Strollers stay strong to secure tight T20 win over the Tavs
posted: August 2, 2018
We happily rounded off our T20 season with a tantilisingly tight win last night over the Railway Taverners at Alexandra Palace. Having lost the toss we were again – bewilderingly – put in to bat although, after last week's mammoth total in excess of 200, we were only able to post a more-or-less par 145 all out. It started off well enough with Harsh and Gaurav piling on 87 without loss in the first ten overs. But rather than accelerating our progress slowed up considerably as, having lost Harsh to a sharp return catch for 32, further wickets tumbled with regularity.
However Gaurav continued in his rich vein of form and notched up another half century before top edging behind for 56. Ravi showed some promise with a few well struck shots square of the wicket but unfortunately no-one else was able to capitalise on the good platform the openers had provided and, having clambered to just shy of 150, we were dismissed on the final ball of the innings when Kash's young nephew was cruelly run out without facing.
With the Tavs requiring just north of 7 runs per over, to secure the win we would have to bowl tightly and hold our nerve in the field. Thankfully we did both as Ravi, Kash and skipper Davie G all bowled a good line and kept boundaries to a minimum. With the score on 38 we claimed our first wicket when Ron bowled a beauty to clip Stoneham's off bail. The Rabbit followed that up with a couple of exceptionally sharp displays of fielding as he sent both the oppo's skipper Reilly and then the dangerous 'Unit' Spee packing with direct hits to run them out ...the second of these dismissals most amusing as Ron was effectively backing up a misdirected throw from the Kitten, only to run the batsman out at the other end.
However the Taverners rallied with Calwani batting beautifully to notch up a chance-less fifty and, as the light rapidly faded, it became increasingly difficult in the field to pick out the ball from the dark trees surrounding the ground and extra singles were pinched all too often. With around 50 to get from the last 6 overs, Kash and Ravi happily kept a tight line and although the Tavs continued to run well to get close to the now 10 required per over, the target was ultimately beyond their reach as they closed – in near total darkness (!) – just 9 runs short of what would have been an impressive comeback to win. But the spoils were ours – rightly so on balance – and we left Ally Pally delighted to finish our evening campaign for 2018 on a high.