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Once again the prospect of cricket was threatened by a forecast of heavy showers during the afternoon. Munden had won the last 3 games on the trot and featured a strong team for the visit of Fyfield.

Boycie was up at 7 to cut and roll the pitch before installing the covers in case of rain. Paradoxically, the rain arrived a few minutes after the covers were removed at 1:15 following Ahmed’s success at the toss and decision to put the visitors in to bat.

Nevertheless, the game started on time as Burly bowled the first over beneath grey skies with only light rain to dampen proceedings. Andy opened from the other end and the two settled easily into their contrasting styles of blistering pace versus variation and guile that has been so effective recently. _DSC0009Andy hasn’t played much cricket this season and his pent up energy soon delivered results in his second over when the Fyfield opener was beaten for pace and given LBW.

Soon the rain stopped and the game developed into a familiar pattern as Munden sought to put pressure on the new batsman. Fyfield’s experienced No.2 bat (K. Gould) was looking comfortable at the crease and it was clear he would be the pivot of their innings.

Andy came up with his second wicket with a very sharp caught and bowled just as Fyfield appeared to be getting into their rhythm. Fyfield were 20 for 2 and Munden were in the ascendancy. Gould junior was next to the crease and struggled to deal with Burly’s line and length and was clean bowled ….. 46 for 3

Burly’s next victim was the new batsman who flashed at a ball outside off and got a nick into Martin’s gloves. That’s an impressive number of caught behinds Martin has notched up so far this season and serves to give the bowlers confidence in bowling a probing line.

Ahmed came on to bowl in place of Andy._DSC0029 Bruised by the fact that his excellent performance last week hadn’t been captured on camera, Ahmed was sporting a fetching pork pie hat in the hope of catching the photographer’s eye …. it worked!

Burly was his usual parsimonious self and completed his 10 overs for a typically economical 25 runs.

Gould was still racking up the runs impressively for Fyfield whilst his team mates were struggling to support his innings the other end.

Sadly Gould’s (and Fyfield’s) luck took a turn for the worse when he hooked the last of 3 fours in a row and snapped a tendon in his right arm. Although in considerable pain, Gould retired to the pavilion having scored a solid 50 and stayed to support his team for the rest of the game. We wish him well for a swift recovery.

The game was effectively over for Fyfield at this point.  Nadir came into the attack and tore through the Fyfield tail. He clean bowled 3 of his victims and a direct hit from Burly ran out Mary Shaw – Fyfield’s impressive lady cricketer to end their innings. They only added a further 15 runs after the loss of Gould and were all out for 95.

Munden bowling

Burly: 10 overs, 2 maidens, 2 for 25

Andy: 6 overs, 2 maidens, 2 for 15

Ahmed: 7.3 overs, 0 for 30

Nadir: 4 overs, 1 maiden, 3 for 15

Ahmed had invited his good friend Arif along to the game – not only as a spectator but also to provide the ‘Cheeky Chutney, Pukka Pakoras’ for tea as emblazoned on his chef’s attire. The delicious smell of his food, freshly cooked on site had been wafting across the pitch and getting us all salivating; so it was with some disappointment that it was decided to start the Munden reply straight away and defer tea until the game was finished.

Our now established opening pairing of Ashley_DSC0042 and Nadir strode to the middle hoping to knock off the runs quickly and get back to the pavilion in quick time. Fyfield’s young opening bowlers had different ideas. Tunnard in particular was generating good pace and making the ball swing and seam on occasion.

Still Munden got off to a steady start and the boundaries began to flow. After seeing 2 catching chances go down off his bowling, Tunnard was rewarded with a wicket LBW when he swung a Yorker into Ashley’s feet. Ashley was replaced by Andy and the attack on the bowling began. Andy found the middle of the bat with two sweet fours before Tunnard claimed his 2nd wicket when Andy sportingly walked when he got the faintest of edges into the keepers gloves.

Meanwhile Nadir was batting with his usual flair and was notching up the boundaries. He overcame his recent trend of getting out in the 30’s and was looking well on the way to reaching 50 …. but then Dave B arrived at the other end.

Following Big Dave B’s ‘sixfest’ last week it came as no surprise that after a couple of looks at the bowling, he launched a massive six over the pavilion. He wasn’t in the mood for silly singles, his 18 runs comprised 4:4:6:4.

Nadir looked really confident and batted as we know he can. He was Munden’s top scorer on 43 – 36 of which came in 9 fours.

Munden surpassed Fyfield with 98 on the board (the nice new board thanks to Peter) in the 14th over.

Munden batting

Ashley 13

Nadir 43 not out

Andy 8

Dave B 18 not out

arifNow for the serious stuff and the magnificent spread for tea courtesy of Arif. I can’t find enough superlatives to describe the food on offer – it was simply delicious.

