3rd XI Reports

2020 3rd XI Match Reports

Cockfosters 100-7 beat Broxbourne III 96-10 by 3 wickets

With the start times becoming 12:00 for the last weekend, the third team were fortunate enough to be playing at Bramley road for the last game and had the short journey down the road. We were playing against Broxbourne who had been talked up to be the “strongest side in the division” by every team we had played against. Neil won the toss and asked Broxbourne to have a bat, with the Minch pitch being a real leveller regardless of a team’s ability.

The two openers got off to a solid start which worried the team as runs were always going to be hard to come by on this track. Fortunately, Saihaan managed to bowl one of the openers (through his legs!) and Prabha also took the other opener’s wicket caught behind and from there, Broxbourne had no idea what was happening as wickets just tumbled one after another. All the wickets were mainly shared around, but Prabhar was probably the pick of the bowlers with an economy of 1.38 off his 8 overs, as well as picking up 2 wickets! Ulti came on with a short burst at the end to take 3 wickets and end the innings with a shellshocked Broxbourne only managing to post 96 runs. Credit to our fielders and bowlers as it was probably the best we have done in the field in any game this season. We took our catches in the field and bowled very tight lines to not allow any easy runs against a very good side.

Despite 96 looking like a poor effort on paper, we knew we’d have to bat well to get there. Mehfuz and Monjur Ahmed opened up together and, just like the first innings, wickets fell pretty rapidly with only 2 players in the side able to get double figures in the whole innings. Mehfuz batting extremely well on a really testing wicket against a good bowling attack and managed to have 8 batting partners by the end of the game. Batting through the entirely innings from number 1 for 34*. Pankaj, who had asked to go up the order a bit, made good on his chance with 17 from number 7 before Broxbourne’s 12 year old managed to take two wickets with some fantastic bowling for someone so young, taking figures of 2.3-0-5-2 in his short spell. Fortunately, extras and Mehfuz managed to get us over the line for what was a very good win against a very strong outfit. 

The third team finished 7th in the table, but that isn’t a fair representation of how the side played this year with some solid performances and tight games. As always with the third team, their strength always depends on who is available from the other two teams so hopefully next season with good availability (and maybe one or two new additions) we can have a serious attempt at battling for promotion. Man of the match on the day was Mehfuz for his fantastic innings and not allowing wickets falling at the other end to faze him as he got the side over the line.

Cockfosters 101-10 lost to Datchworth III 105-6 by 4 wickets

The third team turned up to their home game at Minch for another day on one of the most testing wickets in Hertfordshire (Middlesex!). The opposition captain wasted no time in asking Neil to bat first after winning the toss. The old guard of Xav and Tosh opened the batting together and, naturally, found scoring very difficult. despite not scoring at a particularly quick rate, they stayed around for over 10 overs before Xav got caught on 10 (and the side on 16-1). From there wickets kept happening at an alarmingly regular rate and none of them really because of demons in the pitch or particularly good bowling, just poor batting. The side managed to slip to 44-6 where a tale of 2 Garys begins. Gary and Gary managed to build the first partnership bigger than 10 (and the last) adding 45 together with Corken getting 24 off 55 balls batting very sensibly and respecting the opposition’s bowling attack. Gary Webster added 10 at the other end and when they were both dismissed (within 4 runs of eachother) the innings effectively came to a close. Pankaj was told to try batting the others and managed to hit a 4 first ball and get out second ball which really summed up the side’s day as everyone in the side would feel they could have offered more to the side. Despite only getting to 101, the side were optimistic because at Bramley Road, anything is possible.

Medders and Sandeep opened up the bowling and Medders had some real success, bowling extremely well picking up 4 wickets during his spell. Sandeep was leaking a few runs and despite it not being disastrous, on the wicket provided and the total required, just over 4 an over was too many. He was replaced by Pankaj and him and Medders bowled very well in tandem but unfortunately, when the fielders had a chance it went down which was the story of the day for the second and third team. Datchworth’s young wicket keeper batted well for 54* which was a match winning innings whilst everyone around him got single figures, but he was dropped on 20, if that catch gets taken, it is almost guaranteed that the side would have been celebrating 30 points.

As we get into September it is expected that availability would be a bit shaky and all 3 teams felt that this week which might have affected the result as having fielders like Alex Carter in the side would have made a big difference for sure. Man of the match was given to Gary Corken for his role in getting the side to a defendable total. Next week, the last game of the season is another home game against Broxbourne, hoping to give long serving clubman Xav a good send off as he plays his last league game for the club (if selected!).

