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Thursday’s nets session was a rather depleted turnout due to many having other commitments, but the youthful enthusiasm of the 3 attendees – Ahmed, Chris and Stonewall ūüėõ still made it a productive evening.

We play Epping Foresters II away in the final game of the season in the knowledge that if we get 4 points from the game we will secure our 4th position in the league even if Harlow win.

Obviously we will go into the game with only winning in mind, but I suspect EF will be equally determined as a win will give them top spot in the league.

At this point we have 10 players. Please let us know if you can find the 11th man, a bowler would be particularly useful.

Epping Foresters ground literally sits on top of the M25, the address is:

Mill Plain

Bell Common

Epping, Essex

Coming from St Albans and travelling east along M25…

Exit M25 at junction 26. and take the last exit from the roundabout takes you back under the Motorway to another roundabout. First availabale exit (B172? towards Theydon Bois), goes through woods to a roundabout, and first exit is B1393 (Epping Road or Epping High Road). Follow this and it crosses the M25 just after the entry to the M25 tunnel. The entry to the cricket ground is to the right, just on the far side of the M25.

Please arrive by 1 for a 1:30 start.

Lastly we’d like to send our best wishes to Burly for a swift recovery from his operation.

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Sadly Saturday’s game against Rickling Ramblers will not take place, this is the message received from their captain:-

I am afraid that we will have to cancel our league game on Saturday. Our first team are very short this week and have taken half of mine!!

I am personally very disappointed after enjoying myself over there last year.

I look forward to seeing you next season.

John Lodge
RRCC

It’s a shame, but I believe we will be awarded the 26 points and so will maintain our 4th position in the league.

We are looking for maximum effort and a full turn out at nets next Thursday in preparation for the last fixture of the season away to the Epping Foresters.

Please try to declare your availability early in the week even if the message is “I’m not sure yet but will let you know ASAP”

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Apologies for what is going to be a short match report …. for what was a short match; all done and dusted by 5p.m. when we took tea¬†after the¬†game was over.

Those who were there will know it was not our best performance, but yet there were still one or two encouraging features .

We won the toss and elected to bat. This was a brave decision but one that went against the conventional wisdom as the overnight rain had created a surface that was unpredictable with the odd delivery rearing up or staying low. Batting would (and did) become easier as the game progressed.

Ahmed and George opened the batting. Ahmed was the only one  of the first 5 batsmen to get into double figures (he scored 10) as the wickets tumbled  but our score remained embarrassingly low.

Someone needed to throw caution to the wind and just have a go, at this point we had nothing to lose. Luckily  we had four players who adopted that approach. Dave P Рour new all rounder, top scored with 15, whilst Gareth, Junaid and Phippsy all had a go and brought a degree of respectability to the score. Munden were all out for 71 in the 26th over

As it was still early, it was decided to come straight back out and take tea later.

Harlow needed only 1.6 runs per over to secure victory, but due to the accuracy of the bowling and some sharp fielding, they were still below the required rate after 12 overs.

This gave some comfort to our batsmen most of whom felt they could have done better. Harlow’s openers were very experienced, and they just bided their time.¬†As the batting got easier the runs slowly increased. The only way we could win was to take wickets but despite valliant efforts of the bowlers Harlow inched their way to victory in the 29th over without losing a wicket.

On the face of it, there was not a lot to celebrate, but credit should go to Dave P who has chipped in with some important runs this season. Also it was good to see Gareth back¬† – he was a late replacement for Bob who had a knee injury. Gareth’s pace in the field and strong arm saved quite a few runs and his score of 12 was the¬†third highest. Phippsy too looked good with the bat and I am sure will score more runs as he gets time at the crease. Junaid had told me that he was a bit rusty and just getting back into his cricket, he scored 13 runs and his bowling¬†was troublesome for the batsmen so it seems¬†there is more to come from him.¬†

We are still 4th in the league. We have to write this game off, pick ourselves up and play as we know we can when we face Rickling Ramblers at home next Saturday.

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Thanks to everyone who turned up to nets on Thursday – it was especially good to see Will turn out but unfortunately he is unable to play on Saturday as he has a field to plough somewhere ūüėõ

John posted a team which included Dickie but Ahmed has informed us that Junaid is free so Dickie will be able to fulfill his commitments to some minority sport … football I think it’s called.

Our home game against Harlow was too close for comfort with the winning run coming courtesy of a wide delivery.

We need to continue the solid performances of late and secure a win to cement our 4th place in the league.

Message from Burly…..

