Chingford Cricket Club Sun B v Knebworth Park on Sun 12 Jun 2005 at 1330
Chingford Cricket Club Won 3 wickets

Match report This was the start of another campaign of the Slazenger Chess Valley First Division for the Sunday Bs. Under the Sunday Bs notorious leader, Michael Blake, we achieve 4 victories and a positive Net Run Rate, which enable us another season in Blakey’s so-called “Premiership”. We were up against Knebworth Park, who we played last season at their place on their second ground and concede over 300 runs and we fall very short of the mark, but did not get all out, yours truly top scoring with 39 (my top score last season). With a weak side compared to last season match, consisting of 2 colts of Harry Piper and Tom Neale with Aaron Hill 12th manning until the arrival of Ryan Harris, we looked like we may not win, or at least in my eyes, as I had been thinking about this all week.

The opposition arrived on the ground at 13:20 for a 13:30 start with 11 out of 12 of our players there. Their skipper immediately found myself, and we wandered to the centre to toss. I tossed the coin, he called heads, the coin came downs head and he elected to bat.

Without Ryan Harris at the start, I was unequipped with possibly my best bowler on paper, so I was left to open the bowling with Nasser Rashid and Peter Joslin. Nasser bowled a very tight first over only conceding 1 from it. It came to the left arm over bowling of Peter Joslin and with his second ball he had the number 1 batsman caught at mid-wicket by myself for 1. Things did look promising. The other opening batsman took a fancy to Nasser Rashid and placed him around the ground for several fours. He was 4 away from his 50 before he played at one of Peter Joslin’s gems and was caught at backward point by Shakeel Kadri. With the introduction of Harry Piper into the attack also lead to The arrival of Ryan Harris onto the field of play and could not bowl for 9 overs of which he was not playing. Knebworth Park’s number 3 batsman was batting very defensive and their number 4 played at a few and scored a few streaky fours through the third man and square leg region. With Peter Joslin bowling his 10 allotted overs for only 36 runs including the 2 wickets of the openers, I (Stephen Thorne) came on for him. Ryan Harris had fielded for those required 9 overs and replaced Harry Piper. Ryan Harris and myself kept the runs down with a four not score for a little while until the batsmen found David Behling at square leg off Ryan Harris’ bowling who managed to dive out of the way of one which went for and misfielded a few others that also went for fours. David Behling demonstrated this off my bowling at cover, letting one through his legs, which went for 4 and then managed to stop one with his foot. This did not impress me much, so I took myself off and brought on Graham ‘The Bullet’ Carpenter. The Knebworth Park batsmen took a fancy to Graham Carpenter and went for 17 off 2 overs. I brought myself back on (In the end a very good bit of captaincy as I could bowl myself out until the end). Ryan Harris completed his 10 over spell with his final delivery squaring up the number 4 batsman, shouldering the ball to Shakeel Kadri at backward point and finishing with figures of 10-1-55-1. I then bowled the new batsmen with one of my big turning off breaks, off his pads for 0. Nasser Rashid came onto finish the overs at the other end and had the number 3 dropped by myself (but I done well getting to the ball as I was on the boundary at cow-ish and ran in at least 30 yards to may dismay to drop it,). However, Nasser Rashid did pick up the wicket of the number 3 batsman in the next over when he attempted to smash Nasser Rashid through cow-ish again, play it slightly early and manage to sky it backward point, were trust Shakeel Kadri was. With very little more tap off my bowling, I finished with figures of 10-1-43-1. Nasser Rashid finished off the innings and Knebworth Park had scored 240 for 5 off their allotted 45 overs. Knebworth Park’s total should have been at least 40 runs less, with humiliating fielding blunders from David Behling, which cost us the majority of our runs. Michael Fernandopulle with his Graem Peters’ skills of attempted stumpings off the likes of Nasser Rashid and Ryan Harris which cost us a few byes, with one ocassion, myself slipping over on the lush outfield and conceding 2 runs from it.

