Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI v Reed on Sat 11 Jul 2009 at 1:00
Northwood Cricket Club Lost NCC got 9 points

Match report Northwood faced Reed who at the start of play were just below them in the league. The wicket looked a little less green this week and the policy of always batting first, set a target and bowl the opposition out was continued with.

And within two overs, we were in trouble. Nuss caught on the full LBW again, and Noachpup trying to put the opening bowler into the next field without really having a look at either the ball the bowler or the wicket. He did see a 747 flying over though.

Skipper Noachie joined Brockers and so begun a long careful and patient stand on a wicket that was clearly doing things. Both were circumspect with the accurate Reed bowling with both Johnson and Wilson making runs hard to come by. However, a few shots by Noachie showed how he is clearly one of the best bats in this division. The introduction of Morss bowling left arm, made things even harder, and with the pitch doing allsorts, both played and missed.

Noachie after a long time of telling himself to go forward, got one that didn’t get up much and was bowled for 39 and Blockers then got caught at square leg whilst trying to hit himself out of the hole he had been put in by the oppositions bowling. Both are to be commended for the application they showed.

Can’t say that about the rest of us though. With the captains words “get forward” ringing in our ears, it was a case of in one ear out the other, as apart from Mace scoring a quick ten, batsmen 6 to 10 all got ducks, with Maverick being the worst culprit doing a Peterson, leaving the straight one (moved a mile so he said). In a score card of 7 ducks, what would the odds be on Raj finishing 4th highest scorer with a four hit past mid off before he perished caught behind?

We were all out for 103, the same score as we bowled out Northwood Town the week before. The only difference is that we knew that there was plenty in the wicket for us to exploit in return and with our bowling attack, that would make it difficult for Reed to chase.

Mr and Mrs Hussey did an excellent tea but there was too much chocolate cake, scones with jam and cream and butterfly cakes. Running around after that was very difficult as it soon showed.

It showed for Noachie anyway as despite steaming in, he couldn’t quite find his line in the first two overs, getting hit in his first couple of overs. However, he settled down and both he and Jamie were unlucky not to take wickets but it was soon clear the slower bowlers had to come on to bowl. . Noachie introduced Rossco and then Gobbo. Gobbo made an immediate impact surprising Noachie at first slip by finding the edge with one that Noachie smothered into his chest, followed by catch at the wicket by Mace. The opening partnership had put on 37 for the first wicket and Reed were ahead of the game.

This brought Dobson to the wicket whose nickname apparently is also Gobbo although I am sure he is not called Gobbo for quite the same reasons as ours! Our Gobbo said “There is only room for one Gobbo on this pitch” and promptly got him caught and bowled, much to his delight. Rossco at the other end was also causing problems, and had two catches taken by Gobbo at very silly short leg.

However Reed were still chipping away at the target and the dangerous Johnson scoring quite freely but Northwood were not holding their chances. Nusskey screwed himself into the ground trying to catch a leading edge and Mace dropped a couple of very hard chances that either stick when you are standing up or not, plus one sharp stumping.

Raj came on to bowl and immediately made an impact bowling Johnson. Rossco took a further wicket LBW but this brought “Coach” to the wicket who obviously knew which end of the bat to hold. Raj then proceeded to juggle what to most would be a simple catch, with seven attempts to hold it.

Young then hit a six into the Spinney to leave Reed needing 2 to win only for a rush of blood to their skipper’s head left him stumped off Rossco (what was he doing??!!) leaving their number 11 to play out the over. Young then finished it all with a clean hit into the road off Raj. Number 10?

It was a disappointing end to a game that we could and possibly should have won, with the bowling we had and the chances we missed it should have been 30 points despite the low total. Some of the chances were difficult, especially Mace’s chances which standing up either stick or they don’t. Saturday they didn’t. Some weren't difficult (Reggie and Nuss). A good game for the neutrals. Well done for Reed for just squeezing past the finishing line.

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 4w 1b 3lb 
for 10 wickets

(42.0 overs)
Tom Brockton ct Frenay b Morss 40 117 96 5 41.67
Nigel Hussey lbw Johnson 0 10 2 0
Ross Noach b Johnson 0 3 4 0
Simon Noach b Young 39 90 76 6 51.32
Alex Mason ct Reeves b Morss 10 35 31 1 32.26
Paul Richardson b Young 0 13 9 0
Ash Dhanatunge b Young 0 2 4 0
Mehul Patel ct Jackson b Young 0 6 9 0
James Lewis Not Out  0
Jack Mendelssohn b Young 0
Raj Latchman ct Jackson b Young 4 5 6 1 66.67

Reed Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
L Johnson8.0134217.004.25
G Wilson11.032600.002.36
B Morss13.061427.001.08
A Young9.112564.172.73

Reed Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
10b 2lb 
for 9 wickets
107 (40.0 overs)
J Heslam ct S Noach B Richardson 17
S Jackson st Mason b R Noach 18
T Fulk ct Mason b Richardson 1
W Dobson ct  & b Richardson 4
T Greaves ct Richardson b R Noach 13
P Frenay ct R Noach b R Noach 5
R Johnson b R Latchman 21
L Johnson lbw R Noach 0
B Morss st Mason b R Noach 2
A Young Not Out  14
G Wilson Not Out  0

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Simon Noach5.031600.003.20
James Lewis5.001300.002.60
Ross Noach15.072354.601.53
Paul Richardson9.042137.002.33
Raj Latchman5.1222122.004.26