League Match vs Bloody Lads CC, Sat 9th June 2018, London Fields

Much awaited second league match of the season for London Fields was upon us on a pleasant summer day in East London. The wicket looked hard, but green. Bloody Lads won the toss, and as expected elected to bat. Phil and Laurie took the new ball and started well. The wicket was behaving faster than a normal London Fields pitch, coupled with unpleasant bounce on few occasions.

Bloody Lads’ openers were up for it and played good defensive cricket, while putting away the bad balls. At the end of 9 overs both teams were reasonably happy with score at 32/0. London Fields believed that one wicket will bring two. This is exactly what transpired in the 10th over. Laurie bowled a devastating over, claiming 3 wickets in 4 balls. Ball 1 – good length delivery, outside the off stump, jagging back sharply and crashing into middle and off. Ball 2 – even better. Slightly wide of the crease, pitch on off and straightening just a bit to hit top of off stump. Balls 3 – the field was aggressively set in anticipation of a hat-trick. An anti-climax, with the delivery a bit short and wide - cut away for 4. Ball 4 – full, swinging in, rapped on the pads and given out instantly by the neutral umpire. Bloody Lads suddenly struggling at 36/3 after 10. The chaos didn’t stop there. Vijay replaced Phil and immediately reaped reward dismissing the well set opener in his first over. Laurie continued his magical spell (8-3-19-4) and claimed one more wicket. This time caught behind. Bloody Lads reeling at 38/5 after 12.

Bloody Lads continued to play attacking cricket and added 25 runs in the next 3 overs, before Vijay (5-0-29-2) got another one. Troy who had replaced Laurie, got a wicket in his second over, pegging back Bloody Lads further with score on 70/7. Rupert came in to the attack and as expected was very difficult to pick by the lower order. Somehow they survived and 100 came up in the 25th over. Rupert then bowled a beautiful googly and got us the much need breakthrough. Troy (8-2-25-2) on the other another was constantly beating the bat with no luck. Finally with the last ball of his spell, got the ball to hit the spot and squeezed in-between bat and pad to give him his second wicket, and the 9th of the innings. In Troy’s word – “it felt like a fcuk after 100 dates”. Rupert (7.4-0-21-2) quickly finished the innings grabbing his second wicket. Bloody Lads all out for 118 in 33.4 overs. Similar score which they got in the league match against London Fields, last summer.

118 on a typical London Fields pitch would have been well below par but on this particular wicket it was an in-between score. Bloody Lads got off to a good start by picking up Chris Rice for 2 (8 balls) in the 3rd over. Vijay joined Alex in the middle and both decided to play aggressive cricket, counterattacking the pace and bounce that the opening bowlers were generating. Alex’s innings was highlighted by couple of on-drive which went for a 6 and a 4, while Vijay pulled and drove the fast bowlers. The partnership (35) was just about taking the game away from the opponents when Alex was caught trying to pull one for 27 (26). Vijay kept playing his shots but then chased a wide one to be caught behind for 28 (19). In the same over Vidal got out for zero (2). A bit of a wobble with score on 70/ 4 in 13 overs. London Fields needed one partnership to take control of the match and this was provided by the all reliable - Tom Hughes and the Giant Wall - Paul Alexander. They put on crucial 29 runs together, in which PA was all about his immaculate defence and Tom was leaving the good deliveries, but punishing the bad ones. There was a late wicket for Bloody Lads when Tom got an absolute peach and was caught behind for 23 (34). London Fields’ skipper (James) was the next in. He was in no mood to drag this and played couple of handsome shots, dispatching some rubbish beyond the ropes for a quick fire 15 (9) before he was out - lbw. Score 112 5 after 20 overs. It was all over pretty soon after that. PA remained 5 not out (16) and Troy got 4 not out (5) to give London Fields a win by 4 wickets with plenty of overs to spare.

A good competitive match, played with great intensity and competitiveness by both the teams but all within the spirit of Cricket. Irrespective of the result, both teams enjoyed well into the evening.

Bloody Lads CC Batting

118 all out in 33.4 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Phil Clark50210-
2Laurie Sayer831944.75
3Vijay Shah5029214.50
4Troy Utz8225212.50
5Rupert Ekblom6.4021210.50

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Chris Rice UnknownUnknown5
2Alex Turner UnknownUnknown27
3Vijay Shah UnknownUnknown28
4Tom Hughes UnknownUnknown23
5Vidal Bharath UnknownUnknown0
6Paul Alexander NotOut5
7James Gingall UnknownUnknown15
8Troy Utz NotOut4
9Phil ClarkDidNotBat-
10Laurie SayerDidNotBat-
11Rupert EkblomDidNotBat-
    Total 120 for 6

Bloody Lads CC Bowling

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