Sunday’s crushing victory in the MDL contrasts Saturday’s disappointing set of results.
The first XI hosted nearby rivals Crouch End, a massive game as they are also one of our promotion chasing rivals. At the start of play they were 9 points ahead and keen to extend the gap, whilst we needed a victory to stay close to the chasing pack. We won the toss and batted first on a reasonable batting track. We lost 2 early wickets but when Joe Crame and Joe Emanuel came together we looked in complete control and on course for a big score. Completely against the run of play, Joe Emanuel fell for a well made 35, then we lost another the next ball. We struggled to ever regain control and when Joe Crame fell to a dubious decision for 56, we completely lost our way and eventually were bowled out for 152. Only needing a below par score on a good wicket, Crouch End played freely and aggressively, knocking the score off in 26 overs with the loss of only 2 wickets. This was a crushing defeat, particularly as it was at the hands of our local and promotion chasing rivals. This leaves us off the pace of leaders and in need of stringing a few results together.
The second XI had a day to forget, playing away at Twickenham a number of our players arrived 5 minutes before play begun due to some unforeseen circumstances. The game had disaster written all over it and it soon materialised as we found ourselves 15-5. We managed to creep up to 101 all out, thanks to battling knocks from James Fleming  and George Everitt [39*]. Twickenham unsurprisingly knocked the runs off 3 wickets down despite Ben Waine bowling nicely 7-0-22-2. With the start we made we were never going to get anything out of the game, this was a blip in an otherwise strong season so far.
The third XI entertained Uxbridge who made 187, Oscar Wood being our pick of the bowlers with 10-0-27-2. We made a terrible start to our chase which ruled out chasing the total down, some stoic batting from Robbie Deveney [2 off 63 balls] and Matt Carver [7 off 43] ensured we finished on 65-8 and got our 1 point for the Saturday.
Sunday’s result in the MDL was the only positive one from the weekend. We sent a team to South Hampstead which resembled more of last years winning side than the week before and won convincingly. On a flat surface we lost the toss and were made to bowl first. Jack Bruce and Ben Waine opened the bowling, both bowling with speed and aggression. Ben struck twice in the 5th over reducing them to 19-2, whilst Jack squeezed from the other end bowling maiden after maiden. Their overseas was next who played nicely for 50, keeping the score board ticking whilst our spinners George Everitt and Robbie Deveney operated. They both bowled nicely on a pitch which wasn’t offering much purchase for spinners. By the time Ben and Jack came back on the score was 142-6 off 28 overs. South Hampstead managed 62 off the last 12 leaving them on a total of 204-9.
Our bowling figures
Ben Waine 12-0-59-3
Jack Bruce 13-7-30-2
Robbie Deveney 4-0-18-1
George Everitt 8-1-57-1
Tayo Walburgh opened the batting with Jack Bruce, Tayo set off at a blistering pace highlighting just how good the pitch was. He was forced to retire in the 6th over having reached his half century. Jack was then joined by Cormac Haughton who continued to make a mockery of the total, Jack next falling for a well-made 33 with the score at 142-2 after 16. Daniel Marshall was next, he and Cormac brought us closer to the finishing line however Cormac fell for 65 with only 20 more needed. Ben Waine and Daniel Marshall finished the job off, chasing their 204 in only 25 overs to round off a great performance.