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The London Itinerants CC got their revenge on King’s Road in the return fixture of the London Premier League, guided by a classy 100* by Chris Jeffreys.
Wimbledon was the venue on the famous Dundonald Recreation Ground “Venn Diagram” of pitches, and the revamped facilities did not go un-noticed by players and spectators alike.
A gentleman’s agreement rather than a toss took place and Daniel Sherman’s team found themselves in the field first under the bright sunshine.
Sporting a new tactic, Sherman turned to his turners. The Spinners Michael Rossi and Amir Alipour were gifted the new ball, and a very tidy opening spell it was. Both testing the batsmen with flight, gile and nouse (whatever those things actually mean).
Amir getting the break-through as the LICCs openers couldn’t resist the lack of pace, and Jarrod Breen runs past one, and Mo Shaboodien does the rest behind the stumps.
That brought CJ to the crease and it was where he was to stay. Spin continued with Jamie Keats and Chris MacNicol giving it a tweak. CMac picked up Jon Tennison with feather to Mo behind the stumps, and Keats tempted Mikka Singh into the famous BEAR TRAP well held by Diana Rossi at Mid Off.
But The Road were left ruing missed chances to get Jeffreys. One by each of the Matts was put down and he retired on 100*. A classy knock nevertheless.
By this point, Mo had made it out from behind the stumps and doing what he does best, taking wickets. 3 to be precise, as precise as his targeting of the stumps. LICCs finished on 197-6 off their 40overs.
Teas was a mighty fine success. Buoyed on from a break from duties the week before, everyone put in for a top notch meal. Amir’s mystery drizzle cake needed to be tasted to be believed, and the Matt/David sausage rolls were gone as soon as the box was opened.
The Road opened up with Matt Cocken and Skipper Sherman, who had clearly left the oven on or something as he was back on the sidelines 6th ball of the innings.
The Junior and Senior Ogales, Ravi and Vikas, set about tormenting The Road with the ball. After knocking Sherman over, Ravi picked up CMac, punting a dolly to midwicket for a duck.
Ian Poole and Laxman Pillai both played Vikas onto their stumps without troubling the scorers, and Raju Mazumder made 3 before departing to the other opening bowler, Neil Davis.
So far Matt Cocken had watched a procession from the non-striker’s end, but found support in Jamie Keats (21) and Mo Shaboodien (36), but he fell for 44 and the fight was on to prevent being bowled out.
Stoic Small couldn’t keep Ravi away, and when Michael Rossi skied Neil Davies, The Road fate was sealed. Amir was left without a partner.
The Road are 2 from 3 now in the London Premier League and will look to rebuild in the coming weeks. Special mention to the King’s Road supporters club this week in great voice from their bring-your-own-stand.
Champagne Moment: Jamie Keats slap shot / Mo’s LBW appeal
Most Emabarrasing: Sherman’s swift innings
Teas: Savoury: Matt/David Sausage Rolls. Sweet: Amir’s Drizzle Cake
Man of the Match: Amir Alipour