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Enfield CC 2nd XI - Match centre

Wembley CC - 2nd XI
Enfield CC, Middx - 2nd XI
Sat 11 May 12:30 - Middlesex County Cricket League - 2nd Xl Division Three Start time 12:30

Just the ticket!

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A winning start was vital!

After an off-season full of uncertainty, and the disappointment of relegation last year, the 2s travelled to Wembley keen to start their season strongly.

With rain in the air, captain Adam Baxter decided to bat first on what looked like a tricky wicket. After a solid, if uneventful, start, Arthur Ebbs (11) miscued a full toss to mid-off. Opening partner, Jack Ryan, continued to look comfortable at the top of the order and Baxter looked set to continue his pre-season form. Unfortunately, Baxter (14) fell to a loose shot, inviting Australian James Hawksworth (22) to the crease. Another good partnership started to be built before Ryan snicked to first slip for a valuable 32. Soon after, Hawksworth was gone too - a somewhat questionable LBW decision causing immense frustration.

At this point last season, we might have crumbled and let a reasonable start fall away. Fortunately, there was a good 5th wicket partnership between Harry Wilkins (21) and James Quinlan (27) before today's collapse! Wilkins was bowled between his legs (he'll tell you it didn't bounce) and Quinlan missed a straight one, before we lost the last four wickets (three of whom for ducks...) for 9 runs. Despite the lower order malaise, we'd posted 173 - a total we felt might be difficult to chase.

The first four overs of our bowling effort comprised 32 balls, with wides threatening to run away with the top score. However, after the inauspicious start, the bowling was tightened and we began to build pressure. Neither opening bowler managed a breakthrough,but the introduction of spin did the trick. Hawksworth came on to make the difference and claim two quick wickets. With runs (well, extras...) beginning to slow up, captain Baxter introduced himself which looked like a risky decision after his first over. The doubters were soon proved wrong as he rolled back the years (he's only 25) to claim figures of 4-29 in the middle overs - a spell that proved to be vital to our chances.

With 12 overs to go, Wembley were still very much in with a shout, needing 70 to win with 4 wickets left. With good bowling building pressure, a run-out claimed a vital breakthrough. Callum Anderson (0 - 5) bowled well without reward, but the re-introduction of opener, Joseph Mani (3-24), brought the match to a close. He grabbed three wickets in quick succession to wrap things up and bring home the points.

It was a performance that centred around a fantastic team spirit, both on and off the field. If that continues for the rest of the season, we'll be well placed! It, also, saw everyone make a contribution - a true team effort!

Scorecard

Enfield CC, Middx - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat

Enfield CC, Middx - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Arthur Ebbs
ct. V Iyngaran, b. J Prajapati
11
24
1
0
45.8
Jack Ryan
ct. J Azhar, b. J Bye
32
63
4
0
50.8
Adam Baxter
ct. P Shah, b. A Badwal
14
17
2
0
82.4
James Hawksworth
lb. V Iyngaran
22
35
3
0
62.9
Harry Wilkins
b. V Iyngaran
21
42
1
0
50.0
James Quinlan
b. J Bye
27
44
3
1
61.4
Joseph Mani
lb. V Iyngaran
0
2
0
0
0.0
Callum Anderson
ro. J Bye
6
17
0
0
35.3
Prem Ganesh
b. J Azhar
0
3
0
0
0.0
Dan Jackson
ct. P Shah, b. J Bye
0
1
0
0
0.0
Ben Nesbitt
Not Out
0
0
0
0
 
Extras
32w, 3b, 4lb, 1nb
40
Total
for 10 wickets 41.1 overs
173

Wembley CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
J Azhar
7.0
1
23
1
3.3
2w
Jatin Prajapati
6.0
1
27
1
4.5
3w
Jackson Bye
6.1
1
21
3
3.5
1nb, 7w
Ankit Badwal
4.0
0
25
1
6.3
7w
Vinushan Iyngaran
9.0
0
36
3
4.0
1w
Nirmal Naik
9.0
0
34
0
3.8

Wembley CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Purvin Shah
b. J Hawksworth
18
42
2
1
42.9
Hardik Lodhiya
ct. J Hawksworth, b. J Hawksworth
14
51
1
0
27.5
Jackson Bye
ct. H Wilkins, b. A Baxter
26
39
4
0
66.7
Nirmal Naik
ct. J Hawksworth, b. A Baxter
2
12
0
0
16.7
M D'Silva
ro. Unsure
12
22
1
0
54.5
Akash Mohanlal
ct. J Mani, b. A Baxter
1
9
0
0
11.1
Ankit Badwal
lb. A Baxter
0
3
0
0
0.0
Vinushan Iyngaran
lb. J Mani
10
32
1
0
31.3
J Azhar
b. J Mani
9
15
2
0
60.0
Jatin Prajapati
Not Out
6
5
1
0
120.0
M Patel
lb. J Mani
0
1
0
0
0.0
Extras
26w, 1b, 3lb, 2nb
32
Total
for 10 wickets 38.5 overs
130

Enfield CC, Middx - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Joseph Mani
7.5
1
24
3
3.4
9w
James Quinlan
9.0
1
32
0
3.6
1nb, 5w
James Hawksworth
9.0
3
18
2
2.0
2w
Adam Baxter
8.0
0
29
4
3.6
1nb, 6w
Ben Nesbitt
3.0
0
18
0
6.0
3w
Callum Anderson
2.0
1
5
0
2.5

Team selection

League round up

Other 2nd Xl Division Three results

147
180/0
North London CC - 2nd XI
Harrow CC - 2nd XI
80
230
Harrow Town CC - 2nd XI
Crouch End CC - 2nd XI
189
110
Barnes CC - 2nd XI
Winchmore Hill CC, Middlesex - 2nd XI
83
145
SKLPC CC - 2nd XI

League table

# Team Pts
1. Crouch End CC 20
2. Harrow Town CC 20
3. North London CC 20
4. SKLPC CC 20
5. Barnes CC 10
6. Enfield CC, Middx 10
7. Uxbridge CC 1

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