Alexandra Park 1s (118 a/o in 37.3 overs) lost by seven wickets to SNCC 1s (119-3 in 16.5 overs)
A festival of cricket greeted both home and visiting players on their arrival at Hackney Marshes. The new pavilion, resplendent in its early season glory, was a hubbub of chatter and excitement as the juniors finished their training sessions. Eventually the final stragglers made their way to the café and the 1s ambled out of the changing room, ready for the first league game of 2019.
After the obligatory early-season thunderstorm had been negotiated (aided by the excellent new mobile covers), Skipper Scott won the toss and decided to bowl first. Whereupon opening bowler, Zabe, carried on from where he left off last season and went about dismantling AP’s top order. 20 overs later and AP’s top-order were reeling, with Zabe returning figures of 5 for 14 off nine overs. Some slightly more attritional overs followed, with AP limping along at two an over. Wickets fell to the wily spin of Zazai and the unerring accuracy of Rob, with Ishaq swooping in to clean up the tail. AP finished on 118, a potential banana skin of a score on a green, seaming May pitch.
Perhaps they don’t sell bananas where opening bat Pete is from, for he certainly refused to register the potential dangers of scoring runs on a sticky wicket. Both him and Abul got the innings off to a flier, racing along at six an over. Hubris is the downfall of many and even Sneaky Pete could not allude its grasp forever. Having plinked a six over the ropes he fell to the very next ball attempting another glorious maximum. His failure to do so brought momentary joy to the opposition, but also meant that Hodayne found himself at the crease...
They say that one wickets brings two, and they were right! Not long after Sneakers got out, Abul followed suit having compiled a typically classy 28. Seemingly unbothered by this Hodayne started to score freely, culminating with a glorious six into the car park. With Stokey on 114, he decided he would let someone else have a turn, and chipped up a catch. This brought Joel out to the middle. Wanting to share in the glory he charged down the pitch and had a massive yahoo at a wide ball. The ball was so wide in fact that the keeper was unable to stump him and he returned sheepishly to his crease, victory achieved…dignity damaged.
Alexandra Park 2s (102 a/o in 36.3 overs) lost by one wicket to SNCC 2s (103-9 in 40.1 overs)
Early-season rustiness and May showers dogged both teams’ efforts. And things weren’t helped by a slightly-under prepared wicket (and we’ve seen a few of these at the Marshes in its early days) and a “luxuriant” outfield which might not have encountered a mower since the end of last season. Unfortunately, all this produced a standard of cricket which apparently should never be discussed or mentioned to anyone who didn't witness the atrocity - where Extras top scored for both teams!
Less said the better, but the 2s sneaked across the line by one wicket in a nerve-shredding finish and ten points is ten points…
North Middlesex 5s (191-9 in 45 overs) win by 77 runs against SNCC 3s (114 a/o in 32 overs)
An experienced North Middlesex proved a bit too strong for the 3s. Consistent bowling kept the visitors in check on a pitch that played much better than expected on a showery afternoon. U15s paceman, Archie Parnum, was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 44 off nine overs, while there was also a wicket on debut for spinner Hamza.
In reply, top-order batters Soyfur, Michael and George all got starts, but without pushing on to the kind of substantial innings that might have seen the 3s chase down their target. In the end debutant Joe Ling top scored with an unbeaten 21 as Stokey fell 77 runs short.
· 22 of our U8s & U9s played their first games of the season last weekend at the Marshes
· U10Bs make it three wins out of three
· Archie Mullen takes five wickets for one run (including a hat-trick!) as U13As win by two wickets away at Primrose Hill
· U13Bs edge a thiller against North London U13B by six runs
· Our U13/U15 girls have a great first training session of the season last Saturday – all welcome!
· U10 Girls play their first match next Saturday!