League Match vs Clapton + Oval, Sat 12th August 2017, Springfield Park

Peaking at the right time

by Vijay Shah

In another must win game, LFCC comprehensively defeated Clapton & Oval by 69 runs (LFCC 252-6 : Clapton & Oval 184-7). LFCC is peaking at the right time to remain in contention for the League title.

After heavy downpour on Wednesday, players were greeted with bright sunshine on Saturday afternoon. With a carnival going on the adjacent hill and weather promising to hold up for the rest of the day, it was a perfect setting for cricketing action to begin.

Despite the rain during the week, to everyone’s surprise, the pitch looked hard and batting friendly. LFCC won the toss and decided to bat with Robin and Teas opening the innings. The openers soon realised that all the pitch analysis done by the gurus was a waste of time as this pitch was no different than a typical English wicket – low and slow. Adjusting well to the conditions and to some tight stump to stump bowling, the openers provided a much needed steady start putting on 34 runs in the first 10 overs. Runs started to come more easily as the score reached 64 in the 16th over before Teas, who had played so well till now smacked a full-toss straight to the bowler and was out for 32. Robin at the other end was looking solid and set for a big score.

Alex was the next man in and after his customary 8-10 balls of defensive shots (getting his timing right), launched a couple of powerful pull shorts for fours to get his innings going. The pair was looking set to provide the planned acceleration but a terrible miscommunication costed Alex his wicket for 32. May be it can blamed on the loud music from the carnival. LFCC - 126-2 after 24 overs. James joined Robin in the middle and soon got going. The pair quickly racked up 34 runs in the next 5 overs, before there was another run-out - this time it was Robin who misjudged a third and was out for 71 – a classy and a well paced innings, punctuated with 9 fours. With 10 overs to go, the platform was set for the remaining batsmen to go for the push. James (34), Dave (7) and Alec (10) lost their wickets in pursuit of quick runs. Vijay played a cameo - making 34 runs of 18 balls, propelling the score to more than 250.

With a great bowling performance in the previous match, LFCC took the field confidently to defend 252. If there is one constant thing in every LFCC’s bowling performance, it will be a tight opening burst from the Big Show (Phil). He bowled his first 6 over giving as little as 11 runs. Vijay benefitted from the pressure that Phil was creating and got the first break through a sharp C&B. This was followed by another 2 wickets for him, leaving the opposition wobbling at 44 for 3 in 10 overs. Michael and Ben followed as change bowlers and kept the bowling very tight, picking up 2 and 1 wicket, respectively. By drinks the score was 79 for 4. Ty was introduced as the fifth bowler and as he always does – picked up a wicket in his very first over. While the wickets kept falling and runs drying up, the opposition shut shop to bat out 40 overs. Iqbal kept playing innovative shots (ending up with 46 not out) but the opposition was never in a chance to pull this off. Clapton & Oval ended their innings at 184 for 8.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Robin Friend RunOut71
2Paul Teasdale Caught & BowledTahar32
3Alex Turner RunOut32
4James Gingall CaughtIshmail34
5Dave Lane CaughtJamie7
6Vijay Shah NotOut34
7Alec McCrindle CaughtCasey10
8Michael Warner NotOut0
9Phil ClarkDidNotBat-
10Ty GrahamDidNotBat-
11Ben SandersDidNotBat-
    Total 252 for 6

Clapton + Oval Bowling

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Clapton + Oval Batting

184 for 6 in 40 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Phil Clark81120-
2Vijay Shah8045222.50
3Michael Warner8028214.00
4Ben Sanders6023123.00
5Ty Graham7038219.00
6James Gingall1040-
7Alec McCrindle10160-

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