3rd XI Reports

2021 3rd XI Match Reports

Cockfosters 129-10 lost to Potters Bar IV 143-7 by 14 runs

With a mixed start to the season, the third team welcomed Potters Bar’s forth team to Bramley road. Naturally, as you do at Minch, when Neil won the toss he didn’t take much time to decide to field first, despite the new covers doing their job in protecting the strip. 

Stanley Thomas made his senior league debut for the club, usually being a member of the under 15s side and was entrusted the new ball with Prakash at the other end. Stanley and Prakash both did a great job of keeping runs down, both going for 2.6 an over from their spells. Stanley unfortunately didn’t get a reward of a wicket but Prakash did dismiss their opening batsmen early on for 2. Jonathon Burrows and Daniel Mather, also playing his first league game for the club, were next to bowl and again, kept runs to a premium. The other opener stuck around and batted through the innings for a slow but well made 50 not out and frustrated the bowlers who were finding wickets slightly hard to get but did a good job and stopping the run rate from accelerating. Paul and Gary came on for late spells who were both a little more expensive than the earlier bowlers, but in the latter stages of the innings this was to be expected, and both earnt their 2 wickets as well as the run out that occurred in the last over. Potters Bar posted 143-7 off their 40 overs which was a very chasable total but would require the batsmen to dig in on a tough Minch wicket. 

Yasir and Gary opened up and unfortunately, wickets started to tumble quite quickly. Yasir did well to get off on the right foot with extras helping out, but Gary was dismissed for 3 with Neil following shortly after with Tosh and Dan Mather all not really troubling the scorer. Yasir got 15 before he got bowled by one that kept low and the side were in a real problem. Jonathon Burrows and Shag had a useful partnership in the middle order, which helped make inroads into the total which was starting to look a long way away. Jonathon was dismissed for 13 being bowled which left Shag to try batting with the lower order to earn a hard fought win. however, the required run rate started to increase and wickets started to fall in response to this, with Shag getting his customary run out victim for the 10th wicket. 

A disappointing result ultimately with Cockfosters being 14 runs short, but the Potters bar bowling attack was exceptionally good, with some very fast bowling for that level on display who really caused havoc when bowling to our top order. Hopefully when we travel to Hitchen we can have some better fortune after being on the end of two close defeats in a row. 

Cockfosters 126-7 lost to Ickleford III 149-6 by 23 runs

The third team had the trip to Ickleford third team this week on the back of their 30 points last week. Putting a series of wins together is vital to any side trying to challenge for promotion and it was something there was high hopes for this week. Upon arrival, Neil did his first job correctly, calling right and electing to field first on a pitch that looked like it would offer some good assistance to the bowlers. Whilst wickets weren’t falling at what you would call a quick rate, runs were not really being scored at all for the first 35 overs of the game. All of the seamers were going for less than 2 runs per over (except Josh going for 2.5) and Patrick also had some decent control in his first 5 overs. However, as the Ickleford batsmen realised that they were on course to post an easily achievable score, they locked on to the young leg spinner’s bowling and took apart his last few overs to get them up to the far more respectable total of 149-6 off their 40 overs. Whilst it wasn’t a huge score, considering the circumstances of looking like they might not get to 100 they were more than happy. The bowlers all shared a wicket each (with Prakash bagging a second as well) and all the seamers went for 20 runs or less in their overs. However, Patrick unfortunately got the experience of being a spinner on a bad day as he went for 64 after the late onslaught. 

The Cockfosters reply started off brightly, with openers Callen and Corken both looking very untroubled. Runs were coming at a decent rate (assisted by the extra column) and the run chase looked like it would be very comfortable. 50 partnership came up and they continued to 64 before Gary was dismissed for 21. From here Alex started to kick on runs wise (he was only on 18) but unfortunately numbers 3-6 managed to get 5 runs between them. Neil got 12 before being caught and bowled and Loaf finally got dismissed for 48. Darren Medforth and Ethan Pigden came together still needing 30 to win with 3 overs to go, but with no fielding restrictions in our division, Ickleford were comfortable with putting everyone on the boundary and challenging the Cockfosters’ batsmen to go over the boundary rope. With lots of misses and having to settle for a few singles, they fell short. A promising start but the expensive end to the first innings and the middle orders’ inability to add any runs to the chase added up to a loss and not many points to show for the effort put in today. 

Overall, a good performance for a lot of people, but not enough to secure 30 points in a game that, on a different day could have easily gone our way. Potters Bar at Minch are the next opponent for us with the sides only separated by 1 point before play. 

Cockfosters 131-8 beat St Margaretsbury III 70-10 by 61 runs

With the Tewin game out of mind, a few forced changes were made to the side which included two debutants, Kyle Brewer and Jonathon Burrows. Minch, looking as Minch as ever, was an attractive proposition to the St Margaretsbury captain when he won the toss and he elected to field first. 