Please meet at Harlow IV’s ground in Elizabeth Way, Harlow at 1pm. For those that don’t know where it is,take the A414 from the A10 towards Harlow, Follow signs into Harlow. At roundabout by the station, turn right (Elizabeth Way), continue along that road for a mile or so. You will pass the Rugby club on the right, then pass some woods and then it is the cricket club. The entrance is a small (almost hidden) track on the right close to a bend in the road.
I hope to be there at some stage but am not able to play.
The address is:
The Frank Pavesi Pavillion
Ash Tree Fields
Elizabeth Way
Harlow
CM19 5BE

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The weather forecast was reasonable with just the possibilty of the odd shower later in the afternoon. The rookie groundstaff  somehow managed to prepare a pitch that in general behaved itself (thanks to Dave P and Chris for your help) and with all eleven available getting the chance to play, we were looking forward to an enjoyable game.

Langley won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat.

George and Dave B opened the bowling for Munden and with pace and accuracy restricted the visitors to less than 3 an over in the early stages. The first breakthrough came with the score on 26 when George clean bowled their opener.

All was looking good when a further 2 wickets fell with the score on 33 and again at 37. At this stage it looked likely that Langley would struggle to make much more than 100.

Just when we thought we were through the best of their batsmen a certain D Rigdon came to the crease. He was as unknown to us as he was to most of his teammates. He started to punish the bowling with shots straight out of the coaching manual – not surprising really considering he is a batting coach!

I can’t blame Langley for taking the opportunity to bring in a quality player, it is part and parcel of life in division 7 where many teams are 2nd and 3rd elevens. Their side is often reduced on match day when players are snatched from their side to play for the firsts. They had 9 when we met them at home and still only 10 players yesterday.

Despite the onslaught from Rigdon, Munden’s bowlers stuck to their task and we kept it tight in the field as we worked our way through the lesser players in their order.

Burly may be recovering from his hip operation and running in off just a few paces, but he has lost none of his guile as he took the wicket of the dangerous Rigdon when Bob held onto a difficult catch in the deep.

Dickie showed that not only does he have a quick wit but a quick arm when he sprinted 20 yards and released a perfect throw straight into Dave’s gloves for an excellent run out.

Langley were all out in the 42nd over for 156.

All the bowlers played their part, the fielding was sharp and Dave P was excellent behind the stumps restricting ‘Extras’ to its lowest score of the season!

Bowling figures

  • George: 7 overs, 3 maidens, 1 for 29
  • Dave B: 10 overs, 1 maiden, 32 for 0
  • Burly: 10 overs, 3 maidens, 4 for 27
  • Bob: 7 overs, 1 maiden, 2 for 29
  • Ahmed: 6 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 15
  • Phippsy: 2 overs, 0 maidens, 0 for 16

Throughout Langley’s innings, Dickie led Munden in the newly legalised country gentleman’s pursuit of ‘Beardsley Baiting’. DB was easy prey as he had been up drinking until 4 a.m. the night before and we were seriously worried that he may fall asleep when running up to bowl.

It was thanks to Claire for a sumptuous tea and back out into the middle for our openers Ahmed and George.

Although the required run rate was only just over 3 an over, George started like a man possessed with his uncompromising attacking style. He hit four boundaries in his score of 21 before being caught by what has to be admitted was a brilliant running catch just short of the boundary.

Ahmed was playing an altogether more cautious innings the other end; picking his shots and punishing the bad ball. He was joined by Bob who added 15 to the score and then Mark who was kicking himself when he misread a ball and was dismissed for four.

Ahmed continued to demonstrate the textbook way to build an innings and was greeted with warm applause when he reached his fifty.

Meanwhile, the Beardsley Baiting had been continuing back at the pavillion and was ringing in his ears as he strode out to the crease. But Big Dave B had the last laugh as he didn’t rise to the taunts and despite predicting otherwise, showed maturity as he resisted the temptation to slog every ball. He still notched up¬† one massive 6, as he assisted Ahmed to guide us to victory in the 33rd over.

Ahmed finished on an excellent 64 not out and still felt he needed to apologise for not letting others have a go at the crease such is his humility. Nonsense Ahmed, you played the perfect innings in the circumstances and led from the front, congratulations on a superb performance.

This 2011 Munden side is developing into an efficient and resilient unit with a blend of experience and youth, flair and solidity. There were times yesterday when heads could have gone down, but our new found confidence meant that the victory was almost clinical in its execution.

We were never phased by the prospect of a run chase of over 150 and have found the ability to be competitive whilst playing the game in the correct spirit and respecting the oppposition but also having a lot of fun – long may it last.

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There was a small turnout for nets on Thursday, but huge credit goes to Chris who turned up after having received a ball in the face that badly cut the bridge of his nose and broke his glasses only the eveing before when playing for his work’s team. Phippsy, Dicky, Stonewall and Jamie were the others present.

