SNCC 1s (137-7 in 50 overs) get a losing draw against SKLPC 1s (208-9 in 50 overs)
Last Saturday saw the end of overs and the beginning of the timed format, aka adding an extra ten overs to the match and allowing the team batting second to block out for a draw to avoid giving the oppo any points. As it turned out, this was a rule Stokey would be grateful for at around about pm.
After getting put in on a sticky wicket SKLPC were able to negotiate a good start by the Bears by staging a middle-order recovery. For once the Stokey boys fielded well (only putting down one chance and actually taking a run out, but in truth the wicket was quite dead and it proved hard to get the batsmen out once set and SKLPC’s number five shepperded them to a decent total. The niche sledge of the season (which will be hard to beat) came from Joel Bayley, and was the accusation that the opposition’s batting line up resembled a leptokurtic kurtosis distribution, however this turned out to be demonstrably false when number 9 struck a six clean over two sets of trees as SKLPC declared on 208-9 off 50 overs.
Stokey started their chase feeling confident after the previous week's successful effort. However they again got off to a terrible start as Josh Harrison inexplicably left a middle stump half volley to depart for a well-made quacker. The Hodayne Bryce (the Hackney Boss) was promoted back to number 3 after his 50 in the previous game, and again he decided to curb his usual aggressive instincts - chipping the ball back to the bowler rather than mid-off on this occasion. Skipper Scott fancied a bit of it on his birthday weekend and had promoted himself to open. After getting off to a bit of a flyer to reach 19 he decided the fourth over was time to swish wildly at one and get cleaned up, which he duly did. That bought Ishaq Raheel and Joel together and Ishaq knew that no collapse would be complete without a run out. He obliged by running out Joel by two furlongs. Next man Abul sadly continued his bad run of form - we love you Abdul, and the runs are round the corner. We fear for the opposition who are inevitably about to suffer once you get in.
At this point the 1s were truly reeling with the score on 21-5. However, Ishaq and new batter, Rob Chadwick dug in for a draw. The scoring rate slowed to a crawl, but no one cared as Stokey played to the rules and blocked everything that came their way. Great cricket boys!
Rob Chadwick departed for a “gentlemen's 33” allowing a pumped-up Zazai with a deluded vision of victory to hammer/mishit a few to the boundary and then get out again. The excitement was brief as the 1s finished their allotted 50 overs nowhere near their target on 137-7. An honourable mention to Joe Kingsley-Smith who played a classy little knock late on to be there at the end.
WARMUP RATING - 7.5 (our Personal Best)
Messy at the start, hence not a higher rating, but by the end we actually looked like we could play cricket for once. Encouraging…
SNCC 2s (101 a/o in 30.4 overs) won by 9 runs against Brentham 2s (92 a/o in 29.2 overs)
The 2s moved to the top of Division 2 after an astonishing comeback saw them beat league leaders Brentham by nine runs. Having been put into bat on a difficult pitch, the 2s limped to 101 all out with only Skipper Sarafat Ali (33) making any real contribution. At 87-4 Brentham were poised to romp home, needing only 15 runs for victory with six wickets in hand.
However, the match was turned on its head with the introduction to the attack of undergraduate spinner, Kartik Khatri. His mesmerising leggies (combined with some injudicious slogging by the Brentham batters) brought him five wickets for four runs in five overs (including four maidens!). At 92-9 the game had swung in Stokey’s favour before seamer Hussain Shah bowled out Brentham’s last man to send the travelling support wild!
What a win!
SNCC 3s (188-9 in 38.4 overs) won by 1 wicket against Finchley 4s (187 a/o in 39.2 overs)
At the Marshes Captain Sudeep Karumarathodi lost the toss for once and the 3s found themselves fielding against Finchley 4s. An excellent bowling performance meant that Finchley were bowled out for 187 in the 40th over. U15 left-arm seamer Archie Parnum produced excellent figures of 4-30, while U15 leggie Rayyan Patel was responsible for a huge momentum shift when he ripped one past Finchley’s star batter to have him stumped when ominously placed at 48.
In reply Uzair Mohammed top scored with 27 as a series of contributions throughout the order (as well as a generous contribution of extras) meant that Stokey reached their target with one wicket to spare in a thrilling finish. U13 Harley Gordon (on league debut) kept his cool to hit the winning run and finish on 16 not out.
So another hard fought victory makes it four wins in a row and up to second in the Division 6A table. The 3s have a break from league action this Saturday, but a busy weekend of friendlies means that there will be no rustiness when we welcome Alexandra Palace to the Marshes on 29 June.
U8s have a brilliant game away at Crouch End (and sneak their first win of the season!)
U10As go five wins from five with a hard-fought victory in the rain away at Primrose Hill, while the U10Bs make it seven wins from seven.
U11As and U11Bs do the double over Primrose Hill in two very tight matches.
A maiden fifty for Zain Gajia as the U15s prevail in their local derby with our friends and Marshes co-habitees, North London Muslims.