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1. Ahmed
2. Phippsy
3. Shawal
4. Dave B
5. Martin
6. Chris
7. Dave M
8. Chinese Alan
9. Riz
10. Kamran
11. Aysin

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It is fair to say that our home fixture against Theydon Bois was not one of Munden’s best performances this season. For that reason I shall keep the match report brief and only reflect on the positives that can be taken from what was generally a disappointing game.

Ahmed was back from holiday and once again established himself as Numero Uno Tosser and decided to put the visitors in to bat as it was hoped that the wicket would firm up as the day progressed.

Dave B could have taken wickets in his first over when he found the edge of the bat twice. It is important to stress that these were difficult half chances and there were still 44 overs to go and our innings ahead, so everything to play for.

All the bowlers worked hard with little reward. Eventually Boycie and Shawal collected a wicket each thanks to catches by Dave B and Simon. There was also a landmark first Munden wicket for Jamie who bowled very well in his first competitive match for Munden.

Our fielding was not up to the standard of the week before, but special mention for Chinese Alan who was very lively in the outfield and saved us many runs. Big Dave put in maximum effort and deserved to have wickets to his name and Boycie although still not fully fit, came in off a couple of paces and also produced economical bowling figures.

Theydon finished on 258 for 3 in the 45 overs.

Munden bowling:

Dave B: 10 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 44

Shawal: 10 overs, 1 for 75

Ahmed: 10 overs for 56

Boycie: 10 overs 1 for 41

Jamie: 5 overs, 1 for 37

Thanks to Dave B for providing a generous and nutritionally balanced tea 😀

Simon and Shawal opened the batting for Munden.

Theydon had brought in our old friend Mary Shaw to make up their number and she once again proved to be an excellent opening bowler with a nagging line and length which made it difficult to play attacking shots. The bounce had proved variable during TB’s innings with the odd ball keeping low and this only added to the batter’s caution.

With the score on 18 after 7 overs, Simon found the edge to a swinging ball and departed to make way for Ahmed.

Ahmed has felt out of form with the bat and had originally planned to put himself way down the order but was persuaded to occupy the No. 3 slot and went on to justify this decision by recording Munden’s highest score of 27. Welcome back skipper!

When Shawal was trapped LBW for 18, Munden were already struggling on 24 for 2.

Big Dave was next in and sought to attack the bowling. Unfortunately he mistimed a pull shot and was unlucky to get a thick inside edge onto his stumps. Munden were 3 down and a long way below the required scoring rate._DSC0270

The wickets continued to fall and of the remaining batsmen, only Boycie managed to get into double figures with a creditable 22 before being bowled.

Newbies Jamie and Chinese Al both looked good with the bat and gained valuable experience out in the middle – they improve every game and are showing their commitment to the cause.

The last wicket fell when through some travesty of justice 😀 Badger was given out LBW.

Munden were all out for 123

Munden batting:

Simon 1

Shawal 16

Ahmed 27

Dave B 5

Phippsy 1

Martin 0

Boycie 22

Jamie 6

Alan 9

Dave M 9

Chris 1 not out

This game is now in the past. It was not representative of the level we have achieved this season, we can only put it behind us and rediscover our form next week when we welcome High Beach to Green End.

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1. Ahmed
2. Phippsy
3. Shawal
4. Dave B
5. Simon
6. Martin
7. Chinese Alan
8. Chris
9. Dave M
10. Jamie
11. Boycie

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It was not surprising that James had struggled all week to find 11 fit players for the game against Thaxted. The list of those unavailable was as long as those who could play: with Ahmed away clubbing in Spain, Jamie having a day shooting stags, Chris in Washington, Simon Carrying on Camping and 4 other first team regulars unavailable.

In the end, we managed 5 relatively fit players and 4 carrying injuries, the most significant of whom was Will who had slipped a disc in his back only 2 weeks before which meant he was unable to bowl. To add to this, the Thaxted side included ‘their best player’ who hadn’t featured in the first encounter and some energetic youngsters who had returned from University.

