1st XI

Team information

Captain: Damien Honey

Vice Captain: Giles Green

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How to win ugly: 

  1. Pick a strong balanced team, possibly the strongest you can.
  2. Pick a fantastic day, the sun shines, the cricket field almost glistens as it almost wills a cricket game to be played on it (Thanks Couch).
  3. Lose the toss, but the opposition still decide to field, as you would have batted anyway.
  4. There are two scorers, 2 non-player umpires!
  5. Give your team a rousing speech, batters need to do their task, bowlers need to hit their areas.
  6. Forget to give the umpires match balls, scramble so that the game can start on time.
  7. 4/1 becomes 8/2 becomes 18/3 becomes 42/4 becomes 57/5 becomes 71/6 becomes 95/7.
  8. Stress.
  9. Qais Nawaz (91*) and Giles Green (32*) salvage an unbelievable amount of pride and we post 203/7.
  10. Have tea.
  11. Give another rousing speech about fighting to the end.
  12. Temporarily lose your way after LBW decisions don’t go your way, but your team rally.
  13. Let Cranleigh get to 182/4 on the way personally dropping two catches.
  14. A little bit of bulldog fight creeps in when Cranleigh go for a glory win and their no.7 gets caught on the boundary.
  15. 182/5 becomes 190/9, two overs to go and the Cranleigh captain is on 72* and looking solid.
  16. Cranleigh no.11 edges for four. 194/9.
  17. Warn Henri Peters that they will be looking for two to him on the deep Mid-on boundary.
  18. True to word the try but an alert Henri Peters rushes in Hayden Anderson whips the bails off.
  19. An ugly win.
  20. But nine points I will happily take! 

Awesome work from Qais, our man of the match with a note to Giles. Thanks to all the support from all areas on Saturday, it was just awesome playing and winning with so many at the club! 

It bodes well that even when we play badly we have individuals who are putting up their hands and it’s great to see us fighting to the end in true Bulldog style. Things can only get better and hopefully my top order will find their feet and give us the start we are after! 

Thanks to Cranleigh for a close fought game! Twists and turns all the way.

Cheers for now.

Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)

So with the rain gods appeased we finally managed to get our season off to a start, and with a couple of hiccups thrown in it was a good display for a team I expect much of this year. A welcome return to the season vice-captain and keeper Giles Green. 

After winning the toss I decided we would bat on what seemed like a great bouncy fast wicket, the opposing skipper though was not so sure at the toss which made me frown a little. Our new openers walked in but 8 minutes later with our score on 7 we lost Matt Lock, a brief recovery but then it seemed our demons from last season returned as we once again found ourselves in a little bit of trouble at 66/4, and entertaining 32 from Jan Kreder the only highlight. Returning to WHCC Hayden Anderson and myself started a partnership but unfortunately Hayden played around a straight on a fell for 15, with the score on 98 Qais Nawaz and I then knuckled down and got to rebuilding our innings. With good running and dare I say it intelligent batting we put on a partnership of 118 to take us to 216, Qais (51) and I (61) fell in quick succession and with just a handful of overs left we bumbled along to 226 off our allotted 50 overs. Personally I thought we were a good 20 shy but all in all a total we were quite capable of defending. 

A quick tea, a chance to catch Chelsea’s penalty goal and we were back on and rearing to go. Old Hamptonians openers looked solid but a quick thinking run out from Qais put our tails up. Two good partnerships then put Old Hamptonians firmly in with a chance at 108 after 30 overs, we had bowled some tight overs in the first 30 and with the run rate starting to creep over 6 we were in a comfortable position. Then enter Henri Peters (5-20(8)), our U/17 prodigy who I shamelessly have been punting over the off season. An unbelievable spell saw not one but two consecutive wicket ball deliveries that rocked Old Hamptonians and turned the game firmly in our direction. With a disappointing 1 point from our abandoned game last week (something I think Surrey Cricket needs to look into) we then turned our sights to making sure we took the bonus point. Miserly Damo Honey once again led the spinning attack (2-38(10)) and I (2-23(9.4)) managed to sneak a brace in my final over to bowl Old Hamptonians out for 151, securing our bonus point and a valuable 10 points. Early times yet but with full availability next week I have some tough decisions to make on the composition of my side and once again that quiet optimism for the season remains. 

Dropped catches are again sneaking their way in and we are going to have to work hard to make sure we realise that age old adage of catches win matches is still true, although this time we played well enough in the other facets to ensure a good win! 

Many thanks to Old Hamptonians for a great after game BBQ and for the comradery and spirit the game was played in, and for Couch for making the journey to come and support us. 

Man of the match was hotly contested but for pure game changing effect Henri Peters grabs it with his first of many Michelle's for the 1st XI! Here is wishing for a full Brewery Road (all support welcome!) as we play our first home game against Cranleigh this weekend.

Cheers for now.

Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)

So the season starts, and I hope the weather will only get better! 

The 1st XI started our season with an abandoned match vs. Southern Railway & Kenley. After a much anticipated wait for our first league game we only managed 13.4 overs in a constant rain effected match that was finally abandoned when it became clear the weather just was not going to let up. A great league start for Matthew Lock who was 29 not out at the time, with our team looking younger and fitter than seasons past we are still quietly hopeful that the mix of youth and experience will put us in good stead this year. 

Till next week, when the weather should allow me to get a full match report in. 

Well done to the other sides though who competed a great start to the WHCC seasons!

Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)

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