Hat-trick for Archie!
Stoke Newington U12B v North London Muslims, 4 and 16 May 2015
4 May 2015, away
North London Muslims 141-7 off 20 overs (Rayaan 93 not out)
Stoke Newington CC U12B 141-7, 20 overs (Khairo 63 not out)
16 May 2015, Hackney Marshes
North London Muslims 58-x from 20 overs (Archie Parnum 4O-6R-5W-hat-trick)
Stoke Newington 59-0 off 7.3 overs (Khairo White 12 not out; Tom Davies 35 not out)
Match won by 10 wickets
16 May 2015: Haroon Ali; Tom Davies; Toby D-Hughes; Jude Horspool; Nishal Patel; Layth Qureshi; Sam Solman; Khairo White; Archie Mount; Archie Parnum; Daniel Johnson
These back-to-back 20-20 league fixtures saw the Stokey's talented U12Bs maintain their undefeated run and top the league. The opener, played away, demonstrated the difference a single batsman can make to a game. North London Muslims had stumbled to 17-4 when their number 4 batsman, Rayaan, found his momentum and batted through to an impressive 93 not out. With two lower order scores of 27 and 14 respectively they set what appeared to be a daunting target of 142. Stokey's bowlers persevered with Archie Parnum and Sam Solman having the tightest returns. There were three run outs. What followed was the stuff (for older readers) of cricketing Roy-of-the-Rovers, with opener Khairo White remaining unbeaten on 63 - with multiple 'signature' on and off drives - and Haroon Ali adding necessary ballast with 14. An increasingly excited crowd had to endure a final over run chase that - remarkarkably - saw the game end with the scores exactly equal: 141-7 and each side doubtless lamenting missed chances.
The home leg 12 days later was a different story: Stokey dominated as a team and won comfortably. North London Muslims won the toss and elected to bat. Tight opening overs from Archie Parnum, Daniel Johnson, Sam Solman, Haroon Ali and Archie Mount were coupled with much improved fielding from the whole team, notably some excellent stops by Toby D-Hughes and Jude Horspool. The relatively low score was down to accuracy; important individual wickets (Archie Mount and Sam Solman); excellent controlled spells by others ( Haroon; Khairo; Layth; Nishal; Jude); some well-taken difficult catches (including two from Layth Qureshi from hard but upped drives, one being the vital wicket of Rayaan for only 5). The stand-out figures, and (non-alcoholic) champagne moment, belonged however to Archie Parnum, with overall figures of 4O-6R-5W, including a hat-trick completed with a perfect line-and-length middle stump dismissal on the last ball of his over. He modestly left the field holding the prized ball aloft to receive the acclaim of the assembled Hackney Marshes crowd.
With a target of 59 the danger was a collapse borne of a lack of concentration. This did not happen. The opening batsmen once gain showed their quality in reaching the target, without giving chances, in less than 8 overs. Khairo played some lovely drives to finish on 12; Tom Davies took his season's total to 142-1 with an unbeaten 35.
Another game tomorrow for this in form, well-balanced, and improving team where everyone has to and does contribute and supports the contribution of others.