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ISLAND ARE CHAMPIONS
Another awesome season for Island CCC saw them convinvingly take the NELCL title all for themselves, a prize they shared with London Fields last season.

Winning 9 of their 10 matches (with one ruined by the weather) they were a class above the rest of the opposition this season, leaving the rest to fight it out for the remaining positions. London Fields finished 2nd with 5 wins and a match improved Victoria Park Juniors finished a strong 3rd. Newcomers Stoke Newington managed 4th place, leaving Coach & Horses and Royal Sovereign to prop up the table.

The full league table can be found here.

Plans are already in motion for the 2012 season. If you are keen to enter a side, contact us.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Sep 29, 2011

NELCL RESULTS 9TH JULY
One man made all the difference as undefeated Island CCC continued their march to the title with a heavy win over London Fields CC. Shishir Ahmed stole the show from the outset, hitting 111 against a well drilled London Fields attack. No other batsman scored more than 15, with the team bowled out for a competitive 199. Any hopes in the LFCC camp that they might chase the target down were soon dismissed when Ahmed picked up the ball, running through the batting line up with 5 wickets. London Fields were all out for 75 runs, and left wondering where on earth this player had come from and what he was doing in a community cricket league.

It was a much closer affair at Springfield Park where Victoria Park Juniors recorded a 7 wicket victory over Coach and Horses. Coach batted first and scored 168 with Rahman (58) the top scorer. Shakil Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 3/13, as VPJ slammed on the brakes after Coach had been 106/1. Ahmed then completed a strong all round performance with 77 not out, supported by 38 from Joe Fisher as VPJ chased the total down with 7 wickets to spare.

At Millfields, Royal Sovereign batted their way to an impressive 208/5 from their 36 overs, Ian and Nick both recording half centuries. The improving Stoke Newington side fought back in stunning style, taking 30 runs off the 2nd over alone and chasing the total down in just 25 overs for the loss of one wicket. Dani scored a thumping 127, including six 6's.

Current League Table...

Team

Pld

W

T

L

D

Points

Island CC

6

6

0

0

0

12

London Fields

6

3

0

3

0

6

Victoria Park Juniors

6

3

0

3

0

6

Stoke Newington CC

6

2

0

4

0

4

Royal Sovereign

6

2

0

4

0

4

Coach And Horses

6

2

0

4

0

4

Weekend Results summary. Venue in bold. London Fields: Island CCC (199 all out) beat London Fields (75 all out) by 124 runs. Millfields: Stoke Newington (209/1) beat Royal Sovereign (208/5) by 9 wickets. Springfield Park: Victoria Park Juniors (169/3) beat Coach & Horses (168/6) by 7 wickets.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jul 17, 2011

NELCL Review - 25th June
Robin Friend continued his outstanding form with a 2nd league century this season, ensuring London Fields recorded a 10 run win over Stoke Newington CC. London Fields Batted first, Fields with Friend (136) and Killian Toomey (90) putting on a massive 221 runs for the first wicket. Some late hitting from Arthur Smart saw them to an intimidating 271. A young Stoke Newington team were not perturbed however, and it took a fine spell of bowling from Ben Sanders to stop SNCC chasing the target down.

It was a much lower scoring affair at Springfield Park where Coach and Horses completed a double over Royal Sovereign. Sovereign won the toss and sent C&H in to bat on a damp pitch and they would have been pleased to restrict them to 152/8 from the allocated 36 overs, 57 runs for Dollard the highlight of the innings. In reply, Sovereign seemed to be cruising to victory at 112/5 with 8 overs remaining before a dramatic collapse to 130 all out gave C&H the points.

At Millfields, Victoria Park Juniors would have been delighted to have restricted undefeated league leaders Island CCC to 168 all out. Shakeel and Sulleman each took two wickets in miserly spells, with Island's Rob Jones (40) and Shiplu Chowdhury (45) the only men able to offer any resistance. Any optimism for an unlikely victory soon drained away however, VPJ were all out for 96, the merciless Island bowlers sharing the wickets across their 6 bowlers. The result leaves Island 4 points clear of London Fields and well in control at the half way stage of the season?

RESULTS SUMMARY (venue in Bold): London Fields: London Fields CC (271) beat Stoke Newington (261) by 10 runs. Springfield Park: Coach & Horses (152/8) beat Royal Sovereign (130 all out) by 22 runs. Millfields: Island CCC (168 all out) beat Victoria Park Juniors (96 all out) by 72 runs.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Jul 11, 2011

NELCL RESULTS 4TH JUNE

Coach and Horses bounced back after two heavy defeats to record a surprise win over high flying Royal Sovereign at Springfield Park. Royal Sovereign batted first on a good track in the sunshine but an inspired spell of bowling from Coach’s Tunda (4/17) and Riches (2/12) reduced Sovereign to 36 for 6 at the half way stage. A late rally saw them salvage a creditable 122, a challenging total given Coach’s recent batting form.

Such hopes soon faded, as Coach were in fine form with the bat, racing to their target with 12 overs to spare, proving a score of 200 plus would have been required by the side batting first. Rahman (51) and Schnadhorst (48) did the bulk of the damage for Coach & Horses who will hope this result kick starts their season.

London Fields recorded another win on their home pitch against Stoke Newington CC, thanks in part to a fine century from the free scoring Robin Friend. Friend, who now has 600 runs in all forms of the game this summer, helped the side to an imposing 257 off the allotted 36 overs. In reply, Stoke Newington reached a creditable 191, Dave Miller taking 4 wickets for London Fields.

At Millfields, Victoria Park Juniors came close to beating an undefeated Island CCC in a low scoring thriller. Scoring 168/6 with a 50 from Hassan, they were unable to really get going, Island bowlers Dammika Silva (3/16) and Aplu Chowdhury (1/11, from 6 overs) bowling miserly spells. In reply, wickets continued to fall, but Dammika completed a fine all round display, his 45 runs seeing Island home with 3 wickets to spare.

With each side having played three games, Island CCC top the table, two points clear of London Fields and Royal Sovereign. Stoke Newington are bottom, still looking for their first point.


RESULTS SUMMARY (venues in bold): Springfield Park: Coach & Horses (122/5) beat Royal Sovereign (122 all out) by 5 wickets. London Fields: London Fields CC (257/5) beat Stoke Newington CC (191 all out) by 66 runs. Millfields: Island CCC (169/7) beat Victoria Park Juniors (168/6) by 3 wickets.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jun 7, 2011

LEAGUE TABLE, 6TH JUNE 2011
TeamFPWTLDTPRFRA
Island CC330006643387
London Fields320104702572
Royal Sovereign320104562480
Victoria Park Juniors310202546457
Coach And Horses310202329590
Stoke Newington CC300300435731

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Jun 6, 2011

NELCL RESULTS 21ST MAY

(See results and photographs in the Hackney Gazette)

Island CCC are the early pacesetters in the North East London Cricket League after another big win, this time over Stoke Newington CC at Millfields. Batting 1st they scored 246 all out with Aplu Choudhury's 66 the highlight. With a big chase ahead of them, Stoke Newington were never really in it and were skittled for 151 despite a plucky 45 from Ali.

At Springfield park, Royal Sovereign secured their second win of the season with a 45 run win over Victoria Park Juniors. Set 196 to win on a sticky wicket VPJ cruised to 92 for 2 at drinks, thanks largely to 52 from Joe Fisher and seemed well set. A Royal Sovereign fightback saw VPJ collapse to 150 all out. All rounder Ian Donatien took three wickets for Sovereign.

In the third match, London Fields recorded their 1st win of the season against Coach & Horses after 70 from in-form batsman Robin Friend and some lusty blows from Arthur Smart and Troy Utz guided them to 240. Coach lost regular wickets in reply and were all out for 136 after the wily Will Isaac took three early wickets. The side batting 1st has now won in all 6 games played in the NELCL so far this season.

Results summary (venue in bold): Springfield Park: Royal Sovereign (195/9) beat Victoria Park Juniors (150 all out) by 45 runs. London Fields: London Fields CC (240/5) beat Coach & Horses (136 all out) by 104 runs. Millfields: Island CCC beat Stoke Newington CC by 95 runs.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Fri May 27, 2011

NELCL RESULTS 7TH MAY
The first weekend of the North East London Cricket League saw Champions London Fields beaten by Royal Sovereign in a high scoring match. Sovereign's Ian Donatien clubbed 85 runs in a total of 245/6 with an understrength Fields managing just 205 in reply.

At Millfields, Victoria Park Juniors recorded a heavy victory over league newcomers Stoke Newington. Set 229 to win, Stoke Newington passed 50 without losing a wicket before 4 for 14 from the Juniors' Shakeel sparked a dramatic collapse – Stoke Newington were all out for 93.

In the third match, Island CCC started the season in spectacular form against Coach & Horses. Brothers Aplu and Shiplu Choudhury scored 111 and 71 respectively before Jewel Choudhury took a stunning 6 wickets for just 9 runs. Coach were all out for 68, a 160 run defeat.

Results summary (matches 36 overs, venue in bold): Springfield Park: Royal Sovereign (245/6) beat London Fields (205 all out) by 40 runs. Millfields: Victoria Park Juniors (228/7) beat Stoke Newington (93 all out) by 135 runs. London Fields: Island CC (228/7) beat Coach & Horses (68 all out) by 160 runs. Next league fixtures on 21st May, across Hackney.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed May 18, 2011

NELCL WELCOMES STOKE NEWINGTON CC


The NELCL is delighted to welcome Stoke Newington CC to the league. As a club they are rapidly expanding with more than 100 participants from age 5 to adults.

They plan to base themselves at Hackney Marshes after the Olympics, on a ground the league also hopes it can use as it grows. Whether their involvement in the league is short or long-term, we look forward to playing some good exciting cricket with them in 2011.

Their website is here.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Mar 10, 2011, Updated Sat Mar 12, 2011

FIXTURES 2011 CONFIRMED
The NELCL returns in May 2011 with Stoke Newington CC joining the ranks for a six team, ten match season. A full set of fixtures for the year can be found by clicking here
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Fri Feb 25, 2011

ISLAND AND LONDON FIELDS SHARE TITLE
After an epic final weekend of cricket, the 2010 title will be shared between London Fields and Island.

Both sides edged close victories and will share the league for the 2nd time in three seasons. Both sides shared the honours in their own battles, winning a game each.

