Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club - Mens Cricket Reports - 2024

Mens match reports - week ending 19th May

Wanstead 1st XI

The 1st XI had a successful weekend, with wins against Chingford in the league on Saturday, and Belhus in the league cup on Sunday.


Wanstead 2nd XI v Epping

Saturday 18th May


The Super 2s continued their superb form, winning the toss and bowling first on a sticky wicket at The Overton. A top class opening set from Hamza & Marley along with some unwise shot choices and Epping were 63 for 5. In the past couple of seasons the 2s could be prone to letting a tail wag, however today was different - Hamza, Finlay and Abhay cleaned up the last 5 wickets for 28, leaving Epping 91 all out, with Hamza leading the walk off with 5 for 29.


Knowing the ball was going to nip around and stick in the pitch, Wanstead’s openers took a more cautious approach, however with a mix of impatience and misfortune, Wanstead found themselves in a similar position of 42 for 5. A steadying of the collapse took us to 70 for 6 as Rod crossed 30. Another flurry of wickets occurred and suddenly at 79 for 8, the total of 91 looked a distance away! Some calm, clutch batting from Hamza (9 not out) and Jay (7 not out) took us all the way home. A hard earned win for the 2’s left us sitting joint top of the table with 40 points from 2 games.



Wanstead 3rd XI v Woodford Wells

Saturday 18th May


On the minefield of Nutter Lane, we set to battle with the Wells. Losing the toss proved costly, as a few pitch explosions shattered our top order, leaving us at a potentially fragile 22 for 3. However, the wall of Wanstead (Shoab Iqbal) showed his experience and metal as he dropped the anchor and ground out a solidly smart 46 in a partnership of 76 with Paul Richardson (43), who began to dust off the cobwebs with the bat and show his authority with a few fine strokes. At 98 for 4, the cracks could have become wider but Pranav Nair, like a young Luke Skywalker, took out his lightsaber and sliced the attack to pieces scoring a fearless 48 to save face of what could have become a very tragic scorecard. At 175 all out we had a chance, but it would call upon some very disciplined bowing. Did we have it in us?


A wayward start with the ball sent a few cries for help, however we soon began to turn the screw as Abdur Barry found his form from last week clutching two wickets for 34 in his 9 overs. 55 for 2 could have been 60 for 4, but we were left gasping at two dropped catches. Despite a minor set back we managed to keep the momentum with another double act of heroics from Paul Richardson (2 for 22) and Pavan Sunkara (2 for 32), tensely balancing the game on a knife edge at 116 for 6. A frustrating partnership guided the Wells closer at 148 for 6, however a flurry of two wickets from Tariq Zaman and Neil Patel began to peel the smiles off the Wells faces. At 154 for 8, we should have driven it home, but a cluster of heart-breaking strikes from the Wells lower order left us with a loss. In the end Woodford Wells finished on 178 for 8 in 42.4 overs with extras (36) being their second highest total.


On Saturday we face an away trip to Harold Wood. Whilst we have many things to continue to learn and build upon in our next game we can be proud of our fight in the field and the sparks of quality shown with the bat and ball. Come on the 3s!


Wanstead 4th XI v Old Brentwoods 3rd XI

Saturday 18th May


4th XI (209-9) lost to Old Brentwoods 3rd XI (212-4) by 6 wickets

 

The 4s finally began their season having been unexpectedly rained off last week, travelling away to face Old Brentwoods who have been on the rise over the last few years. After losing the toss and being put in, Dan and Jay opened the batting and scored fairly freely until a parried catch between the keeper and slip saw Jay depart. There were a couple of little wobbles and a steady fall of wickets, but this was a genuine team batting performance with 9 out of 11 batters making double figures. Special mention must go to Rich Davies who stepped up to play after a late dropout and scored a delightful 24 off 20 balls: without him we would have been all out for 169, but an unbroken 10th wicket partnership of 40 with Amaan got us two extra bonus points and saw out the overs.


Knowing our 209 was defendable, the skipper and young George Davies bowled a tight opening spell followed by continuing economy from Nikhil and Aaryan. Though only one wicket had fallen before drinks, the opposition needed to up their run rate if they were going to chase the score. Sadly, that is exactly what happened, as their number 3 went on to score a quick hundred and the score was chased with 9 overs to spare.


Overall, a good competitive game against a very pleasant opposition. We look forward to the return fixture.


Wanstead 5th XI v Walthamstow 5th XI

Saturday 18th May


5th XI (146 all out) lost to Walthamstow 5th XI (161 all out) by 15 runs.


After winning the toss we decided to bowl and had two quick wickets from Jayden. However there were two partnerships from the opposition in the middle, helped by a couple of dropped catches, but mainly by luck as the catches just missed the fielders or the ball just missed the stumps. We kept control apart from a short period when we gave away extras in trying to bring some less experienced bowlers into the game. Hardik then ran through the lower middle order with 4 wickets and Azmat with 2 wickets.


Our batting didn’t start well against accurate swing bowling, losing 4 quick wickets. Hardik (46) and Zaman (23) put on a strong partnership to get us to 100 for 5 after 20 overs. However after the drinks we had a collapse with 3 more run outs (4 in total) and despite some rear-guard action from Yuvraj Singh, we fell short by 15 runs.


Wanstead 6th XI v Belhus 4th XI

Saturday 18th May


The 6th XI continue to rebuild and went into the game against a Belhus 4th XI cautiously confident, with big game players Ram, Krishna and Has coming into the side. Winning the toss (again - take note Jeggsy), we batted first with a somewhat experimental line up. Important to mention here the track was challenging and the outfield very moist with a generous helping of grass cuttings encircling the square; all under grey skies overhead. A young Belhus attack did limited damage and so they brought on a wily old trundler who did the business for them, wiping out most of the middle order cheaply. Krishna with a late flurry got the team to 101 from 32 overs.


