Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI v Leverstock Green on Sat 19 May 2012 at 1:00
Northwood Cricket Club Lost 18 points for Northwood

Match report Northwood faced Leverstock Green with an air of expectation after the previous good result against County Hall where Northwood achieved more batting points in one innings than in all of 2011. (8 against 10!) David Goodhew won the toss again and again had the confidence to bat first. With Danny Rodgers back in, this was soon repaid as Danny took control. Nuss found things hard going again and was out for 7 but Stuart Reeve Joined Danny at the crease and the two put on 40 for the second wicket before Danny perished hitting a long hop to mid on. The scorer from Leverstock was using an Ipad, something David Ball had never seen before, and it had a programme which also produced a wagon wheel for your innings. Nuss’s wasn’t that big but anyone using Danny’s wheel to actually travel anywhere would have had a big problem as he failed to score a run on the leg side.
Noachie senior continued his good form with patient batting against the ever difficult Klostermans off breaks and Arm balls although he wasn’t as threatening as you would have thought on a green top as Noachie found the gaps and punished anything bad. Swapnil (now affectionately known as Swampy – No he looks nothing like the real Swampy as usual with nicknames) showed he has an excellent batting pedigree as he hung around with Noachie and also hit anything short or full scoring 45 before being caught out. Noachie fell to Klosterman but now averages 160. Not bad!
The tail wagged and some hard hitting from new Aussie Cameron Unicomb Steve Hussey and David Goodhew brought the total up to 218 for 8 after 53 overs. Doubling last weeks 10 batting points and eclipsing last year’s points total by some margin.
The only down side to the day was Judy Knowles tea. Far too good, far too much and it was difficult to fully appreciate such bounteous offerings as we had to run around after many sandwiches, cakes, scones etc etc.
Simon Noach opened the bowling and almost got the Leverstock skipper out first ball with a difficult dipping chance to Steve Hussey behind the stumps. Noach took full advantage of the wicket without taking wickets and at times was unplayable. Stewie bowled his best spell of the last few seasons again without luck with some unplayable deliveries. Noachie got the first wicket caught behind but this brought LG’s King to the crease. A sharp caught and bowled was missed by Stewie which would probably have foreshortened the game. The short stocky young guy decided to tuck into some full deliveries and hit sixes to most parts of the ground although he did give further chances. Danny Rodgers will want to forget his drop at first slip and Chuck had a very difficult catch going down the hill that he got a hand to.
Ram replaced Stuart and bowled tightly against the other batsman but King tucked in when he wanted. Noach then hurt a fetlock and had to be replaced by Stuart but again King tucked in and at 90 for 1 (of which King had a large proportion of those) Leverstock were still behind the clock. Ram then had the stubborn opener caught by Chuck at midwicket, a low down catch that he claimed. Northwood then seemed to sense the chance of something happening. Whilst only one wicket had gone down at drinks, we have been in this situation before and won.
Northwood’s fielding then bucked up and pressure started to build on LG. David Goodhew then called on the only other bowler who could win the game for him, Nuss. By this time King was on 95 and distinctly nervous. No way did he want to get out to Nuss and so he played cagily against Nuss’s slow stuff. Ram then bowled LG’s number 4, and Nuss had their number 6 caught at midwicket by Swampy. Game on! Nuss then got the keeper caught behind by Steve Huss and on a huge away swinger and despite not wanting to walk from a snick heard by all in the bar. Ram also took wickets at the other end, three of which were caught by Chuck’s huge hands.  6 down and LG were getting nervous. However by this time King had got his hundred and was starting to attack again. With two overs left, 12 runs were required. Unfortunately Ram went for 11 in his last over leaving Nuss to bowl the last over at the death with only 2 required. How often has that been heard? Nuss bowling at the death.
King then pushed back Nuss’s first delivery but then put the second ball on the roof of the nets to earn LG 30 points.
It was an excellent game. 440 runs in a day and 16 wickets with a result in the last over. Northwood got 18 points out of it and a sense that they can be competitive with one of the better teams in the league. Having said that if King had been nabbed earlier and with only one other player scoring 25, then the result might well have been different. You couldn’t see the lower order standing up to Noachie the way he was bowling. Also Ram took 5 wickets, the first time in the league for the ones, but you could see that his last over hurt being hit for 11. His passion and commitment to the cause should be something for us all to aspire to and emulate. He also bought 2 jugs. Which was nice!!
Positives. Batting. Scoring 200+ two weeks running. Bowling – Ram taking 5 wickets. Noachie and Reevo bowling unplayable delivers. Negatives – Catching – If we don’t practice it wont get better. Let’s pray for good weather on Wednesday and all get down there for some practice.

Debutant: Swapnil Pokharkar & Cameron Unicomb

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 6w 7b 6lb 
for 8 wickets

(53.0 overs)
Daniel Rodgers ct Landau 50 78 67 7 1 74.63
Nigel Hussey lbw Khan 7 28 26 1 26.92
Stuart Reeve ct Klosterman 13 53 52 2 25.00
Simon Noach ct Klosterman 62 84 72 8 2 86.11
Swapnil Pokharkar ct Khan 45 75 66 4 3 68.18 1
Cameron Unicomb Run out  12 22 18 1 66.67
Bryan Ward lbw Khan 0 2 3 0 3
Steve Hussey Run out  5 18 14 35.71 2 1
David Goodhew Not Out  2 3 3 66.67
Nick Nicholson  
Ram Nandiraju  

Leverstock Green Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Leverstock Green Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
4nb 1w 2b 7lb 
for 8 wickets
223 (46.2 overs)
Collshed ct Nandiraju 25
Murphy ct Noach 10
King Not Out  146
Raval b Nandiraju 15
Merrett ct N.Hussey 0
Landau ct Nandiraju 5
Klosterman ct Nandiraju 0
Khan st Nandiraju 8
Wallis ct N.Hussey 0
Roberts Not Out  0

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Simon Noach12.5330130.002.34
Stuart Reeve12.125700.004.68
Ram Nandiraju14.0386517.206.14
Nigel Hussey7.2041220.505.59

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Mr.David Ball
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