Friendly Match vs Village CC, Sun 7th May 2017, London Fields

LFCC show good promise for the season after seesaw game against Village CC

by George Sargent

Initially chilly temperatures greeted LFCC players on the early afternoon of Sunday (May 7) at London Fields, matching up in a friendly against Village CC.

Robin and Kapila went out to bat facing a side well known to be a strong outfit. The early season pitch proved to have some surprises for them too, as the ball jumped and jagged, particularly in the initial phases.

But it was not long before the two settled in, with Kapila scoring four nice boundaries before getting caught for 16.

As the sun came out, Robin moved the score along in typically clinical and aggressive style. During his time at the crease he scored ten fours and two sixes, with other runs bringing him to 62.

After bowling several down leg side, a tall, erratic off spinner bowled one outside the off stump which jagged back in, hitting him on the pads in front of the stumps. One LFCC player standing in as umpire gave it out… before quickly learning the consensus of the many was that it was most probably not out, as he may have advanced too far down the pitch.

In came Steve Fernbank whose pedigree DNA was revealed in his usual brand of sumptuous late cuts and leg glances. He scored 30 which included six fours before being given out LBW.

More fine run scoring was offered by Jason Lord, hitting 21 which included three fours and one six before being caught.

In true swashbuckling style, Taz Miller wasted no time before taking on the bowlers. With a wagon wheel like a spider’s web, Taz attacked and attacked, hitting nine fours and one six, taking him to 54 before unluckily spooning one into the air and being caught. A warm round of applause showed those watching had certainly enjoyed his performance.

At the other end was George who scored 15 not out including two fours. Right at the close of the innings Sam Thornton faced one ball, cleverly using the edge of his bat to dispatch a good ball to the boundary. The score was 231.

It was time to bowl and Chris Murphy stamped his mark on the opening period of the innings with a stunning spell. He achieved figures of 2-14 in five overs which included a catch by wicket keeper Robin, a clean bowled delivery and one maiden.

Similarly Sam Thornton bowled well, with his challenging fast bowling proving slightly unrewarded in his first few overs, but he got his wicket in his fifth, bowling out their number two batsmen for only 10.

The fielding was sharp. Patrolling the boundary like a Maasai warrior was Jason Lord who made several boundary-preventing slides and stops. A very slight disagreement with the square leg umpire over a slow bowling no ball proved all he needed to get his engine revving. Similarly Taz Miller put his body on the line at cover, scrambling and sliding to stop some heavy balls hit his way.

Standing in the deep, Kapila at one point rushed forward, taking a stunning catch off a high ball. Paul Holden came on to bowl as a part of the first change, taking two quick wickets in his three overs, caught at slip and then by the wicket keeper.

Troy featured at the other end, bowling some very tight overs, going for only nine off three. He later took two key wickets in the form of their number five who was on 45 and number seven who reached 48. Dave bowled similarly tight, bowling out their number eight for only 5, going for only 10 off his first four overs.

George went for seven off two overs and things were looking good at drinks with Village at 77 for 5 at around that point in the game. But once the fifth wicket fell it dawned on many — and was confirmed by one of their players — that their batting order had largely been reversed. Their seventh batsman quickly rattled to 48, their number nine hit 36 and number ten 18 runs.

Ollie, George and Chris were the unlucky recipients of some of this late run scoring as Village reached their target in the 38th over.

Captain Steve Fernbank told players at the end of the game he was happy with their efforts against a strong Village side. With good performances with bat, ball and in the field, despite the result, the friendly showed good promise for the upcoming season.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Robin Friend LBWRM Cressey62
2Kapila Perera CaughtShriram16
3Steve Fernbank LBWT De Mellow30
4Jason Lord LBWE Gupte21
5Dave Miller CaughtN Thomson54
6George Sargent NotOut15
7Sam Thornton NotOut4
8Chris MurphyDidNotBat-
9Dave LaneDidNotBat-
10Paul HoldenDidNotBat-
11Troy UtzDidNotBat-
    Total 231 for 5

Village CC Bowling

No Details

Village CC Batting

232 for 6 in 37.3 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Chris Murphy8154227.00
2Dave Lane6126126.00
3George Sargent40240-
4Paul Holden301829.00
5Oli Turner50470-
6Sam Thornton6027127.00
7Troy Utz5023211.50

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