Downsend Indoor League Review
7th Croydon Community
Unfortunately it was a bit of a struggle for Croydon Community but you can’t fault the passion of the side in particular Athar Siddiqui who lead from the front with the bat and the ball. It was always going to be hard though when you are chasing big scores such as the 185 against London Gymkhana. Also, the 0-6 record is a bit unfair on them because to be honest they could’ve won 2 games and been mid table. They came 3 runs short of an incredible comeback after Cheam put 146 on the board when last man Siddiqui his 64 off 32 balls but was run out in the last over. In their last game they probably should’ve have beaten Dorking after an opening partnership of 73 by Ayman Hussain and Reshad Kerim after 6.4 overs chasing 137 to win but run outs cost them.
Not a bad tournament for Cheam in their first year as they went up against seasoned indoor players so it was always going to be hard to adjust to the rules. If there was one area they need to improve it is the run outs because every game they played there was at least 3 or 4 which derailed their innings. Sinan Ahmed was composed in every game as wickets fell all around him looked to pick up the runs where and when he could to try and get his team to a competitive total. The one win they got was in a nail biter against Croydon Community after putting 146 on the board had them 72-5 but almost through it away but with a run out with 3 required from Saad Khan they managed to get their sole win of the campaign.
5th Worcester Park
After an impressive win opening night against Cheam, restricting them for 72-4 off 12 overs and knocking them off with ease for the loss of only one wicket, the batting was there downfall. With four out of the six games they played, scores ranged from 65 to 76 which wasn’t enough. The only game they reached three figures was in a win against Croydon Community when David Wilkinson held the innings together with a composed 29 off 23 balls. On the other hand the bowling display never failed to impress throughout the team from John Faller-Fritsch and Andrew Botting opening to Matt Probert and Ryan Somes tying them down in the middle overs. Also, after struggling a little in his first couple of games young Jake Shepard bowled really well in the final game against Oxted and Limpsfield.
4th Oxted and Limpsfield
A real up and down season for Oxted and Limpsfield after getting beaten comprehensively by London Gymkhana in Week 1 by 115 runs they bounced back by battering Croydon Community. It was much of the same for the rest of the tournament with a loss followed by a win lacking some consistency to challenge for the top spot. There highlight came against top of the table and seemingly unbeatable Horsley and Send when putting 123 on the board and bowling out their opponents for 113 and giving them their only loss of the tournament. Impressive campaigns for Mike Adamson who was in the Top 3 of both batting, bowling and his side foot 20 yard pass run out and Ned Lack who was highest wicket taker with 8 wickets.
3rd London Gymkhana
A formidable force that looked like they could cruise the division early on after 4 dominant displays to top the table but faltered with back to back losses in the last two games to the Top 2. Maybe it was a lack of availability with some players not returning after opening rounds but after 3 out of 4 scores over 140 it looked good for Gymkhana. It unravelled against Dorking being bowled out for 78 and then 100 against Horsley and Send, failing to bat out the overs. With three batsmen inside the Top 12 and Adnan Mansoor in the Top 3 of bowling it was an impressive run to 3rd but run outs ultimately cost Gymkhana a place in the Top 2.
The most all rounded team in the league batting, bowling and fielding all impeccable and very unfortunate to miss out on top spot. First game came up against one of the favourites in Horsley and Send and narrowly missed on great win to start of their campaign but ended up coming 4 runs short. From then on the only way was up for these boys with 5 wins on the spin to take them to 2nd only missing out on top by run rate. Ranked No.2 in batting Charlie Kenway impressed at the top of the order with 125 runs in the competition but his bowling was underrated not picking up the wickets it deserved. In partnership with Max Ridler opening the bowling scared a lot of batsmen with pace. Then the batsmen’s eyes lit up when spinners Charlie Edwards and Ben Rogers came on the change of pace bamboozled them. There best display came against London Gymkhana when it was supposed to be a close game but really showed they were the best fielding unit in the competition getting four run outs to get them all out for 78.
1st Horsley and Send
A close run all the way to the end for top spot but in the overall outlook of the league Mohammed Kapadia’s men fully deserved the No.1 position as they were the most consistent side in the competition. They put out a real statement of intent early in their first game by bowling out Cheam for 27 and chasing it down in 2.5 overs. These guys probably should have gone the season unbeaten but came up against an inspired Oxted and Limpsfield bowling display. With two batsmen in the Top 5 including the ranked No.1 Vijay Bhaskar with 166 runs but it was his wicket keeping that also impressed. 4 catches, a stumping and run outs, he’s surely in the MVP conversation. The bowlers also came up trumps in particular Sheraz Ahmed and Sheriyar Khan. Khan’s bowling was deadly, swinging the ball round corners and deserved a lot more wickets than he ended up with and Ahmed’s pace caused problems for every batsmen.
When you look at the whole tournament you can’t argue where each team finished. The most consistent teams finished near the top and the teams near the bottom if they cut out the run outs could have definitely got more wins.