Recent wins v Superstars and Staefa...match reports to follow. 8 wins in a row now...
News in today of the new album due from legendary space rockers Hawkwind, out in September...Who decided on this cover?! Main man, and Feltham lad as it happens, Dave Brock playing quite an impressive shot here me thinks. Apparently, its an acoustic album of classic oldies, featuring Brocks old mate Eric Clapton and arranged by Mike Batt, of Wombles fame...
5/7 v Harrow. A win off the last ball! With Harrow needing 13 from the last over, then 2 from the last ball, and with a new batsman, it took a stumping for HL to win by 1 run. All very exciting on a scorching evening in Sunbury. HL batted first and were 4 down within the first 4 overs. Somehow we were 80 from 10, but finished up on just 137 from the 20, Swainy top scorerer with 34no. Harrow were 81 from 10 and looked in control. A few tight Swainy overs (9 from 4) pegged it back, Harrow needing 35 from the last 5, and then 13 from the last over. A couple of wides, a spilt catch that went for 4, 4 byes, a strange piece of fieling between Steve and Swain for 2, then a wicket meant we all had to sweat on the last ball. No run and a stumping sealing the win. 2 wickets each for Wendel and Kieran.
27/6 v Thames Water. The annual game v TW is eagerly anticipated these days. We share our home pitch, many of the lads know each other from Ashford CC and TW lay on a fantastic cricket tea after the game. HL opted to bat and got off to a flying start with both Karthik and Neil retiring on the 25. No-one else was able to post double figures, but once we were 8 down our openers were able to come back in with Neil hitting a few boundaries in the last over for HL to finish up on a decent 150/8. TW responded well initially, but key wickets regularly fell and HL were comfortably in control by the 10th over, TW finishing up 30 short on 120/7. Neil 47no, Karthik 26no, and 2 wickets each for Paul and Rick. We were beaten within 11 overs last year, so good to even up the score this time around.
19/6. On the bill this evening, new oppo Kingston Taxes. KT selected the bat option and, apart from one chap who passed the 30 retirement threshold, they posted a return of just 84/7. Not a large demand and defeat was easily evaded as HL claimed the full amount 38 balls before the 20 over deadline. A big score would have beckoned had rebated first and perhaps best that we were given the opportunity for an early finish (gave a few of us a little more prep time for the big Wendel stag fly away just a few hours later). Bicky and Parky earning the credits with 30's with the bat and 2 wickets each with the ball. HowsVat?
Magdalen CC, since the last mention, have had Sunday wins v Park Hill, Old Hors, Ham and Petersham and Engelfield Green, and a loss to Byfleet. Waseem and Imran lead the runs, with 200+ each, and Swainy and Imran the wickets, with 12 each. Steve already has 10 wicket keeping dismissals. I think that's now played 8, won 5, with another 18 to play.
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Spot the 1 player who hasnt played for HL?
12/6. Victory v Olds Cals gave HL our 200th all time win! Chris B opened up the bowling and took 2 wickets in 2 balls in his first over, both out swingers well caught by Wendel at slip. His hatrick ball only just missed the bat. That put OCs on the back foot and apart from opener Parker with 50, their innings never really got going, courtesy of good all round bowling from Chris, Swainy, Ian, Paul, Rick and Wendel, OC's finishing up on just 123/6. In response, Paul 32no, Chris 26 and Wendel 38no saw us home with 8 wickets and 22 balls to spare. We always have good games and they do go both ways, but HL the better team this evening.
31/5 v Harrow. Forecast was for rain and lightning all day and evening. As there hadn't been any by 4pm (sun all day), the game was deemed on. Just as Harrow were about to bowl the first ball, the heavens opened, and we all darted for cover. But just for 10 minutes and not enough to damage the wicket at Roxbourne Park anymore than it already is. The sun didnt come out again and the rest of the game was played in rather dull, but humid, conditions. HL scored a sound 145/4 from the agreed 18 overs. Waseem with 61, Keiran 27, Swainy 25. Harrow got off to a good start, but early 2 wickets from Ian in 2 balls, and 1 from Chris, stalled the response. Some chap scored 60 odd, but it wasn't enough as Harrow fell 23 short. And a pint in the Pinner Arms to celebrate our first win of the season.
