CtC qualified for the semi-finals of the LMS Kennington (Thursdays) league in some style, finishing the season with three wins in four games to set up a semi-final vs. Merkage squad on August 24th.
This strong end of season form means that the cycling cricket club have won six from their last seven games, a remarkable achievement after the disastrous start to the season which saw them fail to win in their first three games. The return of Hammo has definitely made an impact, with the out of shape all-rounder scoring 16*, 53*, 31, 54, 29 and 46 since his return.
Round 10 – CtCCCC 226-4 beat Donald Badman 158-7 by 68 runs
On a cold and gloomy evening CtC were wary of a Donald Badman outfit who had beaten them early in the season… however nerves were settled thanks to a rapid 52* from 18 balls from Ben Cassels. Further runs came from Pearson (53*), Dillon (46) and Hammond (46) to set an imposing total. DB never looked like chasing, with Davidson (2-28 from four), Hammond (2-6 from 2) and Rutt (1-22 from 4) keeping the score in check
Round 9 – CtCCCC 162-6 lost to Chasing Tails 163-4 by four wickets with 7 balls to spare
Batting first against league leaders Chasing Tails CtC batted first but finished probably 20 runs shy of a defendable score at Burgess Park as seven batsmen made it to double figures but only one went past 30 – Gimson with an excellent 37 from 20 balls in the Sunil Narine role at the top of the innings. CtC bowled and fielded well, credit particularly to an excellent catch at mid-wicket from Dillon, but never quite got the wickets they needed. Davidson the pick of the bowlers, his three going for just 15.
Round 8 – CtCCCC 248-4 beat Fulham Compton FC 117-6 by 131 runs
CtC raced to their highest ever score thanks to runs from Hesketh 62* (including a home run); Baksh 46, Hammond 54* and Rutt 53*. Fulham never really threatened to chase such a monster score, Sherwin conceding just 12 from his four overs and Carew taking 2-19 from his three.
Round 7 – CtCCCC 165-6 beat Merkage Squad 164-4 by 2 wickets with three balls to spare
Tight bowling led by the large sweded pair of Carew (4 overs for 26) and Cassels (4 overs, 1 for 18) restricted Merkage to just 164. CtC however struggled to get going in the chase, with only Dillon (41) scoring big. With the game in danger the big hitting of Sherwin (27 from 12) and calm head of Shaw (11 off 6) eventually saw CtC home with just three to spare.
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