Fyfield are a really nice team. They have a lot in common with Munden. They too were promoted last season, they have a lovely home ground and they believe in playing cricket in the right way. For once Munden were outdone in the on-field banter as Fyfield’s cheeky chappy Tasmanian had us in stitches at times – he’s a very decent cricketer too. Fyfield were unlucky to lose their key batsman to injury and I am sure will give Munden a sterner test in the return game.

As for Munden, well that’s four wins in a row. The first half of the season is complete with 5 wins, 3 losses and 1 game rained off – a very good start to life in division 5. The pressure when fielding, economy when bowling and depth of batting have been key to Munden’s success – we’ve used up all the batting overs in every game. Well done to everyone, its a team sport and the team effort has been the difference …. let’s keep it up.

A big thank you to Arif for serving up such a sumptuous feast and also once again thanks to Chris for doing the book, taking the photos and generally helping out  – he’s an important part of the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ahmed

Andy

Ashley

Boycie

Burly

Dave B

Dave M

Martin

Nadir

Nihal

Phippsy

12th man Chris

 

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Message from Peter:

Unfortunately some key players are unavailable for the proposed date of 6th of July so it has been decided to postpone Chairman’s Day until later in the season. This will give everyone plenty of time to arrange their plans and hopefully make the day a success.

There will be a meeting soon to discuss the options and everyone will be informed of the new date as soon as it has been decided.

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For once we knew the weather was not going to be a problem … except that it was going to be a hot day in the field. Munden arrived at Takeley with a strong team, buoyed by last week’s hard fought victory and with the returning Ahmed and Phippsy back  in the side.

We’ve failed to win on our last 3 visits to Takeley and were put to the sword a couple of years ago when a cobbled together 10 man side suffered a battering on a similarly hot day. The new Munden is stronger in all departments and is growing in confidence in division 5.

Ashley batting 4Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat. Our opening pairing of Ashley and Nadir got off to a confident start and both opened their accounts with boundaries. Takeley opted for a pace attack that saw the ball come off the bat and favoured run scoring.

Nadir batting 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The target score on  a decent pitch in good batting conditions was around the 250 mark. Our openers pushed the score along at about 6 an over and Munden grew in confidence as we passed 50 in the 8th over.

Nadir is an attacking batsman and always seeks to dominate the bowling. With the score on 62 he advanced down the wicket and connected with a hook shot that would normally signal a boundary  …… and was caught in the covers.
As with the previous week, Simon came in at 3. Takeley decided too take the pace off the ball and introduced slower bowlers and Munden’s run rate reduced significantly. Ashley was hitting the ball sweetly but was also picking out the fielders with some regularity. Once again we were facing opposition who knew how to place the field to suit their ground – a lesson for Munden.

Simon batting 2
Ashley and Simon grafted to keep the score going but the pressure to score was growing. They took Munden past the hundred but were still struggling to keep the rate up. Nine out of ten of Ashley’s last scoring shots had been singles when he mistimed a shot and was caught after a creditable 47 (this may have been 51 as there was an lost 4 in the book)

Munden were on 112 for 2. The rate had slowed and a score of around 180 looked likely. We had wickets in hand and needed some big hitters to put the pressure back on our hosts.

Nihal came in for Ashley fresh from his score of 90 from last week. This wasn’t to be Nihal’s week with the bat; he was bowled after scoring a single and made way for Big Dave.

Earlier in the season, Dave had been complimented on the patient way he had been building his innings’, last week he decided to hit out and returned to the pavilion early. This week we needed a steady start followed by controlled aggression.

Simon had also carried on from his performance last week and was holding his end and scoring off anything wide and half volleys. He had worked hard for his runs and was eventually caught on 28 to make way for Phippsy.

Dave batting 2
Meanwhile, Dave was sticking to the script and once he’d judged the pace of the wicket was beginning to strike some mighty blows.

Unfortunately neither Phippsy or Martin managed to hand around long and Ahmed was faced with the conundrum of finding a batsman who could provide support for Dave whilst also scoring heavily himself – he wisely promoted Boycie up the order.

Whilst Dave had started with singles and progressed to boundaries, Boycie’s second scoring shot was a six. By now Dave was also going for the aerial route and producing the big shots. A lofted six towards the cars looked sure to cause major damage but luckily it fell through the tree and only a minor dent resulted. I’m not sure the vicar’s wife felt so lucky when Dave smashed a flat six like a tracer bullet back over the bowlers head, over the hedge, over the fence, into a garden through the open door and connected with the poor unsuspecting victim. This was just one of several massive blows by the pair that put Munden back on course and took the wind out of Takeley’s sails.

Two of Dave’s last 3 shots were sixes,Boycie batting 2
he was finally caught on 55 – top score of the innings.