More info to follow...
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Sep 27, 2010

ISLAND BLOW TITLE RACE WIDE OPEN
It was simple, London Fields needed to avoid defeat against Island and the title would be in their hands. A report of what happened next can be found here.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Fri Sep 17, 2010

JUNIORS OFF BOTTOM
Victoria Park Juniors clocked their first win of the season with an impressive victory over Hackney Village, Raju recording stunning bowling figures.

Saturday 4th September @ Springfield Park
Victoria Park 165
Jubayed 74
Charlie 42
Aruf 5-37

Hackney Village 34
Raju 7-12
Furkan 3-22

VPJ win by 131 runs

In other news, London Fields beat Tower Ravens by default.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Sep 7, 2010

TIGERS STEP UP TITLE CHASE
31st July - London Tigers beat title rivals Royal Sovereign...

Royal Sovereign batted first and scored 216/8

Nick 58

Salman 26/2
Sohel 29/2
Miron 32/1

London Tigers scored 219/8

Kobir 65
Miron 32
Turjo 30
Salman 20

London Tigers won by 2 wickets.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Aug 2, 2010, Updated Thu Aug 5, 2010

SOVEREIGN OUTGUN VILLAGE
17th July...

Royal Sovereign 259-5 (36 overs)

Will 95
Ken 81
Dave 2-14

Hackney Village 178 all out (30.4 overs)

Dave 35
Ian 2-13
Ben 2-12


Royal Sovereign win by 81 runs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jul 20, 2010

TIGERS BEAT JUNIORS
17th July...

London Tigers 220 all out (off 35 overs)

Turzo 36
Murad 31
Salman 26

VJP 140 all out (off 32 overs)

Sohel - 4-0-11-3
Salman - 6-0-15-1
Turjo - 6-0-18-1

London Tigers win by 80 runs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jul 20, 2010

Hot Fields Make Coach Sweat
League Match vs Coach & Horses, Sat 10th July 2010, Springfield Park

London Fields (226 for 9 off 36 overs) beat Coach and Horses (139 all out off 28.1 overs) in blistering heat

A report can be read on the LFCC site

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jul 18, 2010

Coach drives through Monarchy
Coach & Horses 182 for 9
The Royal Sovereign 114 all out

Coach and Horses win by 68 runs

Coach & Horses Rob P writes

Notable batting performances were made by Ibrahim and Phil who both provided valuable contributions. Ibrahim came in early at number 3 and scored an irrepressible 30 odd. A succession of wickets could not be prevented despite Robert's 27 and it was not until Phil (no.8) and Zak
(no.9) came to the crease that some ballast was provided to the innings with the most important partnership of the innings which allowed the Coach to finish on a better then expected 182 for 9.

The opening bowlers (Robert & Ibrahim) restricted the Sovereign to an uncharacteristically quiet start. But it was not until the introduction of Ollie that the real damage was done. Ollie took 4 wickets with his varied off-spin + guile (including the destructive Ken) in a four wicket spell that turned the match. Sultan and Zak were both able to keep the pressure up by taking a couple of wickets and restricting the runs at the other end.

The match was concluded by a fine run out off Ibrahim's second spell and the Sovereign were left stranded on 114 all out.

Everyone (including the new recruits Lee and Dan) chipped in for what at the beginning of the day seemed and unlikely win.




Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jul 4, 2010

Coach Rolls On

Hackney Village 112 ao (Khalil M 4-16)

Coach 114-7 (Jon S 48*, Ian R 25)

Coach & Horses win by 3 wickets

Coach's Jon Schnadhorst writes

A fine sunny day bought about a tense finish, on a dying Springfield Pitch.

HV decided to have a bat first on an already worn pitch. Their openers took the game along before the Coach took their first wicket. A particularly fine and hostile spell from Robert (4-1-9-1) kept the run rate down. It was the slower bowlers who did the damage with Khalil picking up 4 fine wickets extracting large turn from the pitch. Some lusty late order hitting to the Village past 100.

The general consensus was that the Coach should get that, but that was not taking into account the Coach's penchant for disastrous batting, coupled with some good straight bowling on a dying pitch. Ian R opened very brightly but his partners came and went.

The fifth wicket fell at 45, and Hackney Village were very much ascendant, and sniffing an unlikely victory. Captain Jon strode to the crease to Join Robert. Together, with a little luck they took the team to the drinks break, adding about 10 runs. Shortly after the break Robert top edged one an was caught. Jon decided at this point that the key was to try to hit the ball as far as he could. Another wicket fell, bringing Sultan to the wicket with 27 required. Jon smote a few more boundaries before Sultan struck the winning runs, and all the glory, leaving Jon very happily on 48* with 9 fours and a six.

The Coach had pulled victory from the jaws of defeat, a very nice reversal of the norm.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Jun 28, 2010

JUNIORS KICKED OUT OF VILLAGE
Hackney Village 132
Nick 47
Neil 20
Jahed 4-23
Wasik 4-33

Victoria Park Juniors 117
Charlie 57
Duncan 4-17
Nick M 2-26
John Rees 1-8

Hackney Village win by 15 runs

Victoria Park Juniors' John Challinor writes...

Village had a great start with a 50 opening partnership from Nick (47) and Neil (20). Then slow bowlers Jahed and Wasik stopped the fun taking 4 wickets apiece, until a final flourish pushed Village up to 132.
Victoria Park also started well but after Charlie was out for 57 wickets tumbled. Duncan took 4 but Nick M took two vital wickets in his second spell and John Rees played a crucial role putting a block on the scoring with 1-8 off his 6 overs. Victoria Park finished 15 short with 117 to give Hackney Village their first win of the season.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jun 22, 2010

LONE TIGER PREYS ON FIELDS
A high scoring match on London Fields saw one man make all the difference...

London Tigers - 280 for 5

Fattah 148*
Umar 28
Milton 21

Matt 5-0-37-2

London Fields -197 all out at 33rd over

Rifat 3-0-16-3
Sohel 4-3-1-1
Milton 4-1-15-1

London Tigers won by 83 runs

London Tigers' Abdul Chowdhury writes:

What a game - Tigers reach their highest ever score in NELCL and wins by 83 runs. Fattah, opening batsman, was unbeaten till the end of innings, he smashed a massive 148 (he is still gutted for not reaching 150). We did lose few early wickets but after the first 3 wickets loss we had three amazing partnership, Simul, Umar and Milton supported their co-batsman Fattah and LT reached a staggering 280 but we were still cautious about London Fields as they are still sitting at top of the league table and since London Fields ground is a batting pitch, scoring 281 for this probably was justifiable. London Fields started quite well but Tigers were still roaring for wickets as if scoring 280 wasn't enough. Milton and Sohel bowled exceptionally but Tiger Rifat took 3 wickets in 3 over, taking two consecutive wickets on his 2nd over. All in all, Tigers were on demand last Saturday and now they are ready to repeat this action on forthcoming games
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Jun 21, 2010

SOVEREIGN EDGE OUT RAVENS
Tower Ravens 160-9 (36 overs)
Kirk 31
Ken 2-13
Will 3-18

Royal Sovereign 164-9 (34.2 overs)
Nick 41
Ken 23
Luke 22* (batting at 11, with a runner!)
Kirk 2-32
Taj 2-23
Shah 2-21
RESULT: Royal Sovereign won by 1 wicket[/b

Tower Ravens' Michael Biggs writes...

A cliff hanger at Springfield Park saw Tower Ravens lose by the narrowest of margins to Royal Sovereign.

On a quite miserable wet and windy Saturday afternoon Royal Sovereign won the toss and elected to bowl on a decidedly unpredictable wicket. Wickets fell at regular intervals to a disciplined Sovereign bowling attack as the Ravens ground out 161-9 with Kirk top scoring with 28 and Taj particularly unlucky to be bowled to a straight ball that didn’t bounce.

Defending a relatively low score against a talented Sovereign batting line up was always going to be difficult. However, an equally talented Ravens bowling line up looked set to take the spoils as the Sovereign were reduced to 120-8 and then 130-9. If only the catching had been has good as the bowling!!! Catches a plenty were put down with the main beneficiary Nick top scoring with 37 and only being put out of his misery at the 7th time of asking by a diving Michael cleaning up after Taj and Shah collided going for the same catch.

The rest as they say is history. The Sovereign scored the runs and retired to pub to celebrate a narrow victory whilst the Ravens stayed in the park to reflect on why only the team’s best catchers bothered doing any catching practice!

All in all an excellent game played in excellent spirits.


Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jun 20, 2010, Updated Mon Jun 21, 2010

COACH TRIP UP JUNIORS
Coach and Horses 185-9 (36 Overs)
Robert P 67, Will P 30

Victoria Park Juniors 152 all out (33 overs)
Charlie 64

Coach win by 33 Runs

Coach & Horses' jon Schnadhorst writes...

Come June, Come the first victory of the campaign for the Coach.

Asked to bat first on a greenish pitch, the Coach had 105-1 at the 18th over after a fine start by Robert and James. The Juniors spinners then held the scoring rate back in the second half of the innings. Robert scored a fine 67. The end of the innings saw a clatter of wickets, most of which fell to the Coach captain, Jon, who fashioned three run outs, and was unfortunate not to get a five-for to his name.

The general feeling was that we had probably fallen 20-30 runs short, but that our bowling should still be too strong. The first 8 overs saw the Juniors romp to 50-0. After that though all the bowlers tightened up their lines and began to see some success. As with the Coach's innings, the introduction of spin saw the stemming of the runs and a fall of wickets. Jon S (3-26) and Stuart Broads personal Ball tickler, James M (2-13) began to wrestle the match towards the Coach. We also saw some fine bowling from Khal and Avilash on debut.

Up to the 30th over the match was still evenly balanced, but eventually the batting fell behind the rate, and the key batsmen got themselves out chasing the game. A special note to the VPJ captain, Charlie, who bowled well, but batted even better for a fine 64.

All in all a very good afternoon fur the Coach, and the start of a run of wins I hope!



Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Jun 14, 2010

SOVEREIGN BEAT ISLAND IN THRILLER
BATTED 1st: Royal Sovereign 235-6 (36 overs)
BATTED 2nd: Island Community 224 all out (32.4 overs)
RESULT: Royal Sovereign won by 11 runs

Royal Sovereign's Rory MacQueen writes:
A remarkable turnaround in the last quarter of this game saw Island slip to their first defeat of the season, having looked certainties to win with ease. The visitors won the toss and asked Sovereign to bat. Despite the early loss of Jamie Wells for 0, some powerful batting from Roo Corbishley (74*) supported by Guy Groves (50) and Ken Willock (38) saw Sovereign to a respectable-looking total of 235 from the allotted overs. Pick of the Island bowlers were Jack (2-29) and Jewal (2-60).

