Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI v Luton Town & Indians on Sat 20 Jun 2009 at 1:00
Northwood Cricket Club Lost NCC got 14 points

Match report Luton Town and Indians visited Ducks Hill Road. Noachie lost the toss and we were inserted in to bat as they thought it should do something for them.

In the absence of Danny Rodgers, Nuss opened with Brockers and Luton soon found the wicket played well as Nuss and Brockers put on 60 for the first wicket. Nuss departed on 21 with a trademark cut to short point who caught it at the 15th attempt.

Raz came in and looked good until for the 5th time this year he was adjudged LBW although there were suggestions he may have hit it. Noachie (or Roachie as LT&I called him on their website) soon was in his stride, the high note being the front foot drive down to the air raid shelter and LTI were getting worried.

However, Tom produced an airy shot to be caught at short third man before he had got another 100 (and would bore us about it and his strike rate in the bar afterwards) but this brought Noachie and Roscoe to bat together in front of his family who were doing teas (once the workings of the oven was sorted out). Unfortunately, he was out stumped for 31, walking when he believed he was plum in front but at 184-4 we were well placed for a big score. Roscoe was joined by Gobbo who was harshly adjudged run out at the bowler’s end when from the pavilion his bat looked grounded.

This was the beginning of the end of the innings as Roscoe and Stewie both got out cheaply. Sadly we were understrength missing 4 first team players but Debutants Reece Kirk and Jack Mendelssohn both tried hard before succumbing to a difficult situation. Craig Nichols looked comfortable and Reggie survived his first ball to stay 0 not out but we were eventually all out for 205 when 250 looked reachable at 4 wickets down.

A bit of bad luck in a couple of decisions but we still threw away the good start from the top 4 before imploding somewhat. Still 200 is better than a few years ago when we would have been on 140 all out.

Mrs Noach surpassed herself in the tea although the word must have been out that she was doing teas as Hoppo turned up at 2.30 in anticipation.

With James Lewis away for the weekend, Noachie opened the bowling with Stewie, and whilst Noachie had the openers, especially Pagey in a little trouble, Stewie sadly suffered and when the first ball went for 4 his shoulders dropped and he got hit for 31 in three overs. Sadly if Noachie had held onto a difficult chance at first slip in the first over or if a fairly adjacent LBW had been given, things could have been different as that guy went on to make a well struck 60 in double quick time.

Once Noachie had got rid of the opener, this bought their Sri Lankan A player Harsha Cooray to the crease (He is on Cricinfo). Whilst his bowling looked a little ordinary on a pitch that should have helped him, at this level he is a solid bat, going at Noachie from ball 1 which Noachie obviously did not like. Noachie soon had Page caught by Raz who again kept well behind the stumps.

Gobbo then induced an edge from him the Sri Lankan, although this was not heard. Jack Mendelssohn dropped him when looking so comfortable under a catch and it took the late introduction of Raj Latchman to remove Cooray. Two nicely floated balls were hit for 6 and 4 before he floated one up into the trees and Nuss caught him at extra cover.

Reece Kirk was part of the team this week and if you don’t know is a goalkeeping coach at Watford and he provided ample evidence of this as he kept many a ball out of the bottom corner of the net in the covers. Craig Nichols also fielded excellently in the deep.

This was a little too late and although Roscoe got the fourth wicket caught by Jack Mendelssohn 3 feet from Reggie as the whole team shouted “Jack’s” as the ball descended on Reggie’s orange swede. LTI were home and hosed as they won by 6 wickets in 37 overs.

On a different day we could have got 250. We also might have had a couple of decisions go our way but we did drop 5 catches in the innings. We were a couple of players short but so were they. You make your own luck and unless we grab those chances, we are up against it. Still 14 points is a good total and we are the top batting and bowling points scorers in the division but we need to win games.

Well done to LTI, a good game for them but here’s to 30 points next week.

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 4w 14b 6lb 
for 19 wickets

(50.0 overs)
Tom Brockton ct Bashir b Haroon 81 118 115 11 70.43
Nigel Hussey ct Patel b Sharma 21 51 39 4 53.85
Richard Wise lbw Cooray 6 23 36 16.67
Simon Noach lbw Cooray 31 59 36 4 86.11
Ross Noach st Dalvi b Khan 16
Paul Richardson Run out  19 26 21 90.48
Stuart Reeve ct Chauhan b Khan 0 8 7 0
Reece Kirk st Dalvi b Khan 5 11 11 1 45.45
A.N. Other lbw Cooray 0
Craig Nichols b Cooray 2 10 14 14.29
Raj Latchman Not Out  0

Luton Town & Indians Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Luton Town & Indians Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 11b 4lb 
for 4 wickets
207 (35.2 overs)
J Page ct R Wise b S Noach 14
M Patel b S noach 51
H Cooray ct Hussey b R Latchman 60
M Haroon ct Mendleson b R Noach 34
A Khan Not Out  28
K Dalvi Not Out  3

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Simon Noach12.0244222.003.67
Stuart Reeve3.003100.0010.33
Paul Richardson10.004700.004.70
Ross Noach6.0047147.007.83
Raj Latchman4.2023123.005.31