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

Ahmed
Boycie
Martin
Dave B
Dave M
Phippsy
Ricky
Wahab
Ahsin
Mustafa
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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Ahmed
Boycie
Dave B
Dave M
Martin
Murtaza
Rashid Ali
Saif K
Mustafa
Shawal
Matt

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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Ahmed
Boycie
Chris J
Dave B
Dave M
Martin
Phippsy
Shawal
Wahab
Saif
Mustafa

Address:
Minton Lane
Harlow
Essex
CM17 9TG

Please arrive by 1 pm

 

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

Ahmed
Boycie
Chris J
Dave B
Dave M
Martin
Phippsy
Shawal
Wahab
Saif
Mustafa

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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