However, after a few overs of the Island reply, it appeared that the target of 236 would prove to be woefully inadequate. Some classy play from Shiplu (60) and the big-hitting Robert (83) saw Island race to 162-3 at the halfway stage, well on track for a comfortable win. When Tony "Safe Hands" Alex removed Robert with a smart catch off the impressive Dennis Fanus, Island only needed another 56 with six wickets in hand.

But Nick Franks returned with a devastating second spell (4-2-12-4) to rip through the visitors' middle and lower order, and a dramatic comeback suddenly seemed possible. A sound rearguard action by Jack (18*) was not enough, as his batting partners succumbed one by one on an unpredictable pitch, Island eventually falling eleven runs short: a result which nobody could possibly have anticipated just an hour earlier.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jun 6, 2010

SOVEREIGN TOPPLE TIGERS
BATTED 1st: London Tigers 193 all out (35.5 overs)

BATTED 2nd: Royal Sovereign 194-4 (22.4 overs)

RESULT: Royal Sovereign won by 6 wickets

Royal Sovereign's Rory MacQueen writes:
No question about the man-of-the-match performance at a sweltering London Fields, as the capacity crowd were treated to an exhibition performance by Royal Sovereign’s Ken Willock. After missing last week’s game to be at the birth of his son, Willock returned to the scene with figures of 3-12 and 119* to turn the game on its head.

After winning the toss, Tigers put together a challenging-looking 193, largely thanks to 65 by number three batsman Miron and some powerful lower-order hitting from Hassan Jr (18) with the wickets being fairly evenly distributed between the bowlers, including Willock’s three, 2-14 for Nick Franks and 2-18 for Brad Wilson.

The target of 194 looked even more intimidating when a devastating opening spell from Tigers’ Lilton reduced the home side to 1-2 after Jamie Wells and Ben Lewis were both bowled first ball . But the early breakthroughs brought Willock to the crease and, ably supported by Franks (23) and Ian Donatien (32), he took control of the game with a series of crowd-scattering straight sixes and saw Sovereign home with thirteen overs to spare.



Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon May 24, 2010

FIELDS RULE OVER SOVEREIGN
In a game that ebbed and flowed, London Fields toppled Royal Sovereign after a late collapse...

London Fields 196 all out
Killian 51
Robin 37
Will 33
Nick 2-21
Jamie 3-32

Royal Sovereign 126 all out
Chris Skinner 4-10
Paul Turley 2-16
Guy 32
Ian 42

London Fields win by 70 runs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu May 20, 2010

SOLID SOVEREIGN MAINTAIN PERFECT START
Royal Sovereign beat Hackney Village at Springfield Park...

BATTED 1st: Hackney Village 131 all out (30.1 overs)

BATTED 2nd: Royal Sovereign 132-3 (23 overs)

RESULT: Royal Sovereign won by 7 wickets

Royal Sovereigns Rory MacQueen writes: For Royal Sovereign, top scorers was Ian Donatien 34; best bowlers were Simon Welch 4-0-11-2 and Guy Groves 6-1-7-1. For Hackney Village the outstanding performance was Tom Staziker 61*.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue May 11, 2010

TIGERS HUNT DOWN HORSES
In an incredible match at Millfields, London Tigers defended 94 all out after a spectacular collapse by Coach and Horses...

London Tigers - 94 all out in 26 overs

Miron 33
Hasan 19

Coach and Horses - 59 all out in 26 overs

Rob 30

Miron 5/3/5/5
Hasan 6/4/3/3

London Tigers win by 35 runs

Tigers' Hassan writes: Drama at Millfields - an unbelievable victory for us. 94 at Millfields isn't a winning score but we've achieved the impossible. C & H reached 47 at end of 15th over without losing any wickets and then they lost all 10 in 11 overs, only scoring 12 from it. Miron and Hasan bowled tremendously.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon May 10, 2010

RAIN RUINS WEEKEND
Rain saw that there could be no result in two of the three weekend fixtures (one result still to be submitted).

At London Fields, rain fell 5 overs into London Fields' chase of 142. They were 30 without loss at the time in what could have been a very exciting match.

Meanwhile, Victoria Park juniors were 45/2 after 10 overs, chasing 180 from 30 overs against London Tigers. congratulations to Miron who scored 100 for the Tigers.

The table will reflect the results soon, the weather has blown its mind a little!
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed May 5, 2010

TIGERS TOPPLE TOWER
London Tigers started the season with a win over a new look Tower Ravens.

London Tigers 163 all out (30 overs)
Tower Ravens 120 all out32 overs)

London tigers won the match by 43 runs.

Tigers performances:
Shaahriar 24
Hasan 23
Sohel 20

Salman 10/3
Hasan 19/3
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Apr 29, 2010

FIELDS OVERCOME MATURING JUNIORS
London Fields and Victoria Park juniors started their season with an entertaining game on London Fields...

Batted 1st: Victoria Park Juniors - 202/9 (36 overs)

Batted 2nd: London Fields - 203/6 (33.3 overs)

RESULT: London Fields win by 4 wickets

COMMENTS: Shakhil hit a good 67 for VPJ, wickets spread across the London Fields bowlers. Dave Hickey hit 51 in London Fields' reply

REPORT: A London Fields focused report is here

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Apr 27, 2010

SOLID START FOR SOVEREIGN
League newcomers Royal Sovereign started their season with a 6 wicket victory over Coach & Horses...

BATTED 1st: Coach & Horses 129 all out (27.3 overs)

BATTED 2nd: Royal Sovereign 134-4 (24.3 overs)

RESULT: Royal Sovereign won by 6 wickets

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES/COMMENTS/REPORT: For Royal Sovereign, notable performances were Ken Willock 58no, Nick Franks 6-4-4-2 and Rory Macqueen 4-0-18-5, including a hat-trick.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Apr 27, 2010, Updated Tue Apr 27, 2010

NELCL WELCOMES ROYAL SOVEREIGN
Royal Sovereign CC are the latest team to join the NELCL, bringing the 2010 season up to healthy 8 sides.

After playing their first game in 2008 the side feel they are ready for some competitive cricket. Based out of the pub of the same name in Clapton, Royal Sovereign describe themselves as a team "formed of a group of local drinkers from around the world with varying levels of cricketing experience".

Comparing themselves as Hackneys equivalent of the maverick Sri Lanka side, there could be some entertaining cricket on show this summer!

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Jan 28, 2010, Updated Wed Feb 24, 2010

NELCL AGM NEWS
The NELCL AGM was held on 25th November at Pub On The Park, Hackney. All clubs provided a rep except Island who sent their apologies, as did Treasurer Paul Turley.

The highlights...

FIXTURES:

Jon Schnadhorst will draw up a fixture list. The league will run from the end of April to the end of September, with an August break for holidays and Ramadan

PITCHES:

Chris skinner will ask the groundsman to prepare central pitches...especially at London Fields

UMPIRING:

It has been discussed that umpiring was not at a good enough level last season, with very few decisions generally being given. It is a priority that the team captains ensure that the umpires act as fairly and independantly as possible.

The league rules are being amended to reflect new guidelines.

RESPECT:

There was too much persistent sledging in the last year. The batsman should be got out by the bowlers ability to bowl, or a fielders ability to field, not by constant jibes directed at the batsman by the fielding team. This doesn't meant that you cannot talk, and encourage the bowler, but please try to keep it within limits. Just because they do it on TV, doesn't mean we have to do it on a Saturday afternoon!

SCORING:

Each team captain must ensure that the scoring is done properly, with full bowling and batting figures.

See the league rules soon for more info.

EQUIPMENT:

Teams are reminded they have to bring appropriate equipment to games. More info in the league rules section soon.

BALLS:

Chris Skinner is going to look into the possibility of bulk buying one type of ball which would be distributed to all teams.

PITCHES:

Pitches are £69 for 2010 (a sharp rise), we are going to write a letter to the council asking for a discount due to our heavy usage of the pitches.

RESULTS:

It is the WINNING teams responsibity to submit the match scores and results within 7 days of the match being played. There is a 1 Point deduction if you fail to do this

In the event of a tie or draw or rained off match it is the responsibility of both teams, or the same fine applies

They need to be submitted to Chris Skinner, who will provide a template.

MATCH START TIMES:

The toss is at 1.45. If you are not ready to toss at this time you automatically forfiet the toss to the opposing team.

The match starts at 2pm Sharp. If you are not ready to start at this time then you lose 1 over per 5 minutes.

RAIN:

A match is considered active if 15 overs of the second innings has been bowled. After this run rates are used to work out results.

If both Captains feel that it is unlikely that a full match can be played then they can agree to play a reduced overs match. This might occur on a day when you are fairly sure that the heavans will open later in the afternoon. Weather forecasts are reliablish, so please use your own common sense

CHAIRMAN:

Jon Schnadhorst of the Coach and Horses has been voted League Chairman for 2010.

A very succesful meeting, finished in just an hour. Thanks to all who attended.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Dec 8, 2009

AGM CONFIRMED
The NELCL AGM will take place on 25th November, venue tbc.

If you have any questions, or items for the agenda, please get in touch via your club, or using the contact us form.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Oct 29, 2009

FINAL TABLE
The final league table for the 2009 season can be seen here
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed Oct 7, 2009

SOLID ISLAND SEAL TITLE
Island vs Victoria Pk Juniors at Millfields
Saturday 8th August 2009

VPJ'nrs won the toss and elected to bat.

ISLAND COMMUNITY WON BY 5 wickets with 8.5 overs to spare

VPJCC 146 all out off 29 overs
Rofiqul bowled Shoyab 26
Charlie LBW b Dammika 21
Hussein St. Joe b Motiur 20

Kirk Fleming 6-1-14-3
Jack Stollery 6-0-19-2
Dammika Silva 6-1-31-2

ISLAND COMUNITY CC 147 for 5 off 27.1 overs
Paul Stewart caught, b Sanj 34
Joe Tousent bowled Scott 31
Dammika Silva not out 17

Charlie 4-0-16-2

Island's Steve Hill reports...

ISLAND ARE NELCL 2009 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Island Comunity CC retained their North East London League championship crown as they secured the title outright with a victory over local rivals Victoria Park Juniors CC on Saturday (8th August).

