League Match vs Royal Sovereign, Sat 21st July 2018, London Fields

London Fields (124 all out) lost to Royal Sovereign (131 all out) by 7 runs

by Taimoor

On a sunny Saturday at London Fields with a beer pong party happening in the background , Sovereign elected to bat first after Vijay lost the toss. Special thanks to Teasdale who, with a fractured finger, volunteered to be Tom H's replacement. Initial feelings about the opponent were that they would not have been good in chasing and had we won the toss, we would have batted first too.

Laurie and Upi opened the bowling for the Fields. Laurie got the first wicket when he clean bowled one of the openers with a beautiful outswinger. Upi on the other end was moving the ball away and the Sovereign started to struggle with his length and the movement. Upi sent three of their top order batsmen back in no time and the Sovereign were 4 for 34 after 10 overs. Troy and Taimoor replaced the pacers and kept the pressure on by bowling tidy overs. Taimoor bowled tidily and wicket to wicket, kept taking wickets on regular intervals. Vijay managed to get one Sovereign batsman run out by flicking the ball through his legs, not even looking at the stumps, after a catch was dropped in slips of Troy's bowling, who bowled a brilliant spell. Herchel took two splendid catches in the field, keeping up to his high standards of fielding.

Sovereign managed to get their total to 131 with the help of their tail enders and some runs leaked by the Fielders.

Alex and Robin opened the batting for Fields chasing a tricky total on the pitch, which had uneven bounce where some of the balls were keeping low and simply unplayable . It started to look like a pitch you don't really want to bat on (even agreed by the neutral umpire who called it to be a dodgy pitch, and Alex T declared it to be worst pitch he's batted on). Alex and Robin both got out by the filthy shooters; the pitch had started to show its colours and all of a sudden a chase of 132 started to look like a hard chase.

Vijay and Alec starred the run chase with some lovely shots down the ground. Vijay's cover drive, flick and Alec's little push straight down the ground were pleasing to watch. Herchel joined the party after Vijay's wicket and played some square cut shots , one of which landed for a six over the third man boundary. Herchel who was looking good also got given LBW to a ball which kept very low. Troy started off by flicking one over the leg side boundary for a six but soon got given LBW to a dodgy shooter. Taimoor and Alec also departed soon after. Upi and Laurie tried to take the game to the finish line with some lovely shots but ended the game 8 short.

LFCC guys bowled and fielded really well and managed to restrict a good batting side to a relatively small total, but a dodgy pitch played in the favour of Sovereign, earning them an unlikely win.

Royal Sovereign Batting

131 all out in 26 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Laurie Sayer6035135.00
2Upendra Singh Gusain60933.00
3Troy Utz60320-
4Taimoor Malik702145.25
5Herschel Pant1.20919.00

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Robin Friend BowledJamie0
2Alex Turner LBWJamie6
3Vijay Shah CaughtEvans27
4Paul Teasdale CaughtJoe0
5Dave Lane CaughtLucius2
6Alec McCrindle CaughtJamie27
7Herschel Pant LBWJoe23
8Troy Utz LBWJoe6
9Taimoor Malik LBWJamie0
10Upendra Singh Gusain CaughtJoe6
11Laurie Sayer NotOut9
    Total 124 all out

Royal Sovereign Bowling

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