Returning to the field, sunshine now upon us, their opening bat did the damage before a great catch by Has off of Riyan’s bowling. Ram and Abdullah took further wickets but alas they knocked the runs off in 23 overs. We go again in a fortnight.


Mens match reports - week ending 12th May

Wanstead 1st XI v Chelmsford 1st XI

Saturday 11th May

Essex League Premier Division


The 1st XI got their season off to a disappointing start with a 4 wicket defeat at Chelmsford. After being put into bat on a bowler-friendly green wicket, Wanstead struggled to post a score against a strong Chelmsford bowling unit. Hassan (36) and Tom (23) were top scorers in a total of 126 all out.


Chelmsford began steadily, and it took a great piece of fielding by Hassan to break the opening partnership via a run out. Joe took 2 wickets in 2 deliveries and 4 in total, but Chelmsford were able to reach the target with 4 wickets remaining.


Wanstead 1st XI v North Middlesex 1st XI

Sunday 12th May

National Club Cup


The Wanstead 1st XI put on a strong batting performance in their National Club Cup game against North Middlesex on Sunday. Tom set things up with a quick fire 41, then Kishen and Haaris shared a partnership of 134, scoring 86 and 75 respectively. Hassan also continued his good form from Saturday with 23 in a total of 286 for 7, which included two spectacular catches by North Mids players.


North Middlesex started well until Joe came on to bowl and took the first three wickets. Yuvraj also took two wickets and got a sharp run out. The opposition fought hard to try to get close to our challenging total, with Luke Hollman top scoring on 63. They were eventually dismissed for 226, so giving us a 60 run win. 

Wanstead 2nd XI v Ilford 2nd XI

Saturday 11th May


Wanstead’s Super 2s lost the toss and were sent into field. Marley and Jack set the tone, restricting Ilford to 28 for 3 as Hamza replaced Marley. After a tight spell with little reward from Hamza, with back-up from league debutant George Davies, Ilford were 109 for 6. As their tail wagged a little, Marley and Abhay came on and polished the tail off for a total of 168 all out - Marley picking up 4 for 49 & Faheem taking 3 catches and 1 stumping.

After tea, Zoraiz and Aryan got us off to a flier with us sitting on 41 off 6 overs. Ilford struck back with two quick wickets and suddenly we were 53 for 2. In came Rod & Faheem, and their partnership ended up being a winning one with a score of 109 together taking our total to 162 for 3. Faheem ended on 52 and Rod on 56 not out. A thoroughly good performance from all involved and a great start to the Super 2s season!

Wanstead 3rd XI vs Harlow

Saturday 11th May


After losing the toss and breaking our opening stand early on, the top and middle order grafted intelligently, building a platform to accelerate during the middle to latter stages of the innings. Leading the way was our valiant vice captain, Antony Smith (pictured below), who showcased a masterclass of drives, pulls and clean hitting to bring up his maiden 3rd XI hundred. Coupled with captivating cameos from Pavan Patel (35), Zafar Saiyed (27), Ahmadullah Jan (20) and Stephen Ramdial (33), the Herons steered their way to a very competitive 261 for 8.


An expensive start with the ball sent a few nerves jangling but up stepped our wiley campaigner Paul Richardson, who revelled in the pressure and began to wreak havoc in the Harlow top and middle order taking 3 for 27 in 9 overs. On debut, Abdur Barry (9-1-1-32) showed his promise as he bowled with clever control and helped to magnify the pressure from the opposite end. Credit must also be given to our remaining bowlers who stuck to the task and were supported in the field by some incredible catches to help us bowl out Harlow for 185 to win by an emphatic 77 runs.



Wanstead 5th XI v Oakfield

Saturday 11th May


The 5th XI had a great win by 139 runs with some terrific performances by the juniors both with bat and ball, ably supported by three adult players. Oakfield won the toss and asked Wanstead to bat first. On a tricky early season Fairlop pitch, Rajesh (78 runs) and Pranav (51 runs) batted watchfully but also put the bad balls away in their opening stand of 83. This was followed by a 111 run partnership between Rajesh and Nikhil (53). Wanstead put on a total of 212 in 40 overs.


Jaden (3 wickets) and Rajesh (1 wicket) in their opening spell crushed any hope Oakfield had in challenging our score. All other bowlers then chipped in with regular wickets and notably Oakfield had 8 of their batters clean bowled, evidencing the quality of our bowling. 

Wanstead 6th XI v Newham

Saturday 11th May


The Wanstead 6th XI made it to the ground at Newham on time, which was a great start following some poor instructions from the skipper. Father, son (and Mum watching) for the Bhatterjee boys.


Winning the toss and choosing to bat, some fierce bowling from Newham’s rockstar bowler Khan did the early damage, although Dan had a few lives and Callum did enjoy himself before mis-timing one to mid-off. Mo, Mital and Tariq did a great job of steadying the ship, with the latter top scoring with a dogged 34 playing some terrific shots on the way. We found ourselves all out for 122.


Still feeling positive in the May sunshine, the new ball went to the man Tariq whose pace troubled the openers and stung the keepers’ hands (who kept in a rather unorthodox but effective fashion). From the other end, Callum got a ripper and took their opener. Alas, that’s almost as good as if got before Riyyan took his first senior wicket for Wanstead, getting one to turn late and take their other opener shortly before the winning runs were scored (cue plane celebration and match ball)!