Archive for May, 2016

The team for tomorrow’s crucial game with Thaxted is:

Dave B
Dave M
Jamie M

12th Man: Chris J


As ever please turn up early to help Boyce prepare the pitch.  many thanks

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Please try and come to the nets to get some practice for the match on Saturday.  I will also be there tomorrow.  So please try and come to the ground 🙂  Ahmed

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After the disappointment of missing out so narrowly to the league leaders Potter Street last week , (don’t mention the 5 dropped catches 😦 ) Munden were still without a win after 3 games this season.

The forecast for match day was iffy. Luckily the new covers had been put to good use the night before  so that Boycie had a chance to prepare a decent wicket – and that’s exactly what he did. The track was closely manicured, hard and true.

The team: as usual there had been some ins and outs during the week but come game time we had 11 thanks to the late inclusion of  Murtaza (or the heart attack doctor as Big Dave referred to him) in his first outing for Munden . Also in the side was Mustafa who had bowled so well the week before and Saif who always performs well for Munden and the classy Rashid Ali.

Ahmed continued his excellence in the tossing department and wisely put Abridge in to bat as showers had been forecast for later in the afternoon.

Mustafa and Dave B opened the bowling in blustery overcast the conditions, but the opening batsmen coped and got off a to good start scoring at about 5 an over. Dave was bowling well and testing the batsmen. He had one good LBW shout turned down but triumphed the next ball when an even better chance was given by the umpire.

Mustafa had bowled well without success in his first 5 over spell. He was replaced by Rashid Ali who immediately began to ask questions of the batsmen. But Mustafa was not to be kept out of the limelight, he took 2 excellent catches off RA’s bowling and Munden were in the ascendency with our visitors on 81 for 3.

Saif took over from Dave B and he too bowled with pace and accuracy. Meanwhile RA added a third wicket to his tally when he clean bowled the No. 4 bat.

Ahmed took over from Rashid Ali and looked as surprised as the rest of us when the batsmen played a powerful straight drive and he stooped low to take a catch off his own bowling. He looked even more surprised when he executed a run out a few overs later.

Shawal came on for a couple of overs but  with no luck and it was left to Boycie and the returning Mustafa to get the last wickets.

Boycie’s flight and variation soon had the batsmen guessing which line to play. Two of them failed as Boycie snapped up 2 wickets both LBW.

The other wicket was claimed by Mustafa when he beat the edge and Martin took a good catch behind.

The skies had been clouding over and what started as a light drizzle grew into some heavier rain and the players scuttled off and the covers were put in place. This brought Abridge’s innings to a premature end after 41 overs having notched up 187 for 8.

Tea was taken whilst we waited for the rain to abate.

Munden bowling :

Mustafa: 7 overs, 1 for 22

Dave B: 7 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 37

Rashid Ali: 10 overs, 2 maidens, 3 for 21

Saif: 7 overs, 2 maidens, 0 for 33

Shawal: 3 overs, 0 for 28

Ahmed: 4 overs, 1 for 17

Boycie: 3 overs, 2 for 24

Luckily the break wasn’t as long as we feared and play was able to resume after abiut 40 minutes.

Ahmed opened the batting with Murtaza. Murtaza had arrived late as he had been working into the early hours. He immediately showed the power and precision of his batting when he smashed a four between the fielders with his first scoring stroke.

Ahmed was doing well keeping the batting rotating when he decided to go for a second run off one of his trade mark pull shots – and he should have got there except that unbeknown to him, he had picked out their best fielder who sent the ball back like a tracer bullet and our captain was run out.

Saif came in for Ahmed and started cautiously. He was unlucky to receive an almost unplayable ball that started on off and cut acroos him just clipping the outer edge of the leg stump bail. sometimes the ball is just too good.

Munden looked to be in a little trouble on 22 for 2.

Saif made way for Big Dave and the recovery began.

Dave had made 50 last week and set about replicating the achievement. Murtaza had been scoring freely, but he found himself taking the support role as Dave set about the bowling. The fours and one immense 6 flowed and before long the applause came from the pavilion to herald his 50 – big mistake, Dave lost concentration and was bowled a few balls later.

But still Munden were in a much better situation with 96 on the board.

Rashid Ali was next to partner Murtaza who by now was opening his shoulders again and had added 2 sixes to his collection of boundaries.

RA was took the bowlers on straight away and after a measured single hit 3 fours in succession. With these two at the crease, the required run rate tumbled and the game seemed firmly in Munden’s hands.

When a fatigued Rashid Ali came down the pitch once too often he was stumped having entertained us all back at the pavilion.

What better replacement to have in your locker to than Shawal. He was batting lower down the order and this seemed to work for him as he soon reminded us what a good batsman he is. Shawal hit a well timed 4 to bring Munden victory on 191 for 4.

Munden batting:

Ahmed 2

Murtaza 78 not out

Saif 0

Dave B 50

Rashid Ali 23

Shawal 19 not out

The plaudits must go to Murtaza. He carried his bat throughout and played the perfect innings for the team, finishing with the highest individual score of 78 not out. He’s a clearly a very good bat and we haven’t even seen him bowl yet – let’s hope he can make many more appearances for Munden. Dave, Rashid Ali and Shawal all batted well.

The fielding was better. At least we managed to catch more than we dropped this week – so that’s progress 🙂

The bowlers all did well with Rashid Ali recording the best figures of 10 overs, 2 maidens, 3 for 21.

Abridge were a terrific bunch of guys who played the game in good spirit and were magnanimous in defeat.

