London Fields beat Village CC
by Ben Sanders
The day started grey and cool but ended on a warm high. London Fields were giving debuts to a number of new players but the opposition were well known for their previous winning performances against LFCC. Today was to be different.
Skipper Teasdale won the toss and inserted Village. Upendra and Laurie opened the bowling and scoring was slow with good lines and lengths being hit by both. Village batsman started cautiously and their cause was slowed with Laurie bowling one before Upendra had their no. 3 well caught by Orin in the gully. The remaining opener put the bad ball away and found support from his middle order. At drinks they were 84-4 with Alex having bagged himself a couple of wickets.
Things accelerated after drinks but wickets fell regularly and any batsman that looked to be getting away was reigned in and sent back to the sidelines. Oli Turner got some wickets while Alex finished with 3 and Laurie returned to get one more. There was a nice Sanders/Laurie orchestrated run out of the hard hitting, Bairstow-look-a-like Villager. Village finished on 208, which due to a good all round bowling display was probably 40 or 50 shy of the minimum they would have liked.
LFCC's reply started well with Robin and Leo making 35 off the first 5 overs. Robin was joined by Orin who ably supported him and made a fine 32 but it was dawning on the Fielders on the sidelines as well as the Villagers that Robin was in the mood for making some big runs today. He had started watchfully and took his time to get in. He wore a few balls to the chest and shoulder, having discarded his helmet which the Villagers seemed to take offense to, but then set about a classic and typical Robin innings.
Whilst Robin's innings provided the main thrust of LFCC's run chase he received fine support not only from Orin but also Dan. Village felt they were back in with a sniff of victory when their returning opening bowler got two-in-two after Teasdale had departed for not a lot. Robin eventually found someone to stick with him to see us over the line in the form of Oli 'best form of defence is attack' Turner. The Fielders may well had been getting a bit jittery but we had wickets in hand and with some lovely lusty blows from Turner we only needed 16 off the last 5 overs. We won with two overs to spare with Robin carrying his bat for 118. Much rejoicing followed at what was a very rare victory over the Village. A great all round team performance.London Fields Batting
209 for 7 in 38.0
|Robin Friend||—||Not Out||Unknown||118|
|Upendra Singh Gusain||—||Not Out||Unknown||0|
|Alex Day||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Laurie Sayer||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
208 for 7 in 40.0London Fields Bowling