Pah to the purists with their manicured outfields, pristine wickets etc. This was a triumph for cricket lovers. An initially overcast and chilly Wray later basked in a wonderful sunshine filled evening. Fields were supremely good natured and competitve and friendly opponets.
Fields won won the toss and chose to field. Skip Ben and Jon Thornton produced a sterling opening partnership of 70 to set us up nicely. Webley was undone for 0 by a change of ball (apparently). Jack flourished on debut to make a fine fifty at better than a run a ball (including demolishing the previously unplayable Utz). After that the innings subsided to a close with only Sheldon's exaggerated early movement forward proving successful at resisting the Fields leg spinner.
A good tea was munched.
Friend gave Fields his usual ferocious start (at poor Croft's expense) but the Nuggsy metronome and Satish's hostility backed by some fine fielding slowed the scoring to create scoreboard pressure. Jack took a fine low and crucial catch at point to remove Friend. Sheldon replaced Satish and bowled with such athleticism and dynamism that it was a real treat to watch. As was his fielding where he produced some fine saves, one great catch at fine leg (and one tough chance dropped) and the most outrageous pickpocketing of a catch from Paul at midwicket off his own bowling. Webley pocketed a couple of wickets.
Other matches: Sun 24-Sep-2017, London Fields, Fri 14-Apr-2017, Wray Crescent, Fields washed away by Webbo 10,000, Sun 09-Oct-2016, Wray Crescent, Drawn Fields feel Pacific force, Sun 18-Sep-2016, London Fields, Won by 7 runs Sodden outfield dampens our spirits, Sat 16-Apr-2016, Wray Crescent, Cancelled Opening stand a hard act to follow, Sun 20-Sep-2015, London Fields, Won 90 runs Fields' Day, Sat 18-Apr-2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 122 runs The Party Balloon Popped, Sun 21-Sep-2014, London Fields, Won 123 Runs No Tea, No Justice, Sun 22-Sep-2013, London Fields, Lost 6 wickets It's Miller Time, Sat 20-Apr-2013, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets Precipitating pooches and felines, Sun 23-Sep-2012, London Fields, Cancelled Toby seals a triumph for the optimists, Sat 21-Apr-2012, Wray Crescent, Won by 36 runs Friends Day, Sun 18-Sep-2011, London Fields, Lost 148 runs Haroon leads successful chase, Thu 23-Jun-2011, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 6 wickets Haroon hundred on debut wins game, Sat 16-Apr-2011, Wray Crescent, Won 22 Runs Extras Star, Sat 22-May-2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 11 runs Picnickers Disturbed 5 Deep, Sun 09-Aug-2009, London Fields, Won 141 Runs Damp squib, Tue 07-Jul-2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 3 wickets Lahri Steps Through Room 101, Sat 18-Apr-2009, Wray Crescent, Won 9 wickets Mothers Inspiration Sees Rees & Purcell Hit Heights, Mon 09-Jun-2008, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 1 Wicket Puck !, Tue 31-Jul-2007, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 4 Wickets Defeat Almost Snatched From The Jaws of Victory, Tue 16-May-2006, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 4 wickets