Friendly Match vs Spot-Fixing 11, Sat 18th May 2019, Victoria Park

Hambledon, Lord’s, the MCG, Eden Gardens, Sabina Park... Victoria Park?

London Fields (262-8) beat Spot-Fixing 11 (200 all out) by 62 runs

by Tristan Jones

Hambledon, Lord’s, the MCG, Eden Gardens, Sabina Park... To these storied names must now be added one more. For last Saturday, courtesy of LFCC’s very own Dhawal, Victoria Park witnessed the greatest catch in the history of cricket.

Fields, batting first, set a challenging 262 off 35 overs. New opponents Spot-Fixing, a young XI in their first match together, proved lithe of limb and strong of haunch, if occasionally a little lacking in match fitness. Their decision not to take the new ball until the start of the fifth over backfired, however, and James and Steve punished the opening bowlers, James going on to make a glorious 67. The run rate soared as a brutal – frankly, frightening – partnership saw the twin Vikings, Orin (46) and Oli (28), put on 70 runs in less than six overs. Then came Alec’s stylish 48, ably supported by Troy’s 23*: twin captains’ innings to twist the knife.

The batting was only an appetiser for the banquet to come. Under normal circumstances we’d be talking about Alec’s Zen-like captaincy and probing opening overs, Troy’s skilful containment of the big-hitting youngsters, newcomers Liam and Alex’s handy spells, Oli’s triple-wicket haul, and a terrific fielding display by the whole team. But circumstances were far from normal. This day belonged to Dhawal, whose expert off spin accounted for five wickets for a miserly 15 runs. That was extraordinary enough; wicket number 3 was out of this world. Flinging out his right hand to intercept an on drive travelling at twice the speed of light, Dhawal stopped the ball with what seemed like sheer force of will, then, calmly, took the catch at the second attempt. Even then he bowled on, his now-macerated palm an expanse of purple, swollen steak. Two wickets later he did it again. This time a certain flat six, a shot that Thor himself could hardly have struck more sweetly, left the bat like a tracer, only to find itself nestled in Dhawal’s massive right paw. The game was done. History had been made.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1James Gingall BowledCroft67
2Steve Fernbank CaughtMcGregor18
3Oren  CaughtHynes45
4Oli Turner BowledHynes28
5Richard Hoggart CaughtCastleman1
6Alex Watson BowledCastleman4
7Alec McCrindle CaughtDavies48
8Dhawal Sawant CaughtHynes2
9Troy Utz NotOut23
10Tristan Jones NotOut2
11Mike BennDidNotBat-
    Total 262 for 8

Spot-Fixing 11 Bowling

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Spot-Fixing 11 Batting

200 all out in 30 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Troy Utz6131131.00
2Alec McCrindle3012112.00
3Liam Pryle5034134.00
4Dhawal Sawant501562.50
5Alex Watson50250-
6Tristan Jones20400-
7Oli Turner5031215.50
8Richard Beswick1010-

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