So Munden have their first victory in division 3. We’re still bottom of the table, but if you look at the chart to the right you will see that only 2 points separate the bottom 4, so we can realistically hope to climb the table if we can pull out performances like this regularly.

We have Thaxted at home next week, let’s grab another 26 points!






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Dave B
Dave M
Rashid Ali
Saif K

12th man: Chris J

As usual please turn up as early as possible to help Boyce prepare and mark the pitch.


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Potter Street were put into bat first and scored 185 all out:

Bowling Statistics

Mustafa 10 1 45 2
Dave B   6 1 22 0
Saif   8 2 39 2
Wahab 10 2 45 1
Shawal   3 0 18 0
Ahmed   4.4 0 12 3

Little Munden CC Batting Statistics

Shawal   8
Ahmed   0
Wahab 26
Dave B 58
Saif 31
Phippsy   2
Boycie   6
Martin 11 Not out
Mustafa   8
Dave M   3
Chris  1 Not Out

Total                                177 for 9

Little Munden Lost by 7 runs 😦

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Chris J
Dave B
Dave M

Minton Lane
CM17 9TG

Please arrive by 1 pm


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The team for Saturday 14th May vs. Potter Street is

Chris J
Dave B
Dave M

The address for the ground is:

Church Langley Sports Field, Minton Lane, Harlow Essex CM17 9TP. Please be there for a 1.30 pm start.

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Saturday was a perfect day for cricket. Peter had done a fine job preparing the wicket and all that was required was for a couple of willing volunteers to pull the hand roller as our treasured relic of a roller is still out of commission.

The second game of the season brought a new opponent to Green End – Cloghams C.C.

Munden fielded a weakened side of 10 men due to the late withdrawal of Boycie with a stomach bug.

Ahmed tossed to his usual high standard and we were relieved to bat first due to the heat.

Shawal and Wahab got off to a slowish but steady start and we arrived at the first tea break with all wickets intact but less than 40 on the board.

Shawal had started to open his shoulders but got a slight leading edge and was caught with the score on 41.

Riz was next in and like those before, he found it difficult to play his natural attacking game due to the unpredictable bounce off the pitch.

Riz hit 2 well timed fours before he was dismissed off an inside edge.

He was replaced by newcomer Rashid Ali who immediately impressed with his elegant range of shots not least of which was a powerful straight six. Unfortunately he too was undone when he mirrored Riz’s dismissal bowled off an inside edge.

Meanwhile Wahab was playing the responsible anchor man role and standing up well to a quality bowling attack.

Big Dave was next to the crease and studiously played the first few deliveries picking up 3 singles before latching onto a full toss that unfortunately picked out the fielder and he returned to the pavilion.

Not long after Wahab was also clean bowled but he had done a sterling job and recorded Munden’s highest individual score of 20.

The new pairing of Phippsy and Martin steadied the ship to an extent but the wickets continued to fall. The opening bowler was brought back and he found extra pace and bounce and Martin, Phippsy and Dave M were all caught behind off edges.

Chris’s was the last wicket to fall leaving Ahmed on 7 not out and Munden with a total of 110 …. 1 batting point 🙂

Munden batting

Wahab 20

Shawal 17

Rizwan 9

Rashid Ali 12

Dave B 3

Phippsy 9

Martin 15

Dave M 1

Ahmed 7 N.O.

Chris 1

Susan provided a sumptuous tea with cakes and scones that would comfortably win her The Great British Bake Off.

Our visitors had been impressive in the field and soon began to show their quality with the bat.

One bonus was that Burly arrived during tea and Beverley – and then the Clogham’s captain gave their permission to let him field for Munden returning us to a full 11 players.

Dave B and Wahab opened the bowing for Munden. Dave had the ball rearing whilst Wahab’s low skidding deliveries gave the batsmen plenty of problems and proved hard to score off.

Nevertheless with a target of less than 3 an over, Cloghams looked comfortable. Ahmed swapped the bowling around and brought Rashid Ali on to replace Dave. We expected slow medium pace when R.A. trotted in off a few paces, but by his second over he was generating impressive pace and accuracy as well as keeping the scoring under control.

Rashid claimed the first wicket LBW with the score on 99 and later Big Dave took the only other wicket to fall when he came on  for his second spell later in the afternoon. Ahmed and Rizwan offered a slower option but no avail and Cloghams won the game with a 4 to end their innings on 114 for 2

Munden bowling:

Dave B, 8 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 43

Wahab, 6 overs for 25

Rashid Ali, 6 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 18

Ahmed, 2 overs for 16

Rizwan, 3.1 over, 2 maidens for 9

It was a very good natured game of cricket against fine opponents who were just too strong on the day.

Munden were weakened by the loss of key players. Those who played didn’t lack effort. We toiled in the field but ultimately we failed to score enough with the bat. The highlights were Wahab’s anchorman’s innings and the cultured class of Rashid Ali’s bowling and batting.

There is a long way to go in the season. There was no disgrace in the defeat and we have learned something about ourselves in the process.

Onwards and upwards … get your names down in availability for the next game away at Potter Street 🙂


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The team for match against Cloghams is as follows:

Dave B
Dave M
Rashid Ali
Chris J

Please turn up to the group as early as you can to help Boyce prepare the pitch.  Many thanks

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We need to prepare the pitch using the hand roller.  We need all Munden guys to help prepare the pitch.  Please come in as soon as possible in the morning before the match.  Many thanks.  Ahmed

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