WHCC Vs Chadwick – Sunday 8th September 2002
Everyone arrived to the sad sight of the fire damage and the even sadder prospect of having to change in the bar with no showering opportunities. To compound the bad luck of the weekend Fingers lost the toss and for the first time in ages we were put into the field and I was the one selected to go behind the sticks !
The opening bowling partnership of Challen and Hussain was lively with Shazad giving the batsmen real problems with the bounce and pace of his bowling and eventually he dismissed their opening bowler caught and bowled. Hasan came onto replace Sahazad and he consistently bowled on a tight line but a yard short to cause major headaches to the batmen. In the meantime Nick was beginning to make in roads and once he changed into ‘Wiley Old Bugger’ mode he caused the batsmen problems with his range of deliveries. John Green and Graham Mattocks (bowling off breaks and swing in his spell) came in and despite some lusty blows against them they took two wickets a piece before Nick came back to finish with figures of 17 overs, 4 maidens, 4 wickets for 47 runs (including a superb dive for a caught and bowled) as Chadwick declared on 154 for 9 off 45 overs. Special note must be made of the three catches on the boundary from big hits – two for Peter Grafton and one for Chris Guest as well as Albert berating himself for not taking a Salmonesque diving catch.
Once Tea had been duly demolished Peter Grafton and Chris Guest opened the batting but Peter was soon given out caught behind off his pads and it wasn’t long before he was joined by Chris who was bowled by a full bunger. Gianotti set about the bowling ably supported by Graham Mattocks and they put on a much needed partnership of 60 before Graham was stumped giving the bowler the charge on 33. Dave soon followed on 37 which left Albert and Fowles with 44 runs to score off 15 or so overs. The plan was for me to support Albert as he went for the total but sadly within in an over he had departed caught and bowled leaving me to try and win the game (always a bad situation). With not much support down the order after I had run out Fingers (whoops) I tried to hard at the end but was caught having scored a quick 27 (seasons best). Nick and John Green tried to save the game but in the end we fell short at 152 all out.
It was a good entertaining game but you would expect that seeing we were playing a bunch of actors, musicians, producers and theatre types although John misheard and thought we were playing a bunch of Lesbians and I expect we shall be playing them again in the coming years, maybe they could do a gig in aid of our changing rooms ?