North East London Cricket League
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Clapton and Oval (256/1) bt Bloomsbury R

Author: Chris Skinner, 18/09/12

A one-sided match at Springfield Park was dominated by two huge innings for Clapton and Oval, on one of the first beautifully sunny and warm cricketing afternoons of a rain-hit season. Clapton captain Kerry Tyrrell won the toss and elected to bat on a dry, hard pitch in brilliant sunshine, but despite a quick-scoring start, soon found himself a man down with the loss of Kaspar Pedersen in the 4th over. That was the last scare for Clapton for the rest of the afternoon however, as a barnstorming second wicket partnership from Nick Kelly (129 not out) and Jamie Doe (73 not out) broke individual and team run-scoring records. Kelly's century particularly - his first for Clapton and the team's first in the NELCL - was a masterclass in batting. Driving and cutting at will, Kelly never looked threatened and brought up the hundred with a classy pull to midwicket that typified the innings. He was ably supported by Jamie Doe, who also carried his bat with a career-best score of 73. There wasn't much to cheer the Bloomsbury side apart from the bowling of Vishal, whose 6 overs went for a miserly 18 runs.
In response Bloomsbury could only make 92 under pressure from some fast and accurate bowling from Clapton - particularly Sam Overs with 3 wickets for 24, and captain Kerry Tyrrell with 4 wickets for 14. K Gol top scored for Bloomsbury with 34, but it wasn't enough to prevent his side suffering a heavy defeat from a strong Clapton team.

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