Saturday 31st August
Hackney CC (132 a.o. off 31 overs) vs The Camel (133 a.o. off 34 overs). The Camel won by 1 run.
Rakesh Chintalapally, 5-17, Simon Trevithick, 2-19
Sam Wrighton, 45, Jotham Tonge, 25 Kartik Joshi, 18.
Sam Berkson, 4-31, Marcus Weekes, 2-26
Matt Hoslin, 39, Rich Hagan, 18, Rick Morton, 14, Rana Ghosh, 13.
Camel CC enjoyed a white knuckle ride in Springfield Park to beat Hackney CC by one run.
Hackney CC hosted the Camel at Springfield Park on Saturday. Given the sticky wicket and rain showers forecast, Hackney, winning the toss chose to bowl first. Camel bedded in with a slow scoring rate, losing their first wicket in over 7 with only 12 runs on the board. Rana Ghosh came in and hit three fours in a row off Hackney skipper Edgar Maddicott, to switch the momentum, but then fell to Trevithick, lbw for 13. Opener Rick Morton and Matt Hoslin then put on a crucial 50 run partnership facing some testing bowling from Simon Trevithick, Maddicott, and Jotham Tonge taking the Camel to 77, before Morton slashed a wide one to second slip just before drinks. After drinks Camel lost several quick wickets to an excellent spell from spinner Rakesh Chintalapally, varying his pace and turn to superb effect, before Rich Hagan counter attacked with 18. Then the rain came, but not as hard as threatened. After the rain passed, Hackney came back strong taking the last three wickets in sharp succession, with Chintalapally ending on 5 for 17 off 5 overs and the Camel with a very small total of 133 all out.
It seemed unlikely this would be a high enough target against last year's league champions who had not yet lost a league match this year and who had already chased down a hundred more than that against the Camel in a friendly earlier in the season. The only way the Camel would win would be with wickets, so skipper Kit Caless set an attacking field from the outset, and kept it that way throughout the Hackney innings. Dividends came almost immediately when Rana Ghosh ran out Luwe De Grooth for four, Sebastian Buddle’s rapid yorker dramatically splayed the stumps of number three, Sumith Reddy Salla, and Caless bowling at half pace with a strained hamstring trapping his opposite captain, Edgar Maddicott lbw, for a duck. Hackney were then 24-3. Replacing Caless, Sam Berkson then got two quick lbws, leaving Hackney 48-5. But with opener Sam Wrighton still at the crease, memories of his superlative century against the Camel in the aforementioned friendly were still raw. And it began to look ominous as Wrighton and Tonge put on a 50 run partnership, easing Hackney to 100 for 5 with some excellent, measured stroke play. However, Wrighton fell to Berkson with a nick behind to a brilliant catch from wicketkeeper Rich Hagan for 45, before Marcus Weekes slowed things down with some spin, inducing two catches from the two new batsmen. Tonge was then clean bowled by a horrible grubber from Berkson, and suddenly Hackney were 112-9, having lost 4 wickets for 12 runs. Number ten Kartik Joshi countered with a series of boundaries which looked like it would take Hackney home, with one run to tie and two to win. But pressure is a strange beast, and a master of all men. Hackney pushed a quick single direct to Seb Buddle at cover proved the final decisive moment as Buddle slung the ball to Rich Hagan who took the bails off and ran out a valiant Joshi (18), to jubilant scenes from the Camel, who have never beaten Hackney CC before.
The Camel won by one run in an exciting game played in a brilliant spirit by both teams. A wonderful advert for North East London League cricket, where a low scoring thriller entertained a growing crowd at Springfield Park.
St Clements vs I Don’t Like Cricket Club - cancelled after 34 overs due to rain.
The game started at 12pm as the weather forecast was not looking promising. St Clements won the toss elected to bowl first, a very good decision it turned out. By the halfway stage I Don’t Like Cricket were 54 for4.The time heavy rain came down at 14.28hrs & I Don’t Like Cricket cricket were 147 for 6 in 36 overs and looking strong to put a decent total on the board.
Early tea was called to get as many overs in before the weather decided to play.
Unfortunately the rain was heavy and the sawdust did not help either, the game was called off at 15.30hrs as it was looking too dangerous to play on.Great shame would have been a tight game
Sunday 1st August
Clapton & Oval CC (130 - 6 off 29 overs) vs Bloomsbury Royal CC (127 all out off 30.2 overs). Clapton & Oval won by 4 wickets.
Litu 39 (Bloomsbury Royals)
Ankit Chandna 3/36, Iqbal Miah 2/0 (Clapton & Oval)
Ramiz Khan 32, Ivo Strawson 27 (Clapton & Oval)
Rupel 1/8 (Bloomsbury Royals)
On a day of sunshine and showers, Clapton & Oval CC played with a confidence that belied their lack of match practice to beat a spirited and good natured Bloomsbury Royals side at Hackney Marshes. Winning the toss and electing to bowl on a sticky wicket, Clapton’s opening bowlers Ankit Chandna and Joe Kingsley-Smith were parsimonious while consistently challenging both edges of the bat. The pressure was too much for Bloomsbury’s batsman who elected to swing for the fences with unfortunate results. When Ismail Matvad came on at first change from the pavilion end the pressure didn’t let up and spin took up residence at the far end. Bloomsbury’s resistance was led by Litu who muscled the ball to the boundary in an enterprising 39 before holing out to off spinner Jamie Doe. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals until the Bloomsbury innings was brought to a swift conclusion when Iqbal Miah picked up the last two wickets with his first two balls to finish with figures of 2/0 from 0.2 overs. Bloomsbury finished on an under par 127.
Chasing small totals often makes for interesting games and when Clapton lost their big hitting opener Amir Khan for 4 inside three overs, there was every potential for a thrilling fight back. Bloomsbuy’s bowling was excellent, Atiq and Tufaljal giving few easy scoring opportunities so that at 10 overs Clapton had eeked their way to 32/2 with some resolute, risk-free batting from no. 3 Ivo Strawson (27) and no. 4 Jamie Doe. Clapton kept building partnerships and when Ramiz Khan (32) came in the scoring rate increased to see them reach drinks at 85/3. But Bloomsbury never gave up and kept creating chances, with a few quick wickets after the interval causing jitters among the home side, but Clapton were seen over the line by some lusty boundary hitting from Ankit Chandna (20*) to see Clapton was to victory by 4 wickets within 30 overs.