League round-up for Week 3 (Saturday 25 May)
SNCC 1s (285-8 in 45 overs) won by 218 runs against Headstone Manor 1s (67 a/o in 23.4 overs)
The Bank Holiday weekend saw Headstone Manor come to the famed Marshes looking to inflict a second straight defeat on the mighty Stokey. But just like with tigers, beware the wounded bear…
After winning the toss and inviting Stokey to bat on a perfect batting day, Headstone Manor must have fancied their chances after opener Abul Nalla kicked his first ball off middle stump in the second over and fell LBW. That bought Hodayne Bryce to the crease and for ten glorious balls he batted like god. Runs reigned from the other end too as sneaky Pete peppered the cover boundary with pomp and regularity. Unfortunately their patnership was to be curtailed on 41 as Hodyane chipped a simple catch to mid on who took an absolute speccy one-handed.
Captain Scott came to the crease and he filled his boots with Hody's missed runs - creaming 42 round the park in quick time to catch up with Sneaky Pete. However, just as he started to have vision of something big, he sliced one straight to point. Next man in Joel had decided to take the Afghan match preperation method of staying out till 4am - it served him well! After playing and missing his first two balls, he smashed his third delivery like a KP cover drive on the up, but straight into the keeper's hands. Everyone in Hackney heard the snick except the one man that mattered whoes finger remained down. If you have ever wondered whether Joel was a “walker”, the answer is emphatically no.
That moment curtailed any hopes Headstone Manor had of coming back into the contest as Joel and Pete continued where the previous partnership had left off. They played a selection of sumptuous late cuts and glides to the third-man boundary, and it seemed that the opposition skipper was unaware he was allowed to put a fielder down there. Both men reach well-deserved fifties at close to a run a ball.
Joel finally departed shortly after reaching his 50, but Pete continued to march on, looking well set for a first ton in Stokey colours, until he sneaked off for 84 when he holed out to deep mid-wicket. A series of useful cameos followed, with Josh Harrison and Ishaq Raheel each chipping with 20-odds in the last ten overs, before Khpalwak Zazai added some final spice to the innings hitting 19 off the last over and lifting stokey to a daunting 285-8 from their 45 overs.
After a glorious Marshes tea, Zabe Mohammad started bang on the money, hooping in the first ball of the innings in to knock back the opener’s off stump on route to taking 3 for 17. From the other end U17 Asad-Nabi Momand bowled with real pace heat but couldn't quite find the winning length to take the wickets he probably deserved. First-change seamer Irfan Momand settled into his own spell - bowling dot after dot, nibbling it this way and that and picking up a couple of wickets, as Hodyane and Ishaq made difficult catches look straightforward. Hodayne in particular swooped like a hungry seagull to pouch his chance.
Not to be kept out of the game Zazai continued his fine form with the ball as he picked up the ridiculous figures of 4 for 4 in seven overs! Seamer Ishaq was introduced and picked up a wicket first ball as Joel stuck his hand out in hope and found the ball had stuck in. By his point Headstone Manor were about 63-9 and seemed content in trying the impossible - holding out for a draw in an overs game! However the resilient dead-batting from their number 11 didn't last long, as he too fell to Zazai giving the Stokey Bears a massive victory by over 218 runs and sending a clear message to the rest of the league.
5/10 - maybe ok for talented under 15s, but it proved too complicated for the 1s who never really got to grips with who was meant to be running where…
SNCC 2s (157 a/o in 42.2 overs) won by 76 runs against Bessborough Kay Plus 2s (81 a/o in 28 overs)
After another long journey out west to Harrow (an hour and 20 minutes!), the 2s batted first and fought hard to reach 156. Number 3 Kartik Khatri anchored the innings with his maiden Stokey league fifty (61), supported by a quickfire 24 from opener Soyfur Rahman.
After a quick turn-around, the 2s skittled Bessborough Kay Plus for 81 to seal victory by 76 runs. Seamer Hussain Shah was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets (including a hat-trick!).
All the 2s are looking forward to yet another away trip next week....
SNCC 3s (332-5 in 45 overs) won by 155 runs against Crouch End 4s (176 a/o in 39.2 overs)
The 3s secured their first league win of the season with a pyrotechnic batting display against Crouch End 4s. On a glorious day, Skipper Sudeep Karamurathodi won the toss and elected to bat, whereupon openers Jamie Cox (85) and Angus Muir (55) blasted a 143-run opening stand from just 19 overs. The middle-order maintained the scoring rate with contributions from U15 Remy Mitchell (70), Imran Ali (41) and U17 Michael Tucker (32) as the 3s raced to a huge 332 for 5 from their 45 overs.
In response, Crouch End were always behind the run-rate and their innings was prolonged only by a high-quality 91 from their number 3, Jay, and some quite appalling fielding – seven catches dropped in the first 20 overs! There were three wickets for medium-pacer Rahem Ali Khan, but excellent bowling too from George Neyhus and Rayyan Patel, both of whom suffered badly from the many lapses in the field.
A comprehensive win for the 3s and a fine batting performance, but there’ll be lots of fielding drills at practice this week…
U10As move up to second place in the table with a win away at Brondesbury
U10Bs make it five wins out of five
Great away win for the U11As at Hornsey
U15s lose out away at Hornsey in a knife-edge thriller, but six-hitting Mueez Taj bombs a maximum from the middle of the square into the tennis courts at midwicket!