Eastonians 166 / 7 (30.0) C.Mckenna 2/24, D.Webster 2/36, R.Sanders 2/36, D.Malleson 1/32
North Enfield 133 / 6 (30.0) T.Coughlan 46*, G.Halley 27, D.Vanniasingham 19, D.Malleson 18*
To get the game finished was amazing in what turned out to be a wet and cold afternoon after a nice sunny start. Thankfully, the team were very grateful that stand-in skipper Mally elected to bowl first and save them fielding in the rain. They were also grateful for the presence of the elected captain, who graciously managed to play after repeated attempts to extricate himself from playing with a variety of excuses ( ‘’I had a cold on Thursday and ‘’I will be feeling very hungover on Sunday’’). Thankfully he managed to cheer himself up with a couple of wickets, a good tea and some running around in the outfield.
We bowled pretty well, with a good start by Mally trapping the opener LBW in the 3rd over. Ken also picked up a wicket despite not being able to tell which set of stumps to aim at, and then picked up another one with a traditional wicket-taking ball (slow long hop that got shovelled into Tom C’s hands, moved exactly into position by the stand-in skipper). Colonel suffered a bit of the treatment in his first over, which went for 18 but recovered to bowl an excellent spell. Biggest surprise (including to himself) was Slim Webster, who picked up a couple of wickets in his 6 overs including bowling a batsman round his legs. Sadly, this still didn’t qualify him for his wife’s fantasy cricket team, as she picked Gleno instead. We assume this is probably because he will get injured in the next game or two and be out for the season, plus he can’t catch a cold (an excellent impression of a sack of potatoes been thrown off a flat-bed lorry was performed in an attempt at stopping the ball early in the innings).
166 from 30 overs was a decent total, the last over cost 12 despite accurate bowling from Mally and a solid spell from Tom C at the end.
An excellent Tea followed, one of the highlights was a home-made fruitcake, and the other amusing incident was the home skipper getting harangued from the pavilion by the lovely Mrs G for using her best dish. Top effort Ross!
The North Enfield innings began in slight drizzle as the weather had turned, and it didn’t get much better. Gleno and DVD opened up and things ticked along nicely, including an over with 3 successive boundaries from Gleno, all whipped down to leg despite the bowler pitching it further and further outside off-stump. He batted very well for 27, and with DVD getting 18, it was an excellent start. Things stalled a little bit as conditions deteriorated further, with Garth and Sparky unable to do much more than tick over with some singles. Both perished to catches. Simon P, as ever entertaining hung around for a while with Tom C who played very well indeed for 46*. At 10 an over required we were still in with a shout, but despite a few boundaries it proved too much (Mally was perhaps unjustly criticised for being unable to score more than one in an over).
Thanks to the Eastonians for sticking out in the rain to complete the match – a top effort by Ross and the lads.
2nd XI v Baldock II
Baldock 220 / 9 (49.0) T.Deacon 3/64, R.Lee 3/67
North Enfield 223 / 4 (40.1) A.Williams 118*, R.Barber 60
Quality run-chase from the 2s with BGA getting a ton and along with Ex-Chair Barber putting on 170 for the 3rd wicket. Baldock worked hard for 220 and declared with 3 overs spare. Moxy and BGA got things going, Moxy (13) getting a start but falling when in double figures. Big Al played super knock, giving the only chance when on 99 but saw the side home for a top 100. 2 wins out of 2, an excellent start to the season. Only minus point was Del being taken out with a calf injury in the 3rd over of the game.
1st XI v Southgate Adelaide
North Enfield 217 / 10 (47.1) K.Jones 87*
Southgate Adelaide 133 / 2 (33.2) Y.Ghayas 1 / 21, D.Atkins 1 / 23
After setting a decent 217 batting first, the match eventually petered out into a draw due to constant rain interruptions in the second innings. According to the oppo website, North Enfield only had one ‘class bat’ who was ‘returning from the Essex league’ (only about 8 years ago, do pay attention 007). KJ hit a superb 87* with support from the top order with various contributions in double figures.