Cockfosters 96-5 lost to Hitchin IV 176-9 on run rate

The 3s arrived to Hitchin’s lovely ground which they have spent millions developing, unfortunately the 3s were playing down the slope on the second ground which had not received a big money make over. Neil won the toss and elected to bowl first after the large amounts of rain we had had in the last few days. Medders and Saihaan opened up the bowling and both bowled extremely well and made life difficult for Hitchin’s opening batsmen. Medders in particular conceded very few runs from his 8 overs and took 2 wickets as a reward (finishing with figures of 2-13). Saihaan also picked up a wicket as there was some serious pressure on the Hitchin batsmen, especially as they consider batting their strong suit. There was some dropped catches in the field which didn’t help in trying to really turn the screw and ensure Hitchin didn’t post a big total, however a couple of dropped catches (Gary Corken almost taking a worldie of a diving catch but not being able to cling on) and Praba dropping a fairly simple catch (after Neil had just moved him in order to take a catch there) was a real shame as if we could have clung on to them it could have been a different game. Gibbs managed to get 67 for Hitchin which was a big reason for them getting to 176 in the end, but could have been easily given out run out a long time before posting his 50 with a tight run out going against the team. With their tail putting up a bit of resistance, and spin really not working as well as our earlier seam options, the innings came to a close and a fairly difficult chase was ahead for our batsmen.

Nate White and Mehfuz opened the batting and got the team off to a good start with the team at 55-0. Nate’s innings consisted of some very good batting resulting in a new high score for the club of 34, but also of the opposition giving him what he thought was some very poor chat. Amusingly for people on the sidelines, Nate really was getting triggered by the chat, which possibly affected his running as him and Mehfuz had their problems. From their 55 partnership, 2 quick wickets ensued with Mehfuz being run out and Nate being bowled shortly after to put the team in a tricky spot. However, it did allow them to do a couple of laps of the boundary to talk out their running issues which was nice. Alex Carter managed to get to 25 with some good hitting ability before also being bowled, with a couple more quick wickets following. Gary Corken was meant to be joined by Neil as the fifth wicket went down, but the rain came and the pitch started to become unplayable and therefore the sides agreed to call it a day there. Unfortunately, Fosters were about 20 runs short of the run rate required at that stage and lost the game, but it was a valiant effort against a side that had won all their games so far.

Cockfosters 99-10 lost to St Margeretsbury III 100-6 by 4 wickets

The Cockfosters side arrived at Bramley road with late call up John Tuckwell who thankfully was available to slot into the side after a late cry off. Neil lost the toss and were put in to bat on what was a typical Bramley wicket. Naturally, run scoring was difficult with a track that was doing all sorts, but the Cockfosters batsmen did themselves no favours by throwing away their wickets cheaply at regular intervals which meant that getting any sort of total to defend was a hard task. Neil tried to rally the troops with a bit of a captains knock and ended with the highest score, despite that being only 15. Late call up John and his son Josh were the two highest other scorers down the order with 12* and 8 respectively to try giving the side something to bowl out, but eventually succumbed to a low total of 99 all out.

In response, Saihaan opened the bowling up with Sandeep and both did a good job at making life difficult early on for the St Mags’ batsmen, with Saihaan being the pick of the bowlers with 3-20, there were even a few moments where it looked like the total could be defendable but 5 and 6 Jennings and Wall put on a stand which ended the side’s unlikely hopes for a win. Thanks need to go to Adam Pigden for being willing to be a sub fielder when Neil unfortunately got a ball straight in the lip whilst keeping (which required some stitches after the game) and hope the skipper recovers quickly!

Next up for the third team are Hitchin IV away, who are a side doing fairly well in the league. Hopefully with good availability we have a chance to get back to winning ways.

Cockfosters against Ickleford III was cancelled

With lots of friday rain and a poor forecast, Ickleford let us know early the game wouldn’t be going ahead which was a real shame with such strong availability. Hoping for better conditions next week when we host St Margaretsbury III.

Cockfosters 149-7 beat Stevenage V 148-9 by 3 wickets

On what was the hottest weekend of the year so far, Neil made it 3/3 in terms of Cockfosters skippers forcing their team to field first, however, he was the only one who won the toss and chose to do it. After some miscommunications with selection and drop outs. There was a bit of confusion when Neil was expecting Gary Corken to show up (who had shown up at the club as he was playing for the 2s) whereas Craig surprisingly showed up to play for the 3s (where Neil thought he was in the 2s).