But the sun was shining, the strip was hard and true, the outfield was fast and we knew from the previous week that we can triumph against adversity. Phippsy won the toss and elected to bat.

With only 9 batsmen, we needed to use up the overs and get off to a solid start. The follicularly challenged pairing of Martin and Badger opened the batting for Munden.

All went well for the first 7 overs until Badger was bowled with the score on 23. Shawal was next in and after defending a couple of deliveries he tried to clip a ball that was swinging into his legs and got a leading edge that was claimed by the fielder at silly point.

Munden were 30 for 2.

Big Dave was next in and our hopes rested on him building a partnership with Martin.

This was achieved in style as they played sensibly and attacked the balls that were there to be hit. The partnership reached 98 when Martin (who had also not been feeling his best) was caught having notched up the top innings of the game with 73 vital runs.

Munden were 128 for 3.

Will was next to the crease and somewhat restricted in movement due to his sore back, but still we knew that the pair were capable of scoring heavily.

Unfortunately they didn’t remain together for long as Dave returned to the pavilion without adding to the score. He had been hitting a four every other shot and was fed by the looping deliveries from the newly introduced slow bowler. He was finally undone when he took a stride down the track to meet a full toss and was caught on the boundary.

128 for 3 was now 128 for 4.

Next up was Phippsy – our captain for the day. He and Will began to attack the bowling and had added a further 20 runs when Will played what looked like a fine shot that sadly went straight to the fielder and he made way for Boycie.

Boycie had been under pressure the week before, having eventually scoring the match winning runs and he still looked a bit drained by the experience. Unusually his 4 runs were all scored in singles when his innings came to an end adjudged LBW.

Meanwhile Phippsy had been proving his worth as a reliable middle order rock. He now took on the senior role with Chinese Alan as he took on the bowling in the last few overs. He too was undone by a slow looping delivery when he was stumped.

The last 2 overs were seen out by our last 2 batsmen, Burly and Chinese. Chinese shows great promise with the bat, he only needs time at the crease to keep improving. The champagne moment of the innings came right at the end when Burly hooked Munden’s only 6 of the innings to complete a total of 186 for 7 – a very creditable score in the circumstances.

Munden Batting:

Martin 73

Dave M 1

Shawal 0

Dave B 43

Will 14

Phippsy 22

Boyie 4

Chinese 5 not out

Burly 7 not out

Tea consisted of a generous spread of sandwiches, crisps and cakes with an Ibuprofen chaser for some of us.

Before the game we had thought that the close boundaries, hard wicket and fast outfield would mean that a score of 250 would be about par.

We had 188 runs to defend; 9 players including the walking wounded and only 4 regular bowlers. We had to play to a plan.

James spent much of the tea break discussing how best to deploy our 7 outfield players. This was time well spent … more on this later.

Thaxted required a fraction above 4 an over to win the game. Our task was to keep them below that level by bowling accurately and keeping it tight in the field.

Burly and Dave started in exactly that fashion with the added bonus of Burly bowling the No.2 with the score on 15 for 1 …. game on.

The incoming No.3 bat had scored a lot of runs for Thaxted and showed his intent from the start. Dave finished his first 5 over spell and was replaced by Shawal.

Shawal was still suffering from the knee ligament damage and therefore was bowling off his short run-up, but still he was generating good pace and maintained Munden’s economy. He made further impact when a quick ball surprised the batsman and the outside edge flew into Martin’s gloves.

Thaxted were 61 for 2, and only just on the scoring rate.

The dangerous No. 3 bat began to attack the bowling and hit Burley for a massive 6 that required a replacement ball. But Burley was undeterred and got his revenge the following deliverywhen the batsman got the faintest of edges into Martin’s gloves and sportingly walked whilst the umpire stood motionless.

Thaxted were 71 for 3, Munden had reached 128 for 3 ….. could it be possible?

When Shawal took his second wicket clean bowling the No. 4 bat on 19, the game was most definitely on with Thaxted waivering on 95 for 4.

