Stansted Hall & Elsenham Cricket Club News story

Maiden First XI Hundred For James Brown As Thorley Are Swept Aside

22 Jul 2018

Rory won the toss (for once) and elected to bat on yet another scorching afternoon. James Brown stepped out to the middle with, yet another opening partner as Mohsin and Raja got lost on the way to the ground. This partnership set the tone for the day as both Henry and James looked to score at every opportunity, before the former was outdone by a turning delivery, departing for a careful (by his standards, at least) 37. Number 3 for the day Mohsin strolled to the crease in his borrowed whites, who, with James continued to score freely. James soon got to his first milestone, and showed no signs of slowing down. Mohsin was then removed for 23, edging one behind to the keeper, annoyed with himself, he stood at the crease for a while, something which did not please the fielding side. Amongst the controversy, Jacob provided some comedic value, being dismissed for a golden duck, giving the bowler some catching practice in the process. Naz, who at this point was still putting on his pads, eventually made his way out to the square, scored an ugly 6 and then tried to cut a ball that was too close to him. Then came Tom, who too quickly went, after a smart piece of fielding. It would not be a Stansted Hall innings without a collapse, would it? New batsman Rory, played himself in nicely, dispatching his second ball to the fence. Meanwhile, James celebrated his maiden First XI hundred, an excellent moment for him (didn't kiss the badge though, poor form), shortly after he was gone for a well crafted 109. Rory was joined by Raja, a partnership, which, at the very least would provide entertainment. The former, continued as he started, reaching his 50 in just 28 balls. Raja was not far behind, as he too bullied the Thorley attack, hitting two straight sixes into the houses. Rory was gone soon after he reached his 50, and this sparked another mini collapse for The Hall. Charlie looked good for his 13 before spooning one in the air, and Ollie struggled to lay bat on ball for his first 4 deliveries, before top edging one. The last wicket to fall was Raja, who continued to eye up the houses, however, he was not successful this time, being held out for 38. Stansted Hall ended up on 317 off 44 overs. 

Charlie's and Raja's opening spells were very tidy, and proved difficult to score off of, however, neither could provide the necessary breakthrough. Naz replaced Raja, who, yet again, bowled a very boring spell, picking up one wicket in the process. Ollie came on at the other end and bowled superbly for his 3 wickets, but the dreams of his first fifer got the better of him, as the excellent start to his spell tailed off into an anti-climax. Jason and Mohsin came onto bowl next, and both had a fair amount of difficulty finding their lengths, both going at over 6 an over, however, they did both get wickets, with 2 and 1 respectively. Jacob then replaced Jason, who was looking to clean up the tail, but was having one of those days, as nothing went right for him. Rory took matters into his own hands and picked up 2 wickets in his 1.5 overs, meaning Thorley were all out for 200 in 38.5 overs.

Honorary mention goes to stand-in wicket keeper James, who kept well and took two catches with smart pieces of glove work, and for his 100 of course. Attention now shifts to the cup final on Tuesday against Newport. Next league game is against Little Hallingbury, where Stansted Hall will look to extend the gap between 2nd, 3rd and 4th.