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A hard-fought match at Ilford on a difficult pitch resulted in a fourth win for Munden in the 35th over. After restricting Ilford Catholics III to 137 for 8 in their 40 over, with excellent and parsimonous bowling by Big Dave, Saif, Aysin, Ashley and MS Raza, and a welcome return to the team by John Burlison. the run chase began steadily, with Munden losing less early wickets than Ilford. The innings was held together by an excellent 74 from Riz, by far the highest score of an the game, and a patient innings by Phippsy.

Munden Bowling

Big Dave

5 overs for 4 runs

MS Raza

7 overs, 3 for 16

Saif

6 overs, 2 for 16

Aysin

5 overs, 1 for 9

Riz

9 overs, 2 for 30

Ash

5 overs for 23

Burly

5 overs for 24

Munden batting

Ash caught keeper  9
Saif caught in the field 14
Riz Not out 74
Phippsy Obstructing the field! 18
Big Dave caught keeper 15
Aysin Not out 0
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It was a beautiful day again at Green End, the sun shone and the stars performed.

We were expecting a hard game since Wormley were unbeaten in the first 2 games having been victorious against Ilford Catholics. As it happened they were a couple of regular players short and sought reinforcements … who arrived just on time for the start of the game.

John Boyce had prepared an impressive looking track for the day, but when it was discovered that other available strip was hard and true, he wisely opted for that to give the batsmen a lively track to suit the conditions. That decision paid dividends.

Munden were put in to bat and continued with the opening partnership of Ashley and Saif. The batsmen faced pace and swing from one end and flight and turn from the other.

Once again Ashley was on his game from the start. Saif was feeling his way for the first few overs and appeared to have got his eye in when he hit the pace bowler back over his head for six. A couple of balls later the late swing caught Saif out and he was bowled behind his legs for a lively 25.

Rizwan was next in, but didn’t have time to settle before the same bowler evaded the bat and clipped the top of the bails.

At 45 for 2 we needed someone to form a solid partnership with Ashley to capitalise on the superb batting conditions.

Up stepped Jamie Monk. We’ve seen him play with style and aggression and display an impressive array of shots … but what followed was that and more. Jamie left the first delivery but then he played the only way he knows how … straight and correct.

Ashley and Jamie began to dominate the bowling, so much so that 5 players were placed on the boundary making a single available off pretty much every ball. The run rate increased as the batsmen matched each others boundary haul. Ashley hit 2 big sixes while Jamie punched his shots and sent the ball racing along the ground to the boundary.

The two had shared a superb partnership of 139 when Ashley was out caught for 76 going for another big hit.

Munden were back on track on 184 for 3 with plenty of overs left in the innings.

Wormley may have been relieved to send Ashley back to the pavilion … hoping that they’d seen the last of Munden’s big hitters.

Big Dave has not had the best start to his batting this season and confessed to being a little nervous as he took to the crease. And the nerves showed as he was tentative for the first few overs. Meanwhile Jamie continued dispatching anything short or wide to the boundary. But then Dave’s mojo returned and the onslaught began.

Jamie had never scored a hundred for Munden before. He passed the milestone with yet another superbly timed cut shot that sped across the outfield and was retrieved by one proud dad on the boundary and greeted with appreciative applause from both teams.

Once Dave remembered he could score fours, the six returned to his repertoire and the sheep behind the pavilion were in peril.

Jamie continued to play in the same way but with a big score on the board and the overs running out upped the attack. He was out caught for 118 after having shared a partnership of 110 with Dave … that’s two 100 partnerships  in the same game .. when did that last happen?

Jamie was replaced by the effervescent and entertaining Aysin ‘boom boom’ HD. Aysin nudged a single, and them boomed .. a straight sheep bound six back over the bowlers head. You’ve got to love the way this guy plays cricket. His next shot was a cheeky reverse sweep and then a walk back to the pavilion (LBW) still smiling all over his face.

Martin joined big Dave with 3 overs to go and played the perfect support role, taking singles to give Dave the strike. Dave’s scoring rate was the highest of the batsmen. He finished on 76 not and would surely have made his hundred if we still played 45 overs.

Munden finished on 332 for 5 after 40 overs. A run rate of 8.3 an over, with a 100 and two 50’s …. thanks for the hard track captain!

Munden batting:

  • A. Boyce 76
  • Saif 25
  • Rizwan 2
  • J, Monk 118
  • D Beardsley 76 not out
  • Aysin 7
  • M. Keswick 3 not out

A generous tea was provided by Big Dave.

Munden took to the field aware that Wormley were not to be underestimated as they had scored heavily in their first two games.

