Actonians Cricket Club


Ealing Trailfinders III v Actonians Cricket Club 4th XI on Sat 10 Jun 2023 at 12.30pm
Actonians Cricket Club Lost by 7 wickets

Match report A local derby between Actonians and Trailfinders on a baking hot day in June. Where should we hold such a contest? At one of the boroughs numerous cricket clubs? Perhaps in one of the borough's award-winning municipal parks? No, the obvious answer is that we should play this game an hour away, around the North Circular, in Islington. Also, despite being the home team, Trailfinders only had 5 available at the scheduled start of play. Ali claimed the toss without objection.

With 30-degree heat, boundaries that would have disgraced an u14s game, only eight fielders (sadly, 3 more had found the free parking not far from the Strand) and an Astro wicket, the batsman collectively licked their lips.

The enthusiasm continued as your correspondent scored a couple of boundaries to actual forward defences. Billy managed to score a top-edged six to a ball he was trying to tickle around the corner for a single. However, that was the high point.
A couple more fielders turned up as well as a genuinely quick bowler who took the invitation of a bouncy pitch to bowl at our heads.

Our innings continued to make progress but a combination of some decent bowling, some heat-addled running and some gifting of wickets meant the only knocks of any substance were me (40), Saoirse (40) and Ronit (28). All three of us batted well but they were not match-winning scores on a ground where 280 looked par.

The innings eventually ground to a halt on 213 - a total that looked like something to bowl at, if below par.

Trailfinders started batting as if they had somewhere else to be (which given the distance travelled for a home game they probably did), their opener smiting a quickfire 30 odd (lack of scorecard and the heat make it difficult to tell). One over in particular off Roheet got brutal treatment with the first three balls all going for six. Whilst a change to the slingy pace of Kabs bamboozled him (the sight of plastic stumps flying from their suction base is almost as satisfying as the real thing) it merely was left to their other opener to score a near-chanceless century.

The chase was done in 30 overs without us really getting a sniff. The main action for the fielders was finding lost balls in the bushes. Although on one delightful occasion, Nathan managed to get his foot on a ball bound for said bushes and executed a run out with such finesse that both batsmen could only look on from the other end of the wicket.

An altogether dispiriting afternoon. Beaten by a team that heavily relied on one or two excellent players and a supporting cast that gave the air of wanting to be elsewhere does little to make a 3-hour round trip feel worth it. Much for us to ponder as we return to Bodders next week.

Actonians Cricket Club 4th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 28w 9b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
Bilal Hussain ct Unsure b Unsure 19 26 2 1 73.08
Andrew Jones ct Unsure b Unsure 40 43 5 93.02
Ben Bell ct Unsure b Unsure 10 7 2 142.86
Saoirse del Tufo run out  (Unsure) 40 66 5 60.61
Alistair Slaughter ct Unsure b Unsure 8 9 1 88.89
Ronit Bhatia ct Unsure b Unsure 27 41 4 65.85
Sujan Jesuraja ct Unsure b Unsure 11 12 2 91.67 1
Nathan Mehaffy ct Unsure b Unsure 0 1 0 1
David Whear run out  (Unsure) 13 13 2 100
Kabir Malhotra b Unsure 4 10 40.0
Roheet Gupta Not Out  0 2 0

Ealing Trailfinders III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Ealing Trailfinders III Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
8w 2b 9lb 
for 3 wickets
216 (30.3 overs)

Actonians Cricket Club 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nathan Mehaffy8.012900.003.63
Roheet Gupta2.3033133.0013.20
Kabir Malhotra9.0165165.007.22
David Whear6.013900.006.50
Ben Bell5.003900.007.80