N2 vs Highgate Albion
Once again we were faced with clear evidence that the rain gods were angry. Right from the start of this doomed match it seemed likely that it would finish in a draw as the lowering clouds threatened like a last trump in a small family car containing four cricketers with hangovers!
The N2 Casuals somewhat arrogantly decided to enjoy a little batting practice against their footballing chums who were led by the small, but cute figure, of Bobby Moore who was shemlessly moonlighting for the 'oppo'. Dave Parker scored steadily as ever but fell for 14, a low score by his standards. Rob Grimstone and Peter Hart failed (Again! Hart briliantly caught by a diving Moore who thus achieved a lifetime ambition) Fortunately Andy Wilson chipped in with 10 to steady the ship. But our real hero was Tony Kutner. Often a figure of fun behind the stumps he has become an increasingly dominant force over the last year when standing at the crease. His style is aggressive and he pounced on any crap balls like a shit beetle on a roll. Boundary after boundary sped from his flashing blade and he finished not out on 62! He was eventually given some support at the other end by Josh Newham who came in down the order to score a gritty 16 not out.
Our bowlers were whinging before they started. The intermittent torrential had reduced bowling to a lottery and it is fair to say that all our bowlers had real trouble with the drenched run-ups. The 'oppo' were so confused that they messed up the bowling figures managing to mistake the slight figure of our Skipper Ian Down for the imposing bulk of the mighty Peter Barney!
In the end the heavens opened once too much and after the stumps were tragiically accidentally removed the match was duly abandoned as a draw.
Kutner, T 62 NO
Crouchley, R 5
Dyer, D 1
Newham 16 NO
Total 154 for 7
Down 5 overs 3 mdns 17 runs for 1 wkt
Hart 5 overs 1 mdns 8 runs for 0 wkt
Barney 4 overs 1 mdns 4 runs for 1 wkt
Butler 2 overs 1 mdns 11 runs for 0 wkt
Oppo 39 for 2 Match abandoned and drawn