The sun shone, the Valley End ground was in immaculate condition, their pitch was a road, our overseas player had arrived, all looked good for a days cricket.
I lost the toss and Valley End had no hesitation in batting first, something we would have done exactly the same with had I managed to sneak 3 in a row. Digby Philip in his debut started strongly and on a VERY flat pitch we managed to bowl Valley End out for a sizable total of 257. Qais Nawaz once again showing how he can never truly be left out of any W&HCC 1st XI as he returned beautifully after an expensive first spell to finish with 4/51 (8.1), but our star performer was Digby with 4-38 (9).
As can be noted with the less than lacklustre report things then went well terribly wrong. We capitulated to an almost embarrassing 128 all out with James Morley making the only noticeable runs with a valiant 47. Damo and John Hargan adding some respectability to our total with handy 20's each. It was a dismal batting display and one we will be making sure we do not repeat in the weeks to come.
There is an old saying that goes "On any given Saturday you may win or you may lose, but it's how you lose that defines you as a man". We need to pick ourselves up, dust off the dirt and return fighting this weekend when we tackle Old Hamptonians away. With almost a full squad available I will be asking the W&HCC cricketers to show what we are really made of, and come out fighting for another win!
Our thanks, and apologies to all who came out to Valley End to watch us play, although not a favourable result seeing our supporters in amongst a hostile supporting environment was great to see.
Man of the match was debutante Digby Philip who together with Shazad will give us possibly the best opening bowling pair in the league.
Cheers for now,
Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)