League round-up for Week 4 (Saturday 1 June)

1st XI

SNCC 1s (133 a/o in 39 overs) lost by 58 runs to South Hampstead 1s (191 a/o in 44.3 overs)

For the second time this season Stokey faced another title contender. Sadly, for the second time they fell short.

In baking heat and on a wicket not offering much for the new ball, the 1s decided the best way was to talk the oppo out. It worked briefly as, fresh from smiting a couple of ugly hacks, big Leroy snicked off against U17 fast bowler Joe Kingsley-Smith, giving the red-headed tyro a well-deserved maiden first team wicket.

As the afternoon wore on Stokey's fielding (which had been right on the money at the outset) became more ragged with four chances being dropped. South Hampstead didn’t fair much better in the heat - mercifully limping to 191 as one after another they never really got going. The only real highlight of the innings was the oppo's skipper calling his opposite number a porcupine whilst umpiring from square leg, in one of the stranger sledging incidents seen in Hackney.

The total may have seemed under-par, but the 1's collective ability to chip the ball to fielders in the ring ensured that it was about 50 too many. The lower order put in some resistance, and for a while, with Zabe Mohammed at the crease, a trace of belief was starting to return. But cricket is a cruel game and that belief soon turned to heartbreak. A bit shout-out to Leroy who huffed off after an appeal went against him, leaving a South Hampstead veteran to finish off the wicketkeeping duties.

WARM-UP RATING: 7/10

Big improvement from the previous week. Fewer instructions seemed play to the Bears’ strength.

2nd XI

SNCC 2s (160-4 in 34 overs) won by six wickets against South Hampstead 2s (158 a/o in 32 overs)

South Hampstead in the sun - a lovely place to watch an over rate of ten overs per hour from Stokey’s bowlers… who redeemed themselves by bowling out South Hampstead for a below-par 158 with Monty Rahman the pick of the attack. After an excellent matchday tea of jerk chicken, the 2s knocked off the runs in quick time with a second successive fifty for Kartik Khatri and 45* for skipper Sarafat Ali. And everyone got home in time to watch the footie!

3rd XI

SNCC 3s (270-9 in 45 overs) won by 155 runs against Highgate 5s (115 a/o in 39.3 overs)

After the previous week’s victory over Crouch End, the 3s arrived at the Marshes in confident mood and stand-in skipper, U17 Jonas Nisse, proceeded to win the toss and bat on a scorching hot day. Alas, ill-disciplined batting from the top-order in the face of a determined effort from the Highgate attack left the 3s tottering at 122 for seven, despite a breezy 33 from Rahem Khan. Fortunately skipper Jonas (61*) dug in and played a real captain’s knock with counter-attacking support from wily veteran Sardar Rashid (35) and a mature innings from U14 James Grinham. The stage was then set for a pinch-hitting cameo at the death from Hackney legend, Simon Hore (20*), which took the 3s to an imposing 270-9.

Highgate battled hard but never looked like reaching their target, particularly after a stifling opening burst from Simon Hore who rolled back the years with figures of one for seven in eight overs. With wickets shared around the Stokey attack, Highgate were eventually bowled out for 115, leaving the hosts picking up their second successive league win.

Junior highlights

  • 83* for Atticus Endean as U12As continue their title push with victory over Hornsey

  • U15s pick up their first win of the season with a seven-wicket win away at Hampstead (and 75* for Remy Mitchell)

  • Our Cricket World Cup Event is this Saturday (8 June) at the Marshes from 12.30pm to 5pm – all welcome!

The 3s’ high-intensity pre-match warm-up…

The 3s’ high-intensity pre-match warm-up…