Containment and Contempt at Lingfield.
By Steve Isaac
Dennis and MJ concede just 2 runs from the bat in their 9 overs
HSCC 71-3 from 9.5 overs win by 7 wickets and go tied second in the SJIL league with Esher and Ashtead who we will play very soon.
Man of the Match MJ 4-0-1-4 wickets.
This week with 15 minutes to go the boys got their act together and finished the social chat early to get on the with the game in hand. That was a vast improvement on the week before against Wimbledon.
Our Containment plan went into action when the dry and dusty pitch that had been covered from the early morning showers was revealed.
James, Robbie and Ollie hatched the plan to utilise the four spinners we had available to good effect. No one could have imagined that MJ would bowl the best 4 overs of his life get 4 wickets for 1 run and be denied his fifth over! Their batsman had no answer for his fast in swinging yorkers! I am so pleased to see him control his action to near perfection at last. Now he has the chance to develop the away swinging delivery in practice so I am looking forward to that. It was Robbie who set the tone against some technically average batsmen to completely deny any runs scoring opportunities at all, 5 overs for 1 run with the loudest appeal heard this season to the plumbest of Lbw decisions I will give this year. Frankie and Zain only conceded 39 runs in the next 9 overs as Abdul and McClay occupied the crease and started to hit and their 50 came up in the 20th over. Zain was carrying a leg injury to not be his normal self but still a good test for the batsman. Frankie bowled an excellent controlled spell, following a wicket with his first ball with 5 overs for 20 runs but the control to restrict the batsman and expose their weakness against spin that Guildford had told us about. Joe was tidy although looking a little rusty, Tom bowled the best 12 balls he has bowled for the team and deserved a wicket and Jack C you miss I hit did it again with 2 of his best deliveries. He seems to thrive when the batsmen are after him at the death!
Surely we had done enough, the batting order stayed the same and thomas played a lovely net shot on a slow wicket revealing the value of time in the middle cannot be beat. Ollie was soon bowled by a shooter and we were 23 for 2 but James looked imperious and Olly A and He put on a match winning partnership before a questionable run out with Ollie having done his usual try scoring dive over the line!
I took a straw pole after the game and 8 or 9 hands went up when asked who would want to watch the England Game, the two SA boys didn't put their hands up so we are pretty united in supporting the team in the world cup.
Enjoy tonights game, training on Wednesday at the club this Wednesday will be on with Shacaya and Ollie.