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Old 16th August 2017, 22:45   #1
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Cross Arrows 2017

The Cross Arrows opened their 2017 schedule on Wednesday with a prestige match on the Main Ground at Lord's against the President of Cross Arrows' XI.

However it proved to be a chastening day for the Arrows as they were comfortably beaten by 6 wickets in front of a healthy-sized crowd at HQ.

The omens were not good as, after electing to bat after winning the toss, the Arrows lost star opening-bat Adam Geldenhuys for just a single. Wickets then fell regularly until a partnership of 80 between captain John Stephenson and Michael Dean steered the Arrows to 213 for 7. Stephenson went on to score 70 and the Arrows were finally able to reach what appeared to be a competitive score of 257 for 8 off their allotted 50 overs.

However it was soon apparent that the total would prove to be wholly inadequate as the President's XI opening partnership of James Brown and Chris Hastie put on 136 for the first wicket. Hastie scored 58 before being caught and bowled by Alan Whillas. Chris Kirby then joined Brown who was finally out for a magnificent 115 with only 30 runs required for the win. The President's XI then coasted to victory for the loss of just 4 wickets and with over 7 overs to spare.

The Cross Arrows return to action at Lord's on Thursday (17th August) when they take on Stage CC. Play is scheduled to commence at 10.45am.
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Old 17th August 2017, 22:56   #2
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The Cross Arrows and Stage CC staged a repeat of their dramatic 2016 clash at Lord's on Thursday and it was again the visitors who proved victorious, eking out a slim 2-wicket win.

Batting first, the Arrows were led initially by opening batsman Adam Geldenhuys who made 54 before being bowled after attempting a massive cross-bat swing towards mid-wicket. It was then the turn of 17-year-old Arjun Tendulkar (son of legendary Indian batsman, Sachin) to lead the way with a boisterous 51.

However the Arrows were then guilty of frittering away wickets with over-extravagent shots and they were finally all out for 278 in the 48th over - 30-40 runs short of a total they should have achieved.

And those lost runs proved key as Stage's line-up battered more thoughtfully throughout their innings. After openers Oldroyd and Chandarama had built a solid base, only for both to be dismissed by stunning catches, Khan, Stanley and Troughton then steered the visitors to what appeared to be the brink of an easy victory. However the loss of 3 wickets for just 3 runs left Stage still requiring 13 runs to win with only 2 wickets in hand. But tail-enders Gallagher and Sargant saw the visitors home, with the winning runs coming by way of a towering six over the mid-on boundary.

The Cross Arrows thus fell to 0-2 on their 2017 schedule and will look to finally get in the win column when they take on Past MCC Young Cricketers on Friday (18th August). Play is scheduled to start at Lord's at 10.45am.
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Old 19th August 2017, 07:53   #3
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The Cross Arrows game against the Past MCC Young Cricketers on Friday was abandoned during the lunch-time break between innings when heavy rain deluged the Lord's Ground.

The Arrows had compiled a total of 247 for 9 off their allotted 40 overs but as their innings was ending, rain started to fall. The players took their scheduled lunch break but a half-hour of heavy rain gave the umpires no choice but to abandon play for the rest of the day when they carried out their pitch inspection at the end of the luncheon interval.

The Cross Arrows, now 0-2-1 on their 2017 schedule, will look for their first win of the season when they take the RAF's team, the Adastrians, on Saturday (19th August). Play is scheduled to commence at Lord's at 10.45am.
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Old 21st August 2017, 01:16   #4
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The Cross Arrows earned their first win of the season on Saturday, courtesy of a dramatic 6-run victory over the RAF's Adastrians club.

After getting off to a very slow start, the Cross Arrows' middle and lower order picked up the scoring pace with Man Of The Match Sammi Clarke leading the way with a powerful 91. Jeff Law added 64 and Michael Dean chipped in with 34 to help lift the Arrows to a total of 295 off their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, the Adastrians got contributions from throughout their upper order, but at 161 for 6 they seemed to be slipping behind the required scoring rate with only 4 wickets in hand. However a 7th-wicket partnership of 66 between Bell and Evans appeared to have the visitors heading for victory. However tight spin bowling from Wyse and MOM Clarke, particularly in the final over, meant the visitors fell an agonizing 6 runs short of their target.