Adam Pigden opening up with Gary in his newly found berth in the batting line up. Gary unfortunately didn’t have the success he had last weekend and was dismissed for 1 early on. Adam was looking in fine touch but the batsmen at the other end were not providing much assistance as Alex, Neil and Tosh all got dismissed with the side going for 24-1 to 26-4. Sandeep added 6 runs but fell shortly after as well. From there Jonathon came out to bat and batted very well on his first appearance for the club. Him and Adam added a crucial partnership to get the side out of a bit of a hole, however after a good 24, Jonathon had to go stumped. The tail added a few runs with Kyle and Nikhil getting 8 each and Medders getting 4 to get the side to 131-8 off their 40 overs. Doesn’t sound like a massive score but, as we all know, Minch is very Minch. Adam batted extremely well throughout and didn’t let Minch get him down ending on 51*, batting through the innings to help the side to a defendable total.

The second innings was a good example of a great team performance. Despite some excellent bowling performances, no one in particular stood out as everyone shared the wickets between them. Kyle Brewer got his first league wicket for the club with Darren taking a fantastic diving catch in the slips (No typos were involved in the previous sentence). Unfortunately, it wasn’t the catch of the day as Alex Callan, fielding in close, managed to take a 1 hand full stretch catch to trump Medders. Kyle wanted to make sure he was providing as many jugs as possible by taking two catches for the side as well with wickets tumbling regularly throughout the innings. In total, 9 catches were taken in a fantastic fielding performance with St Margaretsbury dismissed for 70. Kyle, Darren, Nikhil and Sandeep all took 2 wickets each for not many, with Cheesy and Jonathon adding 1 more each (Jonathon with figures of 1-1-0-1) to secure a first 30 points of the season for the third team. A great result and something we will be looking to build on as we travel to Ickleford next week.

Cockfosters 97-10 lost to Tewin II 218-3 by 121 runs

After 3 weeks of not playing cricket, the third team would finally be getting their season underway! With a trip to the picturesque Tewin ground to welcome us to cricket season. Neil had a long time to contemplate how his first toss would go, but unfortunately called wrong and Tewin decided to have a bat. We had junior members Divin Fernando and Ameya Kadam featuring in what was a youthful 3rd team side which was great to see after Steady and Geoff have spent the last few years trying to build up our juniors section again. 

Ameya and Josh took the new ball and bowled fairly well but were not assisted much by the pitch which was great for batting. Add to that the fact that, due to an influx of new players at Tewin, there were a few players who were used to playing much higher up than Regional East A coming out to bat made it a really hard innings for us. That being said Josh managed to pick up a wicket later on in the innings, dismissing Cullen on 92 on the last ball of the innings. Divin managed to pick up his first senior wicket earlier on though with Patrick Whitman also bagging a wicket after some good work from Neil behind the stumps for a stumping. Prakash was probably the pick of the bowlers overall though despite not taking a wicket as on a day where everyone was going for runs, he kept his economy down to 3 runs per over and kept it tight. However, runs came very freely throughout and Tewin ended up on 218-3 off their 40 overs. 

In reply, we struggled to take advantage of the conditions like the Tewin batsmen did and wickets fell at fairly regular intervals. Alex Callan and Gary Corken opened up the batting together, Alex fell fairly early whereas Gary stuck in there, not really scoring runs (ending on 7) but did last 19 overs, making sure the side used as many overs as they could attempting to get as close to the mammoth total as possible. Dilsha came and went for 9 and Patrick came in and got a very attractive looking 15 before unfortunately being out caught. Numbers 5 to 7 fell for a total of 1 run between them with two Pigdens (Ethan and Tosh) and Neil all struggling to set themselves out there. Prakash top scored from number 8 with 16 runs and Josh assisted with 9 for what was the biggest partnership of the innings of 38, but they both eventually fell. Divin was out shortly after to conclude the innings after, in his own words “forgetting that you could be stumped” after wandering out of his crease. 

A disappointing result after 3 weeks of no cricket at all, but ultimately Tewin are a very good side, and also we fielded 5 players under the age of 19 which was incredibly encouraging for the future of the club. Next week we host St Margaretsbury at Minch hoping for better fortunes. 

Cockfosters vs Broxbourne III was cancelled

And for a 3rd week! Cricket was still not possible for the third team and they had to settle for another 10 points. With the forecast looking far more positive for the coming week, there will be many fingers crossed hoping that the side can bowl their first ball of the season at the very least!

Cockfosters vs Stevenage V was cancelled

Unfortunately for the second week running, there would be no cricket for the third team. The early season rain continued to plague May and a call from the oppo skipper to say the game was off meant the side had to settle for 10 points. Disappointing after missing so much cricket last year that we were still unable to play, albeit due to rain this time.


Cockfosters vs Hertingfordbury II was cancelled

There was a great game on the Minch square on saturday morning. Unfortunately, it was ducks who were playing on the square rather than any cricketers and this game was called off fairly early in the morning, ruining our chances of an 100% record before we had even bowled a ball.

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