by Dave Lane
Monday the 8th saw two historic wins for the fields. The first in the midweek league against a strong Victoria Park Juniors and the second, a more passive victory, watching Australia leave the T20 world cup and return to Leicester where they will spend the next two weeks. Apologies to anyone who lives or has lived in Leicester, but the Australians' combination of arrogance and lack of research have landed them in a rather dry situation.
After the compulsory midweek team selection panic, eight competent cricketers arrived at the park with time for both nicotine and a nets fix. Chris continued the spate of good luck and won the toss, electing to bat on the black strip. The increasingly regular* opening partnership of Paul T and Robin F got stuck in straight away, playing the quick and ill-mannered bowling of Soyfer with professional concentration. They continued into the first change bowlers and when relaxed at the crease* began hitting clean boundaries with proper cricket shots. A state of teenage unease fell across the ground and VPJ began to drag their knuckles and grumble.
Both batsmen reached comfortable fifties and returned to the sidelines having laid solid foundations*. From then on the batting game turned to attempted large hitting, some successful, and risk taking as its primary weapons.
With Will, Dave and Warren run out searching for difficult third runs, and Troy, Chris and Dave 2 not settling, the innings took a slight downturn but amazingly the run rate hovered menacingly above ten an over. Warren added a helpful 23 towards the end of the game and the Fielders (London Fielders, not Junior Fielders) ended the innings on 171.
With a very competitive score it seemed the Junior hosts might not be returning home via KFC with happy chicken faces on.
On returning to the pitch, the Juniors took the game to the Fielders and for the first 5 overs bowled by Will and Dave 2 they sat comfortably on top of the spiky run rate, displaying some great batting and hitting above their weight. However after the first wicket fell (Khalid caught by Will off the bowling of Dave 1), Scott, the pick of the VJP batsman was left stranded and struggled to find a partner capable of chasing down the score.
Some good bowling from Paul T, the pick of the seamers, and Dave 1, combined with a fantastic display in the field from all, tightened the grip on VJP. Robin looked sharp squatting* behind the wicket and with three stumpings, a runout and a score of 58 would be a pick for Fields man of the match.
Skinner finished off proceedings with a fantastic display of slower bowling, despatching the final three batsmen and ending with figures of 19 for 3 from 2, the last going to a wonderful catch in the dark from Troy, more than making up for earlier fielding glitches.
*this has no reference to their bowel movements, which i assume are healthy.London Fields Batting
171 for 6 in 14.0
|Robin Friend||—||Not Out||Unknown||58|
|Paul Teasdale||—||Not Out||Unknown||50|
|Will Isaac||—||Run Out||Unknown||9|
|Troy Utz||—||Caught & Bowled||Unknown||0|
|Dave Lane||—||Run Out||Unknown||5|
|Warren Todd||—||Run Out||Unknown||23|