerve and win the game.London Fields Batting
207 for 4 in 39.0
|Vijay Shah||—||Not Out||Unknown||69|
|Troy Utz||—||Not Out||Unknown||4|
|Upendra Singh Gusain||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Chris Murphy||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Rupert Ekblom||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Laurie Sayer||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Tom Hughes||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
206 for 9 in 40.0London Fields Bowling