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Totteridge Millhillians CC - 3rd XI
Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI
Bowling
Nikeal Patel 5/29, Neil Dennison 2/18
Sat 11 May 13:00 - Hertfordshire Cricket League - Division Seven A Start time 13:00

Ricky beat TMCC 3rd XI by 2 wickets

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Even both Totteridge and Millhillians combined couldnt stop the Ricky juggernaught

Ricky rolled up to Met Police, to find a corrugated wicket with an outfield that clearly hadn't been cut during the week. Apparently it was exactly the same wicket as played on the previous week and was reminiscent of Sabina Park in 1998. A test match that famously lasted just 66 balls. How we looked forward to it....

TMCC chose to bat first, probably on the basis that the pitch couldn't get better, but were soon regretting it as Tom Watson, now rather quick, had the ball leaping off a length and crashing into bodies or the keepers gloves. One ball in the 2nd over shot up and over the head of the keeper standing 12 yards back. It wasn't a day for easy runs. Tom found a consistent length and got a half-volley to trim the bails (!!) of the opening bat and then a few balls later had the no3 castled middle stump backing away to leg. Safety over substance. Meanwhile Brett was maintaining a steady line and length and also had the batsmen in trouble, without any luck.

Bobby then came onto bowl and got 2 wickets in 2 balls, one an outrageous heave across the line and before that a tap back for a caught and bowled. TMCC were really struggling, scoring at just over 2 an over and 45/4. Their skipper was now the only batsmen left in the top order and he played well and sensibly. Brett got a great run out whilst Prasanth was unlucky not to get a wicket when a clear nick was ignored by the standing official. Maybe a case for hotspot! And then the innings was close to wrap up. Ali Asghar grabbed 3 wickets with his off-spin and with 126 on the board, the only worry for Ricky was how they played the characterful wicket.

As it turned out, the TMCC bowlers were sharp but lacking guile and Paul and Vijay put on 42 for the first wicket, before Paul fell to the first ball to a spinner. Bobby then edged a lifter and Asghar also rather gave his wicket away. Vijay fell to a good catch and then Sohail scooped up a catch to mid on. Ricky had subsided to 80/5.

TMCC rightly had their tails up and were in the hunt for a victory now. Prasanth clubbed some good runs before getting out caught (93/6) whilst Adeel pushed at a good length ball that just popped up in the air back to the bowler (94/7) and then Faizan went for his second golden duck in a row, caught well at a slip standing 15 yards back. At 97/8 Ricky were still 30 runs short of the win, which had looked assured at 42/0, and when Ali Ratansi was dropped by the same catcher one ball later, hearts were in mouths. But then the Miracle of the Met Club began.

Just as the fat lady was warming up, Tommy The Gun Watson strode to the crease. However it wasn't just about Tommy, but as much Ali Ratansi, who pushed and defended and drove balls into the covers as the runs started to flow. 26 needed, then 20, then 14, then 10. And finally it was down to 9 needed to win.

Tom on strike and the quick bowler was brought back on. 1st ball pitched up to Tom, and it was clubbed through the offside for 4. 2 balls later the same ball and the same shot. Scores now level. and then Tom pushed through the next one into the off side and his shout of YEEESSSS could be heard on the Watford by-pass. He ran for his life, as did Ali Ratansi. The fielder fumbled, in a moment of Karma, and the run was made.

The wild celebrations were a joy to behold and TMCC were not begrudging at all of the result, having witnessed one of the finest tail-end batting performances in their careers. Nobody was going to complain after seeing that game unfold before their eyes.

Scorecard

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field

Totteridge Millhillians CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
U Ehsan
ct. B Choudhry, b. B Choudhry
14
 
Jug-Raj Grewal
b. T Watson
9
 
U Sathges
b. T Watson
0
 
Neil Denison
b. A Shah
58
 
U Inpan
b. B Choudhry
0
 
Tom Smith
ro. B Harvey
8
 
U Biph
lb. B Choudhry
4
 
Steve Unknown
ct. A Shah, b. A Shah
5
 
Unknown Mayur
b. B Harvey
3
 
Unsure
b. A Shah
0
 
Clive Unknown
Not Out
 
Extras
4w, 5b, 9lb, 7nb
25
Total
for 10 wickets 44.2 overs
126

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Brett Harvey
8
2
16
1
2.0
Tom Watson
9
1
19
2
2.1
Bobby Choudhry
9
1
24
3
2.7
Faizan Ahmed
9
1
30
0
3.3
Prasanth Subramanian
4
0
12
0
3.0
Ali Asghar Shah
5.2
0
11
3
2.2

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Paul Blackwell
ct. Unsure, b. N Patel
21
2
 
Vijay Pail
ct. Unsure, b. N Patel
26
1
 
Bobby Choudhry
ct. Unsure, b. U Sathges
1
 
Ali Asghar Shah
ct. Unsure, b. N Patel
13
2
 
Prasanth Subramanian
ct. Unsure, b. N Denison
13
2
 
Sohail Bashir
ct. Unsure, b. N Patel
1
 
Ali Ratansi
Not Out
12
 
Adeel Khan
ct. Unsure, b. N Patel
0
 
Faizan Ahmed
ct. Unsure, b. N Denison
0
 
Tom Watson
Not Out
25
4
 
Brett Harvey
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
5w, 6b, 1lb, 3nb
15
Total
for 8 wickets 36 overs
127

Totteridge Millhillians CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Unknown Mayur
6
1
14
0
2.3
U Biph
6
2
26
0
4.3
U Sathges
7
2
27
1
3.9
Nikeal Patel
9
1
26
5
2.9
Neil Denison
6
0
18
2
3.0
U Ehsan
2
0
9
0
4.5

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# Team Pts
1. Rickmansworth CC 60
2. Datchworth CC 30
3. Pirton CC 30
4. Northwood CC, Middx 4
5. Greenwood Park CC 3
6. Totteridge Millhillians CC 2
7. Weston CC, Herts 1

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