Saif and Alan opened the bowling and concentrated on line and length to make Wormley work for their runs. The visitors were unlucky when their opening bat slipped when scampering an unwise single and Big Dave found Martin with the ball for a comfortable stumping off Saif’s bowling.

More bad luck followed when Wormley’s number 3 batsman had to retire hurt with what looked like a tear to the calf muscle.

Alan gave way to Riz who although not taking a wicket, tied the batsman down with his flight and accuracy and went for less than 4 an over.

Big Dave was originally asked to bowl up hill … when he came back for a second spell from the other end he clean bowled Wormley’s dangerous number 2 batsman who was their top scorer with 60 runs.

Aysin joined the party and bowled some heavy balls.

The scene and conditions were set perfect for Ashley ‘you owe us a jug’ Boyce.

Ashley’s deceptive flight and guile bamboozled Wormely’s remaining batsmen.

Jamie Burrows was just showing what he can do with the ball when his ongoing shoulder problem returned and he sadly had to sit out the rest of the game from the boundary .. we wish you a speedy recovery Jamie.

Ashley was the pick of the bowlers as he took 6 wickets in 8.5 overs . Three fell to catches by John Boyce, Rizwan and Big Dave, the others, clean bowled. Ashley brought the contest to an end with the visitors all out for 197.

Munden bowling:

  • Saif; 7 overs, 1 for 29
  • A. Mallett; 4 overs for 26
  • Rizwan; 6 overs for 20
  • Ashley; 8.5 overs, 6 for 38
  • J. Burrows; 3 overs for 26
  • Aysin; 3 overs for 23

This was another very good performance against admittedly an under strength Wormley team. The highlights were Jamie’s maiden hundred, Ashley and Dave’s fine scoring and Ashley’s 6 wickets.

A big thanks to Chris who not only did both books, sorted the drinks and updated the scoreboard .. but also had time to take to pictures in this report.

Thanks also to Saif, Rizwan and Aysin who toiled in the heat with no food or drink as they observed Ramadam .. great effort guys.

It’s a potentially harder test next weak away at our old foes Ilford Catholics … so get your availability down early and let’s continue this unbeaten run.

Unfortunately the lady who was going to make the teas this season is still not well. Can we have a volunteer please!

Sweet Little 16 ……

We arrived at the magnificent Stortford ground under grey skies and with a constant drizzle. Players feverishly consulted their phone weather apps only to find that most predicted that the rain would persist into the early hours of the morning. Luckily the app of the very obliging Stortford groundsman predicted a 90 minute window without rain starting from about 4:15. On that basis and after much discussion, it was decided to take an early tea and to play a  reduced 16 over game once the covers had come off shortly after 4pm.

And that’s exactly what happened … which is just as well because every other game in the division also went ahead.

I don’t have the scorebook to consult to go into great detail … so here are a just a few highlights.

Stortford won the toss and elected to bat. The wicket was dry, but the outfield was wet and so scoring was not going to be easy. With only 16 overs to amass a score, the Stortford batsman adopted the predictable tactic of attacking pretty much every ball, so our bowlers had to be disciplined and accurate.

Big Dave opened the bowling and was back to his very best. He observed that for a man of his ‘impressive stature’, a maximum of 4 overs per bowler was a bonus on the day. Giving maximum effort, Dave twice treated us to the sight every fielder loves to see …. the stumps being splayed in all directions. Dave was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 wickets and conceding only 11 runs in his four overs. Rizwan also bowled a good spell and took a wicket.

The other 2 Stortford wickets to fall came courtesy of run outs. One from some sharp work by Ashley and the other was a Big Dave/Martin combo.

Stortford scored 93 for 5 in the 16 overs.

Ashley and Big Dave opened the batting. Ashley continued his fine form from the week before and steered and stroked the ball stylishly to keep us at the required rate of 6 an over. At the other end Dave felt the pressure of expectation and on this occasion didn’t manage to stick around long. Saif worked hard, but batting was not easy and in an attempt the force a shot he got a bottom edge and was unlucky to fall to an excellent fingertip catch by the bowler. There were signs of a Munden wobble.

Next out was Jamie M.

Ashley and Jamie are … how can I put this tactfully …  cast from a different mould? So much so that Jamie had to put the brakes on his running between the wickets in order to avoid overtaking Ashley. But actually the partnership worked brilliantly and the two played the pivotal partnership in the innings. Ashley was eventually out caught going for a big hit. He recorded the top score of 29 comprising of few boundaries and a lot of running. Great work Ash.

