Mount CC: 293/6 (35 overs) - Offord 90, Smith 37, W. Ahmad 36, Lambert 30
Canewdon 38 ao - Ahmad A 4/19, Vayalveettil V 3/8
Mount won by 255 runs
If your batsmen post one of your club’s highest ever totals, you will have a decent chance of a win. Likewise, if your bowlers restrict the opposition to one of the lowest scores recorded against you, you’re in with a shout. If you manage both in the same afternoon? Well you win, and you win big. This was the case on Sunday as a strong Mount side visited Canewdon. Put into bat, Mount’s batsman quickly adapted to the tricky conditions presented by an underprepared and unpredictable pitch. Openers Ilan Frankel and Waj Ahmad both made good starts, putting on 43 for the first wicket before Ilan played an uncharacteristically poor shot on 23, offering a simple return catch to the bowler. A breakthrough? No. Coming in at 3 was Paul Offord – not required to bat so far this season, a well-deserved move up the order proved highly effective. Remarkably, Paul was to share in 3 partnerships of exactly 65 runs each, first with Waj (36), then Noel Smith (37) and finally Jamie Lambert (30) and quickly passed 50 himself. With the total building at an impressive rate, Paul finally fell for 90 with the score on 238 – an excellent knock and Paul’s highest score for the club. Well played to him. Cameos from Martin “Iceman” Hare and ‘keeper Nishad Aryan Parambil preceded some rapid-fire scoring from Vijay Vayalveettil and Ammar Ahmad. VJ’s 26 not out included 2 sixes and Ammar immediately took on Canewdon’s best bowler Richard Howes, sending his first ball sailing back over his head for an enormous six and dispatching the next for a blistering 4. 15 not out in the end for Ammar and a mighty 293/7 from our 40 overs.
A tough ask for Canewdon became instantly tougher with a wicket in the first over of their reply. Ammar bowling opposition skipper Jack Broad for nought. VJ’s parsimonious bowling kept up the pressure at the other end and the outcome soon seemed assured. Victory soon became a question of “when” and not “if”, as Ammar and VJ claimed 4 and 3 wickets respectively, both bowling fantastically well, aided by an excellent all-round fielding display. As well as an exemplary performance from Hare which drew many admiring comments from the crowd, Frankel, and Deadman both took good catches with another for Nishad off Ammar, further evidence of his top notch “glove-work”. Captain for the day, Dave Summers brought himself and Dan Deadman on as first change but there was to be no respite for our beleaguered opponents. “Deadly” Dan took a wicket in his second over aided by another good catch, this time from Offord and “The Vicar of Dibbly-Dobbly” lured his batsman forward allowing a sharp stumping from Nish. With Canewdon’s no 11 unable to bat, that was that. 38 all out in the end and a thumping 255 run winning margin for Mount. A mismatch perhaps but an almost impossible game to manage as everything went right for us and everything went wrong for them! However, this should not detract from what was an outstanding team performance from the boys with ‘skipper Summers seen turning somersaults of delight in the field at one point – either that or he just had another fall!
There is no game this weekend but there will be a nets/social session at the ACG on Sunday, time tbc. I hope to see some of you there.
I will also be putting together another piece in our occasional “looking back” feature with the aid of Mount legend David Hewitt so do keep an eye out for that - probably with you early next week work etc permitting.