Burly completed his 10 overs conceding only 25 runs and made way for Boycie who was the last of our regular bowlers. James was aware that he would be needed to bowl at the end of the innings and wanted to give the others the chance to remove as many wickets as possible. With that in mind, he brought big Dave back into the attack.

Again the plan worked. Boycie, bowled the No.5 bat who had sought to up the scoring rate and when Boycie removed his replacement for 0 thanks to a great catch by Chinese Alan in the deep, we sensed that we could win this game.

Thaxted were 144 for 6 and slightly behind the rate.

We’d reached the 35th over and James came on to bowl after Shawal had completed an impressive 10 overs.

The batsmen went after James in his first 2 overs and the scoring rate increased accordingly. Nevertheless, the pivotal moment of this game occurred in the 4th ball of the 41st over. Boycie trotted in to bowl and as he planted his foot to deliver the ball there was an audible snapping sound that we heard on the boundary as he tore his Achilles tendon and slumped to the ground in pain.

This was a hammer blow. Not only had we lost a good bowler but we were also now down to 6 in the outfield as Boycie was helped off the pitch to receive an ice pack for his calf and some loving care from nurse Stella (Artois)

That left only Chinese Alan who could bowl. Chinese is a top bloke, he plays with a smile on his face and will stand up to be counted. And that’s exactly what he did when he bowled the last 2 ball of Boycie’s over without conceding a run.

The balance of the game had shifted and Thaxted were now ahead of the rate and only required 12 runs with 4 overs to go.

James decided to revert to his slow spin bowling and was immediately successful when Badger juggled a hook shot on the boundary and held on at the second attempt. Thaxted were 183 for 7. It got even more interesting when James claimed his replacement for 0 courtesy of a stumping by Martin.

Thaxted were 183 for 8, requiring 4 runs for victory with 3 overs to go.

In the end it was not to be as the new batsman hit a four to win the game in the 44th over

Munden bowling:

Burly, 10 overs, 2 maidens 2 for 25

Dave B, 10 overs for 52

Shawal, 10 overs, 2 for 37

Boycie, 6.4 overs, 1 maiden, 2 for 16

Phippsy, 4 overs, 2 for 41

Chinese, 1.2 overs for 13

There is so much to say about this game.

First off it was a superb 9 man team performance. Every player gave his all in every capacity. Although we lost the game, we all came away feeling proud of the performance.

Our fielding was faultless, You’d never think we were 2 short in the field as nothing got through. The field placings were perfect for the bowling and conditions – great captaincy James.

…. Had we had one more bowler we probably would have won.

…. Had Boycie not been injured we may well have won any way.

…. Had we been playing 9 against 9 we would have won as we took 8 of Stansted’s wickets.

Special mention for Martin who not only recorded the highest score of 71, but also took 2 catches and executed a stumping off Phippsy’s bowling to earn us an extra fielding point – fine effort. And also a big thanks to Will for stepping up and playing through the pain.

There was no shame in losing this game. The walking wounded of Munden put up a terrific fight and I commend each and every one of them on a fantastic effort that almost resulted in a victory that would have been more astonishing than the week before.

Best wishes to Boom Boom Boycie for a speedy recovery, your bowling figures of 2 for 16 in 6.4 overs show that you may well have been the game winner but for the injury.

 

 

 

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The team for Saturday is yet to be announced.

The Thaxted ground is at:

Bardfield End Green

Bardfield Road

Thaxted

CM6 3PZ

The journey takes 45 mins from Little Munden.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Little+Munden,+Hertfordshire,+UK/Bardfield+End+Green,+Thaxted,+Dunmow,+Essex+CM6+3PZ/@51.8670165,0.0036188,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x487628f6ca407529:0x50e1ca8bbc32730!2m2!1d-0.0535079!2d51.8786812!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d88b456fe340a7:0x7e718fc1a3243087!2m2!1d0.3699043!2d51.9488692?hl=en

 

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Munden’s history of  friendly rivalry with Stansted resumed at Green End on this hot sunny Saturday. Stansted did the double over us last season and won the away fixture at the start of this; but all of those games were decided by just a couple of critical passages of play that had turned things in their favour.

