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Ealing CC - 2nd XI
Hampstead CC - 2nd XI
Sat 18 May 12:30 - Middlesex County Cricket League - 2nd Xl Division One Start time 12:30

2's win nail bitting chase

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Ealing Defeat Hampstead

Following a solid start to the season with victory at 2018 Champions North Middlesex in week one, it was imperative for the Ealing boys to start well against a Hampstead XI bowled out cheaply the previous Saturday.

Following extensive debate on what warm-ups are most effective in relation to power output, good old Captain Neil lost the toss on the flattest deck any of the youthful side had ever seen at Corfton Road and the Ealing boys were asked to field. Given the near perfect batting conditions, it was up to new ball pairing Fell and Rowley to romp through the fragile Hampstead top order. Capitalising on a lack of line and length control from both openers, the Hampstead batsmen were able to race off to a good start.

However, an early breakthrough from Rowley and a superb run out from Dewhurst pegged the visitors back. With two wickets apiece for Rajanasir and Henri, accompanied by 3 for Dewhurst (who managed to turn one) and an economical exhibition of seam bowling from Marshall, the E-men limited Hampstead to 118 all out. Tea came, and with it, a sense of “it’s a road, we should knock this off easily”.

But cricket is a humbling game. And the lack of application from the opening bowlers was mirrored in the performance of Ealing’s top order.

A couple of loose shots and questionable decisions and the boys were struggling at 33-3. Regular wickets fell, but with typically classy and dog-ed innings from Tattersall (22) and Marshall (17), Ealing inched closer to a small target. At 81-8, all seemed lost. However, ignoring the at times abominable chat from the visitors, Rowley (15*) and Fell (17) chipped away at the required total.

Following a couple of (un)surprising shots from Fell, one too many attempts at the clip over the mid-wicket fence left the lads 9 down, still needing 10 to win. Up steps Oscar Dewhurst. Following two delicious boundaries from Rowley, the task of the final runs was up to the number 11. Beaumont-Dark, Hampstead’s version of a left arm-spinner into the attack. Dewhurst throws the kitchen sink at the first ball. And misses.
Three more dots follow, all defensive shots Rahul Dravid would’ve been proud of. The fifth ball, short, wide, cut through 2nd slip, they run one, they come back for the second, the balcony goes wild, Ealing win.

A true nail biter, and an all round performance with the lads, with all XI contributing in some form, bat, ball or field. 2 from 2, we go to make it 3 in a top of the table clash at Highgate next week.

Alexander Fell

Scorecard

Hampstead CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat

Hampstead CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Samir Arora
ro. O Dewhurst
7
12
1
0
58.3
Oliver Redwood
b. G Rowley
10
14
2
0
71.4
Hanish Patel
b. T Marshall
6
22
0
0
27.3
Fergal Walter
lb. J Henri
19
25
3
0
76.0
Robert Grant
ct. A Ashok, b. H Rajasansir
14
42
2
0
33.3
Fred Fairhead
ct. R Connelly, b. J Henri
10
27
2
0
37.0
Charlie Wedgwood
b. H Rajasansir
20
31
2
0
64.5
Chris Beaumont-Dark
lb. O Dewhurst
13
38
1
0
34.2
Andy Collier
Not Out
0
5
0
0
0.0
Vishal Somaya
lb. O Dewhurst
3
7
0
0
42.9
Muhammad Ahmed
b. O Dewhurst
0
2
0
0
0.0
Extras
7w, 6lb, 3nb
16
Total
for 10 wickets 37 overs
118

Ealing CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Alexander Fell
6.0
0
25
0
4.2
1nb
Guy Rowley
3.0
0
18
1
6.0
4w
Juan Henri
9.0
2
16
2
1.8
1w
Tom Marshall
7.0
2
21
1
3.0
2nb
Harjot Rajasansir
6.0
0
16
2
2.7
1w
Oscar Dewhurst
6.0
1
16
3
2.7
1w

Ealing CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Robbie Connelly
lb. M Ahmed
4
24
0
0
16.7
Tom Good
ct. F Fairhead, b. V Somaya
9
9
2
0
100.0
Anand Ashok
ct. F Fairhead, b. V Somaya
10
27
1
0
37.0
James Tattersall
lb. A Collier
22
47
3
0
46.8
Neil Fairbairn
b. M Ahmed
12
2
 
Tom Marshall
ct. F Fairhead, b. A Collier
17
32
2
0
53.1
Juan Henri
ct. F Fairhead, b. A Collier
0
2
0
0
0.0
Harjot Rajasansir
b. H Patel
0
 
Guy Rowley
Not Out
15
37
3
0
40.5
Alexander Fell
ct. F Walter, b. V Somaya
17
32
3
0
53.1
Oscar Dewhurst
Not Out
2
11
0
0
18.2
Extras
7w, 1lb, 3nb
11
Total
for 9 wickets 39.5 overs
119

Hampstead CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Vishal Somaya
9.0
2
28
3
3.1
3nb
Muhammad Ahmed
9.0
1
29
2
3.2
2w
Andy Collier
9.0
1
29
3
3.2
2w
Hanish Patel
9.0
2
23
1
2.6
3w
Chris Beaumont-Dark
3.5
1
9
0
3.0

Team selection

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Other 2nd Xl Division One results

Shepherds Bush CC - 2nd XI
153/5
150
Richmond CC, Middx - 2nd XI
Osterley CC - 2nd XI
199
204/4
Highgate CC, Middx - 2nd XI
Finchley CC - 2nd XI
224
250/9
Teddington CC - 2nd XI
184
185/7
Acton CC, Middlesex - 2nd XI

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# Team Pts
1. Richmond CC, Middx 76
2. Shepherds Bush CC 64
3. Ealing CC 63
4. Hampstead CC 60
5. Highgate CC, Middx 53
6. Teddington CC 49
7. North Middlesex CC 46

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