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7 June: Majeed magic as 1sts go top of the league

(Tuesday 7 June) The 1sts continued their run of good results with a win at home against Worcester Park. We have a won 4 lost 1 record without – I’m sure Anil and the team don’t mind me saying – as yet playing our best cricket all the way through each game.

After Anil Mahey and Ed Matten put on 66 for the 1st wicket Majeed again top scored with 70. Supported by two more thirties from Tom Savill and Richard Farrow we declared at 245-8 in 53 overs.

A constant fall of wickets which were shared around all the bowlers and with an over and a bit to spare we won by 104 runs. A long way to go but the win has put us in top spot.

The 2s had a tough day away at Weybridge but eked out a losing draw to take 1 point. Weybridge scored 245-4 and we replied with 140-9 with only Stuart Ferguson and skipper Richard Reid getting any.

There was a fine run chase from the 3s to win their game at DSG against Beddington.  Dave Gritton took 4 for 73 but Beddington set a challenging 247.  The selectors were told a thing or two as Andy Cornick (dropped from the 2s) made 50 and Stephen Hale (also dropped from the 2s) scored a stunning unbeaten 114 to win the game.  Difficult discussions ahead for Tuesday night. The 3s, like the 2s, are in 3rd position in their league. Read the full match report and the match gallery of the 3s great win>>

The 4s had a bit of a mixed day.  Having got off to a flyer we made 286 for 7 with Raj Tulsiani opening and making 132*.  For those who have seen Julian Dean play , he was 0* when we were 47-0!  Many bowlers were tried but we could only get 4 wickets as Sutton made 189 and we had to settle for a winning draw. The 4s, like the 1sts, are top of the table.

The 5s won an important game against ex-blues.  66 scored on one leg by Mal Persaud and 61 off 29 balls (scored off one shot supposedly – see match report) by Allen Blackford as we made 271-9 in our 46 overs. We struggled to get the wickets but in the last over Blackers took his 5th wicket to get us full points.

The 6s lost to Sidcup who scored 198-8 as Tim Storey took 5 for.  We were never really in a position to win the game but ended up with 163 with Chris Ford scoring 48. Read the full story>>

The 7s followed their win on tour with a draw at Abinger after a long travel. A lonnngggg match write-up from Jim Gibson and view the pics.

The Sunday 2s were victims of the weather and the development side were victims of exams and half term! For a roundup of the Colts from the weekend visit the Colts news page>>.

Thanks, Tim

Cricket Week round up

We had three good days of cricket despite having to cancel the club day scheduled for the Friday.

Tuesday - the Paralytics managed their second match in a row without rain.  Early wickets put them under pressure.  5 wickets from Tim Brown as the Paralytics tried to recover their innings left a very gettable target of 107.  Runs from Julian Dean and Joel Garthwaite and a 7 wicket win allowed all concerned to have an early beer.

Wednesday – Old Ruts batted first and made 181 with Jamie Hall taking 4 wickets.  I’m sure they thought they would win the game as they got us 9 wickets down with runs to get but who was at number 11 – that man Blackford to bring us home with Alzan Ahmed (finishing with 52*).

Thursday – Surprisingly Jack Lusk was kept back to number 8 but still managed to score a 20 ball 50 for Green Park Exiles alongside runs from captain, sponsor and owner Raj as the opposition made 304 for 7.  Bobby Iftikhar took 3 wickets but his figures suffered at the hands of Jack.  In reply a credible 216 – good that we had a visitor from Sports Turf to see 500 runs plus being scored in the afternoon.