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There will be a meeting at the time and place above to talk through the implications of a proposed split in the HECL League. This will be important for the future of the club and affect the range of clubs we play in coming seasons. All club members are invited, and we hope that as many as possible will attend.

Thanks to the 7 who turned up at nets, it was a more than decent work out with some quality batting and bowling on display.

The newly slimmed down Ashley and James showed how their fitness has improved after shedding a few pounds over the Winter break. Others in attendance were Boycie, Will, Dave B, Chris and Badger.

Chris is away for the next two weeks, hopefully more of you will come along next week to show your ambition to be part of LM2019!

Just a reminder that Winter nets start tomorrow … Saturday, 2nd March, at the HECC Centre.

HECCSport Cricket
Tharbies Farm
Sawbridgeworth
CM21 0LL

Tel: 01279 724782

From 9:30 to 11:00. New players welcome.

LMCC 2018 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Little Munden Cricket Club will be held on Thursday 24th January at 8 pm at The Boot in Dane End. All club members are welcome to attend

The 2018 season in numbers

Over the 18 League games……

We scored 3391 runs, and took 100 wickets (including 11 run outs). We won 13 of 18 game, gaining 371 points.

Batting

Most runs: Riz (741, Average 82.56), Saif (487, Average 44.27), Jamie M (485, Average 48.5) and Dave B (421, Average 23.39). HIghest scores and centuries: Jamie M, 118: Riz 115; Saif 107.

Bowling:

Most wickets: Riz (30 at 14.90), Ash (23 at 23.22) and Dave B (21 at 16.57). Best Average: Chris (4.00), Darren Wheatley (9.25) and Alan (9.67).

Best Figures: Ash 8.5    0   38   6, Riz  6.2    2   9   5

Catches: Dave B and Ash (9), Martin (8), Saif and Wahab (5)

Duck Cup: Shared between Aysin and Chris (3)

Apologies for this rather late and brief match report.

Munden continued their unbeaten run notching up a 7th win in a row against a dangerous and talented Takeley side.

Ashley and Saif continued their opening partnership.

As predicted 🙂 Saif showed what he can do when not deprived of food and was back to his best with the bat. He hit 8 fours and 4 sixes in top scoring with 83.

Ashley  was disappointed to fall to a catch in the covers when on 18 but Munden have depth in batting this season and Rizwan ‘the run harvester’ took over and continued his long running occupation of the crease.

Saif was followed by Jamie and Dave B.  neither of whom managed to hang around and it was left to Martin to resume his successful partnership to take Munden to 212 for four.

Riz’s batting stats so far this season are:

7 innings, 309 runs, dismissed only twice, batting average 154.5 ……. and currently not out for the last 4 innings. Phenomenal figures!

Munden Batting:

  • A. Boyce 17
  • Saif 85
  • Rizwan 67 not out
  • D. Beardsley 3
  • M. Keswick 18 not out

220 seemed about a par score given the conditions and the wicket. Our hosts needed to average 5.5 runs per over to win the game.

Given that target, our opening bowlers, Dave B and Shahid  delivered exactly what was needed. Their pace, swing and accuracy pinned the batsmen down and restricted the run rate. Both were rewarded for their efforts when they clean bowled Takeley’s two openers repectively.

Saif took over from Khalid and bowled with his usual venom and accuracy and took 3 important wickets when he came back for his second spell.

Riz played his part and also took a wicket in his four overs.

Ashley was the leading wicket taker once again as he tempted the batsmen into big shots. He mopped up the middle order taking 4 wickets.

Takeley were all out in the 37th over as Munden continued their unprecedented unbeaten run this season.

Munden Bowling:

  • D. Beardsley; 9 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 21
  • Shahid; 9 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 26
  • Saif; 5.4 overs, 3 for 17
  • A. Boyce; 9 overs, 4 for 50
  • Rizwan; 4 overs, 1 for 33

John Boyce called the team together after the game to announce he was having shoulder surgery the following Tuesday and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Best of luck for  a swift recovery John … we’re going to miss you.

 

It was an overcast and humid day as Little Munden welcomed High Beach to Green End.

We were short of two key players in Big Dave and Jamie Monk (opening bowler and 4 and 5 bats) but were pleased to welcome back Mustafa and Mujahid, both of whom had played well for Munden in the past. This was going to be a tough test against a side that had only lost one game so far this season.

John Boyce won the toss and elected to bat. Ashley and Saif took to the crease on a wicket that promised to be more lively than the previous week.

