Back to winning ways
The match report is courtesy of Ramesh
On a cloudy Saturday afternoon and on one of the best grounds, Graces started the proceedings after losing the toss and were put into bat. Openers Dominic and Jonathan played cautiously as the both opening bowlers started to swing the ball at considerable amount. Unfortunately Dominic fell to a lovely out swinger. Abhishek joined the determined Jonathan and they started to open up once the bowlers erred their line and lengths. Jonathan was particularly impressive with his solid defence and shot making. After a solid partnership they both fell in the space of few overs. That brought the brittle middle order into play which couldn’t make up for lack of runs in their previous innings and Graces were in their familiar position of 97/6 at drinks.
Manish Modi who has arrived straight from work and even had very little time to pad up was in the middle with his usual defence and elegant left-handed drives. He was joined by Mr. Dependable Richard B to get the innings onto tracks and so they did by some solid hits to the boundary thus maintaining the run-rate. After an entertaining partnership they both fell in succession in search of quick runs in the death overs. The tail wagged as it has been doing for the whole season with some power hits and quick running between the wickets, and Graces reached a very defendable 183
Graces started their defence under the sunny skies, quite a contrast to start of the match. Ramesh started the innings with lively pace and swing and his three wickets inside 12 overs made sure the opposition never got to a decent start. Hemang bowled with tight line and length and ensured the run rate was well below the asking. Manish produced some magic with his spinners and picked up 3/14 and made sure not to waste the good start by the opening bowlers. He and other bowlers kept the runs in check with the fielders pumped up, result – determined ground fielding and auspicious catching. By the time of drinks FCO were down and out with only two wickets left for a petit score of 58. Richard B started the post-drinks session with two wickets in two balls ensuring an early end and jubilant mood with the team.
It was a solid team effort with very much improved showing in the ground fielding and especially catching, lack of these two in the past led us to few certain victories into defeats. But the main worry is lack of spine in the middle order. Hope we do produce the same effort in the field and middle order batting come good in the future.
This was a game of wagging tails – sadly TriNortheners wagged more than Grace’s!
The toss was won (again) on a lovely afternoon and the oppo inserted. A dream start followed with TriNortheners in trouble on 5 for 3 wickets – Manish taking a sharp catch at square leg.
Their middle order then consolidated punishing anything wayward – a couple of dropped catched didn’t help our cause but wickets were taken regularly leaving them 122 – 7 (including a smart stop at mid-off by Richard leading to a runout)
Their number 8 then tweaked his hamstring and batted on with a runner – unfortunately this seemed to help his concentration and he went on to make an unbeaten 49 taking them to a total of 210.
After tea Grace’s started badly with Abhi bowled for zero – our innings never got going after this – a middle order partnership was needed but we struggled to 91 for 8. Richard then followed up his great run out with a determined and patient innings ending on 40 not out taking us to a respectable 161 all out. Hemang and Manish gave good support.
TriNortheners felt confident enough to give a bowl to one of their definitley part-time bowlers who then bowled 10 wides in his solitary over!
So again our focus is on our batting – we need to follow Richard’s example – and also in killing off innings.
Short of runs!
After what seemed like a very long break our season resumed at Greenford against new opposition.
Grace’s chose to bat after winning the toss on what was the hottest day of the year so far. The wicket proved to still be very soft after an overnight soaking and runs were hard to come by as EBRD found their line and length.
A bowling change saw 2 quick wickets and when this was followed by a fantasic one handed catch on the boundary Grace’s were struggling at 35 for 3. Gordie and Richard Goatman then played aggressively adding some quick boundaries before Richard was bowled by a 2 bouncer!
After Gordie holed out for 27 we struggled to get any impetus and a combination of loose shots and some accurate bowling saw us all out for 87.
We followed EBRDs example with some accurate bowling but time was on their side and anything loose was put away on the dryng wicket.
Richard deserves a mention for outstanding bowling figures of 4 overs 3 maidens 1 run for 1wicket!
Abhi took two late wickets to give the score line some respectibility but more concentration with our batting is in order for next week!
Grace’s were lucky enough to receive an invitation to David Cameron’s annual LGBT reception at number 10 Downing Street. This year there was a sports theme.
Dom and Jonners were the club’s representatives at this prestigious evening.
The opportunity was taken to network with many other sports clubs and organisation raising our profile in the LGBT community.
Sporting icons present included Billie Jean King and Ben Cohen who informed Grace’s that he hates cricket!
Sadly there was no sign of Steven Davies.
Here’s a link to the Pink Paper report
Sadly the match was rained off.
Here is the line up for Sundays game at our home ground. Please get there by 1:30pm to help setup for a start of 2pm.
In the event of any issues or bad weather I can be contacted on 07802 418628
4. Richard Goatman
10. Manish (rajh)
11. Richard Bielby
12. Laszlo (12th Man)
The ground details;
London Marathon Playing Field Greenford.
It’s 5 minutes from Greenford tube station
Rain and more rain
After weeks of sunshine the weather frustratingly closed in for a very overcast Sunday – some morning rain saw a damp wicket so when the toss was won the opposition were duly invited to bat.
The opener was in an aggressive mood and after one sliced four Neil hung on to a well judged catch in the covers. This bought their classy number 3 in who proceeded to punish anything loose with some well timed drives.
This 2nd wicket partnership threatened to take the game away until Richard B put the brakes on with some great line and length bowling. Old Wimbledonians got frustrated and played some rash shots – Richard picking up 4 wickets in his accurate 8 over spell for only 22 runs. Anosh provided support at the other end.
All this time it was drizzling slightly and this combined with 100% cloud cover resulted in murky conditions and a slippery ball. After Richard’s spell finished the oppo took advantage of these testing bowling conditions and moved the score along again with regular boundaries – wickets were also taken , Richard taking a great catch backward of square.
A final total of 249 – 8 was certainly going to be competitive.
During tea the drizzle turned into rain and after a short wait (watching the Nadal/Federer French Open final in the clubhouse) the match was abandoned.
The game provided some good bowling practice in testing conditions as Dom rotated the bowlers – Old Wimbledonians provided sporting oppo with plenty of mickey taking from the umpires directed towards their own batsmen! Hopefully next season we can repeat the fixture.
Here is the line up for Sunday’s game at Old Wimbledonians.
Leo 12th Man