After losing the first match of the season to Tower Ravens CC back in the first weekend of May, Island have since remained undefeated all summer in the North East London Cricket League. When they beat Stepney-based London Tigers by 8 wickets on 1st August, they were assured at least a share of the title, but this Saturday's victory over Victoria Park Juniors assures them of the title outright.

"After sharing the title with London Fields last year, it's nice to have it to ourselves now" said Club Secretary Steve Hill. "We've played exceptionally well all season, and apart from the very first game when Ravens got the better of us, we've hardly been pushed close. It's felt quite comfortabe all summer. The lads have done terifficly well."

The final victory of the season came against Victoria Park Juniors CC. Although all the league is always played in a positive and friendly community spirit between al lthe clubs, the rivalry between these two Colts Development Clubs was evident in the amount of friendly sledging going on throughout both innings. But Island's batsmen had the last word as they neared the winning line with plenty overs and wickets to spare: "They don't half talk a lot for a team that's getting battered!" was never a truer statement. After winning the toss, The Juniors had elected to bat at Millfields Park on a very slow and heavy wicket. Openers Joe and Charlie were playing solidly against the well pitched up bowling and punishing anything short until 6' 6" Jack Stollery, whose bowling has really matured this year, took two wickets in two balls. Joe (8) very sportingly walked after fine-edging behind to Joe Tousent with the umpire in two minds then James lost his middle stump next ball from a great full pitched in-swinger to put Stollery on a hatrick. Scott (18) and Charlie (21) steadied the ship a little before Dammika Silva came on as first change to take his usual two wickets, then Australian Kirk Fleming produced perhaps his best spell of off spin all season, destroying Juniors middle order cheaply and finishing with three for 14 off his 6 overs. Batting at no.6, young Rofiqul, just 15 yrs of age and one of the stars of the Tower Hamlets schools' cricket team, showed some of his emerging talent as he put on 26 before moving across his stumps and being bowled behind his legs by Shoyab. Leg-break bowler Ravi Ramanuja bowled Chris for 2, and feeling confident, captain Rob Jones brought on part-time bowler Motiur Rahman who was duly launched for a huge straight six by Hussein, only for him to leave his crease trying to drive the next ball. Fast hand work by Joe Tousent earned Mo a stumping as Juniors lost their final wicket for 146 all out. They had only stayed in for 29 of their allotted 36 overs, and Island were set just over 4 runs per over to win.

Steve Hill was promoted to open the batting and although he fell for a duck in the first over from Rafique to a good catch at point, Island never fell behind the required rate. Steady batting from Mo Rahman (14 off 15 overs) was accompanied by expansive stroke play by New Zealender Paul Stewart (34), and though both fell shortly before the mid-innings drinks interval, Island were already well ahead of the rate and had batting in depth. Charlie took his second wicket in the first over after drinks as captian Rob Jones was caught for 11 but young wicket-keeping all rounder Joe Tousent was in fine form with the bat and accompanied well by Dammika Silva (17*). When Joe was bowled by Scott for 31, Jack Stollery (14*) joined the Sri Lankan at the crease and they comfortably saw Island home with 9 overs and 5 wickets to spare.

Island's season was highlighted by good quality and fast paced run scoring, with both regular openers, Tanjeem Chodhury and Kirk Fleming averaging over 40. Good middle order support from Robert, Mo and Shiplu, all averaging in the mid-30's over the season, gave Island an astonishing rate of 7.5 runs per over across the season, whilst only being bowled out 3 times in 12 games.

But their bowlers weren't without credit either, conceding just 4.8 runs per over across the season, and 10 out of 12 times managing to bowl out the opposition within the 36 overs. Wickets were shared fairly evenly between the bowlers, Ravi Ramanuja's leg spin leading the pack with 15 wickets, but it was Miran the Mullett (Tousif Fiaz) who had a remarkable average of just 8.8 runs conceded for each of his 13 wickets, and that at an economy of just 2.9 runs per over, incredibe for limited over cricket. This included figures in one match of 6 overs, 4 maidens, 2 for 5. He was joined by Kirk, Dammika, Jack, Shiplu, Shoyab and Paul all conceding under 5 runs per over across the season.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Aug 10, 2009

COLONEL SANDERS SHOOTS TIGERS
London Fields vs London Tigers, 18th July 2009, Millfields

London Tigers 136 all out
Ben Sanders 6/15
Arthur Smart 2/15

London Fields 140/7
Karl Lacis 37
Ben Sanders 21*

London Fields win by 3 wickets

A match report can be seen here

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jul 26, 2009

COACH TAUGHT A LESSON
Island vs Coach & Horses 18th July 2009 at London Fields

Island Community 310 - 4 off 36 overs

Tanjeem Chodhury 120
Kirk Fleming 100
Shiplu Chowdhury 36 not out
Joe Tousent 26 not out
Ibrahim 6-0-39-3

Coach & Horses 160 all out off 31.1 overs
Dammika Silva 6-2-16-3
Shiplu Chowdhury 6-1-24-3
Miran Tousif Fiaz 6-0-16-2

Island Community won by 150 runs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jul 26, 2009

TIGERS SNEAK PAST VILLAGE
4th July

In a close encounter between the leagues 2 new sides, London Tigers were narrow victors...

Hackney Village 222 all out

London Tigers 224/6

Tanvir - 74
Ali - 58
Jamil Ahmed - 16
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jul 7, 2009

RAVENS GIVEN THE BIRD
Tower Ravens vs Island
Saturday 4th July 2009 at Millfields

Tower Ravens 178 all out (33.3 overs)
Island Community 180/2 (22.2 overs)

Island won by 8 wickets


Island's Steve Hill writes...

The match started 45 mins late after a delay due to the home side losing their stumps in last weeks hail storm and sending Island back to the Isle of Dogs to fetch a spare set, giving both sides a bizarre three quarters of an hour for much needed catching practice which didn't help much as both sides put down a series of chances in the ensuing game.

Tower Ravens eventually won the toss and elected to bat.

Nick and Ian put on 28 before Nick nicked one off Paul Stewart's first over to be caught behind by Joe Tousent for 8. Paul B fell in the same way off Miran the Mullett's bowling in the 8th over for 1 closely followed by Ian, bowled by Miran for 24. When Jamie was bowled by Paul for a duck, Ravens were struggling at 49 for 4 but stands of 42 between Ajmal and Irfan (10) then 33 between Arjan and Dennis (14) helped restore some credibility. Ajmal was dropped in the deep by Jack Stollery which proved costly as he went on to score 77 not out, holding together the tail end. A partnership of 45 with Michael (13) for the 8th wicket helped things further, but Island's spinners, Ravi Ramanuja, Kirk Fleming and Tanjeem Chowdhury kept the run rate down. Three run outs proved costly as Ravens eventually finished on 178 all out off 33.3 of their full 36 overs. Paul Stewart, making his 2009 debut after sustaining a broken finger in a pre-season friendly, topped the Island bowling figures with 2 for 15 off 5 overs.
Island's reply got off to a very positive start with Kirk Fleming (45) and Ravi Ramanuja (36) putting on 85 for the first wicket. oth fell in successive overs but Robert Jones and mo Rahman came in and continued the momentum, lifting Island to 138 for 2 at the half-way drinks break (18 overs). It took only 4.2 more overs after the interval for these two batsmen to overtake Ravens total with 13.4 overs spare, Jiones finishing on 44 not out and Rahman on 30 not out. Dropped catches dropped the pressure on Island's in form batsmen and made the win seem more comfortable than it should have been, but a convincing victory nonetheless that lifts Island clear at the top of the N.E.L.C.League, now unbeaten ion 14 games in all competitions.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jul 7, 2009

WEEKEND RESULTS ON ICE, LARGE ROCKS OF IT
All fixtures last weekend were abandoned after hail struck in spectacular fashion in late afternoon.

The extremely modest Coach & Horses skipper reports from their game Vs. Hackney Village...

Hackney Village 181 all out (36 Overs)

Staz 68
Jon Schnadhorst 4-22

Coach and Horses 50-1 (5.5 Overs)

It started off a lovely day, but by 6.30 the square was under a covering of very large hailstones. In between there was some good batting from Hackney Village, notably their Captain who scored his second fifty this season against us. Unlike the last match where he almost batted alone, this week he was joined by other batsmen who got their nuts to the ground and posted a good total. They only just failed to get to 200 due to some very beguiling bowling by the Coach and Horses Skipper, who in his second match as a new specialist spinner took 4 wickets at the end of the innings, including a hat-trick of wickets(albeit the second wicket was a run out).

181 though was a total that would be defendable, though with a deep batting line up this week, the Coach were confident.So it seemed in the first five overs as the Coach raced to fifty for the loss of Ramu. New players Matt and Tom 'No Arms' Dollard showed fine technique.

The weather though was the winner, with one of these newfangled summer storms scuppering a potentially very exciting match. Hackney Village were very happy to gain their first points in the league, and i'm sure that given time there will be many more from them.

The Final note though, must go to Jon Schnadhorst. Since his retirement as a seam bowler, his re-invention as an Off Spin Bowler, has been a revelation. Bowling at a decent pace, the batsman can hear the fizzing of the ball before it pitches, on a length, drawing him forward, before spitting either one way or the other. Born with giant hands, and supple yet mighty fingers, the spins imparted on the ball make it dance and whistle like a thing of absolute beauty. It would not surprise this match reporter if we didn't see a five-for before the end of the season.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jun 30, 2009, Updated Tue Jun 30, 2009

ISLAND JUMP ON JADED JUNIORS
Island Community vs Victoria Park Juniors
Saturday 21st June 2009
at London Fields

Island won toss and elected to bat.

Island Community CC 286 for 9 off 36 overs
Ravi 62
Miran 54 not out
Mo 44
Kirk 44
Rafique 6-0-40-2
Moynul 6-0-27-1

Victoria Park Juniors 75 all out off 20.1 overs
Charlie Challinor 26
Joe Lawrie 14
Jack Stollery 6-0-34-3
Miran Tousif 6-4 5-2
Shoyab 2-0-4-1

Island won by 211 runs

Island's Steve Hill writes:

A very convincing win for Island to keep them top of the NEL Cricket League against a dispirited Victoria Park Juniors side who seemed, from their very first over not to want to attempt the 8 runs per over run chase.

