Wanstead cricket, 27/8 April

Our man walking round the boundary of the Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club tells us that it was the women’s team which led the way this weekend, winning narrowly at Chesham thanks to thrifty bowling. The result of the weekend however was the tie between the Under 15s of Wanstead and those of Buckhurst Hill.

Saturday’s men’s second XI game saw Nikunj Velani vacate the crease when on the verge of a century – on 95 –  thus ensuring defeat to Bromley.  But it is reported that he did fulfil his obligation by returning to the Overton Drive Clubhouse to buy a jug of beer. The etiquette goes like this, our man says. If you score a century, you celebrate with a jug.  If you get out in the 90s, you get accused of avoiding having to buy the beer, so not only do you feel bad about missing a hundred but your team mates abuse you too for being tight. “Nikunj avoided the century but did buy the jug,” we’re told.