Badger came out and was successful at giving the strike to Boycie and then only had to sit back and admire the ‘Newbury King’ as he scored 18 off the last 7 balls. Boycie outscored Dave in the 6’s department and his score of 49 (jug avoidance) was rapid and awesome.

Munden finished on 242 for 6 – a score that had seemed impossible with 10 overs left to go.

Munden batting

Ashley 47

Nadir 28

Simon 28

Nihal 1

Dave B 55

Phippsy 3

Martin 0

Boycie 49 not out

Dave M 0 not out

Tea was taken and there was a special _DSC0105presentation to Nadir to mark his birthday a few days earlier. Shortly after we discovered that it was Burly’s birthday  that very day – and no cake for him 😦
….. luckily he was his usual understated self although he may have taken any disappointment out on the Takely batsman in the session that was to follow.

Nadir opened the bowling for Munden with his usual pace and aggression whilst Burly gave the batsmen a different problem from the other end.

As with last week, the batsmen played and missed a lot against Nadir and it was Burly who took the first wicket clean bowling the number 2 bat. Takeley were 9 for 1 – a good start for Munden.

Takeley’s young opener was replaced by a more experienced bat and after a slow start, our hosts looked to be back on course to build a competitive score. Ahmed brought himself on for a couple of overs in place of Nadir and when that wasn’t working introduced Nihal. It was a timely dismissal when Nadir removed the other opener LBW with the score on 87.

Burly bowlingMeanwhile Burly was producing a spell of bowling that would have made Scrooge look generous. The one wicket he took was almost incidental as when he finished his 10 over spell he had only conceded a measly 9 runs – a rate of less than 1 run per over … quite remarkable.

Dave B took over from Burly and although Takeley were scoring runs, they were losing wickets too. Again, as with last week, there was a period when Takeley looked to be getting on top, but the leaders in the field made sure we stayed focused.

Nihal bowling

 

 

Between them, Dave B, Nihal and Ahmed (in his second spell) took 8 wickets. All 3 of Nihal’s wickets went to LBW whils Ahmed’s 3 were all bowled and Dave provided catches in the field to Burly and Nihal.

Takeley were all out in the 44th over for 220.

 

 

Munden bowling

Nadir: 10 overs, 3 maidens 0 for 37

Burly: 10 overs, 6 maidens 1 for 9

Ahmed: 6.5 overs, 3 for 49

Dave B: 8 overs, 2 for 50

Nihal: 9 overs 3 for 58

Once again this was a terrific team performance.

Team photo

The difference is that we have a side that is packed with quality now. In the past we’ve relied on one or two star players too much, now we have strength in depth and the confidence that goes with it.

The stand-out performers were Ashley, Dave B and Boycie with the bat and Burly the birthday boy with the ball. Special mention to Phippsy too as his fielding was first rate and saved the team many runs.

Takeley are a very good side. They were excellent sporting hosts and played their part in an exciting and impressive game of cricket – had it not been for our late flurry of runs courtesy of the Big B’s they would probably have won.

Thanks to Chris for doing the book and supplying the photos.

Chris has surpassed himself this week with the quality and number of photos  – I’ve squeezed as many as I can into the match report,

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Ahmed

Ashley

Boycie

Burly

Dave B

Dave M

Martin

Nadir

Nihal

Phippsy

Simon

12th man – Chris

Please arrive by 1pm for a 1:30 start. The ground is approx 45 minutes from Green End and on the left as you leave the village before you reach the traffic lights.

Address:

Brewers End

Takeley

Essex

 

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The build up to Saturday’s game followed the pattern of many this season – rain was forecast for the morning with the promise of sun later in the day. Boycie got up bright and early, cut and rolled the pitch and installed the covers just before the rain arrived. By the time the covers were removed, the last of the rain had passed and beneath was a fine, hard track – probably the best so far this season.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ahmed who had to fly home after the sad passing of his mother last Thursday. With Phippsy missing the game too, Ahmed still found the time to appoint Ashley and Nadir as joint captains in his absence.

We welcomed a very young and athletic Epping Foresters side to Green End who numbered only 10 up until the arrival of their opening batsman 2 hours into the game. Despite being one short, EF put Munden in to bat after winning the toss.

Ashley and Nadir walked out for Munden beneath a grey sky. There was a gusty wind and plenty of moisture still in the air that was bound to encourage the ball to swing.

The innings got off to a good start when Ashley effortlessly stroked the ball to the boundary. Two balls later he played what he thought was going to be a leg glance for another boundary when the ball swung and moved off the pitch and just clipped his leg stump. It was just one of those freak deliveries you get once in a while. Ashley was replaced by Simon.

