Nazeing Common 201 / 5 (49.0) C.McKenna 3 / 75, D.Malleson 2 / 82
North Enfield 62 / 9 (xx.x) *only 9 men, D.Malleson 23*
To start with we only had 9 men, Nazeing kindly offered us a 10th man to field which was greatly accepted. The second issue was we only had 3 bowlers, so Mally bowled unchanged for 20 overs from the pavilion end, Ken bowled 19 in two shifts and The Colonel bowled 9. That we kept the score to a fraction over 200 at 4 an over was a miracle, given the lack of bowling and less than enthusiastic fielding from certain players – making an effort and making a mistake is fine, making no effort at all to give your team-mates support is unforgiveable frankly. Ken bowled well for his 3 wickets. The main Nazeing partnership consisted of a young lad aged 13 who made 60 quality runs, and the senior batsman of the side who got just under 50 (despite an arguably plumb LBW shout not given ‘it was going too far down off’ apparently…)
Batting was not a great success, at one stage we were 17/5 with only Mally and Ken (15) making any headway.
2nd XI v Langleybury III
North Enfield 3 / 1 (1.3) RAIN
Alex W got out first ball. Del got 1 run. Then it hooted down with rain again and we went home.
1st XI v Knebworth Park II
North Enfield 167 / 4 (34.3) Y.Ghayas 108*
Knebworth Park 157 / 10 (40.5) x.xxx, 5 / 30
On a rain-affected day, it was excellent for the 1st XI to get a result after a long delay for rain. North Enfield declared right after Tea and gave Knebworth a target of 168 to chase. Some early boundaries for Knebworth followed and it was looking like they were on track for a win, before a spell of 4 wickets for just 8 runs in 5 overs brought North Enfield back into the game and on to victory. To get a game in given the conditions was incredible.