League Match vs Tower Hamlets CC, Sat 29th June 2019, Springfield Park

Fields Too Hot For Hamlets

London Fields (207-7) beat Tower Hamlets CC (142 all out) by 65 runs

by Hitesh Naik

Cricket on the hottest day of this year! We saw more sunscreen and water bottles on the field than cricket kit bags. There were more spectators than usual off the cricket ground basking in the sun as well. The pitch at Springfield was dry. As our captain said before the match, ‘There is always something on this ground for both the batsmen and the bowlers’ and indeed it turned out that way. Vijay who is infamous for his ability to win the toss found the first breakthrough by winning it and choosing to bat first.

Alex Turner, who scored a ton last time he played at Springfield Park, opened the batting with Paul Teasdale for LFCC. The first setback came when Paul Teasdale was given out LBW in just the third over. Vijay (captain) stepped in at 3 to build a partnership with Alex, but Alex departed making 32 runs.

Leo joined Vijay on the crease to continue from where Alex left off. They gradually started pushing for singles and twos and kept the scoreboard ticking. However, the run rate had gone down a bit and they were desperately looking to accelerate. Vijay sent the word out to the team to promote Hitesh to bat ahead of Wayne and Chris Rice, expecting him to play a Jos Butler/Hardik Pandya innings for LFCC. Vijay made 74 before getting out to Junaid whose ambidextrous bowling action was the talk in the LFCC dugout for a long time.

Soon after Vijay’s dismissal, Hitesh departed after the umpire gave him out for LBW. Wayne and Chris Rice then kept the momentum going by hitting a quick 8 and 19 respectively.

207/7 is what LFCC posted at the end of the 40th over. The captain looked relax at the end of the innings, knowing the excellent bowling options he had in his team.

To start the bowling attack, Vijay turned to Phil Clarke and Laurie Sayer, who were LFCC’s best strike bowlers on the field at that moment. Phil with his consistent McGrath-like line and length kept surprising the Tower Hamlets' opening batsmen, and Laurie from the other end shocked them many times with his pace and carry to the keeper. Both were awarded a wicket each in their second overs.

The next batsmen who came to the crease seemed unaffected by the early loss of wickets and went to hit some boundaries to put the pressure back on LFCC. Vijay called for a change in the bowling attack with Hitesh Naik replacing Laurie and Chris Murphy replacing Phil. Hitesh started his spell with a nasty beamer and went on to concede 11 runs in his first over. However, Vijay had faith and Hitesh came back to bowl an entire 8 overs spell and took 4 wickets, crippling the middle order, while Chris did well to restrict runs from the other end and bowled a 5 overs spell with 1 wicket. With Tower Hamlets 7 down already, Vijay turned in to bowl spin, replacing Hitesh, and successfully cleaned up the tail end by taking all remaining 3 wickets. Tower Hamlets were packed up on 142 runs by LFCC.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Alex Turner CaughtJunaid32
2Paul Teasdale LBWFarhad0
3Vijay Shah Caught & BowledJunaid74
4Leo Emmett CaughtFarhad35
5Hitesh Naik LBWJunaid0
6Chris Rice RunOut19
7Wayne Unknown CaughtMaman8
8Troy Utz NotOut2
9Phil Clark NotOut0
10Laurie SayerDidNotBat-
11Chris MurphyDidNotBat-
    Total 207 for 7

Tower Hamlets CC Bowling

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Tower Hamlets CC Batting

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London Fields Bowling

1Phil Clark6134134.00
2Laurie Sayer51919.00
3Hitesh Naik8140410.00
4Chris Murphy5020120.00
5Troy Utz30160-
6Vijay Shah20431.33

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