24/5 v Pheonix. A grey, damp but warm evening in Sunbury, on the first day of the English Test Summer (v Pakistan at Lords, and England batted like it was a 2020). PHEO won the toss and, of course, batted first, gettng off to a flyer (we dropped the opener early), then being pegged back mid innings. A late flurry saw PHEO finish up on 152/6. (2 each for Wendel and Paul). HL seem to raise their game when playing the Pheonix, but 2 wickets lost in the first over wasn't the best of starts needed in our pursuit of 7.5 runs an over. Neil steadied the ship with 38, Waseem with 25. Wendel was run out with a direct throw, to the joy of the fielding team, for 12. With 49 needed from the last 5, Paul hit 3 6's for a quickfire 28 before being stumped with 15 needed from the last over. Alas, it was 8 too many as HL finished up on 145/8. An exciting game, we came close, but fell just short yet again, a couple of misfields perhaps being the key moments.
Press Release. Mike Childs has finally hung up his wicketing keeping gloves after 40 years of playing for Hounslow cricket teams. A regular for HL, he was a very nimble keeper, fair umpire, steady bat, fantastic team man and real purveyor of the game, Mike will be missed mid week by his team mates, and oppositions alike. He played for PS93 for many years but started playing for HL in the late 90's. Unfortunately, the stats weren't maintained that well back in the day, but he has well over 150 keeping dismissals for HL, including a very high stumping to catching ratio. Highest score of 41 for us, but we never, ever saw him bowl. Mike retired from LBH about 10 years ago. He still plays Sundays for Seven Sports with his son, has played the odd game for Magdalen, and here is hoping he will still pop along to watch when other commitments allow, including his many days a summer spent at Lords watching Middlesex and England. Cheers Mike, great effort, well played!
V Chelmbridge. When its 6pm on a cloudy evening in mid May and you only have 5 players present, then plan b needs to come into operation. Accept there wasnt a plan b as we desperately put a batting order together. HL put into bat for the sake of getting the game started and a chance for the other 6 to navigate the accident on Walton Bridge before it was time to field. Aided by a slightly tricky wicket and good bowling from Chelmbridge, HL plodded to a disappointing 106/2 off the 20, with our big hitting middle order waiting patiently in the pavilion. 20 off 2 in response suggested the game was going to be over quickly. However, wickets and good bowling from Swainy, Hitesh and Roy, somehow took the game to the end of the19th over before defeat was sealed, Chelm 107/5. 33no for Swainy, 29no for Rick, 2 wickets each for Roy and Paul. A great catch from Karthik. Another narrow defeat, we need to score a few more runs, and score them quicker, if we want to win any this season.
Next up, 16/5, Chelmbridge, Chepsom, Chesher..I'm not sure what they call themselves these days, perhaps plain old CWoA, but a battle on West End Rec, Hersham v Vallis & Co, beckons this next Wednesday....
Magdalen CC's season is up and running. The first game in mid April became a 20/20 thrashing at the hands of Burtons rampant Esher. The 2nd game v Sonning got cancelled due to an unprepared pitch. The third game v Cookham Dean was played in sub zero temperatures but we managed a win as the red kites circled. Last week, Warfield desperately hung on for a draw. And this Sunday, Park Hill at Ruxley Lane. Yet to play at our new home pitch at Kempton CC. Imran already in the runs, averaging 99. And Imran and Swainy leading the wickets with 4 each.
10/5 v Richmond Yorkers. Sunny evening for our first game of the season at Spelthorne. HL into bat, finishing up on a below par 130/7. 65 off the first 10, but just 11 from the last 4 including a maiden. 30 from Swainy, 24 from Wendel, 23 from Adam and, helpfully, 40 from extras (we do 2 runs for a wide/ no ball, no extra ball). Richmonds openers proved difficult to dislodge, a couple of dropped catches allowing them both to retire on 50. Coincidentally, Richmond were also 65 from 10 and also needed 19 from the last 4. Just 5 required from the last over, crossing the line with 2 balls to spare, 3 down (2 wickets Wendel). A very close game indeed. 1 more run than last week, but still lost in the last over. HL 130/7, Rich 133/3 19.4 overs.
1/5 v Hounslow Navigators. The sun came out, but Leisure lost in the last over. Leisure got to a respectable 129 from the 20, after a slow start, thanks to Kerians knock of 41no. Navigators had an even slower start, and needed 80 from their last 7 overs. Some big hitting and a few dropped catches saw Navigators home with 5 balls to spare. HL 129/5, Nav 130/6 (19.1 overs)
30/4. Its cold, wet, windy... Must mean the start of the mid week season. Less than 24 hours away from the first clash of the season; the traditional annual cricket season opener v the Hounslow Navigators. Kempton CC, 5pm start. Forecast better for tomorrow, and hopefully the covers have been on.