Saihaan and Craig were asked to open up and Saihaan had some early breakthroughs and bowled extremely tight only conceding 13 runs from his spell, taking 3 wickets in the process. The top order didn’t provide much resistance to the Fosters bowlers with them all falling cheaply (despite a bit of resistance from the Stevenage captain who got 28 at number 3). Medders came on to bowl and his first 4 overs were all maidens and did a great job of stemming the flow of runs, despite not being rewarded with any wickets. Sandeep at the other end took 2 wickets, one of which being a Medders diving/falling catch, as the Stevenage lower order batsmen tried to get their team to a defendable total. Their number 7 managed to get 45 whilst wickets continued to fall around him preventing any real partnership from really developing. Prabha took 3 wickets with Craig also taking one in his second spell which meant Stevange were only able to post 148-9 off their 40 overs.

At the interval, Alex Carter decided to give everyone a fright by collapsing just before the second innings. The cause turned out to be his lack of any food or drink all day which was remedied in time for him to open the batting with Mehfuz. The early wicket of Mehfuz made it look like the total required would be a far bigger struggle than expected, but Alex and Monjur but went a long way to easing some early concerns with a big partnership getting the side to 84 before Alex was caught for 25. Ethan came in and went cheaply with Monjur securing his 50 before following shortly after for 56 which left Fosters in a spot of bother at 105-4. Neil got 16 before chopping one onto his stumps and more wickets fell to put us in a really difficult situation. Fortunately, late call up Shag as well as Medders kept their nerve to add the extra runs needed to secure a good 30 points in what turned into a very tight game.

Man of the match went to Monjur after his 56 runs which gave the team a good platform to chasing down the score. Next up is a trip to Ickleford.

Cockfosters 111-7 beat Hertingfordbury II 110-10 by 3 wickets

The 3s continued their streak of having 11 players for every game which was a good sign for the club considering the struggles of yester year, as well as the fact this season is year of a more “friendly” nature. Neil won the toss and elected to bowl first looking to capitalise on a very strong bowling attack he had at his disposal. Bar Craig’s first over that went for double digits, both openers did a fantastic job of keeping it tight and really setting the tone for the rest of the innings. Bipin and Craig made runs very hard to come by, with Bipin taking 2 wickets in his spell as well. Prabha and Chandika then came on and did a fairly decent job of keeping the runs down, with some great support in the field with three run outs from Gary, Alex Carter and Bipin (two of which were direct hits as well) meaning wickets were tumbling as the pressure kept mounting. Pankaj came on for what he made into a short spell as he managed to complete a hat-trick over two overs with all his victims being clean bowled, finishing off the innings. The opposition captain (who had been playing cricket for 60+ years) awarded him the ball and said he had never seen that happen before.

In response, in true Cockfosters fashion, we made the chase a little more difficult than it probably should have been. This probably wasn’t aided with the fact the batting order didn’t really have much stability in it with forced changes happening every week. The top 5 batsmen were all dismissed with a total of 14 runs between them which would have been a huge issue if it wasn’t for the fact there were a few extras giving a helping hand, as well as the fact Craig was ready to come in. Craig really steadied the ship and managed to stear the side close to the required total with some support from Bipin (14) hitting a few boundaries as well. Craig unfortunately played on to his stumps trying to cut on 38 but Josh and Ethan were on hand to make sure that Cockfosters were celebrating a 90 point weekend.

Man of the match went to Pankaj for his hat-trick, but Craig really deserves credit for a good innings under pressure. Next up for the 3s is Stevenage V at Bramley Road.

Cockfosters 95-6 played Potters Bar IV (match abandoned)

The 3s were back at the glorious Bramley Road ground to host Potters Bar who said that they were a “strong fielding and bowling side” which would have been on our batsman’s minds when going out to bat. With the track being less than ideal for cricket, the side knew that if we could post a respectable score, it would definitely be defendable particularly with the strength of our bowling attack on the day.

