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North Middlesex CC - 5th XI
Actonians CC - 4th XI
Sat 9 Jun 12:30 - 1987 Cricket League - Division 4 Drawn

5s secure winning draw with battling performance

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Stunning Atula run out helps secure 4 points

The 5s arrived at Peter May following a two week break due to Southgate's removal from the league. Captain Martland unbelievably won his 3rd toss on the bounce and inserted an Actonians side who had started the season well, level on points with the Midd. A few late arrivals meant we began our fielding with 8 men, yet Joe Bangerter (8-3-29-1) was unfazed in sending down a maiden first up. Atula, direct from morning commitments at the Buddhist temple and Noman, M&S white long sleeve T looking fresher than ever, soon brought us back to our full compliment. Nico (7-3-11-1) bowled with aggression, his most accurate opening spell to date, and removed their opener with a corker-yorker. Despite fielding and bowling well, we struggled for a breakthrough after that, with Actonians never pulling away in reaching 70/1 after 23 overs. After an eventful Noman (2/46) over including two drops, the seamer cleaned up the Number 2 bat to break an irritating partnership. Immediately after drinks, the excellent Alex Croft (14-3-46-1) grabbed another, Olly Buxton snaffling a top-edged sweep. From there, we fielded superbly, probably the best I can remember in 18 months of captaincy. This culminated in an extraordinary runout by Atula, hurling the ball from wide mid on before celebrating, arms akimbo and whooping for joy. Charles' (9-1-29-2) slower slow one accounted for another batter, before Banger nicked off their skipper, an old school acquaintance, for a well made 40. 189 the damage and 42 overs to face.
A top effort and we were confident.
One way or another though, we've struggled to make meaningful partnerships up top this year and yesterday proved no different. Alban got a good one after 2 boundaries, Atula was run out from a mix up and Timmy adjudged LBW. When Olly tickled behind for 18, we were 49/4. Will Frais (39), promoted to number four, defied his age in a lovely, composed knock, as he and Arjun (19) batted sensibly to take the score into three figures. Both fell, however, within eight balls, Arj's in particular seeming to stick in the wicket. With 5 men gone, the winning draw target of 159 became more realistic and Martland (33*) was brilliantly assisted by his young tail in getting us over that line. Nico looked solid for 15 and Alex Croft struck a boundary to get us the 4 points.
An excellent display which deserved all 10, but in a very tight league against a promotion rival, a winning draw is a positive result.

Scorecard

North Middlesex CC - 5th XI won the toss and elected to field

Actonians CC - 4th XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
A Jones
b. N Naeem
24
 
B Uberoi
b. N Smith
2
 
Roger Masterson
ro. A Tilakaratna
46
 
Unsure
ct. O Buxton, b. A Croft
1
 
Unsure
ct. A Howeld, b. N Naeem
4
 
B Hussain
ct. C Martland, b. C Martland
14
 
William Yates
ct. A Howeld, b. J Bangerter
40
 
A Malik
ro. N Naeem
0
 
Steven Smith
Not Out
15
 
R Thistlewaite
ct. A Croft, b. C Martland
0
 
R Gupta
Not Out
6
 
Extras
22w, 11b, 1lb, 3nb
37
Total
for 9 wickets 50 overs
189

North Middlesex CC - 5th XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Joe Bangerter
8
3
29
1
3.6
Nico Smith
7
3
11
1
1.6
Alex Croft
14
3
46
1
3.3
Noman Naeem
10
1
43
2
4.3
Charles Martland
9
1
29
2
3.2
Will Frais
2
0
18
0
9.0

North Middlesex CC - 5th XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Alban Howeld
b. R Gupta
10
2
 
Atula Tilakaratna
ro. W Yates
5
1
 
Tim Allen
lb. R Gupta
2
 
Will Frais
ct. Unsure, b. S Smith
39
7
 
Oliver Buxton
ct. A Jones, b. R Gupta
18
2
1
 
Arjun Gole
ct. W Yates, b. Unsure
19
3
 
Charles Martland
Not Out
33
5
 
Noman Naeem
ct. S Smith, b. S Smith
1
 
Nico Smith
b. Unsure
15
2
 
Joe Bangerter
ct. Unsure, b. W Yates
0
 
Alex Croft
Not Out
4
1
 
Extras
12w, 3lb, 1nb
16
Total
for 9 wickets 42 overs
162

Actonians CC - 4th XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
A Malik
4
0
17
0
4.3
R Gupta
10
0
37
3
3.7
Unsure
5
0
18
0
3.6
William Yates
5
1
27
1
5.4
Steven Smith
7
1
21
2
3.0
Unsure
10
2
27
2
2.7
R Thistlewaite
1
0
12
0
12.0

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# Team
1. Harrow Town CC - 4th XI
2. Hornsey CC - 4th XI
3. Chiswick CC - 3rd XI
4. Actonians CC - 4th XI
5. North Middlesex CC - 5th XI
6. Winchmore Hill CC, Middlesex - 4th XI
7. Perivale Phoenicians CC - 4th XI

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