London Fields (105 all out) lose to Eastonians (200 for 8) by 95 runs
by Ben Sanders
A lovely trip out to the Essex countryside for the Fielders’, two debutants among them, ended in disappointment after initial hopes for a well earned victory were dashed by two outstanding Eastonian performances.
After a rather convoluted journey for some to the village ground of Navestockside, London Fields took to the field. Things started well with Matt Jarratt and Steve Fernbank pegging both openers back. Steve got the break through with an lbw decision which then brought a steady flow of wickets. Eastonians’ renowned strong batting line-up struggled against the accurate swing bowling of Fields captain Ben Sanders, Steve and then Carl Death. All were among the wickets before Eastonians’ number 6, Dilworth, who had patiently been digging in while batsmen came and went around him, decided to up the ante and throw caution to the wind and risk the wrath the Essex super-car club who had rocked up in the car park just a short pull-shot away.
Having been staring down the barrel of potentially all out for sub-150 or so, Dilworth counter-attacked with cool calculation, hitting powerfully down the ground and worrying a few Bentley owners square of the wicket. Cricket is all about taking your chances and ours came and went when Dilworth was dropped at gully having driven hard at ball when he was still in the low 40s. Undeterred the Fielders’ kept fighting, Dilworth’s hundred came up, and Eastonians finished on 200 for 8.
After a fine spread for tea, a rare treat for London Fields, new boy Nathan Theys and old hand Andy Wyatt were sent out. Cunningly opening with slow bowlers things started slowly before Nathan, having asked for a change of bat or two, smashed 18 of the first 4 balls of an over then lobbed a simple catch back to the bowler. Jason Lord looked in good touch and hung around for a bit while others came and went. The ins and the outs quickened to a whirling spin when the Eastonian skipper threw the ball to 15 year old Jessop. His spell of left arm spin saw him bowl four, yes four, wicket maidens in a row, ripping out the heart of London Fields’ batting. He finished with figures of 6 for 10 and aside from some delightful late order hitting from Ruby Quince there was little to stop the inevitable. Fields were all out for 105.
A disappointing finish, especially given the early strong position, however, was eased by a few beverages from the delightful little pavilion and enquiries as to where they had found Jessop. A kind offer of sausages and chips from the very generous and friendly Eastonians, combined with their new village green location, will ensure this is very much a fixture Fielders’ will want to play in next year.
|Nathan Theys||—||Caught & Bowled||Cox||22|
|Carl Death||—||Not Out||Unknown||0|