Kempton 117-8 - C Johnson 3-28, A Crawley 3-19

Come 12.59 there were only 2 of the oppo. turned up. Was it a case of forfeit the toss and then what? Put them in the field with one bowler and one wickey or make them bat with 1 wicket to get out? Given the nature of 3rd XI cricket, we held a toss at 13:10 and the usual loss meant we were put in to bat. The drizzly conditions meant it would be interesting and the toss yet again was a deciding factor.

This week followed the usual script for WHCC 3rds, an early wicket followed by some consolidation took the score into the 90s for the loss of 3 wickets (the highlight of which was a 57 run partnership for the 3rd wicket) and then the usual collapse to 116 all out. This may not change until we can get a settled side out, given the bulk of the team were in the 2s this weekend. Their young colt opening bowler starred with a superb spell of bowling using the conditions and wicket to pick up 6 wickets for 10 runs in 8.5 overs.

Still WHCC did their best to try. A steady opening combination moved the score to 19 before a miscued pull and good catch by our colt broke the effort. Good bowling and fielding all round saw wickets tumble regularly and Kempton were down 8 wickets with the score only on 92. One notable incident was their no. 6 ducking right to the ground and being bowled by a full toss only for a no ball to be called. He duly obliged to get out the very next ball! WHCC were in with a shout but their colt who did the damage with the ball was determined not to lose after getting 6 wickets and shepherded the tail home to win by 2 wickets.

Credit to A.Crawley picking up 3 wickets in a good 7 over spell and the tight spell from C.Johnson taking 3 for 28 off 13.4 overs.

Another opportunity gone begging. 20 more runs could have made the game ours or tightening up and not giving away 27 extras. Lets try and do both next time!


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