Youth Team Sub
Jun 16, 2019, 3:31 PM
Post #1376 of 1376
No cricket since last Sunday (thank you Weather Gods!) so it was riches indeed today with 112 overs enjoyed in London:
SHEPHERDS BUSH v EALING
SATURDAY 15TH JUNE, 2019
MIDDLESEX COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
EALING 251 ALL OUT (59.1) SHEPHERDS BUSH 152 FOR 8 (53.0) (WINNING DRAW TO EALING)
Shepherds Bush CC play at The New Ground on Bromyard Avenue in East Acton just off the A40 and the ground is indeed relatively "new" having been home to Shepherds Bush since only 2004. Their website states that it was the first brand new cricket ground laid out in a London borough since World War 2 and gives credit to the "very generous support" they received from Virgin Active who have a health club next door.
Parking in London is always fun but thankfully the ground boasts a decent size car park immediately behind the pavilion. This is a rather unprepossessing yellow brick structure, but the visual impact benefits from a white picket fence surrounding a seating area to the front. There is a large bar area inside from where fixture booklets were available.
This area is a real hot spot for sporting activity. As you move around the ground you first pass some five a side football pitches followed by seven tennis courts belonging to the Virgin Active Health Club. These are protected from the cricket by high netting but one six still managed to land in the middle of a court. Further on a screen of trees and an embankment separate the ground from Acton CC with a David Lloyd establishment just visible through the trees and then finally there is a football facility mostly hidden behind another line of trees.
Apart from the pavilion area, there are just two proper benches around the ground although a low wooden bench runs the full distance of one side by the tennis courts.
This was the first week with games played over 120 overs, the first innings being restricted to 66 overs. After the week's weather we have 'enjoyed', batting was always likely to be difficult and even the perennially strong Ealing side struggled at first, being 44 for 4 then 86 for 5. However, led by some violent blows from Mylo Wilkin, the middle order took charge as the conditions eased and the final total of 251 all out looked impressive. Having used 59.1 overs, the game had therefore effectively become a 60 overs each game. Shepherds Bush never really looked likely to reach that target but batted stubbornly enough to at least achieve a losing draw. This was aided by the loss of seven overs during the last hour to the only rain that passed by all day.
The M40 behaved itself in both directions and I returned to a rather soaked midlands to find that games had been abandoned all over the place, so I considered my journey well worthwhile.