by Dave "Taz" Miller
The sun was beaming, the park was full (possibly due to the Timeout guide putting LFCC at #17 of Things to watch during summer) & the team was fired up to continue their winning early season form.
The toss was lost & we were sent in to bat with Will & Colonel Sanders opening proceedings. The Colonel was first to go, scratching his way to 4, bringing Hickey to the crease with intent in his eyes & he wasted no time getting off the mark with a blistering cover drive. Will departed shortly afterwards for 11. Next in was Jason Lord to join Hickey who was starting to up the rate, hitting several towering 6’s down the ground. The 50 partnership was brought up & with the score at 85, Hickey departed for 37. Lordy was bowled with the score on 95 and Brock joined Alec in the middle in the 23rd over. From ball 1 Brock was on a mission, dispatching the red sphere to the boundary regularly. It was a dangerous day for spectators as the ball constantly peppered the crowd.
These two were seeing the ball like a watermelon. Brock raced to his 50 off 27 balls! By the time Alec retired hurt (twisting his knee belting another 4) in the penultimate over for 45, they had added 152 runs together! The innings finally closed on 254, a seemingly match winning total, but the Islanders were known for their strong batting.
Arthur opened the attack, bowling express pace, but appeared to be bowling a bar of soap, as he struggled with line & length. His first over going for an expensive 18. Simon Lee at the other end was much steadier, picking up the first wicket with a lovely away-swinger. Sanders replaced Arthur after short spell & lasted 1 over, being carted for 19. Will was introduced and also proved expensive, the Islanders racing to 1/121 off 11 overs.
The Skipper brought himself & Taz on shortly after the innings break in an attempt to slow the run rate, but with the short pub side boundary, it proved too great a task. Even the batting hero Brock was brought on for 2 late overs, but the Islanders made it to the total with 5 overs remaining - a huge effort on their behalf, but hugely disappointing for us. We had let slip a big chance to go to the top of the table! So just like a dodgy Mare St kebab we suffered from a bad case of the runs.London Fields Batting
254 for 6 in 35.0
|Alec McCrindle||—||Retired Hurt||Unknown||45|
|Brock Martin||—||Not Out||Unknown||95|
|Dave Miller||—||Run Out||Unknown||1|
|Arthur Smart||—||Not Out||Unknown||1|
|Stephen Donelan||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Chris Skinner||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
|Simon Lee||—||Did Not Bat||Unknown||0|
255 for 5 in 31.0London Fields Bowling