Scorecard

Hemel Hempstead II v Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 26 May 2012 at 1:00
Northwood Cricket Club Lost NCC got 6 points

Match report David’s merry men travelled to Hemel to play their twos but without him as he was at a wedding. Danny too was otherwise engaged so Noachie led the boys into battle. Hemel won the toss and batted on a scorchio afternoon. However, the opening partnership of Noachie and Jimbo Lewis kept the oppo behind the clock. Noachie stuffed Hemel’s young opener who had spent the winter in Sidney learning how to bowl no balls on the last ball of the first over. James was equally tight with his line but Noachie broke down with an adductor muscle pull and by the end of the innings he could hardly walk. Stuart took over again from Noachie and showed what leaps and bounds he has made over the winter ad after 20 overs, Hemel were on 50 for 1. It was unfortunate that we could not take any more wickets than that.



Jims took a startling caught and bowled before Ram took over from James at the canal end and continued in the same vein. At 40 overs, Hemel had progressed to 100 with Jims (the Jimmy Anderson of thee team) showing what a great pair of hands he has by taking a startling catch at mid on diving one handed to his right off Stuart Reeve. Steve Hussey then took a great catch behind off Ram and James Lewis came back to replace a tired Reevo (12.1 overs for 39) to catch Hemel’s dangerous batsman Morgan LBW. He had previously scored a ton for MCC against us with relative ease so this was a good wicket to get. Northwood’s ground fielding was excellent with rarely a misfield allowing Hemel free runs. Peter Legg, Reece Kirk and Chuck Ward and newcomer Cameron Unicorn all fielded excellently with Reece poaching the next catch. Northwood were still looking good until the last batsman opening bowler Howard started to whack the ball to get them up to a total. Hemel ended up on 199 for 6 on a wicket that looked 240+.



It was a great effort by the team and a target that we could chase down. Unfortunately Noachie was crocked and would not bat unless necessary. Stewie and Nuss opened the batting and looked comfortable against the Hemel opening attack, nicking singles here and there and punishing the bad ball. The young opening bat came on to bowl and showed how to bowl no ball after no ball. Not all of them were called but Stewie despatched him through mid wicket before chasing a wide one bringing Swampy to the wicket at 3. The Hemel skipper had slowed things down by bringing spin on. Swampy didn’t last too long and despite being warned that he had to hang around and build an innings, he tried to hit the bowlers out of the ground, being stumped in the process. Then Cameron at 4 looked nervous with little foot movement before he got a huge inside edge onto his pad before being given out LBW. Steve Hussey up at 5 then came in and was given the same instructions by Nuss. Nuss however forgot what they were and soon departed for the top score of 31, bowled by a yorker like a rabbit in the headlights. Steve was adjudged LBW and Chuck came to the crease and played straight to everything thrown at him. Reece showed some rustiness and lasted two balls. At least this year he didn’t get wound up by the vocal wicket keeper of two years ago who sadly was not playing.



James Lewis was run out by the no ball bowler backing up without facing from a straight drive from Chuck. He had changed ends to get away from the umpire who was calling him and soon found that the other umpire was not calling them. Chuck pointed this out to the umpire much to the young lad’s annoyance and following a brief chat proceeded to straight drive him for 4 the next ball he faced off him. He and Ram put up a stout defence of the last wicket but Ram was adjudged LBW a fair way down the track. I suppose now that we have seen these given on TV, umpires will give more. Noachie declined to bat at 122-9 with 9 overs left so the innings was over.



It was a sad end to a good start if that makes sense. Our bowlers bowled fantastically well with not much luck. No chances were offered but a strong batting side was kept well at bay. Noachie 6 overs for 11, Reevo 12 overs for 39 and Ram 18 overs for 60 showed we have a strong attack. Maybe we could have taken the pace off the ball as the last 13 overs Hemel got after the bowling (just me wanting to bowl!) However, we need all our top 6 to fire and more responsibility must be taken by Nuss, Reevo and Swampy. Hopefully Chuck will get some runs not looking out of place in the ones and an American voice in the side always intrigues the opposition. Reevo is due a league ton at some point and must not throw it away. Pete Legg looked a good player and certainly wasn’t daunted by the game and fielded very well. Reece fielded well although did go one nil down to a ball that through his hands Robert Greenie style! There is a much better spirit in the team this year, more solidarity and so far quite enjoyable despite this defeat.



Let’s hope for 30 points and a fit Noachie on Saturday against Watford Town.

Nigel

Hemel Hempstead II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
extras
TOTAL :
4b 10lb 
for 6 wickets
14
198 (53.0 overs)
     
J O' Nine b  Noach 0
G Clark ct  J Lewis b S Reeve 23
T Elborn ct  b J Lewis 15
K Akhtar ct  S Hussey b R Nandiraju 68
N Morgan lbw  J Lewis 7
S Reader ct  R Kirk b J Lewis 28
D Howard Not Out  41
F Iqbal Not Out  2
   
   
   

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Simon Noach5.5211111.001.89
James Lewis17.0274324.674.35
Stuart Reeve12.1139139.003.21
Ram Nandiraju18.0560160.003.33

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
extras
TOTAL :
9nb 2w 2b 3lb 
for 9 wickets
16
121

(40.0 overs)
    
Nigel Hussey b  Iqbal 31 101 80 4 38.75
Stuart Reeve ct  Jahn b O' Nien 15 51 42 1 35.71
Swapnil Pokharkar st  Jahn 17 28 28 3 60.71
Cameron Unicomb lbw  Iqbal 0 7 7 0
Steve Hussey lbw  Iqbal 0 15 11 0 1
Bryan Ward Not Out  26 41 3 63.41 1
Reece Kirk ct  Elborn b Davies 2 2 4 50.0
Peter Legge b  Howard 6 27 30 20.0
James Lewis Run out  0 1 1 0 2
Ram Nandiraju lbw  Davies 8 14 8 1 100
Simon Noach  

Hemel Hempstead II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
I Doodson4.01900.002.25
D Howard7.0317117.002.43
J O'Nien5.0041141.008.20
B Davies14.372036.671.38
F Iqbal10.012939.672.90

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    David Ball
 
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