The 1st XI had a day to forget at Highgate on Saturday. On a swelteringly hot day we opted to field first against top of the table Highgate.
Early chances were few and far between, unfortunately the one that did come was not taken and it proved to be immensely costly. By the time a breakthrough was made Highgate had established a good springboard to achieve a big score and they maintained this progress throughout the innings. We were further hampered by being a player down for 32 overs as Neville Talbot was being checked over at hospital, thankfully he was ok. A late flurry of wickets saw Dan Amedee (5-74) achieve his first five-wicket haul for the club, but Highgate closed on a very formidable 354-8.
Jack Plumb and Les Edwards got the response off to a positive start. But when, after Edwards was given out, Max Houlahan and the returning Talbot were both dismissed in the space of three deliveries the game swung entirely towards Highgate. Only Plumb (49) offered any real resistance and, with Arthur George 23* being left stranded at the end, we subsided to a heavy defeat.
Overall there can be no complaints about the result. Some decisions and luck did not go our way but Highgate were the better side on the day in every department and fully deserved their victory. Next up is an improving Hornsey side at Lincoln Road, where we hope to get back on track.
The 2s had a better day at the office, but were unable to claim victory against Stanmore. Having chosen to bowl first, we bowled tightly early on with Stanmore taking 32 overs to reach 100. Unfortunately, they were unable to maintain that level which, combined with some good batting, allowed Stanmore to reach a total of 230 all out from 54.5 overs.
In response, the 2s started steadily but lost early wickets. A strong partnership between Nick Jackson (53) and Sam Martin (38) put us in a strong place to push on, but with both of them falling within 10 balls, it proved slightly too much, as we finished on 206-6 from 45 overs.
The 3rd XI managed what the 2s couldn’t and took the win against Bessborough. Batting first, Tom Horne (29) continued his good form before Jack Ryan (37) and Callum Anderson (53*) put on a good partnership for the 7th wicket to take us to a total of 223-8 from 44 overs.
After a strong start in reply, Bessborough were cruising at 80-1 before Jack Ryan (5-69) and Callum Anderson (4-32) continued the form they’d shown with the bat. Their partnership helped bowl Bessborough out for 183, and take the 3s to 34 points from their last four games.
Updated 10:14 - 14 Jul 2017 by James Quinlan