London Fields won by 5 wickets
Norfolk & Chance 128 – 6
Will 4 0 27 3
Paul 4 0 40 2
London Fields 129 - 1
Mukesh 3 0 27 1
Mukesh Raja of Norfolk & Chance writes :
Feeling confident on the back of three successive wins and the unprecedented
appearance in the second round of the VPCCL Cup, Norfolk & Chance were
clearly unstoppable. In fact we hadn’t lost a game since the last time we
met London Fields. Was that a close match? No one can remember but we are
bound to have improved since then. No net practice but we had all been
watching a lot of football.
On the day of the game the Norfolk & Chance international contingent dropped
out. Ross had to go to work and Brad had to go to Dublin to drink Guinness,
but fear not Paul James was back after a two match absence and as such we
were certain of a quick 50 from him to get us off the mark and London Fields
were missing their star bowler Robin.
Then came the London Fields bowling attack. Paul James threw his bat at a
wide ball and was caught behind for a mere ten; Vimal and Nayan held on and
kept to what seemed like a reasonable run rate, and the mere appearance of
Fred walking to the crease seemed to worry London Fields, with their calls
of “Has he played in your league team?”
Fred added a well run 16, but it all started to look very ominous from
that moment onwards. London Fields managed to avoid any major injuries in
the field and held Norfolk & Chance to a moderate score.
Mukesh could of course have saved the day, but another poor decision by the
captain left Mukesh too far down the order without enough overs left to do
With London Fields chasing only 128 and their batsmen displaying a variety
of strokes and on one occasion even trying to headbutt the ball away for a
quick single, they began to pile on the runs.
Mukesh again showed his worth with some excellent spin bowling which slowed
down the London Fields march, but just one man, even one so talented could
not do the job on his own.