WHCC Vs WHCC Academy – Sunday 28th July
My first game as a Sunday captain was supposed to be against Pyrford but they cancelled at the last moment so it is thanks to Trevor Woods and the rest of the colts set up that we managed to have a game at all.
In the previous encounter the Sunday team beat the academy team convincingly so this time revenge was on their mind and with the weather getting hotter all the time whoever won the toss was going to bat first. Fortunately I won the toss and opened with Fortescue and Tom ‘the blonde’ Reynolds who generated a 66 run partnership before Paul was dismissed for 25. Tom went on to score 33 runs with Albert Hall scoring a nippy 26 before sacrificing his wicket to accelerate the run rate. In the meantime Dave Gianotti was compiling a chanceless innings but with the declaration looming and wickets beginning to tumble at the other end it looked like he might miss out on his fifty. I didn’t intend to bat but went out to let Dave know he was running out of time and to give him the strike so he could compile his second half century of the season, which he duly did and allowed me to declare on 185-7 after 43.4 Overs.
The opening bowling partnership of Challen and Rajeev failed to take any wickets and a short spell by myself, and S Zafar only managed to yield one wicket each and Greville’s pies only generated one chance (dropped by Kamesh) so I took the decision to bring on Fortescue and Hall. Albert bitched that he hadn’t bowled this year and wasn’t promising anything but his years on the field paid off when he chose the somewhat bizarre and novel approach of bowling straight and with a good length. In the end Albert finished with 4 wickets and Fortescue with 3 to bowl the Academy all out for 167.