The first XI played host to Winchmore Hill on a damp track at Tivoli road. We won the toss and elected to field first which was justified by two excellent opening bowling spells from Jack Bruce and Arthur George. They were on the money from ball 1 and gave the Winchmore Hill top order nothing lose to feast on. Arthur George struck first in the 5th over leaving them 0-1. They eventually scored their first run in the 7th over, however they were further pegged back in the 8th when Jack Bruce got his first of the day. In the 11th Arthur found the edge twice leaving them 8-4 after 11 overs. Once 20 overs had passed Winchmore Hill found themselves reeling at 33-7 after two truly devastating opening spells by the two bowlers. They then began to offer some sort of resistance as a 42 run partnership followed, however once Bhasker Patel broke that partnership the end was in sight, as they crumbled to 88 all out in 35 overs. All the bowlers were exceptional but particularly the opening spells of Arthur George and Jack Bruce, who both bowled with immense accuracy and skill.
Arthur George 11.3-5-34-5
Jack Bruce 11-4-17-3
Les Edwards 5-1-11-1
Bhasker Patel 5-1-14-1
In pursuit of a measly 88, we began badly as James Bull nicked one through to the keeper, however Tayo Walbrugh took control of the situation and hit some beautiful straight drives on his way through to a well made 41. Despite only requiring another 30 runs we lost a few quick wickets. Ayush Sahota saw us home to settle any distant nerves in the 21st over finishing 16* completing a comfortable 4 wicket win. This result means that only 12 points separates 2nd and 5th in a very compact division, brining us right back into promotion contention.
The second XI travelled to MTSSC, who in the reverse fixture at the start of the season beat us. They won the toss and elected to bat first, we bowled with great control throughout, particularly Kieron McAdam [4-38] and Richard McDermott [3-47]. We bowled them out for 149 in 50 overs. This was a great effort considering the short boundaries and that they had decided to bat first.
The two youngsters, Ben Waine and Tom Lytle opened the batting together in chase of the target and began excellently. They put on over 100 for the first wicket in good time, before Ben Waine was caught at long on for 75. Casey Marsh soon after guided us to victory with 28* as we cruised to the target in under 30 0vers for the loss of 4 wickets, completing a very comfortable victory. This victory allows us to climb further up the table, leaving us in second place in another very tightly contested division.
The third XI entertained Twickenham at home in a bid to get back to wining ways. We bowled first, restricting them to 159-8 on a tricky St Aloysius pitch. Luke Dewey bowled nicely and unchanged from one end and finished with very respectable figures of 24-6-62-3. Oscar Wood and J. Tester also both picking up 2 wickets. We began the chase nicely and at 56-1 looked in good stead to chase the target down relatively comfortably. However, as has been the case all season the third XI have been very susceptible to batting collapses and this week was no different as we slumped to 103 all out. Another batting collapse once again getting in the way of victory. This disappointing loss makes next weeks trip to Southgate a must win game.
The 4th XI travelled to Harrow Town and unfortunately succumbed to a defeat, with very few reports on the match I know few details.
On Sunday we faced North London in a crucial game in order to keep our hopes of retaining the MDL title. We lost the man in form Tayo Walbrugh in the first ball of the game, not an ideal start. Jack Bruce and Ben Miller joined and steadied the ship compiling 62 runs before another middle order collapse as we lost 5 wickets in no time. Dempster Fawden and Callum Barry came together and formed a crucial partnership, playing sensibly whilst accelerating towards the end. We finished on 159 after 40 overs, a good score considering our middle order collapse.
Jack Bruce and Ben Waine opened the bowling and were clearly far too good for North London, Jack continuing his superb form of late as he tore their top order apart. They were 36-5 after 12 overs, Jack prizing 4 of the wickets. Once their top order had been dismantled they limped to 50 all out, the tail offering no resistance whatsoever. JACK Bruce finished with 5 wickets, whilst the other 5 were spread between Ben Waine, Robert Deveney and George Everitt. A strong bowling performance against an albeit weak North London side.