Strollers beat Bricklayers to restore parity
posted: June 17, 2018
In a game overshadowed by an horrific season-ending injury sustained by opposition batsman Simon English – requiring an ambulence to be called – we more happily overcame the 227 target set to us by the Bricklayers Arms to secure our fourth win of the season.
Having won the toss the oppo predictably opted to bat first on a belter of a pitch at North London CC. With a much-improved batting lineup at their disposal than in recent years the Bricklayers posted a solid 226-3, including a magnificent unbeaten 102 from opener Poulter who carried his bat. At one stage their total threatened to be much more but for some truly miserly bowling from Gaurav, who turned in a full 7 over spell conceding just 14 runs. English too had looked menacing with the bat until, when attempting a pull shot, he twisted horribly to collapse onto his stumps... dislocating his kneecap in the process. Horrible. Still, with Poulter and Tremain (56 not out) mounting a 100+ fourth wicket stand and some loose bowling in the latter overs on our part that allowed the Bricklayers to top 200, the oppo had certainly thrown down the gauntlet.
In response we got off to a flyer with the returning Kash carting a couple of huge sixes and Gav immediately flaying a few boundaries to the off side. Unfortunately the big man was cut off in his tracks, holing out all too soon to long on. However Kash, joined by Harsh, continued his onslaught and played expertly to reach a well-earned 50. Harsh, despite suffering from a bad cold, looked in excellent touch ad the two piled on a century stand without further incident. Kash, having played with fluidity to reach a well-deserved 50, was the next to go when he hit one straight to Basnett. This brought Tim to the middle who entertained with his evermore eccentric (and loud!) calling between the stumps as much as he did with his aggressive strokeplay.
Between them Joshi and Sturm took us to within sight of our target before Harsh – having notched up his second successive 50 some overs earlier – returned a sharp catch to Basnett and left the stage having hit a superb 73. Despite the loss of Harsh we reached 200 without further incident and with Tim reaching his own fine 50 shortly thereafter we eventually cantered home with four overs to spare.
A great game albeit at the expense of the bad injury to English who having been spirited away to hospital after a lengthy wait by the pitch-side is now thankfully in the hands of the medics ...we wish him a speedy recovery. A special mention must go to Dave Gorton whose expert on-the-spot first aid undoubtedly helped ease his pain. On a more positive note, the result marks three wins on the bounce and, more importantly , restores parity to our season so far. Hopefully we can get ourselves well into credit over the next few games.