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Apologies for this rather late and brief match report.

Munden continued their unbeaten run notching up a 7th win in a row against a dangerous and talented Takeley side.

Ashley and Saif continued their opening partnership.

As predicted ūüôā Saif showed what he can do when not deprived of food and was back to his best with the bat. He hit 8 fours and 4 sixes in top scoring with 83.

Ashley¬† was disappointed to fall to a catch in the covers when on 18 but Munden have depth in batting this season and Rizwan ‘the run harvester’ took over and continued his long running occupation of the crease.

Saif was followed by Jamie and Dave B.  neither of whom managed to hang around and it was left to Martin to resume his successful partnership to take Munden to 212 for four.

Riz’s batting stats so far this season are:

7 innings, 309 runs, dismissed only twice, batting average 154.5 ……. and currently not out for the last 4 innings. Phenomenal figures!

Munden Batting:

  • A. Boyce 17
  • Saif 85
  • Rizwan 67 not out
  • D. Beardsley 3
  • M. Keswick 18 not out

220 seemed about a par score given the conditions and the wicket. Our hosts needed to average 5.5 runs per over to win the game.

Given that target, our opening bowlers, Dave B and Shahid¬† delivered exactly what was needed. Their pace, swing and accuracy pinned the batsmen down and restricted the run rate. Both were rewarded for their efforts when they clean bowled Takeley’s two openers repectively.

Saif took over from Khalid and bowled with his usual venom and accuracy and took 3 important wickets when he came back for his second spell.

Riz played his part and also took a wicket in his four overs.

Ashley was the leading wicket taker once again as he tempted the batsmen into big shots. He mopped up the middle order taking 4 wickets.

Takeley were all out in the 37th over as Munden continued their unprecedented unbeaten run this season.

Munden Bowling:

  • D. Beardsley; 9 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 21
  • Shahid; 9 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 26
  • Saif; 5.4 overs, 3 for 17
  • A. Boyce; 9 overs, 4 for 50
  • Rizwan; 4 overs, 1 for 33

John Boyce called the team together after the game to announce he was having shoulder surgery the following Tuesday and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Best of luck for¬† a swift recovery John … we’re going to miss you.

 

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It was an overcast, grey day with the possibility of sunshine, or alternatively, the odd heavy shower, at any time. Thank you to everyone who arrived early to prepare the ground.

Due to the capricious nature of the weather leading up to the game, the pitch had been covered more than we’d have liked and so the hard batsman’s track of 2 weeks earlier was never going to be replicated.

Sawbridgeworth won the toss and put Munden in to bat.

Ashley and Saif are now cemented in place as Munden’s openers. They took to the crease not knowing what to expect from the wicket or the opposition bowlers. They soon found that the bowling was accurate and testing, and the pitch suited the bowlers with the added problem of the occasional ball keeping low.

Ashley was not his usual self and took frequent strolls away from the wicket giving himself a stern talking to. Shots that would normally speed away to the boundary slowed up in the outfield and runs did not come easily. In frustration, Ashley tried to force his shots and clipped the ball to the keeper. His time with the bat was over, but like others in this game, redemption was just around the corner.

The ever reliable Rizwan was next in and he too soon discovered that patience and shot selection was key to building an innings under these conditions.

Saif was just beginning to look comfortable when Paktsun, the impressive away swing bowler, produced an inswinger that bounced low and Saif was trapped LBW.

Sawbridgeworth had done their research as word went out that the next batsman, Jamie Monk, had scored a century in his last game. Jamie looked comfortable from the off, punching a drive low for his trademark lighting 2 runs where many would struggle to get a single. But soon after he encountered his first ball to keep low and chopped the ball onto his stumps attempting a cut shot.

At 54 for 3, we needed a partnership to steady the innings. It was apparent that a score of 150 would be a challenging target in the conditions.

