The match was played on a sunny afternoon at Reeds School in a wonderful setting on a beautiful track for batting with a lightening quick outfield. Weybridge won the toss and not surprisingly elected to bat.
For what was a bowling team on paper it did not go well. We lost 2 players to injury during the first 20 overs and this meant that we only had 7 fielders and a makeshift wicketkeeper for the better part of our stint in the field. Simon our best bowler pulled up after the first ball in his 4th over and had to finish with spin before leaving the field with a back spasm. Ben then stopped a wide ball with his ankle and soldiered on bravely for a while but was eventually forced off in search of some ice. We bowled far to many 4 balls and also managed to drop a number of catches (mainly off the luckless Angus), specifically giving their centurion about 4 lives. Neil Cheetham was the most successful bowler with 2 for 30 in 6 overs but most of the bowlers went for in excess of 6 runs an over. At one point we had hoped to restrict them to 250 - 280 but the last 4 overs went for about 50 runs and Weybridge finished with 320 for 4 wickets in their 40 overs.
A great tea followed and our openers Neil and Ramesh went out with instructions to build a big partnership. This was not to be as they struggled to score runs against very accurate bowling. After Ramesh was out with 6 on the board Neil and I put on 96 to take the score to 102 before I was out for 48 trying to up the tempo. At this stage 321 was now very unlikley and with the younger batsmen to come they were instructed to play their natural game and enjoy the conditions and their time in the middle. Shaan coming in at number 4 played very well for 23 not out while at the other end once Neil had left after being bowled for a diligent 33 Ben, followed by James treated us to some wonderful hitting. Ben batting with Abdul as his runner (not really needed) hit some big sixes including one out of the school grounds, not to be found, and James joined in too once Ben had been caught just inside the boundary for 28. James hit a quickfire 27 and was out in the last over as the innings ended on 198 for 6 wickets with Shaan trying a 'Dilshan' off the last ball. Despite a heavy 122 run defeat the team batted well, and if we had managed to retain the full compliment of fielders including our main bowler and held onto our catches then it could have been a lot closer.