Ahmed had brought along his identical twin ‘Ahmed II’ to add something extra to the bowling and batting. The Munden side was further reinforced by the return of Shawal from an ‘engagement abroad’, by Simon who reminded us that we have not lost a game in which he has played for a couple of years and with new recruit and all round top bloke Jamie who had impressed when he played for us on Chairman’s Day the week before.

Boycie and Peter had prepared a good hard track. The outfield was fast and dry. Everything favoured the batting. It would have been ideal to win the toss and bat, but Numero Uno couldn’t deliver and so Munden took to the field.

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015

Burly and Big Dave opened the bowling in characteristic style and although no wickets fell, our visitors were only averaging 3 an over after ten. Ahmed II took over from Dave and shortly after Ahmed I (Yoda) replaced Burly. The batsmen had got used to the pace of the pitch and now started to score heavily.

The bowlers gave maximum effort and the fielders chased down the ball in an attempt to stem the tide of runs, but it soon became apparent that Stansted would amass a formidable total. Boycie came into the attack in place of Ahmed II but by now the batsmen were comfortable at the crease and seldom looked to be in trouble.

Then, as if it wasn’t hard enough already in the field, Munden were reduced to 10 men when Jamie pulled up with a hamstring injury chasing the ball and could take no further part in the game. Get well soon Jamie, we need you 🙂

By the second drinks break, the run rate had increased to more than 6 an over and Stansted still had all their wickets in hand.

Dave B and Burly came back for a second spell and both were finally rewarded with a wicket. First Burly bowled the No. 1 bat on 97 and later Dave removed his opening partner who had scored an impressive 134. Munden vs Stansted II July 2015Still there was no respite for the field as the replacements carried on attacking the ball and Stansted’s total grew alarmingly.

Shawal had not bowled earlier because he was still suffering the effects of the knee injury he had sustained 3 weeks ago, but now he was called upon to ‘do his best’ off a short run up. Big Dave and Shawal saw out the final overs and showed great fortitude.

Stansted finished on 317 for 2. It was to be a record breaking day as Stansted scored the highest total against Munden for several years and we took the fewest opposition wickets over a similar period.

Munden bowling:

Burly, 10 overs, 1 for 60

Dave B, 10 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 46

Ahmed II (Hasan), 4 overs for 35

Ahmed, 10 overs, 1 for 58

Boycie, 6 overs for 47

Shawal, 5 overs for 54

We trudged back to the pavilion somewhat disconsolate. But after a rousing motivational address from new recruit Ahmed II followed by the perfect comfort food of burger and chips supplied by Big MacArif, we were refueled and ready to attempt to do what the aussies were failing to achieve in the first test the same afternoon – to chase down an improbable total.

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015Simon and Shawal resumed their opening partnership and faced a pumped up Steve Peachy who had claimed 5 wickets against us only 9 weeks earlier. Shawal played his natural game and started finding the boundary from early on. Simon also played his natural game which is somewhat more circumspect and often provides the anchor role. Unfortunately Simon found the edge to a Peachy delivery that was there to be hit and was dismissed by a sharp catch at first slip.

Ahmed came in at 3 and was clearly suffering in the heat at a time of fasting. Our captain tried to take the attack to the bowlers but only succeeded in finding the top edge and was caught by the keeper.

Munden were 28 for 2.

The total of 300 looked even more remote.

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015But we had depth in batting and the new man Ahmed II was an unknown quantity with the bat. He fended off the first few deliveries and then hit a massive 6 with a beautifully timed half volley/pull shot off a ball that was swinging into his legs. Wow!

All of a sudden we had Shawal one end and Ahmed II at the other and Stansted were receiving some of their own medicine.

At the first drinks break on 15 overs we were ahead of Stansted at the same point.

Peachy was coming  to the end of his 10 over spell when he lost his footing on the delivery stride and the ball looped harmlessly towards Shawal who, confused by the flight, attempted to hit the ball out of the ground but only succeeded in finding the fielder. What is it they say about bad balls?

