Fenil breezes to a herbaceous ton
Barnes Common, 8/5/2021
Strongroom won by 66 runs
Strongroom: 213-4 [F.Gandhi 105*, V.Venkateshan 40*]
London Itinerants: 147 [Nish 65]
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I didnít play this match, and so the London Itinerants innings is covered by DPís post-match WhatsApp stream of consciousness below.
There was heavy rain before the match and so both sides did well to get a match in. There was a 2pm start, 30 overs a side.
As for our innings, Fenil notched his maiden ĎRoom ton, and I hear Alex and Vinay both played classy innings.
Okay, here is DPís coverage of our bowling and fielding performance:
Great all round bowling performances, too
Joe Miller returned with some whippy left arm inswing, took a nice wicket to start us off Bertie bowled five excellent overs for no return
Mario delivered his usual tight spell
Dave G got a brace, Ben too at the death
Sebís bowling saw a contender for catch of the season, a running one hand grab at cow corner to dismiss a set batsman, Seb was ecstatic as the same fielder, Alex had midfielded a regulation boundary ball for four the previous ball.
Alex had a pretty excellent debut, made 30 with the bat and bowled v useful away swing (left arm) medium on a nagging length.
Some sharp fielding by Ben (took a blinder catch over running away over his shoulder).
Joe and Alex also looked good and added genuine bite to our fielding.
Seb, Mario and me made catches to complete a very pleasant day.
Nisar merits a special mention, he bowled superbly, changing his action (on request from umpires, me and both batsmen) after his first wicket-taking over of crooked right arm to more conventional right arm medium. Youíll have to ask him what merited that first over, it was good but fully illegal - something of an enigma...
Vinay made a great, sharp stumping off Benís offies and barely put a foot wrong behind the sticks. Itís a hard and pretty much thankless task.
The image below shows the soggy pitch at Barnes Common, an hour before play.
Written By: J.Gower / D.Proctor