Unison CC T20 (27/06/2019)
Result: LOST by 10 runs
‘ENDERS RETURN TO SITE OF ‘BIG BANG’ FOR CLOSE CONTEST WITH UNION MEN
Unison CC 108-5 (20 overs)
Latham 31, Thomas 30,
Sharma 4–1-17-3, Douglas 4–1-15-0, Orwell 4–0-17-1, Lyons 4–0-22-1, Ebanks 1-0-9-0, Lee 2-0-17-0, McCallum 1-0-6-0
Run out: Yes, but can't remember who - it was a comic mix-up I think
WCC 98 all out (18.3 overs)
Lee 10, T Lyons 0, Leigh 0, d’Inverno 3, Husaini 4, McCallum 0, Orwell 34, Ebanks 2, Sharma 5, Douglas 26 not out, J Lyons 5
Nichol 3-8, Thomas 2-15, Robins 2-16
Man of the Match: Mike Orwell
The Weekenders’ origin story can be traced to a convivial contest on Hampstead’s Parliament Hill in 1975. Our founder, Clive Swift, is no longer with us - but some long-standing team-mates of his, namely Douglas and Lyons, turned out for this after-work T20 thrash, overlooking the city skyline.
Unison arrived with just 8 players, while the ‘Enders had to call up two reserves and wait for d’Inverno, who was delayed concluding a fraught-sounding meeting. The ground has a noticeable slope, and the pitch, a luxurious, shag-pile covering of grass, promising assistance for the bowlers.
Unison started well, taking few risks against accurate bowling from Bhuvan and Duggo. “There was an alarming moment when Toby Lyons turned a single to point into five runs, as his wild hurl effortlessly cleared both bowler and back-up fielder.” Chris Douglas was the victim of this act of stats-vandalism, who briefly looked like he-could-kill-a-man. The change bowlers kept things tight, inducing edges and knocking over both openers. The occasional-bowlers fared less-well, with one over lasting 15-balls, but Bhuvan returned to knock over three Unison batters. The final three overs conceded only four runs, with Unison finishing on 108.
The Weekenders response was less-assured as Toby Lyons nicked off without scoring, and Lee, despite a breezy start, departed for 10 in the 4th over. The ‘Enders slumped to 26-6 until the tail wagged in emphatic fashion, with 41 scored from the final five overs. Douglas and Lyons hit 18 off the 18th over, (including two meaty sixes by the Hon Sec) until the groundsmen began dismantling the sight screens (a novel punishment for slow over rates), contributing to Lyons Snr’s demise, with just 10 needed from 10 balls for an unheralded potential victory.
A midweek Tufnell Park curry was a suitable balm for a (narrow) defeat