London Premier League: King’s Road pack a punch against Cairns Fudge

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The Road at their spiritual home in Haydons Road looking to continue good form in the London Premier League, having only lost one league fixture so far this season.

Things were looking up as Skipper Dan wins another toss and sent the openers Matt Cocken and Lewis Robonson out in the sunshine.

Started well enough, a loosener/no ball is flayed by Cocken over the slips for his first runs with his new bat, but it wasn’t to last as he was triggered LBW to the left armer Zak Lam for 4.

David Hughes was next in and wasn’t hanging around, both in intent and in reality, as he was bowled by Lam for 5. Lofty heights are no surprise for the remodelled Matt Small, yet here he strode to the crease at 21-2.

The dig-in was in full force from his end, while Robbo was let out of the gates at the other. The pair galloped 3 after 3 as the scoreboard started moving. All was well and good until Smally failed to keep out a yorker and was gone for 10. 79-3.

Not often you see a Bear and a Horse in the same place, but with Jamie Keating striding to the crease, that was the situation and the no-nurdling-kneeler set about battering the ball back into the woods where he’d just come from.

The change of pace was not only with the scoring, but also the running. Sprinter Small was gone and Lewis setting off for a 2 that used to be on, no longer was. Sent back by Keats, the dispairng dive couldn’t get the photo-finish for Robbo, run out at the non-strikers for 64. He threw his helmet down in disgust, but humilatingly had to pick it up again to walk off.

Time for the captain, Skipper Sherman skipped to the crease with the platform set to launch, and launch he did. The first six of the innings, 4 blugeoning 4s off an Andrew Milne over and 50 up off 29 balls (he got that with a 6 too). He finally holed out to Long Off for 54 off 30, the score elevated to 181-5.

Chris Brown came in to protect his average for the season with another red-inker, hitting 10 off 4, and with Keats finishing on 29 off 30, The Road set a competitve 196-5 off their 35-overs.

Another epic standard displayed at teas. And a rejuvenated Road ran out into the field. New Ball Brown had a new partner in Osman Khan and magic was produced from both ends.

Dot were joined and wickets were taken, Chris Brown knicking one off to Mo at 1st Slip, and The Wizard conjouring a couple, bowling one and having another caught behind by Sherman. Chris Brown, bowling through, had another gloved to Sherman to add to his wickets.

The openers really did the damage, Ossie closing his spell 5-0-18-2 and Chris Brown with a ridiculous 7-3-8-2.

It was time to slow things down, and up steps Michael Rossi and Mo Shaboodien. El Senor was unlucky in his overs and got a bit of tap. A difficult chance to specialist boundary fielder for the day Matt Cocken at Deep Square Leg, and misunderstanding the logistics of enacting a run out of a runner, screaming for the ball to the amusement/bemusement of the fielders.

Mo set about doing what he does best, controlling the batsmen on his own puppeting strings. Pulled it back after some early tap, and trapping Squires in front.

He had been joined by “The Runner Bean” Mark Isham at the other end, using all of his height to hurl his wobblers down. Who knew bowling stump-to-stump work? Not most of us quicks that’s for sure. Mark had Zak Lam bowled and the set batsman Dean Yarrall LBW, and after complaints from Cocken on the boundary he was brought into mid-wicket, only for the very next ball to lob straight down his throat.

10-man Fudge were down to their last man, 101-8 on the board and Mo with “His” field set, Andrew Milne took him on and lost, Robbo making no mistake at Mid-On, and that was that. The Road continue a strong LPL season, and will go Wandsworth Common for the return fixture on a high.

Author: Matt Small

Fast Bowler Extraordinaire & Media Secretary 2017