The long traffic laden trip was rewarded with the stunning venue of Arnold House School. It’s a small ground with short boundaries on each side and a big total looked possible.
North Midd were second going into this match with all six teams still in contention for the title.
Will Frais skippered the team in his comeback, won the toss and decided we should field. Plans were discussed including long on and deep midwicket for the prolific Beagles. Fifty percent were put in place and a couple of lofted drives landed perfectly for the big lad! PH got off to a decent until Nico made the break through. Nico bowled with pace a good direction – best spell of the season and ably backed up behind the stumps by Ed Boyd. 38 for 0 quickly became 44 for 3 with Raffy bowling a superb spell taking two quick ones including the crucial wicket of Beagles deceived in the flight. For the other Sasha swallowed a superb catch running in off the boundary. Danny and Sebbie slowed the run rate down and it did look like the boys would keep them to 100…… and they should have. A good over from Harry but there were a few wayward ones which allowed them to set us 121 to win.
Six an over was the target and they had to start against two good opening bowlers. Will and Sebbie set the tone for the reply with sharp singles and cool heads. The first two overs were tight before confidence grew and the opening pair put on 53. Will headed back to the pavilion after a good catch. Jack and Sasha looked good in their brief appearances but didn’t waste any balls taking the team to 85 for 4 and at no point did panic set in. Danny joined Sebbie in the middle and batted well to stop the wobble. Twenty three off one over left 11 to win and Sebbie was caught behind after an excellent 43. Theo Macaulay hit the winning runs with just over three overs to spare.
The win was brought about by a combination of good field placings, straight bowling, solid fielding but mostly by a confident and mature batting effort which put pressure on the fielding side. Well skippered Will and very well played boys. Stoke Newington next up.