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|Season to date||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Abandoned||Cancelled|
(Table does not include Six-a-Sides)
Pictures - Chris Sargeant
|April 23rd||Bank of England - Lost||A||May 7th||Chiltern Crusaders - Won||H|
|May 14th||The Lee - Won||A||May 21st||Pelicans - Won||A|
|May 28th||Little Marlow||H||June 4th||Roxbourne||H|
May 21st - Pelicans - Away Win !
As can be the way when defending a low total, we had gone from cruising to victory, to looking like throwing it away. A rallying call from the skipper; a new strategic field set; and a double bowling change did the trick. Their strike batsman heaved a Dom offie to long off and Haroon Rauf charged in and took an excellent high catch. Ben came back on and immediately nipped out his fourth wicket and numbers 10 and 11 managed to miss a couple of straight, slows ones from Dom and victory was ours.
Another excellent team effort, another win against the odds and a third victory in a row, we could get used to this.
May 14th The Lee - Away Win !
A memorable victory away from home this week. We travelled the couple of miles to the Lee, with two debutants in the side, Waq and Aaron, one assumes their matching beards is coincidence, rather than a new selection policy. We won the toss and chose to bowl, news which was received gleefully by the oppo skipper, he who laughs last and all that...
We didn't bowl badly, nor field badly, nor make any strategical errors. We struggled though with the limited overs rule of bowlers being restricted to eight overs, and more so with some hideously ugly and brilliantly effective middle order slogging and slashing. The Lee looked set for an imposing 250 plus score, until Waq and Sohail pulled things back towards the end and we restricted them to 226. Credit to Kenny and Fiddy too for good control and to take pace off the ball, Dom debuted some off spin to reasonable effect.
The Lee's opening bowling spell was a barrage; both were quick, one was banging it in short, the other hurled down chin high beamers. Henry and Dom were obturate and pounced on any misdirected delivery they could, to try and stay near to the run rate. At 20 overs we were 109 without loss, oppo moral broken and a good foundation for our aggressive middle order to come in and 'express themselves', as younger TMS commentators would say.
And so it came to pass. Dom fell soon after drinks, but Will, Waq and Fiddy all followed with useful and brutal cameos. Henry was still going, anchoring the innings beautifully and when Nick joined him only handful of runs were required for victory and for Henry's hundred. Trouble was we were in the penultimate over. Henry selflessly instructed the on-strike-skipper to finish the match and for the second week in a row, Nick did just that.
To chase 226 is a fine achievement, and to do so against this depth of bowling attack, even better. Hats off to clean and powerful striking by the talented Waq and Fiddy at the end, but Henry's innings was a very special, match winning one. 99 not out though, jug evasion.
|May 7th Chiltern Crusaders - Home Win !|
The first home fixture of Nick's captaincy ended in a close fought win for Hyde Heath. We chose to field first and our four man, all seam attack did us proud. Luke and Stanley shared the new ball, tested Chiltern's top order and were unlucky not to take more wickets. These whippersnappers made way for the experience and guile of Jeremy and Sohail, both theoretically making tentative returns to arm turning over...not so you'd notice, they shared eight wickets between them! Sohail delivered his leg stump yorkers seeming at will to take five wickets, three of which were 'bowleds', and two in two balls. Jez took three wickets with tight lines and variations of pace, including a stunning slower ball that looped past a heave-ho-ing batsmen to nudge off stump.
The team's fielding was excellent, particularly Spencer in the covers who must have saved 20 runs, cleanly snapping up some full blooded drives that would have raced to the boundary otherwise. We were set 155 to win.
Our reply started watchfully, Dom and Matt had chosen not to net this winter and their footwork showed signs of rust. Matt played a trademark Sims square drive that rattled to the ropes, before receiving an unpleasantly good straight delivery which bowled him. So to the Heath engine room, where talent and lusty blows abound, in Luke, Spence and Kenny Holt. All three were directed to take their time and play themselves in and all three tried to hit a 12 year old leg spinner into the trees and all three tried in vain. 30-4.
The situation called for a wise old head, and Jez was just the man. He joined Dom and together they ran hard, and played measured innings to add 70 to the total. Dom reached his half century but a good diving catch saw him off soon after, with 50 still required for victory and overs closing in. A mix up between the skipper and Jeremy ended in Jez being stranded half way down and run out in the 20s. The importance of his stabilising knock, added to his three earlier wickets made him a standout for Man of the Match. Sohail joined Nick and the way these two bat, run rate was never going to be an issue, three overs of brutal fours and sixes from both men saw us within touching distance. Alas, Sohail fell and Liam 'Boycott' Harrison strode to the crease. With only two runs needed Liam uncharacteristically tried to score! But the match was appropriately ended by new captain, Nick, to smash the winning runs to complete his first victory as skipper, in his first home fixture. We hope to see many more.
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