A mixture of good bowling from Potters Bar and a really poor track made run scoring a serious challenge. Nate White opened the batting again with Mefhuz this week and found it hard going. They managed to build a 30 partnership (with help of extras) before Nate missed one and got bowled for 18. Textbook Dom Williams came to the crease and was joined by Neil when Mefhuz was given out LBW shortly after Nate’s departure. Dom and Neil batted carefully and steadily to try providing a platform for the team to kick on from in the later overs. Both reached double figures before departing, with Patrick and Alex both following not too long after leaving Gary and Bipin to add a few runs each before the rain ended the game abruptly with no chance of the sides getting back out there.

Next up for the 3s is a trip to Hertingfordbury II.

Cockfosters 173-9 lost to Tewin II 219-9 by 46 runs

The 3s were given an away trip to Tewin’s lovely main ground, welcoming debutants Chandika, Anu, Nate and Bipin to the club for their first league appearances. Despite having a lot of people away this weekend, it was a really good sign we could get 11 players particularly after some of the struggles over previous years.

Neil, on his return to captaincy, won the toss and chose to bowl first. Nate and Bipin opened up proceedings and kept it very tight, Nate picking up two wickets in the process. When both openers ended their first spells, it was 31-2 off 12 overs which was a very solid start to the side. Praba and Chandika came on and both bowled through (Chandika picking up his first 2 wickets for the club), however the run rate did start to accelerate. This was in no small part down to Tewin’s number 3 batting extremely well in order to get a big 73 with support of other batsmen around him. The rest of the innings were just short spells trying to get regular breakthroughs to stop runs flowing, which allowed Anu to have a first bowl for the club, as well as Ethan Pigden to pick up his first wicket in adult cricket after coming through our juniors set up. Nate also finished on 4-31 which is a very fine effort.

In reply, Nate and Yasir opened up the batting and Nate unfortunately couldn’t replicate his form with the ball and was out cheaply. Yasir and Alex built a solid partnership which ended with Yasir caught on 21. This meant the skipper joined Alex and together they put on 66 runs together trying to start make inroads on this hefty total. Alex batted well but succumbed to “50 and out” syndrome, and after that the team struggled a little bit to build partnerships. Neil batted through the rest of the innings with a captains knock of 57*, but we wound up short despite some bits and pieces being added by the lower order. 

Neil gave Nate man of the match after his excellent bowling figures, and also mentioned how it was a really positive atmosphere and was a fun team to play in, despite the result going against us. Next up for the 3s we are hosting Potters Bar IVs at Bramley Road.


3rd XI Match Reports 2019

18th May 2019 – 3rd XI vs Old Elizabethans – Away

“Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” went my mind upon wakening on Saturday 18th May 2019, as the alarm sounded – 7am. Something was afoot, I’d forgotten to adjust my alarm for optimum weekend performance. So, despite my initial excitement at the day ahead – a trip to the rather local Old Elizabethans CC – I promptly rolled over and went firmly back to sleep for 2 hours, 45 minutes.

“Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” went my mind upon wakening for the second time that day already. Jumping up, alert already, I promptly sat down shortly after my brain registered the pain in my legs. Damn. It may not happen. The prospect, though, of 90 overs of Division 10b, Saracens Herts league cricket proved – as it always does – too tempting to miss.

Ablutions. Bag check. Bit of Saturday Morning Kitchen (Anna Haugh, tyvm) just to pas the time whilst the morning coffee is consumed and, mentally at least, I was ready to go. Up to Chalk Lane for the 11:45 am meet time and it’s the usual scene – a ragtag band, hastily thrown together, patched up here and there 3’s squad, milling around amongst the ever so slightly more glamorous 2’s squad, who are away to Old Finchleians, with all the usual handshaking, “go wells” and some rather fruity language to boot.

Cars. A drive of around 15 minutes, through the Barnet traffic – mercifully light – sees us arrive in proper fashion, 45 minutes before then start time.

In groups of 2s and 3s over we trot to the second pitch at the ground. The customary look at the wicket yields a positive discussion – it’s well looked after. “You bat first on this. You bat first” seems to be the consensus – I agree loudly, despite my long and firmly held belief that in a limited over game, at this level, when each inning is played with a new ball… it matters not one bit. But… “you bat first, Medders. Win the toss and bat first”.

As the impressive mass of combined captainage makes its way across the playing field to the square for the toss, news filters in that the opposite have had cry offs above and that a couple or few players have had to go up to the twos and we’ll be facing a side, one man down. We’ve had an awful recent run of form here and this perks the ears up. “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” goes my mind.

The toss is duly lost for the 2nd week this season (0% win ratio) but curiously, the opposite choose to put us in, preferring as they do to “field on this, first”. Cricket really is a paradoxical game. Bless it.

