Good luck for your coming season and thanks for your support!
NEWS and REPORTS
North Enfield vs Enfield Ignatians RFC held on 15th July. A great night that we always look forward to every season......
Good luck for your coming season and thanks for your support!
Gandy puts on model performance
North Enfield 1st Xi beat league Leaders St Albans by 29 runs in what was possibly their best display of the season. St Albans won the toss and asked North Enfield to bat first on what looked like a good wicket. In the warm conditions Captain Kieran Jones(36) and Sam Pitcher(62) batted nicely and put together a 2nd wicket partnership of 94 to set a base for the middle order to attack and that’s what they did. Steve Gandy, batting at 4 played some wonderfully powerful shots finishing with 67 runs. North Enfield had been keeping the scoreboard ticking over nicely throughout their innings, making the St Albans fielders work hard on the big ground. But it was Gandy’s late hitting that really took their toll on the bowling side and when the sides came off for tea it was North Enfield who enjoyed theirs more.
St Albans reply started well, with North Enfields openers struggling to find their lines the batsmen raced to 71 from 14 overs. But then the introduction of Abdul Vahid Khan (2-42-14) and Shahid Ebrahim (4-59-15) gave North Enfield some much needed control. And the scoreboard pressure started to tell when opener J Rosson(37) was caught trying to hit Ebrahim over the top. Then the combination of good tight bowling and the required run rate creeping up forced the new batsmen to play some shots that wernt really on. Leaving the other opener A Hounslow who batted very well for his 87 looking on from the other end as St Albans slipped from 97-1 to 127-5. Hounslow and number 7 Winfield(13) put together a 26 run partnership but after Ebrahim bowled Winfield, Hounslow was left with just the tail to bat. Full credit must go to St Albans for looking for the win all the way to the finish, but the introduction of Steve Gandy with the ball proved to be too much as he gave a master class of swing bowling. Removing the tail and opener Hounslow to finish with figures of 4-12 from 3.1 overs.
North Enfield face local rivals Cockfosters at Strayfield Rd on Saturday.
North Enfield seconds suffered a six wicket loss at home to Bovingdon. North Enfield batted first and made 118 from 50.5 overs. Bovingdon chased the runs down in 23 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
North Enfield 1st Xi slipped to their second defeat in a row as they were pushing for the win in their Hertfordshire division 2b match against Bushey CC. falling 38 runs short of the 228 run total that was set. Bushey’s innings got off to a flying start with openers Ilyas and Sharma throwing caution to the wind and willow at leather. Racing to 45 from the first 8 overs. Then with the ball starting to swing opener Derrick Sanders(4-58-15) struck twice in 2 balls to slow the scoring rate. But the respite was short lived as number 4 batsmen M Foley(47) came out swinging. He formed a good partnership with number 5 Lucky Singh(93 not out) who, after surviving a very very close LBW shout on his first ball, batted very nicely rotating the strike and putting loose deliveries away. North Enfied rallied after drinks with Shahid Ebrahim(3-34-11) taking the important wicket of Foley. But Singh managed the strike well and despite busheys last 6 batsmen only scoring 19 runs between them still managed to set an above par total.
North Enfield’s reply started well with Sam Pitcher playing some lovely shots to make 88. A good 56 run partnership with Ben Conway set a solid base but with the required run rate consistently around 5 an over and a few 50/50 decisions going against them, pressure was always on new batsmen coming in and despite some big hitting from captain Steve Gandy(27) and AV Khan(24) chasing the victory later in the innings North Enfield fell 38 short of the total.
North Enfield 2ndXi suffered a narrow 2 wicket defeat away to boxmoor. Batting first North Enfield set a good total of 177 from 52 overs. A total that was nearly enough as Boxmoor reached the score with just 2 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
North Enfield 1stXi suffered a 6 wicket loss in a rain affected game against Allenburys & County Hall 1stXi. Losing the toss North Enfield were put in to bat and made a solid enough start before Captain Kieron Jones(19) was caught in the slips with the score on 24. The remaining opener Sam Pitcher(20) then steadied the ship with Zach Brown, but when brown fell with the score on 51, it was the start of a middle order collapse. With ACHCC’s bowlers using conditions well and getting the ball in good areas, particularly Graves who secured figures of 5-36, North Enfield slipped to 68-6. Number 8 Derrick Sanders(40) batted well with the tail, all be it with a bit of luck, to both use up the overs and get the total somewhere near defendable. But a score of 137 was going to be very hard to defend and was probably 40 runs short of where they should have been.
Allenburys & County Hall’s reply got of to a shaky start With Sanders(1-24) taking a wicket in the first over and Abdul Vahid Khan (2-22) bowling his customary immaculate line and length. Allenburys & County Hall were 2-13 after 12 overs, a score that could have been worse but for missed chances. Then after the first of the rain showers came, the wicket seemed to flatten out along with the ball getting wet, which nullified the effect of NECC’s swing bowlers. Number 3 batsmen J Schlaepfer(55no) batted well and kept the runs ticking over and when captain Andrew Szemiako(23no) came to the crease only 37 runs were needed. Which they got with 6 wickets and 3.4 overs to spare.
North Enfield face Bushy at Strayfield Road next week.
North Enfield 2ndXi secured a good win to lift themselves off the bottom of the table, away at Hatfield & Crusaders 2ndXi. Captain Garry Orton won the toss and decided to bowl as he thought the wicket might offer the bowlers some assistance first up. He was right as the opening bowlers Jack Conningsby(2-42) and Richard White(5-23) took early wickets to leave the opposition struggling. But an 8th wicket stand of 67 frustrated North Enfield until the partnership was broken by Darren Atkins(2-19) and finished off by Mahroof Ebrahim(1-0) leaving Hatfield & Crusaders 2ndXi on 136 from 47 overs.
After losing an early wicket in their reply, a 101 run partnership between Ben Conway(39) and Faizel Patel(64) nearly got North Enfield over the line in style. But a late collapse saw North Enfield lose 4 more wickets to get the last 30 runs. Which they did with 6 overs to spare.