WHCC 65 ao
by Simon Vicos
On an overcast day, Addiscombe were the visitors for our first game of the season. They won the toss and asked us to bat. The outfield was fairly heavy after much recent rain and it was clear that it was going to be a fairly low scoring game.
Addiscombe adopted the tactic of bowling very straight and fairly full, and this made us struggle from the start. Tommo was the first to go, out leg before for 7. Dikko followed, clean bowled by one that completely fooled him. Glenn was out cheaply and Quaggy then walked onto a straight one and we were in a huge hole after 12 overs at 25-4.
Regan was out next, also leg before and it was left to Ross and Richard to try and get us out of trouble, to be fair they stuck around for a while and although relying heavily on singles at least kept the scoreboard moving. However, just as they looked to have got themselves in, Richard was removed by way of a low catch and things were already looking terminal. Ross soon departed closely followed by Toby (out to a wild shot), Minge and Ben tried to grind a few runs out and once Minge was out Damo came in only to be run out after two balls which left us all out for a paltry 65.
Addiscombe’s reply got off to a bad start as Ross produced a beauty to clean bowl his man, was this going to be the start of an inspired fightback?, err no, not really. We used 5 bowlers in an effort to try and mix it up, however, I thought we bowled a little bit too short at times and Addiscombe never really looked in any danger of not getting the runs they needed. We took a second wicket with the score on 62, Richard taking a simple catch, however, the winning shot summed it all up, not even making the boundary as we didn’t bother to chase it and let them run the two they required for victory.
So not a very satisfactory start at all gents. Much has been spoken about our improved batting line up especially the top 6, and certainly on paper it looks formidable, however, the game isn’t played on paper and although I didn’t fully agree with one of their players “ten poor shots” theory, he wasn’t too far wrong was he. It didn’t make for good viewing at all. The better side on the day won and that was that.
Still, we move on, if you’re going to have a collective team nightmare, you might as well have it on the first day of the season. Dulwich next week and the weather forecast is favourable for the next few days so lets hope for some considerable drying out at Brewery Road before then.