WHCC 215 AO - T Aldred 66, R Smith 45

Beddington 84 AO

by Andrew Murphy

It was a new look side that took the field against Beddington on Saturday with a mixture of the out of form (provided by the ailing first eleven) the in form (provided by the improving thirds), the infirm provided by various sporting injuries, (stand up Po and Magoo) and the handful of second team regulars left.

n a glorious hot day, Hanks did the honourable thing and lost the toss, leaving the decision to the opposition captain and giving us a nice two and a half hours of sun bathing.  Every game I’ve witnessed this season and probably most of last the opening partnership never makes it to twenty and this week was not going to be THE week as first Ed and the promoted Hobbsy fell quickly to the new ball.  Enter the out of form.  Regaan and Toby soon got to grips with the pitch and the sunbaked outfield and started flaying the bowling to all parts, particularly Regan who clearly enjoyed their spinner coming on.  Just as it looked like Regan would enjoy his short break in the twos with a hundred he played one shot too many and was caught.  Enter the in form.  Andy Mouzoures.  Fantasy League Player of the Week.  Went back to the pavillion with a duck to his name and a minus ten for his troubles – oh well, it was more than Couch got this week.  Now for the infirm.  Po, never one for running much anyway, (wonder where he got that from) decided that the best way to deal with the bowling and the hot waether was to smash it back from whence it came.  This he successfully did for about 10 minutes until he was bowled by an excellent slower ball.  Minge wasn’t there for that long either and as the skipper came to the wicket we were in a spot of trouble at 125-6 with a score of 200 needed to give us something to defend.  No worries there then.  The tail wagged superbly with Toby opening up and reaching a well paced sixty six and with Des smashing the ball to every part of the ground, sometimes in the opposite direction in which he intended, at one point he appeared to hit a leg stump half volley through his legs but he showed the advantages of spending less time behind the W&H bar and more in the police gym with his running between the wickets.  215 all out.

We got off to a flyer with Hobbsy taking a couple of friendly looking LBWs in the second over although I’m sure I heard a squeal from our librarian wicketkeeper so it must have been out.  After that though the score moved on quite rapidly until the introduction of Regan “I told you I could bowl Walshy” Smith, maybe Walshy didn’t understand what the hell he was going on about and Hanks.  After Regans two wickets in two balls and Steve taking a couple at the other end the game was sure to be ours and as the wickets beagn to tumble it became clear that the last pair didn’t fancy batting out the last 26 overs in 80 degree heat for one point (or was it that they’d had enough of blocking Hanks bowling).  Anyway whatever it was, their number 11 had an unsuccesful wild heave and that was it.  Thirteen bagged and tagged.

Man of the Match – Toby for an excellent 66

Quote of the day – Their scorer, about Hobbsy “Is he related to Jack?”  He realised that he probably wasn’t after the first couple of overs.

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