Nadir and Simon set about building a platform for the_DSC0022 innings. They played with controlled aggression, punishing anything wide and pushing the score along at a healthy 5 an over. The partnership had just passed the 100 when Nadir connected sweetly with a lofted straight drive that looked to be going for 6. Unfortunately it fell a few feet short and into the hands of a grateful EF fielder.

This brought Nihal to the crease. It seemed that no sooner had the Foresters players clapped the new batsman in than the Munden boys were applauding him reaching his fifty. The book doesn’t give the figures to be precise, but I reckon he must had made his half century in less than 30 balls. Dot balls were a scarcity as Nihal batted as though he was in the last few overs of a 20/20.

Simon’s partnership of 101 with Nadir was bettered by a stand of 106 with Nihal taking the score to 211 before he was bowled. I don’t suppose Simon has featured in two 100 partnerships in the same innings many times when playing for Munden. His score of 74, and the support he gave the N-N-Nooris was crucial to Munden’s innings.

Dave B has been a rock at the crease at home for Munden this season and had been licking his lips at the prospect of playing with freedom with a score of 200 on the board …… so he had a swing …. and made way for Martin.

Meanwhile Nihal was racking up the runs and added a 6 to his collection of fours. Martin, supported Nihal to bring up the 250 and was replaced by Boycie when he was bowled.

Nihal reached 90 and Munden entered the 45th over. He unselfishly threw caution to the wind to maximise our score and lost his wicket with only 2 balls to go. Badger came out and pushed a single off the last ball to bring Munden’s total to 260 for 6.

Munden batting

Ashley 4

Nadir 37

Simon 74

Nihal 90

Dave B 1

Martin 9

Boycie 1 not out

Dave M 1 not out

Jonty provided a wholesome selection of goodies for tea – strangely the chocolate element was devoured ahead of the fruit on offer 😛

Although 260 was a decent score, it was probably only about par for the course on such a good flat track with conditions for batting improving all the time.

We needed to maintain the quality of the previous weeks and keep the batsmen under pressure from the off.

Nadir opened the bowling and carried on from where he’d finished last week with fiery pace and a tempting line outside off. From the other end, Burly did what Burly does best and kept the batsmen guessing and the scoring under control. He dismissed the No.2 bat clean bowled for 0 and brought a young player by the name of Capewell to the crease. He had been EF’s best bowler and now proved to be their best batsman. Capewell and the experienced No.1 bat found their rhythm and by drinks, Foresters were just about on the run rate with wickets in hand.

At this point, the game was in the balance.

Dave B had come into the attack in place of Burly and was persevering with his new bowling off a short run up. He always gets the ball to swing, and one such delivery beat the bat and the opener was dismissed LBW having made 53.

Whilst the EF middle order batsmen came and left the crease, Capewell kept piling on the runs and kept Foresters in the game.

Boycie produced a spell that saw a couple of catches put down before Nihal and Dave B came back into the attack.

Nihal produced his best bowling performance for Munden. He took 5 wickets for 18 runs and for some reason was disgusted with himself when what he deemed a poor delivery, clean bowled Capewell and effectively brought EF’s resistance to an end. Amongst Nihal’s cluster of wickets, Dave B took his second scalp clean bowled and Ashley joined the party removing the bails with the ball for one wicket and giving Martin the opportunity of an excellent stumping for the other to bring his tally to 2 for the day.

As was befitting of his Man of the Match performance, Nihal provided our only catch of the day to Simon to end Foresters’ innings on 194 in the 41st over.

Munden bowling

Nadir, 8 overs, 0 for 27

Burly, 7 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 37

Boycie, 6 overs for 32

Dave B, 10 overs 2 for 68

Nihal, 7.3 overs, 2.3 maidens, 5 for 18

Ashley, 2 overs, 2 for 10

This was a much needed second win in a row for Munden – and this week we won’t gain 26 points and yet drop a position in the league!

Again it was a team performance, with stand-out contributions from Nihal, Nadir and Simon.

The constant encouragement from Ashley and Nadir in the field kept us on our toes at times when heads could have dropped. We fought hard and fair and richly deserved this victory against very decent opposition. If the Foresters can keep this group of youngsters together  for the next few years, they will have a formidable team.

Thanks to Chris for providing the teas, doing the book and taking the photos – unfortunately only pictures of Simon were usable so we cannot show Nadir and Nihal’s heroics on the site 😛

Munden move up to 5th in the table, only 2 points behind Fyfield in 4th and we’ve yet to play them. It just goes to show that batting and bowling points are important.

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Ashley

Boycie

Burly

Chris

Dave B

Dave M

Dave P

Martin

Nadir

Nihal

Simon

Tea – Chris

Jamie is available as 12th man in case anyone has to drop out.

Chris, can you please confirm that you are OK to do the teas please

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