Big Dave was next to the crease. He has been back to his best with bat and ball so far this season. Rizwan quietly and efficiently got about the job of anchoring the innings whilst pushing the score along. Dave started to find the middle of the bat and was looking comfortable when like many, he slightly mistimed a shot and was caught. Nevertheless we were back on track at 96 for 4.

Dave was replaced by Aysin HB. As irrepressible as ever, Aysin’s smile was as¬†wide as the timing of his shot. It was good to have him back in the pavilion to continue with the banter.

Next in was middle order specialist Mr James Phipps. Last week he’d¬†steadied the boat, this week he capsized¬†¬†and made way¬†for an old friend and renowned big hitter in the shape Ed who was making his annual appearance for Munden.

When¬†Ed hits the ball it stays hit. He hit a massive six last season and was clearly trying to replicate the feat as his muscular farmer’s arms flailed at the almost every delivery. Ed’s flailing was effective. He hit more boundaries than any other batsman in¬†his quickfire innings of 20 to put us into the realms of a defendable total and then made way for an overdue return to the batting of Captain John Boyce.

All this time Rizwan, the cunning stealthy run assassin was quietly building the innings. John reminded us that it’s not only cupcakes he can devour, but any ball that allows a little width as he timed a shot beautifully for four. The two¬†completed the innings unbeaten and pushed the score to a creditable 145 for 7 in the 40 overs.

Munden batting:

  • A. Boyce 13
  • Saif 26
  • Rizwan 51 not out
  • J. Monk 3
  • D. Beardsley 15
  • Aysin 0
  • J. Phipps¬†1
  • E. Preston 20
  • J. Boyce 6 not out

After tea, we had a huddle in the middle where Captain Boyce delivered a rousing motivational speech reminiscent of Henry V, urging us to build and protect Fortress Munden.

His words must have hit home because Big Dave and Saif produced a brilliant display of accurate and hostile opening bowling that frequently was too good and evaded the bat completely. After a few frustrating overs, both were rewarded with a wicket; Dave trapped the No. 1 bat LB, and in the next over, Saif clean bowled his young replacement.

Rizwan had already been pivotal to the batting performance and had clearly been exhausted by his time in his time at the crease in the heat, so when he took over from Saif, it would not have been fair to expect too much.

But Riz is a team player. The wicket suited his mixture of pace, flight and turn as he ripped through the Sawbridgeworth middle order. He tempted the batsman into playing shots they would all have regretted as they returned to the pavilion.

None of this would have been possible without Munden proving the old adage about catches winning matches.

Jamie Monk and Aysin may both¬†have been disappointed by his short stay at the crease, but¬†Jamie’s hattrick of catches helped remove the batsmen and Aysin’s¬†athleticism in the field must have saved us at least 25 runs.

No Munden performance is complete without Ashley taking wickets. This time just the three, one of which was a caught and bowled.

Others to join the catching club were Saif, D. Monk and possibly the pick of the bunch by Mr James Phipps¬† … who has asked me to make it clear that he is not a great catcher but a taker of great catches ūüôā Our fielding was out of the top drawer, I can’t remember a game in recent history when we’ve taken 7 catches.

Sawbridgeworth were all out for 72 in the 28th over.

Munden bowling:

  • D. Beardsley; 9 overs, 3 maidens, 1 for 16
  • Saif; 7 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 21
  • Rizwan; 6.2 overs, 2 maidens 5 for 9
  • A. Boyce; 5 overs, 3 for 22

Highlights of the game were Rizwan’s crucial innings of 51 not out followed by a 5 wicket haul for a measly 9 runs; Daves hostile 9 overs for 16 runs and the fielding of Jamie and Aysin in particular.

All this was due in no small part to the astute captaincy of John Boyce. He read the conditions and opposition correctly and executed a game plan that worked to perfection.

As always, a big thank you to Chris for his hard work behind the scenes.

That’s top of the league and 5 games unbeaten for Munden. No time to rest on our laurels … let’s maintain the momentum, we have another game to win next week.

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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.

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

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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.

 

 

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  • 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

 

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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

 

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