Still Shawal had scored an important 51 runs and pushed the score up to 95 for 3. Amazingly Munden were on the rate.

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015

If you can’t have Shawal at the crease then you’d be happy to have Big Dave in his place. What came next was pure comic book hero material. Ahmed II and Dave took the attack to the bowlers and gave a display of powerful hitting that equalled that of Stansted’s in the first innings.

We know what Dave can do (so does the vicar’s wife) but watching Ahmed for the first time was  a revelation. He has the technique, the power and most importantly the temperament for just this situation. A2 shared a partnership of 175 with Dave, hitting ten sixes and ten fours – that is 100 runs in boundaries out of his top score of 143. Ahmed had been suffering from cramp and his achievement is even more impressive when you remember that like his namesake, he too was fasting. He was finally caught in the deep taking one last extravagant swing at the ball – a superb innings. We look forward to seeing more of Ahmed in the future.

Munden were now 270 for four with an in-form Dave B at one end and Bang Bang Boycie at the other. We required 48 runs off 7 overs.

The pair started to bat with more caution aware of the importance of seeing out the innings. After a couple of boundaries each we were left requiring a run a ball and with Stansted’s fielders spread around the boundary there were plenty of gaps to exploit.

The tension was palpable. The vocal support from the pavilion grew as the target neared. Boycie later admitted that he was very nervous and this cannot have been helped when we only scored a single from the 43rd over leaving 17 required off the last two.

We took 7 off the 44th over leaving 10 required off the last 6 balls. All eyes were glued on the square. Six balls that would decide not only this match but could have a profound effect on our fate this season.

The last over was a bit of a blur, but this is my best recollection of how it went:

Ball 1 – Dave drives, straight back past the bowler to a fielder on the boundary and they run a single …. 9 required off 5 balls

Ball 2 – Boycie finds the boundary…. 5 required off 4 balls

Ball 3 – Boycie drops the ball into space and we run a single …. 4 required off 3 balls

Ball 4 – Dave drives the ball again, but this time finds a gap and we run 2 …. 2 required off 2 balls

Ball 5 – single taken, the scores are level

Ball 6 – Stansted bring in the fielders to try to prevent a single. Boycie clips the ball towards the fielder at midwicket as Big Dave screams ruuunnnnn and charges down the track. Luckily the fielder throws the ball to the bowler’s end and Dave makes his ground to raucous cheers and much jubilation from an ecstatic and relieved Munden contingent.

Little Munden finished on 318 for 4 in 45 overs ……. a nailbiting end to a quite extraordinary game of cricket.

Munden batting:

Simon, 2

Shawal, 51

Ahmed Y, 0

Ahmed H, 143

Dave B, 80 not out

Boycie, 22 not out

We must thank Stansted for their part in a game that will last long in the memory. Their captain Dave Powter was magnanimous in defeat and generous in his praise after the game.

Munden worked hard in the field and everyone played their part. The batting accolades must go to Shawal for getting us off to a brisk start, and then Ahmed II and Big Dave for their decisive innings’ which changed the game and ultimately saw us through to an unlikely win.

Those that could stay sat by the pavilion in the late evening sun enjoying a beer with Peter and Susan and basking in the warm glow of a long awaited victory over Stansted.

Many thanks to Chris for doing the book and taking the photos and to Chef RF for his delicious teas and jovial vocal support.

There is something about the spirit of Munden this season that is exciting and infectious. We never know what the next game will bring but we do know that it will be great fun and time spent with kindred spirits that make it more than just a game of cricket.

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015

Munden vs Stansted II July 2015

P.S. Apologies to both, but I couldn’t resist adding this picture of Boycie with his old mucker and ex team mate Dave Powter as they re-enacted The Battle of the Bulge 😀

 

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Ahmed
Phippsy
Martin
Boycie
Burly
Dave B
Simon
Shawal
Ahmed Hasan
Jamie (played on Sunday)
Dave M

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