The Cross Arrows return to action on Sunday (21st Aug) when Greenmount CC make the long journey south from Bolton in Lancashire. Play is scheduled to commence at Lord's at 10.45am.
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Old 21st August 2017, 23:15   #5
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The Cross Arrows evened their 2017 record at 2-2-1 on Sunday (20th) with a comfortable 40-run victory over a spirited but fatigued Greenmount CC.

The visitors had travelled south to Lord's early on Sunday morning following a Manchester League game on Saturday and play was late starting as a result.

James Overy, with a cultured 108, led the Arrows who batted first after winning the toss. He was ably supported by Immar Kulkarni with 69 and Jeff Adam with 35. The Arrows finished on 324 for 7 off their allotted 45 overs. Paul Heaton took 3 for 30 for the visitors.

In reply, Greenmount were led by Heaton with a thunderous 86 and 78 from Paul Senior. However they were never really able to keep up with the required run rate, losing wickets at regular intervals during their innings. They were finally all out for 284 in the 44th over.

The Cross Arrows take on the prestigious Kenya Kongonis team at Lord's on Monday (21st Aug) with play scheduled to commence at 10.45am.
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Old 22nd August 2017, 01:08   #6
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The Cross Arrows and the Kenya Kongonis delivered a run-fest on Monday for a big crowd at Lord's.

After a slightly-delayed start due to overnight rain, the Arrows batted first and set a formidable target for the visitors by compiling a total of 320 for 9 off their allotted 45 overs. Andy Palmer top-scored with 107 and he, along with Mel Hussein (brother of former England captain Nasser) put on 96 for the 5th wicket. Hussain scored 28 and he was matched in that by Ed Ballard. Imman Dar boosted the lower order with a sprightly 45. Simon Waters and Jim Wright took four wickets apiece for the visitors.

Waters then went on to share a partnership of 116 with Nick Taylor for the opening wicket as the Kongonis continually kept pace with the required run rate. However when 2 wickets fell for just 10 runs as overs began to run out, it seemed the visitors would fall short of their target. However some poor late-inning bowling by the Cross Arrows allowed the visitors to reach their target for the loss of just 5 wickets with the final ball of the penultimate over.

The Cross Arrows therefore see their record fall to 2-3-1 on their 2017 schedule. They are next in action at Lord's on Tuesday 12th September when they take on Bagshot CC. Play is scheduled to commence at 10.45am.
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Old 13th September 2017, 11:11   #7
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The Cross Arrows resumed their 2017 schedule on Tuesday (12th September) when they hosted Bagshot CC at Lord's.

The visitors, celebrating their sesquicentennial anniversary, won the toss and elected to bat first in a match reduced to 40 overs per side due to heavy overnight rain in the St.John's Wood area. With the players taking an early lunch as a result, play finally got under way shortly before 1pm.

In front of a large crowd (boosted by many supporters who had travelled down from Uxbridge, following the early abandonment of Middlesex's CC game), Bagshot struggled on a slow track and outfield dampened by the overnight rain.

Only Jack Grinstead, with a gritty 91, was able to shake off the Cross Arrows' tight bowling attack and the visitors were only able to reach 195 for 6 off their full allocation of overs.

However at one stage that looked as it might be enough as the Arrows slumped to 33 for 4 in reply. However a 5th wicket partnership of 101 between Sam Seadon and Simon Galloway put the hosts firmly on course for victory.

The Cross Arrows reached their target with 2.5 overs to spare, winning by 4 wickets.

With the victory, the Arrows evened their season record at 3-3-1 and they will look to build on Tuesday's win when they take on the Gentlemen of Worcestershire on Thursday (14th September). Play is scheduled to commence at Lord's at 10.45am.
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Old 14th September 2017, 22:05   #8
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The Cross Arrows cruised to a comfortable 108-run victory over the visiting Gentlemen of Worcestershire CC at Lord's on Thursday (14th September).

In a game restricted to 35 overs per side due to the effects of heavy overnight rain on the outfield, the outcome was effectively decided by the Cross Arrows' opening partnership of Dave 'the Detective' Ironside and Graham Rheingold. The openers put on 169 for the 1st wicket, with Ironside leading the scoring with a pugnacious 104.

In front of a large crowd again boosted by Middlesex fans frustrated by the lack of play in the CC game a few miles away at Uxbridge, the Arrows were able to build on the dominating start to their innings to reach a total of 257 for 9 from their allocation of overs.