Island had posted their highest score of the season, despite losing the season's top scorer, Tanjeem Chowdhury, for 12 in the 3rd. Ravi Ramanuja, opening for the first time this season, was joined by Mo (44) to put on a century stand for the second wicket lifting Island to 154 for 2 off 24 overs, Ravi top-scoring with 62. With wickets in hand, Island could afford to push on quickly. Great contributions from Miran Fiaz (54 not out, including 3x Fours, 6x Sixes) and Kirk Fleming (44, 4x Fours, 4x Sixes) saw the run rate raised to almost 8 runs per over in a stand of 78 off just 5 overs. With Island confident of a big score, Kirk, known affectionately as Turkey, was booed by his team-mates after only hitting a 4 off the 4th ball of the 33rd over, the first three balls having been dispatched for three consecutive sixes, but this must have affected the big hitting teacher from George Green's School as Rahat clean bowled him off the next delivery for 44 off 17 balls. When Jack Stollery fell for a first ball, Tanjeem's attempt to draw a duck (instead of entering a simple "zero" in the scorebook) turned out to look more like a schoolboy-style penis and was quickly scribbled out, much to the annoyance of Steve Hill, the very particular, Bill-Frindle-esque regular scorer(!). But Island went on to amass an impressive 286 for 9 of their 36 overs.


"Miran the Mullet"

Juniors reply started badly. Wicketkeeper Scott had been winding up the Island batsmen from behind the stumps throughout their innings and Jack Stollery got revenge in the sweetest way as he forced him to edge the last ball of the opening over to Shiplu at first slip. With opener Charlie still not off the mark, Rafique lifted the score to 19-1 off 6 overs before the other opening bowler Miran the Mullet bowled him with a full toss then took Louis's middle stump out of the ground in a double wicket maiden. In the very next over, opener Charlie scored his first two runs off the bat only for terrible calling and lack of communiction with new batsman James to leavet them both stranded at the non-strikers end as James was pushing for a third run, and a good throw from Shoyab allowed Island's keeper Joe Tousent to remove the bails as Charlie sent James (0) back well short of his ground. Rashed edged two boundaries of Stollery before the tall opening bowler bowled him and then had Jubayed LBW in what would have been, except for an unfortunate wide off the last delivery, a second double wicket maiden for the Island opening bowlers, who had reduced the VP Juniors to 29 for 6 in the 9th over. A partnership of 22 between Charlie Challinor and Joe Lawrie (14) brought relief as the Juniors passed their lowest ever score of 47, but the "pudding thrower bowlers" they were hoping for never materialised as each of Island's supporting bowlers took a wicket apiece to finish off Juniors for just 75 in 20.1 overs. The last wicket was off debutant Kharul's first ever ball for the Island team, as Charlie Challinor, who had carried his bat through to the last wicket stand, failed to finish off the innings undefeated. He had scored just 13 off the first 18 overs and after accelerating to 26 off 20 overs, went for an expansive hoyke over mid-on which he top edged and was comfortably caught by Tanjeem Chowdhury. Island won by 211 runs. Miran the Mullet (Tousif Fiaz) took the man-of-the-match award for his 54 not out and bowling figures of 6-4-5-2. Island remain top of the North East London league and on this form look well set to retain their title.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Jun 21, 2009

TIGERS MILKED
Island vs London Tigers
Sat 13th June 2009 at Millfields

Island Community CC 199 for 7 off 36 overs

Dammika Silva 34

London Tigers CC 115 all out off 20.5 overs
Masum 24
Raqib 18
Jamil 14

Island Community CC won by 94 runs

Island's Steve Hill writes...

Island got off to a quick start scoring at 14 rpo to bring up the first 50 within 4 overs for the loss of just Kirk Fleming in the 3rd over. After opening bowler (#1) had gone for 45 off 3 overs, tight bowling from Salman and Sammi and a steady fall of wickets reduced Island from 61-1 to 65-4 then 111-6. Tigers were bowling very well, and on top. The run rate inevitably slowed as Dammika and Ravi sought not to lose more wickets, and put on a steady 59 before the 7th wicket fell at 170. A quick fire 29 off the last 3 overs left Island with a defendable target off 199 off their 36 overs, with Dammika scoring a slow but necessary 34..

London Tigers lost their openers to Miran and Jack Stollery in the first 4 overs. Miran took another 2 wickets in his next three overs and Tigers were looking shaky against the Island pace attack. When Shoyab replaced Stollery (and eventually turned in figures of 5-1-5-1) Tigers began to panic. Some rash charges down the wicket and extravagant stroke play wasn't what was needed against a moderate total requiring a rate of just 5.5 rpo, and a steady flow of wickets inevitably resulted. Not one partnership lasted over 12 minutes, and the sacrificing of wickets continued from a demoralised Tigers side. Dammika took the last 3 wickets in his 10 balls to secure Islands man of the match award. It looked like Island won the game through knowing when to score slowly and not give wickets away, as Tigers were eventually all out in the 21st over for 105.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed Jun 17, 2009

JUNIORS TAUGHT LESSON
Sat 30th May - Victoria Park Juniors were bowled out for 77 runs and beaten by 8 wickets by London Fields at Millfields. The highlight of the day was Graeme Rodrigo's 43*.

With no clear leader emerging so far, the latest table can be seen here

An excellent match report from VPJ v LF can be found here

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Jun 4, 2009

ISLAND FLATTEN FIELDS
An on form Island CCC beat a shell shocked London Fields... Islands Steve Hill reports:

ISLAND vs LONDON FIELDS 23rd may 2009 at London Fields

Island won toss and put London Fields in to bat

London Fields 252 for 5 off 36 overs

Brock Martin not out 95*
Alec McCrindle Retired (hurt) 45*
Dave Hickey ct Stollery b Fleming 37
Best Bowling:
Dammika Silva 6 - 2 - 19 - 1

Island Community 253 for 4 off 29.4 overs
Tanjeem Chowdhury not out 87
Robert Jones bowled W. Isaac 59
Mo Rahman not out 55
Best Bowling
Simon Lee 5 - 1 - 35 - 1
Will Isaac 6 - 0 - 36 - 1

Island Community won by 6 wickets with 6.2 overs spare

Island's Man of the Match -Tanjeem Chowdhury for bowling J. Lord for 17 and carrying his bat as opener to score a quick fire 87 not out.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Jun 1, 2009

ISLAND STRANGLE HORSES
Result from Island Commuity CC vs Coach & Horses Sat 16th May 2009 at Springfield Park...

Island 176 all out (36 overs)

Robert Jones 51
Shiplu Chowdhury 23
Mo Rahman 21

Coach & Horses 140 all out (34.4 overs)
Peter 42 not out
Ramu 36
Tanjeem Chowdhury 6-1-27-3
Ravi Ramanuja 6-0-41-3
Kirk Fleming 6-2-15-2
Dammika Silva 6-4- 9-0

Island won by 36 runs

At London Fields, London Fields CC beat London Tigers by 6 wickets, a match report can be seen here http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~einhorn/2009/matches/tigers_16_05_2009.htm
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun May 24, 2009, Updated Sun May 24, 2009

RAVENS CRUMBLE UNDER TOWERING SIXES
In a thrilling game at London Fields, London Fields beat Tower Ravens with two sixes off the last 2 balls.

TOWER RAVENS - 199 ALL OUT (32.1 OVERS)

Paul B 58
Ian 31
Ajmal 30

Chris Skinner 3/18
Steve Donelan 2/4 (from 6 overs)
Dave Hickey 2/22

LONDON FIELDS - 200 FOR 7 (36 OVERS)

Jason Lord 34
Will Isaac 32
Ben Sanders 27

Ajmal 3/30
Ken 3/40

LONDON FIELDS WON BY 3 WICKETS

London Fields' Arthur Smart writes...

It was Shakespeare who once said that 'To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first' and it's fair to say the great Bard himself would have found further reason to spout appropriately accurate one liners had he born witness to the incredible, nerve wrenching, to-the-wire cricket displayed by London Fields on Saturday.

This was one of those days, one of those rare moments where this game elevates itself beyond its sporting peers. Beyond the smash and grab showbusiness of ninety minutes of football, beyond the technically repetitive, dizzying spectacle of formula one - to a pinnacle of tension only achievable through the peaks and troughs of constantly keenly-contested cricket.

The day started brightly, Fielders collecting steadily around the pub table, eagerly awaiting the start of the NECL proper. The toss was won by Tower Ravens, the pitch cleared of picnickers and toddlers, a new ball produced, run ups marked and after a brief loosening of limbs and an injection of Captain Skinner's own brand of bearded enthusiasm, Simon Lee and Steve Donelan began the day.

Donelan, as ever, produced a lesson in bowling nous, building and maintain pressure through accuracy and changes of pace. At the other end, Simon Lee worked hard to reproduce his usual in-out, wobble-it-all-about swing, but in rightfully pitching the ball up found it largely disappearing over his head or that of square leg's, as the Ravens openers looked to punish both good and bad deliveries alike.

It took the introduction of Taz Miller, bowling flat leg spinners mixed with flatter off cutters to break a solid looking opening partnership, the right handed giant slicing hard to cover point cutting short a 'fence salesman' of an innings (he dealt only in boundaries…?). This wicket buoyed the Fields, Donelan picking up two more with an excellent slower ball and a round the legs straightener which accounted for another dangerously set Raven.

Fields were fielding tightly, battling to contain the often brutal Ravens batsmen, who ruthlessly took all chances offered, and some not, to score with heavy bats and good eyes. But the bowlers continued to chip away, and periods of sustained pressure brought wickets at regular intervals, largely through excellent ground fielding, solid catching and contributions from a flighty Dave Hickey, a seamy Captain Chris Skinner and a sleeves-rolled-down-pace-turned-up Will Issac.

Tower Ravens concluded their innings on a respectable 199 all out, and doubtless went into tea feeling that they had a competitive score to defend.

Fields, having gathered under the London Plane trees to tuck into both open and closed sandwiches, vegetarian mush and cigarettes, could feel satisfied that the strong Ravens batting had been at least partially contained. There was a game to be won.

The child-like figures of the Fielders' opening batsmen Saunders and Teasdale dropped pants and donned pads, and strode off to the middle to face an accurate opening burst from a bandana-ed quick and a tricky left armer. Teasdale, having had an excellent day behind the stumps, looked once more to be settling in for another pretty innings in front of them. However, having clipped behind square leg for four, he miscued his next ball high into the waiting buckets of short cover. This indiscretion brought former captain Dave Hickey to the crease, but in an all too similar manner to the previous wicket he smashed a biblical cover drive and then didn't smash a less than pious straight drive, which cruelly bowled him. Two down and only twenty on the board.