After another delightful Runciman tea, will began our chase of 241. I decided to open the batting with the opening bowlers, Peter Joslin and Nasser Rashid. These two got us off to a steady start, mainly scoring in boundary, until Peter Joslin was caught at point off the first change bowler’s first over, for 22 off 35 balls with the score on 62 after 12.2 overs. Entered Michael Fernandopulle and the runs dried up a bit with both Nasser Rashid and Michael Fernandopulle unable to get the first change bowler away regularly and subjectedly trying to score the runs off the other bowler, also with no effect. With the opening bowling bowler bowling out his overs, a change of pace came into the Knebworth Park’s bowling attack with a left arm spinner. Coincidently, he took a wicket first ball, bowling Nasser Rashid for 48 off 66 balls with the score on 80 off 21.1 overs. David Joslin strode confidently to the crease, with 161 more runs to get off 23.5 overs, with the run rate near 7 an over. David Joslin creamed his first ball for four with an immaculate sweep shot down to deep backward square leg. David Joslin hit the bowler for another four with the last ball of the over. With the first change and best bowler being rest and saved for the latter part of the innings, a middle pacer joined the attack. With Michael Fernandopulle struggling to get going at the other end, David Joslin had hit a further two fours off the left arm spinner (who he was taking a little liking to) and was on 17 from 11 balls. David Joslin also took to the liking of the middle pacer, were David Joslin smashed him for 6 on the leg side. With this the left arm spinner captured the wicket of Michael Fernandopulle, who lobbed an innocent looking ball straight to a short-ish mid-wicket for 14 off 35 balls with the score on 110 from 25.1 overs. David Joslin was on 23 from 18 balls when David Behling, fresh from his first ever half century last week. David Behling did not last long and was caught at point after David Behling had tried to play one of his trademark smashes through mid-wicket off the middle pacer’s bowling, for 3 off 7 deliveries with the score on 115 off 26.5 overs. Ryan Harris entered the arena with the bat, with David Joslin on 25 from 21 balls. With a further 126 runs required off 18 overs at actually 7 an over, this was going to be an uphill challenge for the two youngsters at the crease. With this in mind, this pair steadily knock off the runs, with a couple of boundaries (Ryan Harris playing an immaculate straight drive for 4 to lose the ball in the hedge by the flats) and some very good running between the wickets, with David Joslin comfortably reaching his 50 from 42 balls. The introduction of the first opening bowler and the first change bowler to attack again, hopefully to slow the run rate down. With the score 167 for 4 from 35 overs (a partnership of 52 from 8 overs between David Joslin and Ryan Harris), meaning we required 74 runs off the last 10 overs. David Joslin and Ryan Harris added a further 29 runs from 4 overs before Ryan Harris (39 off 41) thought he may have been given out LBW by the first change bowler but was not, attempted a single, by was run out by the bowler. Shakeel Kadri (0) came and went straight away being bowled by the opening bowler. With myself, original to come in at 10 behind Harry Piper and Tom Neale, I decided to go above them as 44 runs were required off 34 balls. I was unable to get the four remaining balls of the over away. David Joslin struck a single first ball off the first change bowler and then I did, then David Joslin smashed the next ball for 6 through mid-wicket with one of his mighty blows and then smashed the penultimate ball of the for 4. with 32 more runs required off the last fours, David Joslin and myself briefly discussed what we (I mean him) were going to do. With the opening bowler to bowl his last over (only to the scorer’s attention), I hit him for 3 off my legs, David Joslin got another single and I hit the penultimate ball for 4 with a lovely timed hook shot down to deep backward square leg. With the last ball, I got a single and coincidently was left to face the first change bowler, with 23 required off the last 3 overs. I managed to get a single second ball to allow David Joslin a possible 4 balls to face, in which he used the last 3, smashing the fourth ball for 6 into the car park (attempting to hit David Behling’s car), which lost the ball again, subsequently replacing the ‘s**t’ Slazenger ball with one of our Saturday League balls, which did not stop David Joslin going after the bowler for the remaining two balls, as the next ball he got 2 and then smashed the last ball to the fence for 4. The opening bowler was to continue for his 11th over without anyone acknowledgement that he had bowled his allotted 10 overs, only David Behling who was scoring knew this. The opening bowler bowled the first ball of his eleventh over with Stephen Thorne running a single down to third man before David Behling’s acknowledgement was finally recognised, we had to restart the over with another bowler with Stephen Thorne facing. Coincidently, Stephen Thorne was bowled first ball, which brought in Harry Piper. Harry Piper blocked the first ball and scored a single off the next to leave David Joslin with 3 balls to face and 9 runs to win, he smashed the penultimate ball for 4 and with the field up for the last ball to try and keep Harry Piper on straight for their main bowler, David Joslin smashed the ball over mid-off for 4, leaving 1 run to win off the final over. David Joslin give Harry Piper a lot of advice and advised him of what he was planning on doing and with the first ball of the last over, Harry Piper guided the ball down to short third man in which David Joslin ran, and we won by 3 wickets.

Knebworth Park Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
240 (0.0 overs)

Chingford Cricket Club Sun B Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nasser Rashid8.0052152.006.50
Peter Joslin10.0236218.003.60
Harry Piper5.003000.006.00
Ryan Harris10.0155155.005.50
Stephen Thorne10.0143143.004.30
Graham Carpenter2.001700.008.50

Chingford Cricket Club Sun B Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 7 wickets
Peter Joslin Caught  22
Nasser Rashid Bowled  48
Mike Fernandopulle Caught  14
David Joslin Not Out  88
David Behling Caught  3
Ryan Harris Run out  39
Shakeel Kadri Bowled  0 3
Stephen Thorne Bowled  10 1
Harry Piper Not Out  2
Tommy Neale  
Graham Carpenter  

Knebworth Park Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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