Heartaches CC (03/09/2022)
Result: LOST by 41 runs - 35 overs
NO DOG IN THE PITCH BUT PLENTY ON THE BOUNDARY AS ‘ENDERS CHASE HEARTACHES BACK TO THE KENNELS
Heartaches CC 252-4 (35 overs)
Orwell 7–2-42-2, Sharma 7-0-50-0, Chak 7-0-41-1, Douglas 7–0-43-1,
Keswani 4-0-31-0, Hudson 3-0-35-0
Catches: Husaini, Chak
AD Fox 113 ret.out, Tindall 77
WCC 211-8 (35 overs)
T. Lyons 26, Hudson 1, DJ Chak 71, H. Husaini 11, Dunne 5, McCallum 0, Keswani 41, Orwell 12, Sharma 19 not out, Douglas 0 not out
DNB: A. Leal, d’Inverno
J. Pressland 3-30, Poole 3-38
Our annual tilt at giving Tim Rice’s men a run for their money took place at Aston Rowant this year. The beautiful, expansive playing surface, if not in the same league as Arundel Castle, contained a flat, hard deck which promised runs. The parched pitch was abrasive and crumbly which also offered succour to the spinners.
Skipper d’Inverno dispensed with the toss and agreed to bat second in zeitgeist ‘Bazball’ fashion. The ball swung detectably for the ‘Enders’ seamers and opener Hutton nicked a pearler through to keeper Husaini, early doors. At the other end, former first-class St Kitts batter, AD Fox was beginning to punch and belt ominously. He survived a series of ever-closer LBW shouts in the first eight overs then began to cash in as the shine had been scoured off both sides of the ball.
Duggo snuck one through the gate of Whittome, and our DJ Chak, swapping seam-up for brisk finger spin, snared Poole with a sharp caught & bowled.
All this brought James Tindall to the crease; a former Olympic GB Hockey player who recently lined up with the England Legends cricket team.
His full-blooded bat swing and aggressive running between the wickets accelerated the scoring, putting on 142 in the next 15 overs.
AD Fox was clearly feeling the heat from the many, many hard-run twos, and after he’d completed a slightly sketchy century, containing copious inside and top edges skewing just past fielders, he begged Tim for retirement.
Tindall was eventually bowled by a sneaky cross-seamer in the final over - but the Heartaches’ onslaught had surpassed 250 in their 35 overs.
Tea was a dainty delight with both ravenous teams hoovering up the entire platter with only a few bunches of grapes remaining.
We began our response with Toby Lyons and Dan Hudson, both looking to scrub the shine from the new ball.
Waugh opened the bowling for Heartaches with his usual pace, bounce & accuracy, conceding only two boundaries from his seven overs.
DJ Chak joined Toby in the 5th over and looked instantly composed, scoring 18 from his first five scoring strokes. Together they amassed 101 before departing in consecutive overs with 150 still needed from 17 overs. Husaini Snr was caught by an astonishing one-handed leap at point by Torquers leaving a stern task for Enders debutant Pratik Keswani - the latest in a line of lovely recruits from Bhuvan’s Mumbai talent pool.
He hit powerfully from the back foot to score 41 and keep the ‘Enders within sight of the target. However, the ultra-slo-mo bowling pairing of Poole & Pressland took all pace out of the game and induced mistakes resulting in five wickets.
Bhuvan played a committed hand scoring 19 but the target was too great and we finished 40 runs shy from our allotted thirty five.
Sir Tim was a gracious victor buying a round of drinks and allowing your correspondent to hold his dog’s leash while he paid for the beers.
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