The batting order is decided – we have a debutant, namely young Josh Tuckwell who, due to a reluctance to bat in Nets, finds himself in at 11. The rest is pretty standard and there is minimal grumbling.

C. Edwards & Y. Khan will be opening for Fosters bringing as they do, contrasting styles. Shag anchors the innings manfully, rotating the strike to allow the more explosive Yasir to set about his task. 

We trundle along quite nicely until the first wicket falls. Fosters are 60-1 when Yasir Khan is caught and he walks off with a very well earned 53. N. Hale makes his way to the crease having muttered those fateful words “we need to up the run rate”. Fast forward a touch and Neils walking back having scored 8 off 34 balls.

This brings in S. Kemalanathan (henceforth referred to as Srini) who, one week on from a rather explosive debut, duly sets about going to town. The guy can hit a ball.

Shag by this time goes to up the run rate and following a drop, is duly caught out. Despite his disappointment he genuinely anchored the innings well and was therefore forgiven his mini tanty.

In walks Vic. (John Tuckwell) again, playing his second game for Fosters. Srini & Vic really go to work putting on 57 runs off 37 balls before John is caught out for 25, followed soon after by the impressive Srini on 43.

The rest of the batting order, in true Fosters fashion basically collapse, perhaps spurred on by the fact we only had about 5 overs to bat – perhaps it’s that we thought everyone should get a bat? Who knows but Pigden (4), Bright (1), Corken (1), Josh Tuckwell (on debut – an unfortunate Duck) Medforth (6 showing a much greater willingness to run a 2 off his own batting than he did on any one else’s it has to be said) and finally Baghwati (1) didn’t cover themselves in much glory and after 45 overs we found ourselves on a decent 186-9. Greatly improved on week one and, we felt, highly competitive. “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” went my mind.

Tea – an excellent tea was the general feeling and its back to the changing room to get the whites on and take the field for the second half of the day.

We opened with Medders, who bowled well enough, toiling away for 7 overs for no wicket finishing on figures of no wicket for 22 off 7 overs with one maiden. The opening batsmen batted well and seen off a good spell.

John Tuckwell, The Vic, opened from the other end bowling 9 overs, straight through, going for 28 and taking 1 wicket, a superb caught behind by Neil ‘Dave’ Hale.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Medders took himself off as pace didn’t seem to be the order of the day on a pitch that was playing quite slow – enter Prakash Bagwhati who got his spell off to his now customary poor start with an over of pretty turgid bowling but those of us in the know can simply sense a ‘Prak Attack’ on the horizon and so it proved again as he bowled 7.5 overs, for just 20 runs taking a fifer in the process. Catches from Srini, Tosh & Medders, along with one LBW and a clean bowled top of off stump beauty capped off his superb display – truly superb bowling from the doctor/nurse/lab technician/accountant solicitor.

From the other end Srini bowled a 4 over spell, going for 19 runs, taking no wicket but bowled well enough to put the batsmen on the back foot the whole time.

If anyone can, Yasir Khan. In the middle of Prakash’s dominant spell, he was given a blow and Mr Khan stepped up and bowled “bare wheels” with figures of 2 wickets for 20 runs off five overs, clean bowling one victim and getting the opposite captain to try his luck driving one past Corken. #corkydontdrop. Great work from Yasir.

I Bright (Ultimate) and Corken were duly told to “get loose” as they’d be sharing an end. Brighty got started with a 3 over spell, for no wicket, going for 22  with a set batsman going after him.

Corken then stepped in to bowl a 3 over spell, going for 8 runs in total and clean bowling said set batsman, top of off for his first official ever adult league wicket – there was much rejoicing.

All in all, OE’s were rolled out for 147 runs and that meant the the 3’s get a much needed and richly deserved 30 points – part of a great 90 point weekend for Fosters!

Man of the match was a close call but in the end went to Prakash for his amazing bowling figures narrowly pushing Yasir back despite his excellence with Bat & Ball – the truth is, we couldn’t have won without either of them.

Showers – text book. Good temperature and there was on offer both 5 in 1 AND Sensitive options in terms of cosmetics.

Social – jugs all around, newly elected COC Tom Hutton forced to buy his first ever COC’s Jugs.

“Where shall we three(s) meet again in thunder, lightening or in rain? When the hurly-burly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won.”

Up the fosters! And on to next week…

Gary Corken (aged 38)


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