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Ealing CC - 3rd XI
Twickenham CC - 3rd XI
Sat 11 May 12:30 - Middlesex County Cricket League - 3rd Tier Division Two Start time 12:30

Ealing beat Twickenham

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3s kick off 2019 with emphatic win over Twickenham


Winning the toss at Popesfield on a damp, bowler-friendly (shock) track, we put Twickenham in and the combination of Viraj Chaturvedi and Nabil Irfan came together to open the bowling for us once more. Perhaps the opening pair with the biggest age gap in the Middlesex leagues, Viraj and Nabil were straight into their rhythm from last season, building plenty of pressure on the Twickenham openers until Nabil finally forced a breakthrough, leaving the away team on 23-1 after 11 overs. Having picked himself in his fantasy team, Simpson decided that his slow away swingers were the best option for first change and so took over from Nabil. Kicking off with a trademark wide down the leg-side wasn’t the plan, but he ended up having the number 3 caught behind in the safe hands of Will Grigg with his next ball, much to everyone’s surprise.

Twickenham’s inability to deal with wide half volleys proved their downfall, with Simpson astonishingly picking up 5 wickets (all caught), much to the dismay of Oscar Dewhurst who only managed to get one after three catches were dropped off his bowling (hopefully last season’s habits will have been shaken off by next week). An extremely tight 12 over spell from Oscar coupled with regular wickets left Twickenham reeling on 60-7 with just 11 of their 34 overs left to bat. Some lax fielding and good batting meant they managed to fight their way to 135 all out from their 45 overs, with Nabil picking up the last three wickets in the final over, much to the delight of the 31% of fantasy players who selected him this weekend.

Going out to bat, we knew we were in for a fight – it didn’t look like par was much higher than 150 and we all know about the 3rd XI tendency for batting collapses so no one was overly confident. Thankfully, there was no reason to worry. Ciaran O’Malley and Henry Anton, both debutants, looked like they were batting on a different pitch to Twickenham, Ciaran racing to an excellent 38 before being caught at slip off their off-spinner, while Henry dug in and saw us home with a very solid 37*. Contributions from Matt Morgan and Oli Simpson helped us to victory with 13 overs to spare rounding off a victory in which we dominated in every department (even their fielding was worse than ours!). If we can carry on in the same manner for the rest of the season then it should be a very successful one!

Scorecard

Ealing CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field

Twickenham CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Steve Cowley
ct. W Grigg, b. O Simpson
38
64
6
59.4
Steve Watts
ct. S Rattan, b. N Irfan
3
24
12.5
Stuart Amos
ct. W Grigg, b. O Simpson
1
3
33.3
Connor Finney
b. O Dewhurst
5
30
16.7
Muhammad Ahmad
ct. W Grigg, b. O Simpson
4
22
1
18.2
Sam Cliffe
ct. O Simpson, b. O Simpson
2
30
6.7
Hayden Tyler
ct. H Anton, b. O Simpson
0
3
0.0
Anu Agarwal
ct. C O'Malley, b. N Irfan
42
49
3
2
85.7
Rob Bosier
b. N Irfan
22
42
3
52.4
Ozzie Qavi
ct. N Irfan, b. N Irfan
0
1
0.0
John-Paul Bowman
Not Out
1
1
100.0
Extras
15w, 2nb
17
Total
for 10 wickets 45 overs
135

Ealing CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Nabil Irfan
11
1
46
4
4.2
Viraj Chaturvedi
8
0
34
0
4.3
Oliver Simpson
12
2
15
5
1.3
Oscar Dewhurst
12
3
27
1
2.3
Manraj Rattan
2
0
13
0
6.5

Ealing CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Henry Anton
Not Out
37
 
Ciaran O'Malley
ct. M Ahmad, b. A Agarwal
38
 
Matthew Morgan
b. A Agarwal
18
 
Oliver Simpson
Not Out
26
 
Sanraj Singh Rattan
Did Not Bat
 
Nirav Vyas
Did Not Bat
 
Manraj Rattan
Did Not Bat
 
Will Grigg
Did Not Bat
 
Oscar Dewhurst
Did Not Bat
 
Nabil Irfan
Did Not Bat
 
Viraj Chaturvedi
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
17w
17
Total
for 2 wickets 32.3 overs
136

Twickenham CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
John-Paul Bowman
3
0
18
0
6.0
Sam Cliffe
3
0
16
0
5.3
Anu Agarwal
12
4
35
2
2.9
Rob Bosier
3
1
13
0
4.3
Ozzie Qavi
7
1
27
0
3.9
Hayden Tyler
3
1
16
0
5.3
Stuart Amos
2
0
6
0
3.0
Steve Watts
0.3
0
5
0
 

Team selection

League round up

Other 3rd Tier Division Two results

Finchley CC - 3rd XI
130
131/3
Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club - 3rd XI
112
113/3
Shepherds Bush CC - 3rd XI
Southgate CC - 3rd XI
223/8
115
Hornsey CC - 3rd XI
78
231
Brondesbury CC - 3rd XI

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2. Shepherds Bush CC 79
3. Brondesbury CC 74
4. Middlesex Tamil Sports & Social Club 74
5. North Middlesex CC 48
6. Twickenham CC 45
7. Uxbridge CC 43

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