It was another Saturday, and with it round 2 of the league. In what can only be described as typical English weather we welcomed Farncombe to Brewery road. I somehow managed to sneak in another win at the toss and elected to bat as we had heard from famed weather reporter Qais Nawaz that the weather would clear by 16h00 allowing us the benefit of the sun and hopefully a drier ball.  Once again, even with the weather Couch managed to prepare another true wicket, coming from a drier climate it never ceases to amaze me at the quality of pitch we get from Couch whatever the circumstances. Both umpires agreed at the start that to clear any confusion any ball down leg side would be deemed a wide. This immediately put pressure on all bowlers for the day but our confident openers strode to the crease with intermittent rain. Toby “the human dog” Green went about business as usual as he quickly racked up his first 50 of the season leaving his opening partner verbally frustrated at not having found the middle of the bat. Toby then succumbed for the second week in a row to a very bizarre dismissal getting his middle peg rattled by a long hop that brushed the bowler’s toes. It was from then on just plain and simply the Jan Kreder show. As the innings progressed Jan just went from strength to strength, finding the long lost middle of his bat and the back yard of the house on the far end of brewery road. 126 marvellous not out runs saw W&H on a very respectable 287. With some intelligent batting the batting order showed some of the batting brains we have been harping on for seasons and rotated the strike allowing the burly South African born Jan to steal the show.

As predicated tea was had and out came the sun. An unbelievable opening spell by Shazad had the visitors in all sorts of trouble. With Tony bowling tightly from the Brewery road end we forced Farncombe into errors. With a slight dip in “vibe” we managed to allow the visitors a brief look in as their Captain stroked a fine 50 (even from an opposition point if view) but the wily Damo Honey Badger once again had the last laugh with a controlled spell of experience that soon had the visitors reeling once again. I had no hesitation to throwing the ball to Shazad and asking him to wrap up the tail which he and Damo “oops I did my Achilles” Honey promptly proceeded to do . Shazad ending with a marvellous 6 for, breezing past Michelle with ease.
It’s been a great start to the season, 2 games, 2 wins and maximum points. This weekend sees our first away game at Valley End who share the top of the table with us. With the bank holiday looming we are going to have to dig deep and fight the bulldog way to ensure we stay at the top. Our overseas player should have touched down as I type which should bolster our squad for the games ahead.
Once again a combined men of the match, Jan Kreder for his 126* and Shazad Hussain's 6 for!
Another thanks to our growing support crowd, it really is great playing at home and having everybody around.
Cheers for now,
Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)
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