Friendly Match vs Merton CC, Sat 22nd April 2017, Victoria Park

"Why would anyone want to be a bowler?"

by batsman Adam Graham

LFCC gathered in high spirits for a game against new oppo Merton CC at Victoria Park. Stories of the winter were exchanged, and Michael treated us to stories of Aussie cricket. Apparently they play 80 overs per innings. How unsophisticated. A day of landmarks was to ensue - a first century for the club, a potential record second partnership and possibly the longest distance traveled for a golden duck.

Before I go further I must explain that this author had only landed at Heathrow 5 hours before the scheduled start and spent most of the game in a jet lagged haze. Some of the below may or may not be 100% factual...

Captain Utz succeeded in his first duties, winning the toss and opting to bat. Chrispy Rice and Rahul were first up and were tested early on by some accurate bowling from Merton's opening bowlers. One opener was particularly fond of a bouncer and much of the first spell was spent watching the ball pass over both batsmen's heads. Just as both batsmen startled to look settled, Rahul chipped a full toss and we were 20 odd for 1. Enter the crease Alex Turner and the next 30 odd overs were of serene progress as Rice and Turner mercilessly went about their business, both registering 100's. Chrispy Rice retired out on 100* and Alex eventually fell for 106. A mammoth second wicket partnership and despite a few helping hands from the oppo who did their best hot potato impression whenever the ball went aerial, deserved hundreds for both.

Enter Skinner and Graham for the final push. After a circa 4500 mile trip from Dubai and having watched the previous two dominate proceedings, this author got a tad excited and tried to smash the first ball through cover. It did not go very far, but at least I got some vital padding-up practice. Chris and PA then saw through the innings, putting on a useful partnership and seeing us to 249 for 3 from our 40 overs.

After the customary refreshments, LFCC took the field unsure how the oppo would fare in the run chase. Cue Simon Yates to deliver a clever tactical leg side first ball, snaffling their opener. 0/1! Simon and Michael then kept the pressure on and Michael snapped up the second opener. We were feeling confident with Merton struggling on 15 odd for 2. Enter a long haired chap who Troy had earlier declared 'bet he can hit a ball'. Hit a ball he could and along with another equally good batsmen, Merton put on their own bumper partnership. The bowling was rotated as we searched for a break through but there was none. Long haired guy made his way to an almost chanceless unbeaten 100 and his partner was making equally quick progress.

Just as all looked lost up stepped Chris Skinner to have a go with his much loved mystery balls. Bowling a tad slower than usual (! - ed), Chris immediately snapped up the Number 4, caught superbly at long on by Michael for 84. Numbers 5 and 6 were equally bamboozled and two stumpings followed to give LFCC heart. Unfortunately the damage had already been done and we slipped to a 5 wicket defeat. Special mention to Skinner with figures of 3 for 19 on an otherwise bad day for bowlers of both teams.

Customary beers were had after the game and we were joined by the oppo who were a good bunch. A day that reinforced what I have always thought - why would anyone want to be a bowler?

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Rahul Kapoor CaughtRana4
2Chris Rice NotOut100
3Alex Turner CaughtKuldeep106
4Adam Graham CaughtBradfield0
5Chris Skinner NotOut9
6Paul Alexander NotOut14
7Vijay ShahDidNotBat-
8Michael WarnerDidNotBat-
9Ruby QuinceDidNotBat-
10Troy UtzDidNotBat-
11Simon YatesDidNotBat-
    Total 249 for 3

Merton CC Bowling

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Merton CC Batting

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London Fields Bowling

1Simon Yates6029129.00
2Michael Warner7056156.00
3Adam Graham40280-
4Ruby Quince60400-
5Troy Utz31110-
6Rahul Kapoor1060-
7Paul Alexander20160-
8Vijay Shah40390-
9Chris Skinner301936.33

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