This brought to the wicket Jason Lord, a horse for the course. A man you would want stood next to you in the muddy trenches, if only because he would have brought chocolate digestives. Jason and Ben, although visually from the boundary looking like they were competing in a Dads and Lads match, began to settle. The nuggety pair began late cutting, nurdling and in Jason's case unloading the third best shot of the day, a flat cover driven six, on their way to a foundation partnership of 60 from a patient but squeaky-bum-inducing sixteen overs.

Lord, reacting to encouraging shouts from the boundary to "Get on with it", responded by being bowled for a well compiled 36, an innings that, although it left the Fields run rate worm trailing behind the now required nine runs an over, would go on to further strengthen the cricketing cliché that anything is possible with wickets in hand.

Now, Napoleon Bonaparte once said that 'a leader is a dealer in hope' and with the Fields innings requiring a burst of power Captain Skinner sent forth Alec McCrindle with orders to accelerate and express himself. Alec did just that, setting about the bowling with whippy wrists. Colonel Saunders fell on his sword for a solidly Lordish 30, allowing Will Issac to join Alec in an adrenalin-fuelled partnership, where both stood up to be counted and had the scorer sitting down to do the counting as they battered to all parts and ran between the wickets like thoroughbreds. The Score was up to 120 when Alec mistimed a shot to be caught for a thrilling 26. The game was still on.

Arthur was next to the crease, with more orders to 'just go and have a good time'. Now a series of turning ones into twos with the hyperactive Will Issac is not exactly Arthur's idea of a good time but needs must where knees can't, and along with some straight hitting and a few more agricultural blows to leg Will and Arthur pressed the score on to within 35 of the target with a little more than four overs to go before Smart attempted to drive a ball that should have been cut and was caught by the Bucket again at short cover for a rapid 26. This along with the dismissal of an in the zone Issac for an excellent 35, brought Steve Donelan and Dave 'Taz' Miller to the wicket.

Before I describe the last rites of this game, it is worth noting that Sir Clive Woodward changed the face of English Rugby by endeavouring to do one hundred things one percent better, and however many times we watch Wilkinson's drop goal with kebab in hand at 4am, the contribution of the organised and rigorous administrators to those glorious seconds can never be diminished.

Here was another momentous victory for the ring binder, our razor sharp captain carefully unsheathed the rules and ran onto the pitch to share with the umpire and startled captain the news that if the scores were tied then the side losing fewest wickets would be victor. Now there was a message, a statement of intent, a moment of leadership. As Steve and Taz stood contemplating how they would score the 23 needed from the last two overs with every Raven hovering on the boundary, Skinner was informing the opposition that they would lose if the scores were tied, the Ravens, already rocked by the audacious tenacity of Fields accelerated run chase had now to deal with the beamingly confident Skinner's bravado. It was a mind game of Fergusonesque proportion.

But mind games don't win games, games are won by acts of bravery, by character, by never admitting defeat because you know its not an option. What happened in the last two overs of this game is etched on the memory of every player involved, Steve Donelan and Dave Miller did not go quietly into the night, did not vanish without a fight, they buried half volleys for four through cover, scampered deflections for two, harried the fielders into over throws and gave everything they had till two balls remained. Twelve to win.

Bowling left arm around the wicket the Ravens had reserved their opener to bowl the last over, every fielder prowled the white line of the boundary, their captain made adjustments, their coach laughed heartily as he underestimated the diminutive man from across the Tasman Sea, 'nobody is going to hit dis bowler for two sixes man'.

The second best shot of the day hit its first leaf about three quarters of the way up the straightest of the Plane trees, the bowler watching as it cracked branches and disturbed oblivious crows. The bowler returned to his mark, the captain checked the scoreboard, the captain remembered the rule. The bowler turned at the top of his run. What do you bowl to a batsman with nothing to lose? What could he bowl that would prove too much to put over the fence, a slower ball? A yorker? Would these be too full, would they be cracked back over his head again, a length ball then at good pace? But would he advance down the pitch and cart the ball over midwicket? So many thoughts, too many options, the batsman stood clear headed. The game reduced to its simplest form, watch the ball, hit the ball, win the game.

Not a breath was taken from the moment the bowler began his run, even paced, careful steps, a high arm, a leap to the crease, the release of the ball, it pitches, it is short, Taz is in position. A flash of sunlight from his bat, he spins and falls, the fielder at deep square leg positions himself, but it's in vain. The ball sails beyond and it is done.

Too often sporting feats are over blown, too often the words 'world class', 'epic' and 'historic' are lavished upon feats that in a broader context can rationally only ever be 'quite good'. But on the beautiful sun streaked London Fields on the evening of the 9th of May a feat worthy of new superlatives was forever carved into the annals of cricketing folklore…. It was FanTAZtical.

Scorecard lost in Dolphin circa 4am.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu May 14, 2009, Updated Thu May 14, 2009

HORSES TAME TIGERS
London Tigers – 161 all out (35.3 Overs)
Murad 52
Jamil 48
Rocky 36
Mo 3-20
Ian R 2-20

Coach and Horses – 164-4 (33.3 Overs)
Adam A 40*
Mohit 36
James M 26*

Coach & Horses win by 6 Wickets.

Coach and Horses Jon Schnadhorst writes...

Saturday morning brought sunshine to Springfield Park, but unfortunately only 9 London Tigers. Winning the toss, the tigers decided to bat first, on a green, but once again honest looking Springfield pitch. Gone are the days when I would spend the first 20 minutes at Springfield transferring mud from under the bushes by the bench, to fill the holes that the grounds man decided would liven up the game.

A fine opening spell from Mohit (0-7 off 6 overs) and Ian (2-20) brought no wickets, but also few runs, and the runs there were came from lusty edges. They were replaced by Mo (3-25) and a returning Kirk (0-15). Kirk bowled well after a break from cricket and was unlucky not to pick up some wickets, Mo though continued his fine form in picking up 3 wickets.

The runs though were beginning to come more regularly and with some lusty blows the Tigers posted a competitive 161 all out. All in all, with obviously a few of their main batters missing, this was probably 40 runs light of what they would have wanted. Overall we bowled and fielded well, though perhaps we let it drift in the last 10 overs or so.

After last weeks painful run chase, 162 was not a given, even though the Tigers were short. A solid opening stand of 44 of 9 overs by Mohit (36) and Jon S(18) settled some nerves, though 2 wickets in 2 balls added a few nerves, with Dave “The Wicker Man” Willock collecting yet another Jaffa first up, that’s 2 in 2 weeks, though his enthusiasm seems undiminished. Dave started last season with 4 fifties in a row…er….lets not contemplate it!

Phil though showed that he has his nuts firmly attached to the turf with another solid innings, and after being out last week run out, it took a magnificent forward diving catch to dismiss him this week. A season of runs beckons. James (26*) and Adam found themselves together in the 21st over with the score at 90-4, and they then put together an unbroken 74 partnership to calmly see us over the line, some lusty hitting at the end from Adam (40*) put some gloss on a sedate and well timed chase.

All in all, you expect to win games against 9 men, but full credit to the Tigers, they made a good game of it, and made us work for the win, and with 11 men on the pitch they will do well. Once again though we bowled well (without the ridiculous wide count of last week), fielded mostly well, and batted very responsibly, without some of the slogging that saw us buckle at the end of last week.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon May 11, 2009, Updated Mon May 11, 2009

VILLAGE PARKED
Hackney Village fell 17 runs short in their run chase against Victoria Park Juniors...

Victoria Park 159 (24.2 Overs)
Sami 28
S Doody 18
J Panton 15

Taro 4-13
Duncan 4-22

Hackney Village 142 (35.3 Overs)
J Panton 2-13
Sami 2-18
Hassan 2-22

Raymond 48
Osgood 39

VICTORIA PARK JUNIORS WON BY 17 RUNS
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon May 11, 2009

RAVENS LEAVE ISLAND ALL AT SEA
Tower Ravens 211-9 beat Island 170 all out by 41 runs

Tower Ravens' Michael Biggs writes...

After losing the toss and being put into bat the Ravens openers Nick and Ian gave the team a solid platform reaching 71-1 after 15 overs in spite of some good bowling from the Island new ball attack. However, the middle order could not capitalise and wickets fell cheaply as Ken and Ajmal attempted unsuccessfully to shell the adjacent Lido with their big hits, leaving the Ravens struggling at 115-5. The recovery was achieved thanks to some excellent batting by the elder statesman of the team Elroy who rolled back the years with some vintage cuts and pulls ably assisted by Daryl. It was then left to Michael and James to push the score above 200 with some lusty blows. All in all the Ravens were well pleased with a competitive 211.

Island never really looked likely to threaten this target as the Ravens opening bowlers Ajmal and Michael bowled their 12 overs on the bounce for around 3 an over. With Ken and Nick also bowling well Island were faced with scoring over 10 an over off the last 12 overs with 7 wickets in hand. In the end this proved a bridge too far and Paul ended with a career best 5 wickets as Island threw the bat in a late bid to win the game.

A good game played in good spirits and a good win for the Ravens against one of the defending league champions. Next up for the Ravens, the other defending league champions London Fields who beat as twice last year in two tightly contested games.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue May 5, 2009

JUNIORS CRASH COACH
In what seems to have been a very close game, Victoria Park Juniors were narrow victors over Coach and Horses.

Victoria Park 150 (35.1 Overs)
C Challinor 28
J Panton 17
S Doody 17

Khahil 3-26
Mohammed 2-12
Montondo 2-33

Coach & Horses 143 (33.2 Overs)
Jon S 57
Mo 23

C Challinor 2-21
Jubayed 1-17
J Panton 1-17

Victoria Park Juniors win by 5 runs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon May 4, 2009, Updated Mon May 4, 2009

RAVENS TOWER OVER JUNIORS
Tower Ravens kicked off their season with a 25 run victory over Victoria Park Juniors at millfields...

Tower Ravens 209-9 (36 Overs)
Irfan 38
Ajmal 36
Ian 35
Scott 2-29
Jubanyed 2-29

Victoria Park 184-8 (36 Overs)
James 75 not out
Charlie 26
Scott 20
Mike 2-5
Freddie 1-17

Tower Ravens won by 25 runs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Apr 27, 2009

HORSES PLOUGH THROUGH VILLAGE
League veterans Coach and Horses kicked off the new season with a fine 7 wicket victory over newcomers Hackney Village.

Result Summary:

Hackney Village – 113 All out (24.3 overs)
Staziker 51
Matondo 2-9
Mo 2-17
Sultan 2-13

Coach and Horses – 114-3 (16.5 overs)
Ramu 59
Adam A 35.