The Chairman of the Selectors had an easy job this week. We need to beat Langley to maintain our 4th spot so maximum effort is required.

Peter is away on Saturday so I’ll need help preparing the pitch. It needs to be cut a couple of times and rolled before marking out so I’d appreciate a hand

For everyone else, please arrive at 1:00 for the usual 1:30 start

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Actually, although we lost, there was very little bad about Munden’s performance against a North Weald side that is strong in all departments.

It was a beautiful day, the forecast was set fair with bright sunshine, a smattering of fluffy clouds and the occasional light breeze.

Munden’s eleven chose themselves this week and was strengthened by the return of Burly for his first (official) game after his hip operation.

Ahmed won the toss and followed the advice of the club elders and elected to field.

George opened the bowling with Burly taking the other end.

It did not take long for their opener (F. Mir) to remind us of how destructive he had been when we played them at home. He’s a big guy, with a very good eye and the ability to find the gaps in the field. His powerful hitting was balanced by the altogether more cautious style of his fellow opener who just nibbled the odd single and left the scoring to his in-form partner.

Our bowlers toiled away in the heat but in almost no time the visitors had passed 100 without loss. Ahmed rotated the bowlers giving Junaid, Bob and himself all the opportunity to get smashed around Green End.

Finally with the score on 151, George got us a wicket – but not the one we wanted! Still at least we had a new batsman to bowl at …… who unfortunately went on to share a 107 partnership with the run machine the other end. Mir’s wicket was finally claimed when he was caught in the deep off Ahmed’s bowling having made 187.

I’m not going to mention the fact that we had dropped him three times before Burly managed to hold onto one …. oops, I just did ūüė≥

Cue Phippsy. He had been practising his bowling at nets during the week and was at the ground early turning his arm over such was his desire to make an impact with the ball.

In many games, figures of 3 for 80 off 10 overs wouldn’t be anything to shout about, but in the context of this game it was quite an achievement and well deserved by Munden’s own Shane Warne lookalike. He dismissed two batsmen in the same over for a duck and claimed the third when Dave P took a good catch behind the stumps.

These were the first wickets Phippsy has taken for Munden and earned the home side 2 bowling points as NW ended their innings on 300 for 5.

After Carol’s tasty tea, Ahmed and George strode out purposefully to begin the Munden reply.

Unfortunately George received a peach of a delivery that swung and seamed and was caught behind off the first ball.

The NW bowlers were getting the ball to swing more than I have ever witnessed at Green End and as a result the attacking top order batsmen were thwarted in their efforts to  push the score along. Before we knew it we were 4 wickets down for 17 after only 8 overs and staring a heavy defeat in the face.

Next up we had what Dave Beardsley had described as the nightmare batting scenario …¬† Stonewall (Dave M) at one end and Mark V the other. This was no time to be extravagant and so the blocking began. Clearly Stonewall is a far better blocker than Mark as he averaged about one run an over compared to Mark’s 2 to 3, but somehow we nibbled away and got the score past 50 and frustrated the bowlers at the same time.

Stonewall fell with the score on 76 and was replaced by Junaid who added 6 to the score before Dave P turned in a typically attacking wicketkeeper’s knock of 15.

Mark was finally out for a very creditable 35 after occupying the crease for the majority of the innings and providing the backbone to the batting.

Chris made a brief appearance a the crease – unfortunately not long enough for Ahmed to get a picture of him to add to the gallery – better luck next time Chris.

The final highlight of the innings was provided by Tom who threw caution to the wind and hit 3 boundaries in his unbeaten knock of 13.

The innings came to an end on the last ball when Burly sacrificed himself for the greater good and went for the haymaker – unfortunately this haymaker did not result in the creation of bales, but rather the removal of bails. Munden were all out for 129.

North Weald have a batsman worthy of the top division and others who can score if he fails,  and bowlers who are not only accurate but who produce exceptional swing.

Munden can take many positives from this game:

Phippsy’s hard work at the nets has finally paid off with the ball

Mark Vigus reminded us that he is an obdurate and cool headed batsman who has been an opener in the past.

Dave P and Tom both had time and succes at the crease and added the runs that earned Munden batting points.

And finally, we proved that we do not have to collapse if we get off to a bad start, we used up the 45 overs and recorded a respectable score against very good opposition.

Thanks to ChrisPix for the photos.

The 20/20 friendly against Burly’s team (Dave P’s team?) has been re-scheduled for next Monday, the 8th August. The start time will be as close to 6 as we can make it. Please leave a comment in ‘Player Availability’ if you can play.

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