Another perfect day for cricket, warm and cloudless, as the summer of 2018 continued its amazing run, saw Wimbledon taking on Northfield C.C. for the second part of this season’s double header against a team that had demonstrated its power in the earlier victory away in Ealing in June. Winning the toss, Gary asked Northfield to bat first, whereupon Wimbledon’s front line bowling attack of Pete Brown and Andy Cripps set to work to try and put pressure on the Northfield batting line-up. Pete in particular started in ace miserly form, his first three overs all maidens. Andy likewise was tight and economical – he too started with a maiden – and it was perhaps this pressure that created the circumstances for the first wicket to fall. With the score on just 3 after five overs the first ball of the sixth saw a single attempted to Sameer Khan fielding at mid-off, but a superb fast and accurate throw by Sameer saw the stumps broken with a direct hit and Devalia run out for 1.
Wickets continued to fall with regularity, Pete being the next to strike when he bowled number three, Taylor, in the ninth over. In the twelfth Andy captured his first, having opener Iverson caught at slip by Farrukh for 8. Pete gave way to Sameer Khan, while Andy continued right through his eight over allotment to finish with 1 for 22. In his third over Sameer bowled the first of the three Redheads, David, for 11, and after 15 overs Northfield had been reduced to 35 for 4. The other two Redheads, Derrick and Darren, then more than doubled the score, Derrick in particular looking very sound and playing every ball on its merits as he mixed boundaries with more than a few dot balls. The pair put on 46 in the next eleven overs, Derrick the major contributor with 34 of them, and the fifth wicket fell when Greg Dean bowled Darren Redhead for 10. Dickson helped add 19 for the sixth wicket but was LBW for 7 to Pete, coming back for his second spell, and Garner contributed 8 to the seventh wicket stand of 35, Derrick Redhead in the meantime having batted his way to a fine half century. Richard Kent was next to go, bowled by Greg for 6 off the first ball of the final over and late scampering by Egan resulted in him being run out off the final ball, leaving Derrick Redhead unbeaten, 82 not out, as Northfield finished on 150 for 9.
This was a total that Wimbledon felt confident they could match given fair weather luck and a couple of decent innings form the top order. After tea, Rowan and Sameer set out to launch United on the path to a win, against Northfield’s opening bowlers Egan and Dhuna. Sameer took the lead as the pair put on 40 for the first wicket, which fell when Rowan was judged LBW to Egan, having made 8. With James Flannery joining Sameer, the next five overs produced another 35 runs before James was next out, caught behind for 12 off the bowling of Kent, Wimbledon half way to the target score at 75 for 2 in the 16th over. While Anand Nayak was quickly blasting four fours, Sameer’s innings came to a close when he was caught at cover for 43 off Kent, before Anand perished next over, bowled by Derrick Redhead for 16. Fours being the order of the day seemingly Gary Saxby and Jonathan Williams continued in much the same vein, Jono striking three of them before being caught behind for 12 off Redhead. Mitesh contributed 8 to a sixth wicket stand of 23 before being caught off Dhuna. Farrukh took up the willow cudgel and had made 13 when, with victory in sight, Gary was dismissed, bowled by Garner for 20. A wide brought the scores level and with the next delivery Greg sealed the win with a characteristic swipe for four over cow corner.
The three wicket win levelled the double header at one apiece and was achieved with a whole eight overs to spare – a convincing win for the home side. Several key contributions were made to make the win possible and the Man of the Match honours will pick out two, Sameer Khan for his bowling (2 for 22) and more especially his crucial knock of 43 and Pete Brown, whose fine opening spell and subsequent return put telling pressure on the batsmen in a way that figures alone do not always portray (8 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 19 – only five scoring shots made in the entire eight overs).
|Innings of Northfield C. C.||Innings of Wimbledon United C. C.|
|Batsmen||How Out||Total||Batsmen||How Out||Total|
|1||R Iverson||c. Hasan, b. Cripps||8||1||R Wije’dena||lbw, b. Egan||8|
|2||N Devalia||Run out (S Khan)||1||2||S Khan||c. (cover), b. Kent||43|
|3||M Taylor||b. Brown||3||3||J Flannery||c. (wkt), b. Kent||12|
|4||David Redhead||b. Khan||11||4||A Nayak||b. Redhead||16|
|5||Derrick Redhead||Not out||82||5||G Saxby (c)(w)||b. Garner||20|
|6||Darren Redhead||b. Dean||10||6||J Williams||c. (wkt), b. Redhead||12|
|7||A Dickson||lbw, b. Brown||7||7||M Patel||c. (ano), b. Dhuna||8|
|8||D Garner||b. Khan||8||8||F Hasan||Not out||13|
|9||R Kent||b. Dean||6||9||G Dean||Not out||4|
|10||D Egan||Run out (Williams)||1||10||A Cripps|
|11||G Dhua||dnb||11||P Brown|
|Extras W5 NB2 B5 LB1||13||Extras W4 NB0 B15 LB1||20|
|Total (for 9 wickets) (40 overs)||150||Total (for 7 wickets) (31.3 overs)||154|
|Fall of wkts: 1-3(2); 2-15(3); 3-23(1); 4-35(4); 5-81(6); 6-100(7); 7-135(8); 8-142(9); 9-150(10)||Fall of wkts: 1-40(1); 2-75(3); 3-84(2); 4-96(4); 5-113(6); 6-136(7); 7-149(5)|
|Bowling Figures: Brown – 8/3/19/2; Cripps – 8/2/22/1; Khan – 8/2/22/2; Dean – 8/0/48/2; Hasan – 8/1/34/0||Bowling Figures: Egan – 7/3/15/1; Dhuna – 8/0/42/1|
Result ~ Win for Wimbledon United C. C. by 3 wickets
~~ Wimbledon United ‘Man of the Match’ – Sameer Khan and Pete Brown ~~