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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!

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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.

 

It was an overcast, grey day with the possibility of sunshine, or alternatively, the odd heavy shower, at any time. Thank you to everyone who arrived early to prepare the ground.

Due to the capricious nature of the weather leading up to the game, the pitch had been covered more than we’d have liked and so the hard batsman’s track of 2 weeks earlier was never going to be replicated.

Sawbridgeworth won the toss and put Munden in to bat.

Ashley and Saif are now cemented in place as Munden’s openers. They took to the crease not knowing what to expect from the wicket or the opposition bowlers. They soon found that the bowling was accurate and testing, and the pitch suited the bowlers with the added problem of the occasional ball keeping low.

Ashley was not his usual self and took frequent strolls away from the wicket giving himself a stern talking to. Shots that would normally speed away to the boundary slowed up in the outfield and runs did not come easily. In frustration, Ashley tried to force his shots and clipped the ball to the keeper. His time with the bat was over, but like others in this game, redemption was just around the corner.

The ever reliable Rizwan was next in and he too soon discovered that patience and shot selection was key to building an innings under these conditions.

Saif was just beginning to look comfortable when Paktsun, the impressive away swing bowler, produced an inswinger that bounced low and Saif was trapped LBW.

Sawbridgeworth had done their research as word went out that the next batsman, Jamie Monk, had scored a century in his last game. Jamie looked comfortable from the off, punching a drive low for his trademark lighting 2 runs where many would struggle to get a single. But soon after he encountered his first ball to keep low and chopped the ball onto his stumps attempting a cut shot.

At 54 for 3, we needed a partnership to steady the innings. It was apparent that a score of 150 would be a challenging target in the conditions.

Big Dave was next to the crease. He has been back to his best with bat and ball so far this season. Rizwan quietly and efficiently got about the job of anchoring the innings whilst pushing the score along. Dave started to find the middle of the bat and was looking comfortable when like many, he slightly mistimed a shot and was caught. Nevertheless we were back on track at 96 for 4.

Dave was replaced by Aysin HB. As irrepressible as ever, Aysin’s smile was as wide as the timing of his shot. It was good to have him back in the pavilion to continue with the banter.

Next in was middle order specialist Mr James Phipps. Last week he’d steadied the boat, this week he capsized  and made way for an old friend and renowned big hitter in the shape Ed who was making his annual appearance for Munden.

When Ed hits the ball it stays hit. He hit a massive six last season and was clearly trying to replicate the feat as his muscular farmer’s arms flailed at the almost every delivery. Ed’s flailing was effective. He hit more boundaries than any other batsman in his quickfire innings of 20 to put us into the realms of a defendable total and then made way for an overdue return to the batting of Captain John Boyce.

All this time Rizwan, the cunning stealthy run assassin was quietly building the innings. John reminded us that it’s not only cupcakes he can devour, but any ball that allows a little width as he timed a shot beautifully for four. The two completed the innings unbeaten and pushed the score to a creditable 145 for 7 in the 40 overs.

Munden batting:

  • A. Boyce 13
  • Saif 26
  • Rizwan 51 not out
  • J. Monk 3
  • D. Beardsley 15
  • Aysin 0
  • J. Phipps 1
  • E. Preston 20
  • J. Boyce 6 not out

After tea, we had a huddle in the middle where Captain Boyce delivered a rousing motivational speech reminiscent of Henry V, urging us to build and protect Fortress Munden.

His words must have hit home because Big Dave and Saif produced a brilliant display of accurate and hostile opening bowling that frequently was too good and evaded the bat completely. After a few frustrating overs, both were rewarded with a wicket; Dave trapped the No. 1 bat LB, and in the next over, Saif clean bowled his young replacement.

Rizwan had already been pivotal to the batting performance and had clearly been exhausted by his time in his time at the crease in the heat, so when he took over from Saif, it would not have been fair to expect too much.

But Riz is a team player. The wicket suited his mixture of pace, flight and turn as he ripped through the Sawbridgeworth middle order. He tempted the batsman into playing shots they would all have regretted as they returned to the pavilion.

None of this would have been possible without Munden proving the old adage about catches winning matches.

Jamie Monk and Aysin may both have been disappointed by his short stay at the crease, but Jamie’s hattrick of catches helped remove the batsmen and Aysin’s athleticism in the field must have saved us at least 25 runs.

No Munden performance is complete without Ashley taking wickets. This time just the three, one of which was a caught and bowled.

Others to join the catching club were Saif, D. Monk and possibly the pick of the bunch by Mr James Phipps  … who has asked me to make it clear that he is not a great catcher but a taker of great catches 🙂 Our fielding was out of the top drawer, I can’t remember a game in recent history when we’ve taken 7 catches.

Sawbridgeworth were all out for 72 in the 28th over.

Munden bowling:

  • D. Beardsley; 9 overs, 3 maidens, 1 for 16
  • Saif; 7 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 21
  • Rizwan; 6.2 overs, 2 maidens 5 for 9
  • A. Boyce; 5 overs, 3 for 22

Highlights of the game were Rizwan’s crucial innings of 51 not out followed by a 5 wicket haul for a measly 9 runs; Daves hostile 9 overs for 16 runs and the fielding of Jamie and Aysin in particular.

All this was due in no small part to the astute captaincy of John Boyce. He read the conditions and opposition correctly and executed a game plan that worked to perfection.

As always, a big thank you to Chris for his hard work behind the scenes.

That’s top of the league and 5 games unbeaten for Munden. No time to rest on our laurels … let’s maintain the momentum, we have another game to win next week.