Ashley was replaced by the ever calm Rizwan. Batting was not easy, and by now the rain had returned and the light was so poor that the numbers on the electronic scoreboard shone out like beacons. Luckily for Munden, they also showed that we were ahead of the rate and just needed to carry on playing in the same manner. Jamie and Riz had taken the score into the 80s when Jamie was stumped trying to end with a flurry.

We welcomed Wahab back to the crease to see the innings out. It came down to a target of 5 runs required off the last over. Wahab took a single off the first ball, giving the strike to Rizwan. He was coolness personified as he found the gaps in the field and scored 2 runs on successive balls giving Munden victory with 2 balls to spare.

Munden bowling:

  • D. Beardsley; 4 overs, 2 for 11
  • Saif; 3 overs for 26
  • Rizwan; 4 overs, 1 for 19
  • Aysin HB; 3 overs for 22
  • A. Boyce; 2 overs for 12

Munden batting:

  • A. Boyce 29
  • D. Beardsley 3
  • Saif 11
  • J. Monk 20
  • Rizwan 19 N.O.
  • Wahab 3 N.O.

This was another good performance by Munden where the depth in batting and bowling played dividends.

We currently sit joint top of the table along with High Beach and Wormley. We welcome Wormley to Green End next week … so more of the same next week please fellas.

 

 

  • J Boyce
  • D Beardsley
  • J Burrows
  • A Boyce
  • M Keswick
  • J Monk
  • D Monk
  • Riz
  • Saif
  • Aysin
  • Wahab
  • Chris 12th man

Please arrive by 12:30

BSCC, Cricketfield Lane, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2TD

 

Munden In Saif Hands

Little Munden got their league campaign off to a winning start on a glorious spring day at Green End.

After being put in to bat, the opening partnership of 186 between Ashley and Saif set the home side up for what proved a comfortable victory.

Saif rode his luck a couple of times early on, but once he had adjusted to the pace of the pitch, he started to find the middle of the bat and opened his shoulders playing the sort of free flowing shots we’ve come to expect from him.  He recorded his best ever score for Munden notching up 107.

Ashley played a big part in the partnership as he toiled away in the heat and uncharacteristically only hit 5 boundaries in his score of 74. He unselfishly gave the strike to Saif as often as possible at the cost of hitting singles and doing more running between the wickets. He  was somewhat relieved when he was caught behind playing a cheeky reverse sweep.

It’s never easy coming in as a batsman when the only option is to attack from the off. Rizwan  was trapped LBW, Martin and Jamie were unlucky to fall to stumpings and Big Dave and Cupcake were both run out when their partners mistook them for sprinters.

Nevertheless, the score of 239 for 7 was a formidable total on a pitch that was still drying out and with a slow outfield.

Thanks to Martin who  provided a generous and deliciously calorific tea for the second game in a row.

John experimented with the bowling as he opened with spin at both ends, giving the ball to Jamie B and Rizwan. After an initial opening spell, Jamie made way for Big Dave and the wickets began to fall. Saif was as lively with the ball as the bat.

All the bowlers performed well with the Aysin HB (heavy balls!) being the surprise package and recording the best figures of the day with 7 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 9 runs. He also executed a very sharp runout … good work Aysin. Ashley and big Dave also took 2 apiece. Ashley took an excellent catch above his head close and and Big Dave also claimed a catch.

Hockerill’s chances of winning were gone by the 30th over but they worked hard, gave their youngsters some experience at the crease, and saw out the 40 overs recording 129 for 9.

It was a good team performance by Munden. Last season we failed to score enough runs. In Ashley and Saif we have a solid opening partnership with plenty of attacking quality to follow. The batting, bowling and fielding were all of a good standard. There is always room for improvement, but in this game we gave the new captain the winning start he deserved … well done to everyone.

Munden batting:

  • A Boyce 74
  • Saif 107
  • Rizwan 16
  • M Keswick 10
  • Jamie M 2
  • D Beardsley 22
  • J Boyce 2
  • J Phipps 3 not out
  • Aysin 0 not out

Munden bowling:

  • J Burrows; 8 overs for 36
  • Rizwan; 9 overs, 1 for 32
  • D Beardsley; 6 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 17
  • Saif;  4 overs, 1 for 12
  • A Boyce; 5 overs, 2 for 17
  • Aysin; 7 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 9
  • J Monk; 1 over for 5

 

  • J Boyce
  • D Beardsley
  • M Keswick
  • J Burrows
  • A Boyce
  • Asin
  • Rizwan
  • Saif
  • J Monk
  • D Monk
  • J Phipps

12th man C Jones

ALL players to be at the ground for 12:30 please.