Brook 106 AO - G Morley 4-21

WHCC 103 AO

by Simon Vicos

It may have been the last day and our changing rooms may have been charred beyond repair but these two things cannot excuse a very poor showing indeed. 

A change of captain and a change of luck as Morlers won the toss. Wickets fell early as Mark Surridge and Morlers made early breakthroughs. Toby Green eventually made it to the ground half an hour after the start and then at 1.45 Dikko arrived. A very piss poor show indeed. Des then proceeded to show everyone his hands were made of wood by dropping an absolute dolly, and then a sniper in the trees shot Damo as he went for a catch. Adding to this carnival like occasion was the Brook batting display, they have won three games all season for a reason chaps, because they are not very good!. Wickets were by now falling at regular intervals and Glenn was making inroads while everyone else chipped in. Brook were eventually bowled out for 106, Glenn taking another four wickets. The wicket may have been a difficult one to bat on but surely we could chase this?.

The Green Brothers opened the batting and Toby went first ball, having looked towards Horsell High Street where he was intending to plant the ball, he forgot to look at the ball, £8 please Toby, was it worth you coming ?. Giles soon followed him also for a duck. Gibbers went out and came back within a couple of minutes after taking a nasty blow to the head necessitating a trip to the hospital (so it was worth you coming dog !) Dikko hardly troubled the scorer nor did Glenn or Morlers and at 59-6 we were struggling.  Enter Toby Aldred and Haleem, both batting with a responsibility that no one before them had shown. Toby in particular after a nervy start soon began to carry the score forward albeit at a slow rate. Both were playing some good shots and got us up to 89 before Toby was adjudged lbw for a very hard-earned 36. Haleem and Des then ground out a further 14 runs and victory looked certain before Haleem was needlessly run out. The way the Brook players celebrated the wicket was a bit over the top but when you have won three games all season I suppose you take anything you can. Damo went out with us needing 4 to win, two balls later it was all over, not courtesy of a boundary but by way of an lbw decision and our season was over. Brook had won by three runs and yet again celebrated to ram home the fact the day had meant more to them than it did us. Credit to them, they worked hard for their win but were surely there for the taking had we possessed the right attitude.

With no karaoke at the club it was left to us to make our own entertainment and I think we did a decent job. The tug or war victory over the two’s was very amusing as was the raising of £80 by Ben Storey’s arm wrestling challenge. Highlight for me was the under 15s manager being taken home by his irate wife due to the fact he was in pieces. By 1.30 we drifted off into the night and another season had come to a close.

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