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The team for tomorrow is:

Ahmed
Dave P
Ricky
Chris
Phippsy
Dave M
Will
Simon
Boycie
Ash Boyce
Hugh

Can some people arrive early to prepare the ground and pitch. I will be there later as I am doing  the tea. Dave P

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It’s hard to imagine what more could have gone wrong to further reduce Munden’s chances in the most difficult fixture of our season.

Away to top of the league Ilford Catholics II’s was never going to be easy, but a 2 hour hold up on the North Circular; thunder, lightning, torrential rain and standing water on the pitch all conspired to make our chances of getting anything from the game nye on impossible.

I shall not go into any details except to say that Munden can be proud that they upheld the spirit of the game and in doing so enabled IC’s to clinch the league with a game to go.

They are a class act and are lead by a great captain who sets a superb example to his players. Thanks to him for the beer after the game and  please don’t be offended when we say it will come as a great relief not to have to travel to Ilford next season.

We have dropped to 8th in the table and so our last game at home to Epping Foresters this Saturday now assumes even greater significance in our efforts to remain in Division 6 –  so please state your availability for the game as early as possible.

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The team for tomorrow is:

Ahmed
Dave P
Chris
Phippsy
Hugh
Dave M
James
Dave B
Boycie
Ricky
Will

Can everyone be there for 1pm. The postcode is IG6 2GW

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The forecast for Saturday predicted a scorcher, and most of the team were wishing to bat first to avoid a lengthy spell in the field.

The dry weather had baked the pitch and produced a ‘lively’ Munden strip.

For a while it appeared the game was in jeopardy as 1:30 passed and the visitors hadn’t arrived. A phonecall to their Chairman assured us they were on their way, and shortly after, a depleted Birchanger side arrived. It’s no secret that they’ve struggled to put out a full team this season and credit has to be given for compiling a team for this fixture comprising 8 players, one of whom was only 14.

Munden’s wishes weren’t granted by the result of the toss and we took to the field with the memory of the big hitting onslaught we had to endure from their openers in the away fixture.

Will and James opened with real pace and aggression. The dry hard pitch assisted the bounce and the batsmen watched helplessly while most deliveries beat the bat often rearing up alarmingly. The bruising to Dave P’s hands by the end of the game was testimony to the pace generated by our bowlers.

Birchanger made a cautious start and managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over at about 2.5 an over. Before long the first breakthrough came when Phippsy took a very good catch in gully off a full toss from James.

Meanwhile Will was peppering the batsman from the other end and was eventually rewarded when he bowled the other opener.

Ahmed and John took over the bowling duties and the pair immediately posed a threat of a different kind.

After 3 previous enthusiastic appeals, Ahmed finally trapped their number 3 bat LBW. Burly had been studying the batsmen from the field and worked out how to exploit their weaknesses. His cunning plan saw success when he clean bowled the next  batsman.

James came back into the attack and collected a further wicket bowled, Burly then replicated the feat leaving James to mop up the last batsman and send Birchanger back to the pavillion all out for 82 in the 30th over.

Munden bowling figures:

James, 5.3 over, 0 maidens, 3 for 24

Will, 8 overs, 3 maidens, 1 for 14

Ahmed, 9 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 19

Burly, 10 overs, 2 maidens, 2 for 18

The Birchanger captain is a good sport and suggested that we play 10 overs of the Munden innings before taking tea.

The young pace bowler they opened with was causing our batsmen some problems but it became apparent that the depleted numbers in Birchanger’s side had weakened their bowling options.

I think Ahmed must have seen the 10 overs as some sort of challenge as he immediately set about the bowling as if he were in a 20/20 game.

After crashing 5 boundaries, he was eventually undone by a very good catch above head height by the fielder at point.

Meanwhile, Mark was playing more cautiously the other end and was joined by Phippsy. Mark and Phippsy steered us to victory in the 12th over.

Ahmed was top scorer with 28, but overtaken by extras which added 32 to the total.

Mark with 15 and Phippsy on 8 did their job well and we all returned to the pavilion to enjoy a Dave B tea (mostly his mum)  featuring  hot sausage and onion rolls.

Thanks to Birchanger for putting a team together and playing the game in good spirit.

Congratulations to all involved. Munden did what they had to do and will be facing a much stiffer challenge in the last two remaining fixtures.

The other results went our way. Munden jumped from 9th to 6th in the table (above Epping Foresters), but the season isn’t over yet.

We are aware that several players will be unavailable for these games so it becomes doubly important that those who can play make it known as soon as possible. We may yet be reliant on getting points in these fixtures to maintain our status in Division 6.