Coach and Horses win by 7 wickets


Coach and Horses' ‘Gunther’ Tomic writes...

The first game of the season ended in a clinical victory for the Coach, with new boys Matondo and Khalil hinting that the bowling attack may be further reinvigorated this season. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one to have been surprised to see Jon handing the ball to Matondo for the second over of the game, but it proved an inspired choice as the batsmen were pinned back from ball one. Matondo broke through to take the first wicket and set the team rolling in the season's opener. The new man ended the day with the cracking figures of 2 wickets for 9 runs.

Bowling-wise we had the edge. Sultan was so accurate the batsmen could hardly take a chance against him. He took a couple of wickets when we really needed them, allowing us to slow the run-rate and maintain our stranglehold (3-13). Adam and Jon were all also on the button, and kept things tight. English Ian was deeply unlucky on a couple of occasions when the batsmen were not so much fishing, as doing full-scale impressions of north sea trawlers. Khalil, too, impressed with his SLA bowling.

Then there was Mo. I know that we are all very pleased that Mohammed is back with us, and he produced several highlights of a cracking day, including a jaffa which took the edge and shot between 'keeper and slip for four (a stunning, lifting delivery off a pretty lifeless track) and also on the two occasions when he bowled the batsmen behind their legs (2-17). Ramu took the last wicket, despite - as he said himself - not bowling anything like as well as he can (and will.)

In the field we were keen and efficient, with several members of the team producing at least one excellent example each of outright commitment (the fielding czar can take heart.) The only bats to trouble us were their opener who top-scored and was last out (51) - a very good knock in the circumstances - and the big guy who came in (bemusingly) at number 11. If he'd batted at 4 or 5 he might have had a chance to put some pressure on us and rack up the run-rate.

With both of our regular 'keepers out of action, Andrew deputised and proved himself no mean gloves man, consistently taking the through-ball and snaffling a corking one-handed catch off a thin edge. The lack of a regular keeper could have been our weak spot in this game, but Andrew played an absolute blinder throughout.

The manner of our reply should be a template for the season. The target wasn't massive, but C&H made it in good time thanks to a stylish debut 50 from Ramu, and later, Adam, who added impetus to the chase and ensured that the Coach made a successful start to 2009.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Apr 26, 2009, Updated Fri May 1, 2009

NEW SIDE LONDON TIGERS COMPLETE LINE UP FOR 2009
Fixtures for the NELCL 2009 have been finalised, with London Tigers joining previously confirmed newcomers Hackney Village in the league. We welcome both and wish them the best of luck this summer.

The season starts on 25th April and will see each of the 7 sides playing 12 games.

A full line up of fixtures can be found here

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed Feb 18, 2009, Updated Wed Feb 18, 2009

AGM: HIGHLIGHTS
The NELCL AGM was held on Monday 17th, here are some of the highlights...

- Hackney Village have joined the league, replacing Village CC. A big welcome to them!

- Mark Laurie of VPJ becomes league secretary. Paul Turley of London Fields is re-elected treasurer.

- All sides have pledged to submit scores sooner (thanks!).

- There will be no method to separate teams tied on equal points.

- All sides need to pay fees before season 2009 begins.

If you would like a full break down, just get in touch.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sat Nov 22, 2008

LEAGUE AGM - 17TH NOVEMBER
The NELCL AGM will be held on 17th November at Pub on The Park in Hackney.

If you are interested in attending or would like more info, please contact us

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Nov 10, 2008

WANT TO PLAY CRICKET?
The North East London Cricket League, is looking for teams to join for the 2009 season.

A view of London Fields, one of four grounds used in 2008

Matches take place on Saturday afternoons and are played in a competitive but friendly spirit. Teams are of a varying ability and squad sizes. You would need to commit to 8-12 games.

If you would like to enter a team or need more information, contact us via the contact section here

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon Oct 13, 2008, Updated Mon Oct 13, 2008

FINAL STANDINGS
All results are now in, you can see the final NELCL 2008 table here

Or, you can look here:

TeamFPWTLDTPRFRA
London Fields1080201619791300
Island CC1080201616541444
Tower Ravens1070301414831177
Coach And Horses103160711271412
The Village102080411651739
Victoria Park Juniors10117137311067
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Sep 14, 2008, Updated Sun Nov 2, 2008

ISLAND AND LONDON FIELDS SHARE TITLE
A rain reduced match on Saturday 6th September saw Island triumph over Tower Ravens to give them a share of the league title.

With London Fields guaranteed at least a share of the trophy for the 3rd consecutive season, Island needed just 9.4 overs to pass the 65 runs they needed to share the spoils.

Congratulations to both sides.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Sep 11, 2008

TITLE TO BE DECIDED ON 6TH SEPTEMBER
With London Fields guaranteed at least a share of the title, Island and Tower Ravens will battle it out for a hand on the trophy on 6th September

Coach and Horses and VPJ will also play their remaining fixture on this date.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu Aug 21, 2008

CRUCIAL LEAGUE RESULT
London Fields Richard Johnson reports on London Fields' title clinching victory over Tower Ravens this weekend here
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Aug 5, 2008

MORE RESULTS ONLINE
Some results just in from recent weeks:

Village vs Island on Sat 2nd Aug at Albert Rec

Island won by 54 runs
Island 194 for 9 off 36 overs
Village 140 all out off 30 overs

Island vs Village from May 3rd was re-arranged and played on Sunday 3rd August at London Fields
Island won by 5 wickets
Village 175 for 5 off 36 overs
Island 176 for 5 off 27.3 overs
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Aug 5, 2008

TITLE RACE WIDE OPEN
Saturday 26th July...

Island beat London Fields in a high scoring thriller and Tower Ravens won heavily against Coach and Horses.

More info to follow.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed Jul 30, 2008

FIELDS WIN AGAIN
London Fields continued their push for their 3rd straight title with a heavy win over Coach and Horses. A match report can be seen here
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sat Jul 19, 2008

RESULTS 5TH JULY...
London Fields stay top with a 10 wicket win against VPJ. See a full report here

Coach and Horses completed a double over The Village. See their report here
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sat Jul 12, 2008

MORE RESULTS 28TH JUNE 2008
At Albert Rec...

Village beat London Fields by 4 wickets
London Fields 161 all out (32 overs)
Lost to Village 164 for 6 (35 overs)

A full report and scorecard from London Fields' Jason Lord can be found here
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jul 1, 2008

RESULTS - 28TH JUNE
At London Fields...

Island CCC beat Coach & Horses by 8 wickets
C&Horses 205 for 9 off 36 overs
ICCC 206 for 2 off 22.1 overs

Island's Steve Hill writes...

Delrick Adikari does it again! For the second senior game in succession, this time in the North East London League, he makes mincemeat of opposition bowlers to secure an easy win for Island.

On Saturday (28th June) he won man of the match for his part in a 8 wicket victory over Coach & Horses CC from Stoke Newington, hitting 87 off just 52 balls. Coach and Horses were reduced to 120 for 9 before recovering with an impressive last wicket partnership to post a respectable 205 for 9 off their 36 overs. Dammika Silva was Island's top bowler with 6-1-15-3.

Island lost opener Dheraj to an early LBW shout, then Joe Tousent was bowled on 9, but Tanjeem Chowdhury joined Adikari, who had already scored four 4's off his first over. They put on 112 together in under 12 overs before Tanjeem was caught in the deep. Dammika hit a quick 14 but it was Delrick's impressive hitting that saw Island home, overtaking Coach & Horses' total in just the 23rd over. Island had needed less than 6 per over and scored at over 9 per over. With plenty batting to spare, it was an impressive victory against a below par Coach n Horses side.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jul 1, 2008

MORE RESULTS
14th June 2008:
Island vs Coach & Horses @ SPRINGFIELD PARK

Island won by 82 runs

Island 225 for 6 off 35 overs
Tanjeem 84
Dammika 57

Coach & Horses 143 all out off 29.3 overs
Miran 4 - 1 - 11 - 4
Ravi 3.3 - 0 - 17 - 3
Shiplu 4 - 0 - 16 - 2
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sat Jun 21, 2008

FIELDS PLOUGH PAST VILLAGE
Results 14th June:

London Fields beat The Village by 205 runs.

The Village website reports:

Cricket is a cruel mistress: one minute she’s cooing in your ear, the next she’s savagely kneeing you square in the nuts. On Saturday, against London Fields, The Village CC experienced both sides of this fickle personality. For the first hour or more of the game, cricket was blowing us kisses and sending us flirty text messages. By the time stumps were drawn shortly before 7pm, she had pointed and laughed at our inadequacies before sleeping with our best friend and posting the video on YouTube.

Having lost the toss, stand-in captain Alan White took two wickets in his opening spell to leave Fields struggling at 16-2 in the ninth over. The second wicket, in particular, was a beauty, an away-swinger finding the edge of Teasdale’s blade before being scooped up brilliantly at slip by a diving Andy Richardson. At the other end, Dave Ireland bowled superbly for no reward, his six overs going for just 13 runs. By the time drinks were taken in the 16th over, Fields had just 50 on the board, and captain Jason Lord was struggling with a back injury.

Any hope The Village may have had of keeping their opponents to a respectable score soon began to evaporate, however. Lord bravely battled to 23 before hitting Chris Pitcher’s delivery to an alert Ireland while, at the other end, opener Robin Friend had put his earlier scratchiness behind him and was beginning to find his feet. He would go on to make an unbeaten 116, an innings that combined watchful defence with severe punishment of anything loose.

Friend was ably supported by Alec, who hit a snigger-inducing 69 before being well caught on the long-on boundary by Matt Riches, one of two victims for The Example, Eklavya Gupte. The Village’s bowlers all performed manfully, with Craig Woodhouse finding some dangerous inswing and Richardson unlucky to finish wicketless, but were unable to stem the flow of runs, as Fields added 170 for the 4th wicket at a rate of 10 an over. The Village at least managed to end on a high, with Chris Pitcher taking a fine catch off the final ball of the innings.

Facing a daunting target of around 250, The Village aimed to learn from Fields’ example. Openers Ed Thomas and Andy Richardson were under orders to build a platform and charged with seeing out the first 5 overs. This they did, with few alarms, but off the final ball of the sixth over, Thomas committed cricketing suicide, setting off for a run that was never there. He was sent back by his partner but got there too late as the opposition, sharp in the field all afternoon, got their first wicket. Still, at 16 for 1 and with captain White on his way in, there were still causes for optimism.

