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Weekly Round-Up: 13th May 2023

Weekly Round-Up: 13th May 2023

Jon Connon18 May 2023 - 08:30
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Weekly Round-Up: 13th May 2023

1st XI Loss Vs Eastcote (Home)

The first XI unfortunately started their campaign off with a loss at home to Eastcote. It was the team’s first full game (Excluding the T20 cup) and we were thrown in the deep end losing the toss and batting first on what looked like a day built for seam bowlers. That proved true when we lost both openers for 20 runs and looked in trouble. A rebuild then began with league debutant Dhanraj and Captain Nish, we went from 20-2 to 89-3 when Dhanraj was caught behind for 29. On his 200th MCCL League game, Nish was looking in form but fell for 43, 3 runs later, with another collapse looming. After one more wicket, at 93-5 we looked like we would fall well short of a competitive total. With Avnish and Nelon at the crease there was a strong fightback. Nelon hit 23 (1x6, 1x4) and Avi was on 21* when Nelon was bowled. Avi continued and ended up with 50 off 55 balls (3x6, 3x4) as the last wicket to fall. There was a 28-run partnership for the 10th wicket which pushed SH to 191 All Out off 41.4 Overs. Avi, who like his brother, had a reached a milestone of his 100th MCCL League Game for SH. Congratulations and well batted to both!

The 5th ball of the Eastcote reply, Nelon struck straight away, combining with Avnish again to remove Hobday. Eastcote then recovered well with the next wicket not falling until the score was 67 with Bilal taking a wicket in his first over. 8 runs later, Nish would join the wickets with the dangerous Sagoo caught behind by Tom for a run a ball 41. A fourth wicket would fall to leave Eastcote 80-4 off 17 overs and the game in the balance. A 66-run partnership between Anwar and Hirani would start to kill off the game. Anwar scored 51 off 70 (1x6, 7x4) until the returning Nelon once again took a wicket in the first over of his spell. He was well supported by Hirani, who was on 24* at the time of the wicket. He would end up with 46* off 74 balls (0x6, 5x4) when Eastcote reached 192-5 after 40.5 Overs and would take the 10 points. The ever-reliable Bilal the pick of the bowlers with 2-28 off his 9 overs (No wonder prem clubs follow him on socials!). Losing wickets in clumps seems to be the returning problem with a chance at redemption this Saturday with a trip to Wycombe House.

2nd XI Win Vs Eastcote (Away)

The 2nds kicked off their league campaign with a nail biting win over Eastcote. Having lost the toss, Captain Rizwan sent in Muz and Shahrukh to open the batting. They got off to a flyer and started very well, with apart from a couple dropped catches from the hosts, an effortless start for SH. The pair put on 127 for the first wicket with Shahrukh in incredibly good touch and being the first SH batter to get 50 this year. The pair looked comfortable with SH looking like they were going to make 300+ off their 45 overs. Sharukh was the first batter to fall, he was chanceless until he found Long off for a safe catch, and he had to depart for 76 off 45 balls (2x6, 12x4). A slight collapse then followed with 127-1 becoming 137-4. Muz being the 4th wicket to fall with a poor shot after a good 40 off 50 balls (2x6, 2x4). Two little partnerships between Riz and Maj then Maj and Saif took SH to 189-7 when Maj departed for 28. Eastcote’s young leg spinner taking 4 wickets, including both Maj and Saif. SH then managed to get to 222 all out off 41.1 Overs with the help of some gritty batting from the tail, Janees 7 off 14, Jon 13* off 29 and Imran Ali 12 off 25. What seemed like a reasonable score on a wet outfield and decent sized boundaries, we still felt like we were 20-30 short of a good score and 50/60 short of what we should have got given the start from the openers.