Thanks to ChrisPix once again for some excellent photos.

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The team for tomorrow is as follows:

Ahmed
Dave P
Chris
Dave M
Gareth
Phippsy
Mark
James
Will
Burly

Hugh

Everybody be there by 1pm at the latest. If some can come up earlier to help with ground prep that would be helpful.

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Saturday promised to be a special day, with the Olympics raising everyone’s spirits, the sun shining and the team strengthened by the inclusion of Simon.

Our hosts Thorley IIs are a great bunch of guys whose approach to cricket is very similar to our own.

Munden came 2nd in the toss and were put in to bat.

Ahmed opened with Simon and faced a confusing cocktail of impressive speed from Thorley’s fine young opening bowler contrasted by slow medium pace looping deliveries from the other end which hung in the air forever and proved very hard to score off.

I’m pretty sure Thorley have used this tactic a lot this season. Last week their opposition were three down before they knew it and by the 14th over Munden found themsleves in a similar position at 31 for 3.

Ahmed was first to go caught at mid off, followed by Ricky who was trapped LB and Phippsy who was bowled – all 3 at the hands of the canny slow bowler who just tempted them once too often.

Meanwhile Simon was all patience and concentration and not the least worried by the slow scoring rate.

What we needed at this point of semi crisis was a solid partnership to steady the boat and build an innings.

Dave B was the first to fulfill this role as he and Simon saw off the opening bowlers and began to attack the ball more whilst still playing sensibly.  Their partnership of 48 had put us back on track for a respectable total when Dave was bowled with the score on 79.

Burly arrived at the crease with the intention of supplying some middle order stability, unfortunately he received a delivery that was just too good and departed to make way for Will.

To have a batsman of Will’s quality coming in at No.7 is a luxury Munden haven’t had for a while.

Will carried on from where Dave left off. He supported Simon but also scored freely when the opportunity presented itself. Their partnership of 61 had taken Munden to 144 when Will was caught mistiming a shot. He equalled Dave’s score of 21.

Simon was batting beautifully exhibiting his full range of shots, pulling sixes off full tosses, driving straight deliveries and cutting anything short outside off.

The job of the rest of the batsman was to support Simon and give him as much of the strike as possible.

Dave P. contributed valiantly to a partnership of 25 before he fell with the score on 169 and was replaced by Badger.

Simon set about the bowling and skillfully manipulated the strike and passed the 100 mark to generous applause from both sides. The last partnership added a further 46 to the score and Munden finished the 45th over with 215 for 7 on the board – a magnificent effort considering the shaky start to the innings.

Munden batting figures:

Simon, 123 N.O.

Ahmed 6

Ricky, 0

Phippsy, 8

Dave B, 21

Burly, 1

Will, 21

Dave P, 5

Dave M, 6 N.O.

Tea was taken and Munden took to the field resolving to keep it tight and put the pressure on our hosts.

James and Will opened the bowling with pace and aggression. Thorley got the better of the opening exchanges and were up with the required rate (4.5 an over) when James was at last rewarded with his first wicket for Munden when he bowled their No. 2 bat.

His replacement maintained the rate while Munden kept it tight in the field. Ahmed replaced James and Burly took over from Will. The run rate slowed and the wickets began to fall.

The pair bowled with their usual accuracy and economy. They shared the remaining wickets at four a piece and both claimed a C & B. Ahmed looked shocked when he managed to hold on to a piledriver that was smashed back at him at head height and Burly made sure no-one else was going to get under the ball when the batsman skied a shot in his direction.

Amongst this there was a mix up between the batsman that gifted Munden a run out and good catches were taken by Dave P, Badger and Chris.

Thorley IIs were all out in the 34th over for 89.

Munden bowliing figures:

James – 7 overs, 0 maidens, 1 for 29

Will – 7 overs, no maidens, 0 for 12

Ahmed – 10 overs, 5 maidens, 4 for 18

Burly – 9.1 overs, 2 maidens, 4 for 11

This was a great team performance and a deserved victory underpinned by a magnificent 123 not out by Simon which was an example to us all. Be patient, do the basics well and concentrate!

The day was capped off for some of us who stayed for a beer with our excellent hosts and watched Mo Farah claim the gold in the 5,000 metres.

That’s two wins in a row now for Munden. We must maintain the momentum and carry on the impetus into our next home game against Birchanger – so get your names down in ‘Availability’ and join us on Thursday evening for nets if you can.

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The team for tomorrow is:

Ahmed
Dave P
Simon
Dave M
Phippsy
Chris
Dave B
Ricky
James
Will
Burly

 

See you all there for 1pm sharp. The postcode is CM23 4JT

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