London Fields (131-10) beat Marauders (109 all out) by 22 runs
by our special correspondent,Tom H
Bleary eyed fielders convened at Millfields for the game with the 80's
dystopian adventure movie, The Marauders. The expert opinions offered
were that the pitch was a belter. After a brief territory dispute with
the neighbouring football match, captain Teasedale won the toss and we
Your correspondant and Ruby strolled out to open. Your correspondant
shuffling straight back after being caught behind, second ball, to a
lifter. Vijay also barely troubled the scorers, knicking off to the same
bowler. Ruby and Paul Holden consolidatated amid the barrage which
included Paul wearing one of the chin. Spitting out blood and growling
something heroic, he soldiered on. Opening up after the first change,
Ruby and Paul put on a fine partnership with Ruby ending with a fine 28.
After both departed in quick succession, the Northern allrounder
alliance of Lucas and Sam entered the fray. Lucas's main aim appeared to
be smashing fours and attempting to run Sam out. However Sam beat him to
the punch by cuffing a slow full toss into square leg's hands. Jules
ringing for the oppo was bowling a fine spell at this point, beating the
bat on many occasions. Lucas kicked on, smiting an innings saving 45.
Mark Holden joined in the fun for a brisk 20. The rest of the batsmen
barely troubled the scorers including notably Oli who after being
instructed to get his head down by skipper Teasedale, but also after
many beers, was out swinging for the trees for a golden! London Fields
finished on 130 all out. Below par? Maybe. However the pitch was up and
down with balls scuttling along the floor and also bouncing sharply.
Muffi opened the bowling and quickly settled into an excellent line and
length whilst swinging the ball both ways. Two wickets in the first
over, one bowled and one ably caught by Tristan in the covers and London
Fields were on the charge. Lucas opened from the other end and frankly
bowled too well and too fast, the good balls beating the bat by a mile
and the ones hit by the batsmen flying to the boundary. Wickets fell
regularly, Ruby and Sam taking one a piece. The game was nip and tuck;
every run mattered. The fielding was fantastic with boundary bound balls
being chased down and all catches snaffled. After a partnership from
Marauders gave them hope, Oli came on to rip out the heart from the
middle and lower order. The game was over with London Fields victorious.
We sat down with beers, discussing Muffi's fantastic 5-20, Lucas's fine
45, Olli's three wickets and your humble correspondant's slip catch.
131 for 10 in 28.0
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109 for 10 in 22.0London Fields Bowling