In reply, the Gentlemen of Worcestershire were never seriously in the hunt to pull off what would have been a stunning victory. Wickets fell at regular intervals and they were all out for just 149 at the beginning of the 31st over.

The Cross Arrows thus improve their season-record to 4-3-1 and they will look to build on their win total when they take on visiting Long Marston CC at Lord's on Saturday 16th September. Play is scheduled to commence at 10.45am.
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Old 19th September 2017, 14:35   #9
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The Cross Arrows fell to .500 on their 2017 schedule when they were soundly beaten by visiting Long Marston CC at Lord's on Saturday (16th September).

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the day had looked rosy for the Arrows when James Overy and Jim Galloway put on 189 for the 2nd wicket. Galloway top-scored with 110 and Overy, captaining the side, added a resolute 79.

The middle and lower chipped in and a total of 306 for 8 off the allocated 45 overs looked to be more than competitive.

However a desperately weak Arrows bowling attack posed little threat to the visitors who coasted to victory by 5 wickets with an over to spare. Opener Mike Wareham led the way for the visitors with 109 and Jeff Beesley finished on 101 not out.

With the defeat the Cross Arrows fall to 4-4-1 on their season. They return to action at Lord's on Monday 25th September when they take on the legendary and mystical I Zingari CC. Play is scheduled to commence at 10.45am.
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Old 26th September 2017, 02:47   #10
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The Cross Arrows managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on Monday (25th September) when they crashed to a 15-run defeat at the hands of the visiting and legendary I Zingari CC.

In a game reduced to 40 overs per side due to overnight rain, it was I Zingari who won the toss and elected to bat first in front of a surprisingly healthy-sized crowd at HQ.

And whilst opener Bill Rudd proved to be the bedrock of the innings with a resourceful 84, the visitors received contributions right the way down the batting order so that a final total of 234 for 9 looked to be a competitive - though not insurmountable - target for the home side to chase. Haseem Khan and Abdul Akram took three wickets apiece for the Arrows.

However with the Cross Arrows on 201 for 4 - following scores of 48 by Sam Seadon, 47 from Akram and 39 from captain James Overy - the hosts appeared set for a comfortable victory. There then followed a collapse of epic proportions as the home team lost their last 6 wickets for the addition of just 18 runs.

With the defeat, the Arrows fall to 4-5-1 on their 2017 season. They will seek to return to .500 when they take on Cedars CC on Tuesday (26th September). Play is scheduled to commence at Lord's at 10.45am.
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The Cross Arrows got back in the win-column on Tuesday (26th September) when they eased to a comfortable 79-run victory over Cedars CC.

In front of a large Lord's crowd enjoying the early-autumn sunshine, the Arrows got off to a good start as Jim Shuttle and Jeremy Lark put on 123 for the 2nd wicket. Lark top-scored with 66 and Shuttle shared runner-up honours with Rob Reynolds - each scoring 59.

The hosts finished on 259 for 6 off their allotted 40 overs.

In reply, the visitors from the East Midlands started well and at 111 for 2 were on target to pull off the victory. However the loss of top scorer Steve Bevin (69) signalled the start of an inexorable decline in their innings. Wickets then fell at regular intervals until the 36th over when Cedars were finally all out for 180.

WIth the win the Cross Arrows improve to 5-5-1 on the 2017 season. Royal Household CC are the visitors to Lord's on Wednesday (27th September) with play scheduled to commence at 10.45am.

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As the Cross Arrows were sent crashing to a humiliating 137-run defeat at the hands of a strong visiting Royal Household XI on Wednesday at Lord's, it would be no exaggeration to state that the margin of victory was solely down to one man.

Opening batsman Scott Ensom completely dominated proceedings after the visitors were put into bat by the Arrows.

Ensom, a star club cricketer for Ealing on the weekends, destroyed an Arrows bowling attack far too reliant on spin. En route to a magnificent 177 not out, Ensom passed the 1,000-runs-for-the-season mark.

Neverthless the Royal Household's final total of 267 for 5 off their allotted 40 overs had looked to be no more than competitive. However their balanced bowling attack quickly tore through the Arrows' batting line-up and the hosts were finally bowled out for a measly 130. Dennis Winter, playing his last ever game, took two wickets for the visitors.

