Played at Winchmore Hill
Report by Hassan Khan
September sunshine saw Spartan CC win the toss and elect to bat
on a greenish wicket. At 9-1 after 8 overs, their decision seemed to
That was until the infamous Fallopians
outfield catching allowed a partnership to build. With one side of
the ground 20 yards shorter, several balls were deposited into the
neighbouring tennis courts.
A opening score of 9-1 after
eight overs, thanks also to some indifferent bowling, became 237-6
from 35 overs. The best of our bowlers was the evergreen John Shaw,
3-37 in 6 overs, including two wickets in two balls.
sccoreboard pressure was overbearing, but our openers compiled a
decent platform in reply. Silly runouts of key batsman Bharat and
the stylish Mohit left us in a precarious state.
classy 46 from debutant Chinni kept us within a glimmer of hope.
Once he was caught in the deep, Sham joined me and his aggressive
hitting reduced the target to 39 from 4 overs with 6 wickets
By now, Spartan were becoming agitated and began
to appeal vociferously every ball. Their pressure on our umpire was
duly rewarded with myself given LBW.
A promsing chase of
189-5 became 199 all out. The match was highly competitive and a
couple of dropped catches separated defeat from victory.
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