A beautiful late September day greeted CtC for their final domestic outing of a season that had begun in Rwanda over six months previously - with a rogue fixture in Sri Lanka still to come.
Three Sunday fixtures had preceded this one, a disappointing defeat in our traditional season opener against the Moose, a fantastic marque fixture at Whitgift where we were second best to a masterclass from their West Indian U19 player, and an enjoyable 8 wicket win against Highgate Wood. Midweek we also had a record four fixtures, sadly, in a summer that will remembered how hot and dry it was, two fell foul of the rain, against The Optimists and also the long awaited T20 against Zapoi. Of the two that were played, we lost to a Hesketh inspired ATL in another enjoyable encounter against our north London friends, and had a straightforward victory against a James Lester led Commons Old Boys XI. Until today then, the domestic scorecard read played 7, won 2, lost 3, no result 3. A win against London Fields then was therefore needed to come away with an even season.
Back to London fields and a nice looking pitch just behind “The Pub on The Park”. The wicket looked good and overall it seemed a brilliant set up for a council pitch. CtC won the toss, and eyeing the friendly conditions and with a stupidly strong batting line up, chose to bat. With a line up featuring Coe, Hesketh, Skinner, Gill and Dave Fagan, borrowed from Foxton, it was felt a big score could be on if the guns delivered. And deliver they did...
Lomas, making a long awaited debut, opened and got a quick 16, before Coe took charge. His hundred was inevitable and came up in just the 17th over - leaving CtC on 146-2 at drinks. Sadly for London Fields, Hesketh picked up where Coe left off, clobbering 83 before being caught on the fence, when a century looked certain. The eponymous London fielders kept working hard, and, taking the wickets f the dangerous Gill, and Baggo, cheaply, they might have had ambitions of keeping CtC close to 300. Sadly for them, Dave Fagan had other ideas, and raced to 50 in no time. Going into the last over, he was on 74, a 100 in reach with a perfect 36... he finished on 98*, a one bounce four the only thing that prevented him bringing up a ton in the most outrageous fashion.
With such a large total on the board, the London Fields innings was somewhat of a low key affair, a shame for a CtC attack with two debutantes looking to impress - both did as much as they could in the circumstances, Jelly taking 2-42 from 7, and Lomas bowling 5 tight overs for just 15. Elsewhere, Davidson was the pick of the rest, taking 1-29 from his seven. The game meandered along with London Fields eventually finishing on 238-7, giving CtC victory by 127 runs.
Despite our anti-social batting performance London Fields seemed to enjoy the day out, and with nothing more to say on the game myself, I'll copy and paste from their website:
"To conclude, the game was played in an excellent spirit, in the lat summer sun. We hope that CtCCCC enjoyed their fixture at London Fields, and look forward to the possibility of future games. All in all, this was a fitting way to end the 2018 cricketing season at London Fields."
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