There was a similar start of the Eastcote innings with their openers starting quickly. Imran Ali, who opened the bowling, remained economical and patient. This paid off with two quick wickets of the dangerous Mekwan for 29 off 31 caught at slip by Maj, then Patwal first ball LBW. This left Eastcote 52-2, which a couple of overs later became 62-3 when Imran picked up his third of the afternoon. Finishing with great figures of 9 overs, 3 maidens, 3 wickets for 20 runs. A gruelling 9 over spell from Imran was then followed by spinners Sharukh and Jon coming on to bowl. Shahrukh’s first over went for 13 but after that was untouchable. Jon started with different fortunes, a wicket maiden to start his season, bowling the young Maheshwari who looked solid for his 19 off 52 (0x6, 2x4). Shahrukh would then take the next two wickets, with the call off “Always one before drinks” being the final words for Eastcote’s number 5, leaving the field after a safe stumping from Zafar Shaikh behind the stumps. Jon would then take the 7th wicket a sharp caught and bowled, leaving his own teammates shocked at the thought of him catching one. The spinners worked in tandem well to leave Eastcote needing 80 from their last 10 overs with 3 wickets in hand. Shahrukh finishing with 9 overs 2-25 and Jon 9 Overs 2-29. The 8th Wicket would prove hard to come by as Eastcote edged closer to SH’s score. Muz and Maj were both on to bowl with pace on the ball from Muz being a blessing for the batters at first and Maj’s tricky slower balls somehow always finding a gap. The 55-run partnership between Shah and Ashford was then broken by Maj with a slower ball chopped onto the stumps. It felt like Eastcote would somehow get home with still only 13 needed off the last over as a result of some panicked fielding from SH, a dropped catch, and some good batting from the tail. Eastcote would pick up 2 runs from the first 2 balls of the over, needing 11 from 4 when Maj would bowl the resolute Shah for a defiant 49 off 40 balls (0x6, 3x4). Eastcote would then only end up 8 short after the final ball with Maj seeing the 2s across the finishing line. A tough game made tougher but some good batting and bowling enough to take SH home. Tireless dog work in the field from Harry a key factor, saving 20-30 runs, in defending what was probably only a par score. A good 10 points for the 2s as they face familiar opposition in fellow promoted side Wycombe House at Home.

3rd XI Loss Vs Chiswick 3s(Home)

On the first matchday of the season that wasn't curtailed by rain for South Hampstead, the 3s played at home in Birkbeck, coming up against Chiswick 3s.

Put into the bat after losing the toss, the SH 3s side lost wickets in clumps, at the 15 over mark only having a score of 45-4. Atiq opening up scored 12 off 31 balls before being caught, Sakib Iqbal, at first dropped, scored 12 off 29 before unfortunately being run out. Jewel came in at 5 and scored a run-a-ball 17. Imran came in at 7, with the score 69-5 after 19.2 overs, to score a solid 10 off 29 balls. This, however, was still not enough, the score was 89-8 after just 28.3 overs. In the next over Imran fell with no more runs added to the score. Boundaries were hard to come by for the SH side, with only Jewel and Reece getting 3 boundaries. This left the side 89-9 with Reece blasting a quickfire 14 not out off 12 balls to get the side to 111, leading to praise from the opposition as to how he was batting at 10. With those quick runs, Reece and Osama added 22 runs for the last wicket in exactly 3 overs before Osama was caught and bowled by the returning opening bowler, Millest, to close the innings. A very good bowling display by the Chiswick side, opening bowler Anthony Millest getting figures of 7.1-1-25-2, Karthik Shivaram getting 7-3-22-1 with his first 3 overs all being maidens, and offspinner Jim Robertshaw the pick of the bowlers getting 7-1-18-4. The final score read 111 all out after 32.1 Overs.

Batting second on a pitch that wasn't the greatest, the Chiswick side batted in a composed manner, which reaped the rewards until the dangerous Glayson Baptiste fell in the 8th over with the score 26-1. After losing a few wickets to end up 63-5, bowling hero Jim ended up scoring 27 runs in partnership with Jack Stansfield to take them over the line after 31.1 overs. The bowling and fielding from SH were decent, with Zohaib and Reece both taking smart catches, whilst Zohaib as the first change bowler bowled his 12 overs straight through to finish with figures of 3-42 after his first game in 5 years. Next week's game for the 3s comes away to West Harrow.

4th XI Win Vs Teddington (Away)

The 4XI got points on the board with a conceded win against Teddington, leaving them with 10 points from 2 games and sitting in 5th. This week they face Ealing Trailfinders at Birkbeck, who are coming off the back of conceding their previous fixture.

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