Whether it's the lucky Omen of having Steve Trim
in the side, or his ability in cutting the finest strips in Woodford, the Green's Sunday A won their second successive game of the season by beating Wanstead's Sunday friendly XI again!
On an overcast morning at the Green, groundsman Tester had made it clear "There Will
be no cricket played @ the Green this W/end", but Chairman Palmer overturned this decision by appointing part time groundsman Steve to TRIM a playing strip on the square which looked smoother than Sunpat on toast.
Toss time, and Wanstead's Skipper Joe lived up to the Palmer tradition of winning the toss and electing to bat first. Greens opened bowling with debutant Noman who struck in his 2nd over as Chirag took a fine dolly at Mid off. S.Kazmi his opening partner struck in his second over too and within the first 6 overs the pair had removed 3 of Wanstead's top order batsman already.
Wanstead's Adam Lord batted fluently with some clean strikes and gave the score a boost with a good knock of 68 but the Greens kept the pressure on by knocking over easy wickets until captain Joe Palmer arrived at the crease to score a handy 36. The crowd were entertained by a few reverse hits by Adnan Akram batting at his unusual number 11 spot and Wanstead managed to reach an under-par 179 in their 40 overs.
The Greens started their reply with Barry Leigh
and Anthony Palmer
opening the batting. Bazza continued his hot form with the bat by getting off the mark with an unexpected cut shot for 4 and carried on batting confidently. Palmer on the other hand playing his "Bat breaking" shots helped himself to 48 with plenty of dropped catches on the way before skying one out. Skipper Saad Ijaz
walked to the crease at 84-1 and a comfortable chase on the cards was made difficult with his slow scoring rate. B.leigh was stumped out but made a handy 36 and Ijaz chipped one back to Mid off to get caught on 29.
It was left to Arslan Shahzad
and Chirag Trivedi
to chase down the final 38 runs needed, and the pair did a professional job between themselves of playing solid shots and getting us over the line. Greens ended the game with the loss of 3 wickets and winning their second game out of 2.
Weather allowing, the Greens make a short journey to Old Parks next week for a local rival friendly hoping to continue their winning run.