London Fields (220-8) beat Occasional Casuals by 1 run
by our roving, cycling correspondent, Will Isaac
It's only the second weekend of the LFCC cricket season and already we've produced an absolute belter, playing in the annual match against our old friends Occasional Casuals.
The sun was shining and the crowd was swelling, even the north west corner park bench regulars had taken their seats, delicately sipping on their Tennants Super and in excellent voice too. The Casuals won the toss and elected to field, hoping to pile on some early-doors pressure.
It was good to see Andy Wyatt back at the crease, opening up with Dave Hickey. The pair started at decent pace and all was well until the 4th over, when Andy played across the line and was heading for an early pint even before the finger was raised. This brought Jakob to the crease, another fielder who's been lost in the ether outside Hackney for the past couple of seasons. Again, he started brightly but was soon caught behind for 6 off Matt's bowling, who, by the way bowled exceptionally well with 7-1-40-2.
Next up was new boy Darren Lewis. Darren soon found his feet by playing some nice shots and hung around to make a couple of partnerships, during which time Hickey smashed a supremely quick 60 before being caught somewhere in the field. Sorry I wasn't watching at that point! In strode another new boy Owen and murmers of 'is he any good?' were soon stifled when he struck his first ball beautifully over the head of mid on for four and continued to show promise before being bowled by Rich for 9.
Now this brought club skipper Chris Skinner to the crease. Chris was determined to make amends for his previous week's duck, and it wasn't long before he started to get it together by striking the ball in ways and to places around the ground like a man possessed, sharing partnerships with Darren (11) and Will (9). But it was his partnership with Mr Utz that really did the damage. Troy hit only fours and sixes, it was a brutal display of batting and the pair put on 70 runs taking the score well over 200.
Troy finally went for one too many big ones and was bowled by Joe, who ended an excellent spell of 8-1-37-2. Chris continued to delight us by bringing up his maiden half century, a monumental moment and hopefully the first of many, a fantastic knock finally saw him bowled by Matt for 52. Misha and Tony were the final pair standing ,bringing the score on to a very decent 220 for 8.
The Casuals innings was far less straightforward. Mr Hoare and Mr White opened up well until Mr Hoare went for a daft run and was run out by Andy, who smartly removed the bails from Will's throw. It was then Simon Yates' accurate bowling that removed the next two wickets, White 13 and Ed 0. Then Matt R and Rowan began to put a decent partnership together before Will ripped through the middle order, removing Rowan for 21 and then Ben S (1) and Ben A (0) in successive balls.
This left the Casuals on the ropes with only 70 odd for 5 at drinks, but Matt Broadbent was in a defiant mood and together with Matt R (88) spanked anything short, wide, straight, you name it they hit it, igniting a remarkable fight back. It took a cheeky tempter from Jakob, one too many heaves from Matt and a brilliant catch in the deep by Will to put an end to the fight back. It was then the job of Chris to bowl at the death along with Jakob to polish off the last three wickets, wrapping up an enthralling encounter by just a single run.
It was a fantastic day with some splendid cricket enjoyed by players and spectators alike. Needless to say the booze then began to flow, speech began to slur and we all got ratted.
The end.London Fields Batting
220 for 8 in 35.0
|Misha Maruma||—||Not Out||Unknown||5|
|Tony Tedore||—||Not Out||Unknown||10|
|Simon Yates||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
219 for 10 in 32.0London Fields Bowling