Bloody Lads 208 all out beat Camel CC 118 all out
A chilly wind blew across Hackney Marshes this Sunday as The Camel CC took on The Bloody Lads CC. Both sides were looking for the win in what has been a tight tussle in recent years with The Camel having won the last two fixtures between the sides. The Camel won the toss and put the BLCC in on a good looking wicket. Captain Caius Pawson and Jonty Dexter opened the innings and wasted no time getting things off to a flying start with 10 from the first over. The two rattled along through to the 4 th over when Pawson was removed by Kit Caless. Paddy Alexander came to the crease and begun a 50 partnership with Dexter. Dexter batted sublimely falling just 9 runs short of what would have been a much deserved maiden BLCC ton. There were starts from several others but nothing compared to the assured stroke play of the classical lefthander. The only thing that stood between the BLCC and a huge total was the excellent spin bowling of Nabil Umrani who ended with figures of 7-24. Setting 207 for the win the BLCC felt confident with the bowling attack they had on hand. The Camel started their innings very slowly with only 3 runs coming off the first 5 overs due to some wonderful pace bowling from Sheldon Greenland and Kunle Adegbola-Phillips. Greenland toiled throughout his 8 overs deserving so much more than the 0-26 he finished with, he wasn’t helped by two dropped catches in the slips. Adegbola-Phillips faired much better producing a wonderful show of fast bowling ending up with 3-16 including both opening batsmen. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the Camel innings. Stan Grant supported well while not quite finding his rhythm he took 3-14 continuing a fruitful start to the season. Solomon Sule-Legbe was his usual tidy self bowling wicket to wicket finishing with 2-19. The BLCC were made to wait for their victory by 10 th wicket stand of 44 between Sam Berkson and Kit Caless. Joe Galati took the final wicket to secure the BLCC’s third victory of the 2020 campaign.
Onwards and upwards for the Bloody Lads!
Pacific CC 147-4 beat Tower Hamlets CC 146 all out
Tower Hamlets lost the toss and were put in to bat from Pacific's captain Toby. The openers Foziu (15) and Jakir (6) looked to get THCC off to a quick start, bit tight bowling from Keyana Sapp (1-36) and Tom Game (2-27) kept things tight, taking the first three wickets in their 8 over spells. Hamlets middle order looked to build some nice partnerships through Pakku (20), Mitun (18), Rohin (17) and Boksh (19) and kept the score ticking over, but regular wickets taken from Aroon Korgaonkar (3-41) and a really tight spell from Phil Smith (2-19), including being on a hattrick ball on his last ball of his 8 over spells kept the total down, with Deighan (1-1) and Rafiq (1-12) chipping in to restrict Tower Hamlets to 146 all out off 35.2 overs.
In reply, Tower Hamlets got off to a great start with Arif (1-25) bowling Rob Dinsey in the second over, alongside Mabs (3-20) and Shan bowled a tricky opening spell. But with Chasseaud (42) at the crease, he and Williams (60) kept chipping away at the total, and with help from extras amassed a 118 run second wicket partnership to place Pacific on the verge or their first league win this season. Deighan, Burnham and Faulks took Pacific over the line in the 33.5 over
Clapton & Oval 192-5 beat Royal Sovereign 129 all out
On the coldest bank holiday on record, Clapton & Oval showed patience with the bat and discipline in the field to beat old sparring partners the Royal Sovereign on a slow pitch at Milfields Park. With the Royal Sovereign forfeiting the toss due to late arrival, Clapton had a tricky decision to make. Under slate grey skies and following heavy rain, the pitch promised no favours to opening batsman. But fearing more weather to come, Clapton took the brave decision to bat first and backed themselves to make a score. This was soon made to look a questionable decision after an excellent first 20 overs from the Sovereign pinning Clapton down to 55/3 at the drinks break as Clapton struggled to time anything off the square. But Clapton’s patience started to pay off with a century stand between Alfie Beswick, top scorer with 62, and Mitch Greenahm 52. Adding 90 runs in the last 10 overs saw Clapton end their innings on a very respectable 192/5.
The Royal Sovereign began their chase in earnest but the run rate was kept in check but some good lengths from Clapton’s opening bowlers ably supported by some fine fielding. Sensing that taking pace off the ball was the way forward, Clapton’s slower bowlers came to the fore and strangled the big bats of the Sovereign, Iqbal Miah collecting 4/26 with Lachlan Macara taking 3/12 to lead Clapton to a memorable 63 victory in the August drizzle.