These soon evaporated, though, as The Village slumped to 28 for 7 in just 42 balls. It’s probably best not to dwell too much on the collapse (England’s middle order take note: THIS is how you do it), but special mention must be given to Bomb, for running out Graham, and chatmaster John Lucarotti, for demolishing his own stumps with his backswing before hitting the ball straight to a fielder for an easy catch and an excellent double dismissal. Lucarotti was involved in more drama just a few minutes later when Bomb, returning to the sidelines having been bowled for 5, hit him a glancing blow with his purple helmet.

Some late-order resistance for Dave Ireland pushed The Village up towards 50, but they could not even make that. Ireland, with 14, top-scored for The Village and the 9 runs he put on with Woodhouse was, damningly, the side’s second highest partnership of the innings.

All in all, then, a chastening experience for The Village. However, some positives can be drawn from the game. The performance in the field was good, with energy levels maintained throughout the 36 overs and some stunning catches taken. The bowling of White and Ireland, in particular, was excellent and would have been enough to rip through less experienced teams. The game was played in a good spirit, and everyone headed off to the pub to get righteously fucked on Czech beer. There was a fine Wagaho turn out and no crazies invaded the pitch. All in all, much better the spending your Saturday inside, dismally knocking one out while watching Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands.

Man of the Match: Some strong contenders, including: Chris Pitcher for a wicket, a fine catch and some solid chat; Andy, for a stunning take at slip, resilient bowling and a restrained innings at the head of the order; and Bomb, for leading the best pre-match huddle in Village history and taking two wickets. However, in the end there can only be one winner. Step forward David Ireland – always a threat throughout his 6 overs, sharp in the field and top-scorer with 14 runs. Good work, sir.

As for Village Idiot of the Week, I’m going to give that to myself, for dropping a catch off Andy late in the innings and then running myself out to set the whole collapse in motion. What a twat. Bring on the next game, and a chance to make amends.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Wed Jun 18, 2008, Updated Wed Jun 18, 2008

FIELDS STAY TOP
Results 7th June:

Tower Ravens won a close game against Island at London Fields, whilst London Fields were convincing winners over VPJ (match report below). Result from Village V Coach and Horses to follow.

London Fields 257 for 5 (36 overs)
VPJ 82 all out
London Fields win by 175 runs

by Dave Hickey

The toss was won by stand in tosser Steve Donelan, who followed the captain's instructions brilliantly by electing to bat first.

Openers Paul Teasdale and Robin Friend put on a vibrant and exciting 108 first wicket partnership. The large stand was brought to an end when Robin, just shy of his fifty, holed out to mid wicket. Next in was Alec McCrindle, with his new lovely, lovely bat.

Alec has been working out recently and it showed, his power play shots cleared the boundary on more than one occasion. One six can still be seen heading up Lea Bridge Road….

Paul Teasdale was next to go after compiling another excellent 50. Jason Lord was next in and he continued on the fast paced batting, although it was free scoring Alec, who eventually finished with 79, who kept the run rate above 7 an over. A little cameo near the end from Arthur Smart saw the Fields finish on an above par 257 for 5.

After a quick break for tea provided by tea boy Robin, the Fields set about the task of defending what seemed a large score. Steve D and Ty Graham opened the bowling. A mixture of tight lines and an excellent catch or two meant the game was effectively over after they had both bowled their overs.

It must be noted that Arthur, fielding at Long Off, took an excellent diving catch off Ty to remove the dangerous looking opener. Some excellent bowling by Ben Sanders, who for a small guy gets far too much bounce, and from league debutant's Brock Martin and Marcus Orr continued the good work.

The game was finished off by Arthur Smart who took his first 5 wicket haul for the club.

Fields finished the game a comfortable 175 runs ahead of VPJ and stay top of the NELCL with 4 games played..
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sat Jun 14, 2008

ISLAND SINK VPJ
Island's Steve Hill reports:

Island were put in on a very slow and sticky, drying wicket in overcast conditions, that brightened up to nice sunny conditions in time for V.P.Jnrs innings! Having lost two early wickets (Dheraj 2, Ravi 20), Tanjeem and Mo were struggling against the pitch and good length bowling from Jam, Moynul, Bruno and Joe and took Island up to just 41 for 2 off 14 overs. They picked up the pace a little after the drinks break and completed a 61 run partnership before Mo was bowled by Rafiqul for 23. In-form young Sam Dowsett, who has really matured as a batsman this season, joined Tanjeem at the crease and the score increased rapidly from 93 for 3 to 161 for 3 off the next 8 overs before Tanjeem fell to a catch at deep mid on for 64. Sam continued to smash the ball around, and hit 3 sixes and 6 fours in his 60 runs off just 39 deliveries before being bowled by Bruno. When Shiplu was bowled by Rafiqul for a duck in the last over, it left just four balls for Jack Stollery to smash for another 13 runs, including a huge straight six over the trees behind the bowlers head off his very first ball, lifting Island to a very respectable (given the difficult conditions) 213 off their 36 overs.

Chasing almost 6 an over, Victoria Park made a terrible start with both Island's opening bowlers picking up wicket maidens in their first over. A suicide single in the 4th over led to Jahan being dissmissed for the third duck of the innings, followed by Matthew as the 4th duck in the next over, bowled by Shiplu. VP were reduced to 3 for 4. Jack Stollery was bowled right through for his full 6 overs and didn't concede a run until his 30th ball. That boundaty 4 was the only run off the bat he conceded. A solitary no ball for over stepping in his final over prevented the young student from Limehouse from picking up a double wicket maiden to close his account as Rafiqul was bowled for 1 followed by Joe Lawrie caught behind by young Joe for VP's fifth duck of the innings, leaving jack with figures of 6 overs, 4 maidens three wickets for just 5 runs. By this stage, the result was a formality, and the change of bowling brounght no respite for VP's batsmen. Miran produced some very fast deliveries then caught out Frdddie with a slower ball that he prodded right into Tanjeem's hands, and Dammika Silva, Island's leadign wicket taker this season, finished off the tail with two wickets in three and a half overs that didn't concede a single run.

Eight of VP's batsmen has failed to get off the mark, leaving Island with their most convincing win ever in the North East London Cricket League. The only shame was that these two Tower Hamlets clubs had to play their local rival derby match out of the borough at London Fields in Hackney because of the lack of a grass cricket square within the whole of Tower Hamlets.

Jack Stollery from Island CCC picked up the man of the match award.

Result - Island won by 179 runs.

Island 213 for 7 off 36 overs
Tanjeem Chowdhury 64 off 74 balls
Sam Dowsett 60 off 39 balls
Jack Stollery 13 off 4 balls!
Moynul 6-2-11-1;
Bruno 6-1-33-2

Victoria Pk Jnrs 34 all out off 19.3 overs
James 25 off 31 balls
Jack Stollery 6-4-5-3
Shiplu 5-2-16-2
Dammika 3.3-3-0-2
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Jun 3, 2008

MEET THE NELCL, PART 1
In the first of a semi-regular series, league secretary David Ireland introduces himself, not entirely seriously...

WHAT IS YOUR NAME AND ROLE WITHIN THE NELCL?


David Ireland, League Secretary. I do as little as I possibly can.

WHAT DOES THE LEAGUE REPRESENT

The very peak of human sporting endeavour.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE SEASON?


To keep myself physically and emotionally intact.

HOW EXCITED ARE YOU AT THE LEAGUE INCREASING BY 50%?

Excited to the point of sexual arousal.

ANY PREDICTIONS?

a) The Village will triumph. b) At least one of our batsmen will be humiliated by a nine-year-old bowler.

WHAT WOULD A PASSING SPECTATOR EXPECT TO SEE AT AN
NELCL MATCH?


Effortless, Olympian athleticism; cream flannels; wandering crack heads.

WHEN NOT LEADING EAST LONDON CRICKET INTO THE 21ST
CENTURY YOU...


Regret volunteering to be secretary. Mollify my girlfriend. Indulge in self love.


Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Thu May 15, 2008

News: WEEKEND RESULTS
The weekends fixtures brought three results...

At London Fields, LFCC beat Island by 60 runs in a drunken protest affected match...

At Albert Rec, Village beat much fancied VPJ in a low scoring contest.

And at Millfields, Tower Ravens beat Coach & Horses Click on the NELCL division page for match reports as they come in...
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Mon May 12, 2008, Updated Tue May 13, 2008

FIRED UP FIELDS TOPPLE TOWER
With 2 matches washed out after terrible weather in the week (and a soporific council approach to pitch prep), the surviving game was won by London Fields in a low scoring thriller against Tower Ravens.

More news to follow in the week.

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sat May 3, 2008

FINALLY...SEASON 2008 SET TO BEGIN
With a few friendlies this weekend for teams to get their eye in, the NELCL 2008 season is set to kick off on 3rd May with all 6 teams in action.

Defending champions London Fields will take on newcomers Tower Ravens at Millfields, with Ravens' Michael Biggs revealing his side are looking forward to 'the more cultured refines of the 36 over game', they're obviously yet to spend sufficient time in the company of their oppostion but their vim has to be admired.

Fields' Dave Hickey starts in equally optimistic mode, 'It's going to be a season of laughs and firsts for LFCC...Two new teams in the league shows that the popularity of cricket in the East End of London is on the up!'

Springfield park will play host to other newcomers Victoria Park Juniors, as they take on Coach and Horses, and The Village will host Island CC at London Fields.

Find all the results here, where we look forward to the most exciting cricket season in this part of London for years.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Fri Apr 25, 2008

FIXTURES 2008 CONFIRMED
The 2008 season kicks off 3rd May with champions London Fields at home to newcomers Tower Ravens. Other newcomers Victoria Park Juniors play Coach and Horses at Millfields and Village play Island CC at new venue Albert Rec.

Check out the full list of fixtures here

A guide to all four league venues for 2008 can be found here

Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Fri Mar 7, 2008

Two New Sides Confirmed
The 2008 season of the NELCL will see the league expand from 4 to 6 clubs thanks to the arrival of Victoria Park Juniors and Tower Ravens.

Both sides have experience playing midweek and friendly cricket against existing clubs and are welcome additions.

The season starts on May 3rd. Fixtures to be added to the site over the next week.
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Sun Feb 3, 2008

Season 2008
The season starts in April, check back in a few weeks for fixtures news. In the meantime, here's how to play the game...
Posted by Chris Skinner, Created Tue Nov 27, 2007, Updated Tue Jan 8, 2008

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