London Colney v Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI on Sat 03 Aug 2013 at 1:00
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club Won by 6 wickets

Match report Today’s word was “Octothorpe”, the correct term of what is commonly called “hastag” (the “#” on social media to trend something, someone or an event). The origins of the word appear to be disputed but according to Wikipedia, it was coined in the USA by a Bell Labs supervisor. It has eight points hence the beginning “Octo”. More obscure is the ending. This guy had a fascination with an American Olympic medallist in 1912 called Thorpe and so named this annoyingly over-used icon. Why am I mentioning this? Well, its all due to James Runciman who enlightened us all during the 2nd innings...

For the 8th time on the bounce, he called correctly and inserted London Colney who were without 5 of their regular bowlers. The first two overs yielded 14 runs but Howard (2-18) was the first to strike with not his first long hop of the season. A more conventional dismissal by him three overs later and another by Oakes saw Colney falter and the famous “Sawbo squeeze” was slowly tightened before a heavy shower sent players from the field.

After 30 wet minutes, Colney resumed on 3-54 needing to step up the pace in the remaining 23 overs if they were to post a challenging total. Miserly bowling from Reynolds (1-31) and Billings (3-33), while not rewarded by 3 dropped catches foiled their attempts. Runciman (3-16) picked up a couple of cheap wickets towards the end leaving inadequate total of 124.

The reply started with Rudkin intent on bettering his 102 from 48 balls the week before against the woeful Bayford & Hertford. He cruised to 46 in an opening partnership of 60 with the more sedate Ashman whose 25 complemented his 3 catches earlier. Although 2 ducks followed Ashman’s dismissal, the result was never in doubt as Sanders (53) provided a rehabilitative innings of quality to seal the win with 23 overs to spare. A quick check of the rope swing at the car park tree did not reveal the corpses of Oakes or Chisnall following their disastrous no scores and we left with all intact and 30 points to further consolidate 3rd place.

Next week’s eagerly awaited local derby at Bishops Stortford sees the opportunity to continue the winning streak to 6 while keeping the pressure on the two teams above, Bushey and Old Elizabethians, who have seen their lead evaporate to a choking 5 points. Again, its all to play for and destiny is ours if we keep winning but our neighbours have no intention of handing to us on a plate.

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets

(19.1 overs)
Steve Ashman b b T Fretter 25 3
Joe Rudkin ct b S Fretter 46
Rob Sanders Not Out  53
Dean Chisnall ct b T Fretter 0 1
Ben Oakes b S Hadley 0 1
Rhys Purnell Not Out  2
James Runciman  
Andrew Foster  
Dan Reynolds   1
Chris Howard  
Paul Billings   2

London Colney Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S Fretter9.0059159.006.56
T Fretter0.1252226.00312.00
S Hadley1.0015115.0015.00

London Colney Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
125 (44.2 overs)
A Buckmaster ct ct Ashman b Howard 16
S Hadley ct ct Reynolds b Howard 4
J Ray ct ct Chisnall b Oakes 6
R Zeiderman b b Billings 46
T Fretter ct ct Ashman b Reynolds 22
A Fish ct ct & b Billings 12
A Adam b b Runciman 4
D Lebertin ct ct Oakes b Billings 9
A George ct ct Billings b Runciman 2
S Fretter Not Out  2
S Huball ct ct Ashman b Runciman 1

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Chris Howard9.041829.002.00
Ben Oakes12.0223123.001.92
Dan Reynolds9.0231131.003.44
Paul Billings10.0233311.003.30
James Runciman4.201635.333.69

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