London Fields (274-9) beat Old Effectuals (261 all out) by 13 runs
by Richard 'RJ' Johnson
With apologies to all, this match report is so late that some of the history is disputed. The game was particularly notable for Rob Harries' first ever six (he tells me). In Rob's version of the story, his six was lashed clean over the boundary trees in the direction of Mare Street. Where it hit a passing 48 bus. And who am I to argue? (who indeed? - ed (Rob))
This was our first game against the Old Effectuals and their first on London Fields. They turned out to be a good bunch of lads, and were nice enough to send me photographs of their scorebook, from which I copied out the stats below, all of our scorebooks having been eaten by the book-hungry monster that inhabits the basement of the Pub on the Park.
The oppo won the toss and chose to bowl. The first few overs saw the Fields' openers repeatedly cut the ball through the hands of second slip, who looked in no danger of impeding its progress. After a promising opening, a clatter of wickets brought Karl Lacis to the crease, who proceeded to bludgeon the bowling to all parts and looked on for a very quick big score. After drinks, Lacis was served with the gentlest of long hops, which he smashed to the leg side where square leg took a superb catch.
Thereafter, with Andy Wyatt watching partners come and go, the Fields innings looked in danger of a familiar collapse. Until, that is, Rob Harries entered the fray, wedding bells still ringing in his ears, to play in traditional inside-out fashion (stand far outside leg to carve ball over off side) and hit his historic six. His cameo put the Fields back on course for a big total, to which all the lower order contributed, in particular Troy Utz, who scored 32 off about 8 balls with some very big hits.
Old Effectuals lost early wickets but nevertheless batted bravely. On several occasions they seemed to have fallen terminally behind the run rate, only for batsmen all the way down to number 10 pulling them back with some big-scoring overs. Fields' bowling was particularly notable for an opening spell of teasing leg-spin from Jacob Bumke and a miserly spell of 'death' bowling from Travis Willis. Ryan, Misha and your correspondent chipped in with wickets and there was some excellent fielding from the whole side, but particularly by Ryan and Andy Moylan on on the short pub-side boundary. Effectuals needed about 30 off the last 3 overs and the result was in some doubt until the last over.
All in all, a good game of cricket and a good team performance from the Fields.
One incident deserves particular scrutiny. After his able opening knock, Shannon asked me as skipper if I minded him having a beer. I thought this an apt libation on such a hot day. Later, while fielding on the boundary, Shannon demonstrated a textbook long barrier as the ball approached. At the vital moment as the ball reached him, however, Shannon's legs lost formation and the ball trickled between them to the boundary rope.
Now, Fielders all, does this mean that Shannon needs practice in
(b) fielding or
(c) insisting he writes the match report?
Answers on the back of a £20 note, please, and a packet of crisps for the winner.
Here's the scorecard:London Fields Batting
274 for 9 in 36.0
|Shannon McKenzie||—||Caught & Bowled||John||23|
|Rob Harries||—||Caught & Bowled||Leake||27|
|Misha Maruma||—||Caught & Bowled||Robbie||11|
|Richard Johnson||—||Not Out||Unknown||18|
|Ryan Dunn||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
261 for 10 in 35.0London Fields Bowling