Stokey kids "Lord" it over London Fields

Wednesday 6 June 2012: SNCC - 109 for 4 vs London Fields - 88 all out.  Won by 21 runs (VPL)

A young Stoke Newington captain Ali Sarafat (18) chose to bat and in the pouring rain was bowled for a duck with the score on 5.  Waheed Ullah was joined by Andre Samuel.  Waheed rotated the strike while Samuel set about the bowling.  Waheed was out LBW to Steve D with the score on 40 in the sixth over.  In came Imran but only another 19 were added by the time Andre, knowing his retirement was imminent, looped one to mid on for 47.  Charlie Cox joined Imran and kept an end up while Imran took over from Andre in pushing on the score.  The grass was long and wet so scoring was not easy. Charlie went for 6 with nine balls left and Stokey ended with 109 for 4.

Fields started well, both Stoke Newington openers struggling with a soggy mis-shaped ball.  On came Ali Sarafat to slow things down.  He got Shannon (13) LBW in his first over and Will (17) in his second.  Waheed Ullah came on at the other end and bowled very tightly getting Chris for 5 with a slower one as Fields were now under pressure.  On came Andre Samuel and bowled Steve D (7) and then Jason Lord for a golden duck.  The game had changed.  Tight bowling saw the run-rate escalate and wickets fell regularly. Fields ended on 88 all out.

A fine performance from a youthful Stoke Newington team with only three players over the age of 20.