OMWs 165-9 - P Richardson 5-46

WHCC 145-9 - T Aldred 41

by Toby Aldred

On a rather hot, sticky day Hankins lost the toss but readily accepted Old Midwives skipper's invitation to bowl. Ben and Jason both bowled testing spells and after a few overs Storey opened his account for the season, kindly persuading their opener to spoon a catch to mid off. After an impressive burst of 1-12 Storey was replaced by this week's 1xi guest player, Peter Richardson, who bowled an excellent spell that saw him finish (if not nearly finished off!) with 5 wickets off 20 stamina sapping overs. OMW's eventual total of 165-9 was mainly due to a fantastically patient knock of 73 by their number 3, ably supported by his middle and lower order. W&H could be well satisfied with their performance in the field, aside from Dicko and Ben, Jason and Gibbers also picked up important wickets.

Chasing 165 seemed a reasonable challenge but the pitch, although reliable in bounce was quite slow and made timing shots difficult. With Ed and Thomo both attempting to lay solid foundations the innings got off to the slow start, the result being that after 15 overs W&H were going at little over 1 an over and had lost Smith to a catch behind. Aldred and Thomo slowly crept the scoreboard up but following an excellent spell by OMW's opening left armer Thomson nicked one behind. Seward and Aldred began to step up the scoring rate and when Horse was bowled, Richardson continued this. However having posted up the hundred and with just 10 overs remaining Aldred (41) skied one to deep mid-wicket. Despite a fine array of heavy hitters to follow (Day, Mouzoures, Hankins, Bird) no-one could quite manage the big over W&H required. With Dicko gone for a fine 40 and the penultimate wicket falling, Storey (with Gibbers seeing out the last 6 balls) was required to play his customary defensive role to ensure a well deserved four points.

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