League Match vs The Camel CC, Sat 3rd June 2017, North Marsh

The Colonel marches on the Marshes

Camel won the toss and inserted LFCC on a typical spongy, tacky Marshes surface. The wicket proved difficult to score off, so LFCC openers Robin and Michael started with due caution.

Camel openers Saif (8-42-1) and Joe Jarvis (6-25-0) bowled with disciple, and soon Michael became one of a series of Fielders to be caught out playing too early.

Robin (24) departed after a few good attacking shots bringing Alex and Dave Lane to the wicket. They stuck with the same strategy - caution with attacking strokes to the right ball, combating the fine bowling from first change Camel bowlers Max Sedgley (1-31-8) and Sam Berkson (2-59-8).

When Alex (26) was caught looking to up the tempo, enter Rahul, who played positive cricket right from the start. While he missed a few waltzing down the wicket, he soon got his eye in, and his carefree style started to move the game in LFCC's favour.

Dave got to his 50 and Rahul departed for a quick and exciting 40, bringing skipper Alec McCrindle to the crease. When Dave was unusually caught off his bat then helmet, for an expertly paced 69, VJ (14) joined Alec (18) at the crease. They both kept upping the tempo, until they both departed in the cause of quick runs. Troy and Phil took the last few overs to the Camel, with Troy (15no.) using his long levers to drive the final three balls of innings back past the bowler to the boundary, bisecting long on and long off each time.

After the break Phil (6-9-2) bowled beautifully from the outset, getting Camel opener Dilip caught in the gully and then skipper Matt Hoslin caught behind - both without scoring.

Keeper Robin accounted for a dangerous looking no. 3 Rana (6) with an outrageous bit of fielding - picking up the ball behind the stumps as Rana set off for a single, listening for the call from the field, and then throwing down the stumps at the opposite end. Robin had a brilliant day behind the stumps, narrowly missing out on a fast stumping - the umpire may not have been 100% focused. He followed that with a bit of Sanga/Dhoni magic - taking the ball in front of him and smoothly throwing down the stumps behind him.

Ben "The Colonel" Sanders replaced Laurie Sayer (3-10-0) at the other end, and immediately started to create problems for the remaining Camel batsmen. Late swing and seam movement accounting for 3 bowled and another was caught, giving Ben final figures 7 overs, 21 runs and 4 wickets.

At the other end, Camel opener Scott Silver (31) was playing the pitch very sensibly, mixing defense with fine attacking strokes. He was eventually fooled by a change of pace from Ben and bowled for 31 - effectively ending the Camel resistance.

Troy's (5-0-9-1) accuracy was rewarded when he bowled Max Sedgley first ball after drinks, leaving spinners Michael and VJ to take the last two wickets, with Camel out for 68 and LFCC winning by 162 runs.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Robin Friend CaughtSaif24
2Michael Warner CaughtJarvis9
3Alex Turner CaughtMax26
4Dave Lane CaughtSam69
5Rahul Kapoor RunOut40
6Alec McCrindle BowledJerry18
7Vijay Shah CaughtSam14
8Troy Utz NotOut17
9Phil Clark NotOut1
10Ben SandersDidNotBat-
11Laurie SayerDidNotBat-
Extras12
    Total 230 for 7

The Camel CC Bowling

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The Camel CC Batting

68 all out in 23.3 overs

London Fields Bowling

 NameOMRWAvg
1Phil Clark60919.00
2Laurie Sayer30200-
3Ben Sanders702145.25
4Troy Utz50919.00
5Michael Warner10313.00
6Vijay Shah0.30010.00

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