W&H 184 for 7 (Ferrari 43; J Hargan 34; R Hall 33; M Hodgkiss 29no; M Allan 26)

Lyne 155 ao (P Smith 3 for 16; J Hargan 3 for 17)


After an absence of one week – a  Sunday 11 match report!  The Sunday team took to the field against Lyne. It is pleasant to play a team like Lyne as they have some players who make our own Sunday veterans look young (well if not young, at least not too old).

The afternoon got off to an interesting start as the apiarist did a spot of vacuuming to remove a few unwelcome visitors from the hedge.

Once the bees were sorted, Captain Matt lost the toss. Much to our delight the opposition captain took pity on him and asked W&H to bat. Matt tried to hide a grin and skipped back to inform his happy team.

Lyne then informed us that they had only 10 players and the youngest Hargan was, once again, pressed into service for the opposition.

W&H got off to a poor start, reminiscent of last week without the backward dancing, and lost both openers (extremely unluckily) for 13. Enter the gladiators – Ferrari, looking like Russell Crowe with a bald head, belly, no muscles and glasses, and Albert, looking like ………….Albert.

Albert was inspired as Mrs Cooper, the wife of the colts chairman when he was a colt, was there watching him and kept referring to “young Albert”. The most surprising thing about this was that there was colts cricket so long ago.

The gladiators put on 58 for the 3rd wicket. Then Christmas arrived and young Albert got over excited and was tempted by the first pie of the afternoon. He popped a weedy shot to mid off. From the sidelines, where he has played a lot of good cricket, Charlie questioned Albert’s bat and muscle strength loudly. Next came the skipper - he knocked a breezy 26 before picking out the best fielder in the Lyne side, who took a good catch. By now Ferrari was cruising in the outside lane and he was joined by the much travelled and very late Hodgkiss, batting in the unusually low position of number 6. As time moved on Ferrari got excited and tried to belt a straight one, falling for an excellent 43. Jerry lasted four balls before the language barrier with Hodgkiss took its toll and he was left stranded. Enter the middle Hargan, aka Sideshow, who belted a quick fire 34 off 32 balls before losing his middle peg. Once again the watching crowds were spared the sight of Smithy batting – even his sons were happy. 184 for 7 seemed a good total on a strip best described as variable (other words were used, but this may be read by children and groundsmen).

Often on Sundays the highlight is the tea and this was no exception. With all the W&H players fighting Erica for the egg sandwiches, and Hodgkiss renewing his acquaintance with Jaffa cakes. Another big thank you to the female Halls for looking after us so well.

 Lyne started off the chase of 184, but were soon one down when Jerry caught a ball which was about to decapitate him. All was well for Lyne until the 9th over when Sideshow produced 3 straight balls in a row to claim his first senior hat-trick. Everyone was happy, except his dad who had the dubious pleasure of scoring only 4 runs and still having to buy a jug!! A great 91 by the Lyne number 3, Barry Huxley, almost saw them home until he was last man out with only a couple of overs remaining. Hodgkiss had tried every trick in the book and a few from outside it and finally had got his man. Jamie McMahon had blotted his copy book by catching the young Hargan for 0. Jerry took this as revenge on the 12 year old Angus, who had him caught behind off a “ball he never hit” at the Bank of England last year. Peter Smith showed it is never too late to learn as he got some turn and bounce to take 3 for 16.

A good game played in good spirit; all 3 results were possible until a few overs from the end and we even managed a few beers with the opposition afterwards – can’t be bad

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