HB’s opening bowlers generated impressive pace and swing from both ends. The pitch looked good for north of 250 runs, but it soon became apparent that the quality of the bowling would restrict that total as our batsmen had to wait for rare bad deliveries to play scoring shots.

We know Saif can score heavily once he gets his eye in, but today he didn’t reach that stage and was trapped LBW to make way for Rizwan.

Riz has been our most consistent batsman (and bowler) this season, and was soon in his stride, picking up runs off the bad balls and keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Ashley was scoring freely and reached his 50 seemingly in no time at all whilst the total was still in the 80s. Ashley must have got fed up with all the running between the wickets in recent innings because 44 of his 55 runs came from boundaries. He was caught in the covers chasing his 12th four and made way for Mujahid. Looking lean and hungry for runs, Mujahid, swung at a ball outside the off stump only to connect with the bottom edge and hear High Beach celebrate as the ball nestled in the keeper’s gloves …. the keeper (who was no spring chicken) later admitted he had never taken a catch off a bottom edge before … so very bad luck Mujahid.

Aysin HB was next in. He nudged an easy single and then he too decided to attack the bowling early and paid the price when ball and stumps connected. Two wickets down in 2 overs, Munden needed to recoup and work for a defendable total.

Captain John Boyce was next out to bat for only his second time this season. With the overs running out, we needed runs. John wields a heavy bat. When he connects, the boundaries flow. His rapid 19 runs pushed the score over the 150 and it was then down to Martin to partner Rizwan who by now was attacking every ball.

This Martin achieved. He played the perfect support role, giving Rizwan the strike at every opportunity. As it turned out, this was the decisive partnership of the game as the pair added the extra runs that would secure victory. Rizwan remained to the end, unbeaten on 80.

Munden finished on 190 for 5 in the 40 overs

Munden batting:

  • A. Boyce 55
  • Saif 4
  • Rizwan 80 not out
  • M. Raza 1
  • Aysin 1
  • J. Boyce 10
  • M. Keswick 9 not out

Thanks to Allan and Mrs. Vicar for a sumptuous and beautifully presented array of goodies for tea.

Saif and Mustafa opened the bowling. Although Saif looked exhausted having been at work until 2 a.m. that morning, he steamed in and once again delivered a superb spell of pacey and accurate bowling whilst young Mustafa’s left arm still remembered how to swing the ball and give the batsmen problems.

Unluckily neither got the wicket they deserved and as the batsmen were beginning to up the run rate, were replaced by Rizwan and Ashley to take the pace off the ball. Ashley never bowls without taking wickets. This time it took him a couple of overs. He tempted the No.1 bat into a big swing and was rewarded when Mujahid took a good catch in the covers.

The pivotal wicket to fall was that of the other opener. He’d looked comfortable and dangerous and was scoring all the runs. His wicket fell courtesy of some excellent fielding by Mustafa who ran him out with inches to spare with a swift pick up and direct hit with only one stump to aim at … top fielding.

Rizwan completed his 9 overs conceding a frugal 32 runs and the ball was tossed to Mujahid. After the game, I heard Mujahid describe himself to one of the opposition as “primarily a batsman who also bowls” … not on the evidence of this game!

He delivered a devastating spell recording the best figures of the day of 9 overs, 1 maiden, 4 for 53 as he clean bowled three and trapped one bat LBW.

The by now, wilting Saif came back at the end and still remained accurate and restricted the scoring as the tension mounted and the game could go either way.

It came down to the last over with the visitors needing 8 runs to win. Everyone was pushed to the boundary in the knowledge that the game was ours if we restricted HB to singles. Saif dug deep and mustered the energy for one last over. The first two balls went for singles but then the pressure paid off and HB lost their last wicket run out, going for a risky second run.

High Beach were all out for 186 (9 wickets down as the substitute fielder couldn’t bat) in the final over

Munden bowling:

  • Saif; 7.4 overs, 1 maiden, 0 for 17
  • M. M. Raza; 5 overs, 1 maiden. 0 for 25
  • Rizwan; 9 overs, 3 maidens, 0 for 32
  • A. Boyce; 9 overs, I maiden, 3 for 55
  • M. Raza; 9 overs, 1 maiden, 4 for 53

It was a hard fought and hotly contested game against strong opponents. Several of the guys from High Beach hung around for a drink and an enjoyable chat after the game. They play the game in the right spirit, I’m sure the return match will be another close contest.

A big thank you to all those who have performed so well over the last 3 games whilst fasting … how good can you be when fully fuelled? 🙂

Six games, six wins … who’d have thought … but that record brings it’s own pressure. We’re top of the league, with some hard games ahead … just keep doing what you’re doing guys.