Search

North London bowlers leave it too late to spring into Acton

18:28 19 May 2014

North London captain Jack Atchinson. Pic: Max Flego

North London captain Jack Atchinson. Pic: Max Flego

Max Flego Sports Photography

A poor opening spell with the ball proved costly for North London as they lost out to Acton in a close finish in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

NL totalled a solid 214, built around an innings of 73 from Anees Davids, but they were unable establish control at the start of their visitors’ reply as the opening pair put on 89 in rapid time.

Although leg-spinner Peter Monar led the fightback with a six-wicket haul, it was not enough as Acton scraped home by three wickets with three balls to spare.

“Our bowlers weren’t quite hitting their stride in those first 10 overs. But for that period at the start, it could have been very different,” reflected NL skipper Jack Atchinson.

“Peter, along with Freddie Issitt, really gave us a fighting chance – they deserve a lot of credit for their control and accuracy. Overall, I thought we were quite unlucky to lose an exciting game.

“Acton are a good team and there are certainly positives we can take from this. Anees batted with invention as well as power – it was a great knock and ably supported by the people around him.”

North London also began badly with the bat, losing openers Paul Brierley and Ed Dawson for ducks, but Sam Bardon (26) and Jack Godfrey-Wood (20) then put on a stand of 62 for the third wicket.

Davids took centre stage with his knock of 73 from 59 deliveries – which included four fours and three sixes – before he was eventually dismissed, leg before to John Reeve (3-64).

Atchinson (13), Monar (13), Tom Wakeford (11) and James Baker (10 not out) all added useful contributions as Tom Forsdike (4-21) finished off their innings in the 53rd over.

However, Davids and Baker struggled to find their rhythm when Acton replied and openers Matthew Reeve (34) and Hannadige Soysa (41) took full advantage.

Monar (6-58) broke the partnership by removing Reeve and followed that up with three more cheap wickets, while Issitt (1-29) got rid of Soysa as Acton slumped to 132-5.

But Yasir Mehmood (56) and Alex Brennan (36no) came to their side’s rescue with a stand of 57 and, although Monar increased his tally to six wickets, Acton scrambled across the line in the final over.

There was a further blow for NL when wicketkeeper Brierley broke his thumb during the Acton innings. He is expected to be out for a month, with Dawson taking over the gloves in the short term.

North London recovered on Sunday to record a six-wicket win away to Division Two side Brentham in the Middlesex Cup and book a tie against Brondesbury in the next round.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

Thu, 17:14
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Although they spurned the chance to win the league title, Arsenal Under-21s still have a chance to reach the top tier of second-string football via the play-offs.

Thu, 13:15
James Harris in action for Middlesex

Middlesex seamer James Harris feels squad rotation is essential if the club are to successfully negotiate a punishing schedule during the coming weeks.

Thu, 12:16
Local league players and officials at Market Road with coaches Sarah Cleary (right, front row) and Natasha Ademakinwa (second from right, back row).

Female coaches are backing a campaign to give Islington girls what they never had – a genuine opportunity to play competitive football in the borough.

Wed, 16:59
Islington & Camden Under-15s

Islington & Camden Under-15s gained revenge for their English Schools Trophy defeat as they won 3-2 at Barnet and clinched the Middlesex championship with two games to spare.

Wed, 15:53
Islington CC cyclists in action

Islington Cycling Club plan to celebrate their third birthday and continue their expansion by establishing a junior section later this year.

Wed, 15:49
The Veras Academy squad at the EKF National Championships. Back row, left to right: Sensei Alton Brown, Sam Mrabet, Sensei Raphael Veras. Front row (l-r): Luan  Veras, Seyhan Cinar, Liam Veras, Luca Veras.

Islington-based Veras Academy secured a total haul of 10 medals – including one gold – at the English Karate Federation National Championships in Sheffield.

Wed, 12:34
Arsenal Ladies' Leah Williamson

Leah Williamson has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea’s league victory over the Gunners will give them a psychological advantage when the teams clash again at Wembley.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe