by Chris Skinner
In a hastily organised fixture, London Fields CC hosted Dropped Katchers cricket club on a perfect summer’s day. The game provided debuts for Matt Hull and Patrick Skinner (younger, healthier, uglier brother of the captain).
Was theirs an ironic name? Why the ‘K’? Why did they look so healthy? How did they clear the field so quick? Where are my keys? There were all questions asked by London Fielders as they entered Hackney Beach to greet The DK’s. "Why have I lost the toss again?" soon followed - Fields would have to spend the next 3 hours in the sun.
Travis and Brock opened the bowling with varying success. When I say varying, I actually mean no success. Warren soon joined the attack and was pacy and wayward, but rewarded for his endeavour with a fantastic wicket - full ball, short ball, Yorker - a joy to watch.
Will Isaac continued his impression of someone who knows what they are doing, his 5 overs went for just 12 runs and a wicket, Carl was also miserly before exhaustion took over in his 7th over. Debutants Matt and Patrick, and an over from Jason did a great job guiding Katcher RK Jacobs to a century.
Set 250 to win from our 35 we lost the quick scoring Brock for 9. Robin Astley (8) dropped anchor and for 10 overs he and Shannon (33) looked very comfortable. Both lost their wickets however with the score on 63 and Jason and Patrick strode to the crease. They took us to drinks and as each tried to up the run rate both lost their wickets, Patrick for a solid 12 and Jason for an excellent 36. The run rate was rising and as Fields attacked the wickets kept falling, Will hit 12, Chris 20 and Travis a muscular 37 (including an enormous six into the park keepers yard) but all fell just as momentum might shift.
All out for 206 in the 33rd over, Fields made a decent chase in what was a great game of cricket. Well done to Katches and thanks to Steve Donelan who offered up his afternoon to umpire. And well done to Carl who only took 45 minutes to change into his whites. A stunning performance...London Fields Batting
203 for 10 in 32.0
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250 for 10 in 35.0London Fields Bowling