With the defeat the Cross Arrows fall back to 5-6-1 on their 2017 schedule.

Following the complete washout of last year's final game of the season, Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC return to Lord's on Thursday (28th September) to take on the Cross Arrows. Play is scheduled to commence at 10.45am.

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It was a case of second-time unlucky for Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC on Thursday (28th September), when their scheduled match against the Cross Arrows was once again washed-out by rain.

The only difference from 2016's season-ending abandonment was that this year, the rain damage was of the overnight variety.

With conditions improving throughout the day, the players took an early lunch at 12.30pm. However an umpires and Ground Staff inspection at 2.15pm and in bright warm sunshine, ruled out the possibility of any play due to the saturated outfield.

The Cross Arrows will resume their 2017 season on Saturday (30th September) when they take on visiting Dulwich CC.

Friday (29th September) sees the traditional, annual Lord's Staff match.
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Under a cloudless sky and following no rain at Lord's for almost 24 hours, the Cross Arrows' scheduled match against visiting Dulwich CC was nonetheless called off at shortly after 9am on Saturday (30th September).

The Arrows will look to resume their 2017 season on Monday 2nd October when they take on Frogs CC. Play is scheduled to commence at Lord's at 10.45am
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The Cross Arrows slid to a 4-wicket defeat on Monday as the visiting Frogs CC took full advantage of a tactical misjudgement by their hosts.

On a blustery, autumnal day at Lord's it was somewhat surprising that a full 50 overs per side game was possible, given the rain of late last week and over the weekend.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first, the Arrows found scoring difficult as a combination of tight Frogs bowling and a slow outfield frustrated the home side throughout the pre-lunch session. Chris James led the way for the hosts with 89 and Nick Schild chipped in with an unbeaten 51. However a total of just 208 for 7 off their 50 overs always looked a modest target at best and so it ultimately proved.

However at 78 for 5 in reply, the visitors had looked to be in dire straits. Key though was the fact the Arrows had bowled their two main strike bowlers, Phil Knappett and Ollie Mott, right through at the start of the innings. As it was, Chris Carson and Rob Shenkman were then able to put on 116 for the 6th wicket as they easily coped with the Arrows' secondary spin attack.

While Carson was finally dismissed just 4 runs short of a deserved century, Shenkman then steered the visitors to victory in the 46th over with an unbeaten 61.

With the loss, the Cross Arrows fall to 5-7-3 on the 2017 season. They host regular visitors Butterflies CC in their final game of the season on Tuesday (3rd October). Play is scheduled to commence at Lord's at 10.45am.

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The Cross Arrows won their season finale on Tuesday (3rd October) when they edged the visiting Butterflies CC by 18 runs at Lord's.

Ahead of the game, the big team news saw Middlesex and England batsman Nick Compton inserted into the Arrows' line-up.

And when Compton came to the crease with the Arrows on 20 for 3, it was clear that all the star batsman's know-who and experience would be needed to help steer the hosts clear of trouble. And so it proved as Compton, along with Len Bethell, put on 157 for the 4th wicket. Compton moved majestically to his century, before finally being caught for 107. Bethell went on to score a gritty 83 not out and with some notable late-innings support from Owais Khan (46) and Baz Park (37), the Cross Arrows were finally all out for 317 at the end of the 42nd over.

For the visitors, Harry Groome took 4 for 61 and Jim Weaving 3 for 53.

On a beautiful early-October afternoon and in front of a bumper end-of-season crowd, the Butterflies were soon in trouble and at 111 for 4 they looked set for a heavy defeat. However the insertion of Compton and Phil Knappett into the Arrows' bowling attack proved just the filip the visitors needed to get back into the game.

The spin partnership were dealt with brutally as Weaving and Andy Maxwell put on 107 in double-quick time. However when 3 wickets then fell in quick succession it finally appeared that the visitors would succumb to defeat. Yet it proved not to be the case as Nick Harrap and Kevin Winder put on 63 for the 9th wicket as the Butterflies moved to within sight of an improbable victory. However the loss of Harrap with just over 3 overs left of the allotted 45 proved to be the final straw and the visitors wound up on 299 for 9, still 18 short of their target.

With the victory, the Cross Arrows finished their 2017 campaign with a record of 6-7-3.
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