South Woodford 4th v Oakfield Parkonians Cricket Club 5th XI on Sat 12 Jun 2021 at 12.30
Match was Drawn

Match report Parks travelled to South Woodford to face their 4s on a hot and bright day. Parks won the toss and elected to bat in the hope of putting up a score and skittling South Woodford to gain maximum points.

Parks lost skipper Bal Diocee for 5 to an excellent swinging delivery from new South Woodford player Rajveer Roopra. Samuel Varnes managed 10 before falling to a catch in the face of some tight bowling. this brought together Amar Desai and Sachin Fing who consolidated the innings scoring 29 & 32 respectively with Sachin being run out going for a 3.

Amanjit posted a good looking 16. Nimanka DeSilva upped the scoring rate finishing 29 not out including a couple of huge 6s aided by Yashesh Patel who added 27. Parks finished on 192 for 8 in the full 45 overs.

After tea South Woodford started their reply. Rajesh Ankuru looked like he intended to attempt chasing down the target until Yash bowled him for 12. After that it was clear that South Woodford had no intention of continuing to chase and were batting for a draw.

Yash disposed of the two openers - one to a stunning one-handed catch at short cover by Nimanka. Young Ashwin Sureshan bowled great line & length and was rewarded with a pair of wickets. This brought South Woodford wicket keeper to the crease and the art of blocking was taken to a new level - to the extent that even easy singles were being turned down to minimise the risk of a run-out.

Yash took one more to a catch behind and hit middle stump with another to give Parks hope. Amar Desai managed to remove the keeper, and Kaj Skandamoorthy took an excellent caught and bowled with his first ball. As Parks rung the changes Sachin came in to bowl and removed one more.

With the last pair at the crease and just 2 overs left Parks set even more attacking fields but to no avail. South Woodford posted 127 for 9 and there was talk of them "celebrating" achieving a draw with a jug........

Parks may need to re-think tactics to guarantee win points rather than chasing glory by batting first in future timed games and failing to bowl out opposition that is intent on blocking for a draw. This one was very much a case of "close but no cigar".

Next week Parks 5s are away again to Wansteads 6thXI.

Oakfield Parkonians Cricket Club 5th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 23w 8b 1lb 
for 8 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Balvinder Diocee b b. Rajveer Roopra 5
Samuel Varnes ct Matthew Allan b. Rajveer Roopra 10 2
Amar Desai ct Robert Edwards b. Zahir Nasri 29
Sachin Fing run out ?? 32
Amanjit Singh ct Waleed Shahzad b. Zahir Nasri 16
Nimanka De Silva Not Out  29 1
Vijay Vijayanathan b b. Rajesh Ankuru 4
Yashes Patel ct Ravi Rawal b. Waleed Shazad 27
Ashwin Sureshan run out Rajveer Roopra 2
Kajanantis Skandamoorthy Not Out  3 1
Nav Kalley  

South Woodford 4th Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Waleed Shazad13.0146146.003.54
Rajveer Roopra11.0250225.004.55
Rajesh Ankuru11.0053153.004.82
Zahir Nasri10.0134217.003.40

South Woodford 4th Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 13w 1b 1lb 
for 9 wickets
127 (40.0 overs)
Rajesh Ankuru b b. Yashesh Patel 12
Matthew Woodward ct Nimanka De Silva b. Yashesh Patel 25
Ravi Rawal ct Samuel Varnes b. Ashwin Sureshan 0
Zahir Nasri b b. Ashwin Sureshan 6
Stephen Hall b b. Ashwin Sureshan 29
Matthew Allan ct Samuel Varnes b. Yashesh Patel 13
Robert Edwards ct & b. Kajanantis Skandamoorthy 1
Talha Ghani b b Yashesh Patel 3
Waleed Shazad b b. Sachin Fing 14
Rajveer Roopra Not Out  8
John Gill* Not Out  0

Oakfield Parkonians Cricket Club 5th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nimanka De Silva6.013200.005.33
Nav Kalley6.012000.003.33
Yashes Patel13.072746.752.08
Ashwin Sureshan4.001728.504.25
Vijay Vijayanathan4.00700.001.75
Kajanantis Skandamoorthy4.0213113.003.25
Balvinder Diocee1.00800.008.00
Amar Desai1.00111.001.00
Sachin Fing1.00111.001.00