Harefield Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI v Alexandra Park on Sun 15 Aug 2010 at 1.00
Harefield Cricket Club Won by 134 runs

Match report Wet wet wet –Academy still singing in tune.

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1. Saturated with liquid, esp. water; soaked through: "his clothes were sodden".

2. Having drunk an excessive amount of a particular alcoholic drink: "whiskey-sodden drunk".

With both these statements applicable to the academy, caution was throw to the wind and as on many occasions the skipper refused to listen to any advice given by senior members of the club and decided that Stade de Harefield was fit for a game.

So after Pedro’s cabs picked up the oppo from the station, a thorough inspection of the pitch was conducted by the umpires, then the oppo, then again by the umpires. A very disgruntled umpire was forced to occupy the pitch with Alexandra Park winning the toss electing to have a trundle.

Feeling that he needed to step up and lead from the front the skip rolled back the years and rekindled the prolific opening partnership of King and Petley (as regular opener L. Appers was dropped due to the new regime of 22 years or younger). The pair gelled like they had never been apart with Petley taking the offensive while King took more of the supportive role. They flew to 53-0 off nine and all was looking solid as King picked up the run rate to join his partner on 27. Only for Petley to drag on and stomp off! Baldwin entered the frame and bustled his way to 20 and steered the skipper to his maiden 50 of the year. Then as Alexandra Park found out earlier in the day London buses come all at once and Day and Richards were left short changed and sent back for a combined 1.

King (90) quickly departed after a brief partnership with young Ogden and left the game in the balance. Luckily for the young ones S. Morris (48*) took the game away with a sterling knock of finesse and power, good from you press ups!!!

So the academy run out of over’s on 235- 8 and bee-line for Middlesex’s best teas.

The academy take the field, with Ridgeway’s midweek practise and ability to swing both ways took the ball in hand and got stuck in up front. This array of ‘complete areas’ was extended with the introduction of D. Morris (2-15). The regional ‘Bird’ watcher was soon accompanied by his young apprentice in ‘Finchhyyyy’ (3-34), the pair took the game away from Alexandra Park in a tight spell, ending with two solid catches by S. Morris and Ogden sending the oppo down the hill to the nearest bus stop.

Lessons of the week-

1. Bowlers can bat, but batters can’t always bowl.
2. Sometimes the exuberance of youth is wiser than experience of old!
3. That Highgate to Harefield is a bloody long way to travel by public transport!

Harefield Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Russell Petley Bowled  27
Doug King Stumped  90
Luc Baldwin Caught  20
Tom Day Bowled  1
Ollie Richards Lbw  0 1
Matthew Ogden Caught  7 1
Dale Morris Caught  7
Dan Evans Bowled  14
Scott Morris Not Out  48 1
Greg Ridgeway Not Out  3 1 1
Ryan Finch  

Alexandra Park Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Alexandra Park Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
101 (0.0 overs)

Harefield Cricket Club Sunday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dan Evans6.0310110.001.67
Greg Ridgeway5.0022211.004.40
Dale Morris5.021527.503.00
Ryan Finch4.0034311.338.50