18 May – 4s get resounding victory at Lindfield
Upon arrival at Lindfield I met their skipper walking back from the square with a floor brush in hand – having just ‘swept’ the wicket for our match so is the way of playing on an artificial wicket . Anyway he soon put away his brush and vacuum cleaner and pulled out a shiny new one pound coin – the toss went his way and we were put into bat.
It’s been a few years since I’ve played on an artificial wicket so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our game plan as openers was to get through the first ten overs, see off the new ball and get 50 runs up – something we did with relative ease. Unfortunately for me, I got caught fair shortly after a change of bowlers so was unable to build a decent score : something that Mark did excellently – smashing 14 4s and 2 6s to score a magnificent and much deserved century before being bowled out.
Meanwhile, Avi has stepped into my ( obviously non- spike) shoes and added an excellent 50, before being caught try to smash one over cow corner. Bhav came in for Mark, and immediately set about getting the run rate up and bagged himself nicely played 50 and, final man, Ash hit an explosive 30 – all the Grinstead middle order batsman set upon the Lindfield bowling with the aggression of a great white shark attacking a baby seal off the coast of Cape Town – deadly, decisive and ruthless on a wicket that was never going to be bowled friendly, leaving us just 11 runs shy of getting 300 runs, by the time the 40th over was bowled.
We always knew 290 was going to be a pretty big ask of any team but we just weren’t sure how our spinners were going to fair on a recently dusted wicket. We needn’t have worried our bowlers did just as an outstanding job as our brilliant batsman – Jake bowled his usual high level of accuracy and Paarth down the other end bowled with variability and was unlucky not to get more wickets than he did in his 9 overs.
Fortunately for us we had another Napgal up our sleeves, in the form of Anuj, from the same end and he had a great 8 over spell resulting in phenomenal hattrick.
In order to keep things on an even balance from the other end we decided to have the Riley family bombard the Lindfield batsmen from down the hill . Debutant, Louis, bowled some lovely floating leg spin to pick up a wicket and Jason added to the tally as well with a well-placed yorker to get a wicket.
In truth our total was just too much for the opposition to chase down and they raised the white flag after about 10 overs or so, but that doesn’t detract from what was a very polished performance from the EG 4s.
So we can give ourselves a big slap on the back for a great performance, but please no complacency – realistically the rest of our matches in this division are are likely to be much tougher – starting with next week’s home fixture against Ansty 3s….
Man of the match – Mark Wills
Notable performances & highlights :
A Ashok 60, and B Patel 52* , A. Sunderasan 30* batting and 4/18 for Anuj Nagpal including (hat trick) and 3/22 for Jake Lingard bowling.