WHCC Vs WHCC Academy – Sunday 7th July 2002.
This week the usual Sunday team was assembled to take on a team picked from the younger members of the club and a few of their Dad’s so it was youth and experience in one team.
The day started well with Dave Gianotti assuming the role of Lawnmower Man (just as thick) but he was a bit choosy and emptied the shed of three mowers before he got one to start properly. The reason for these shenanigans was the amount of grass that had grown on the supposedly prepared wicket but Dave did a Stirling job of making the wicket playable and cutting a path through the outfield back to the shed!
The academy decided that we should bat first and we set off well with Penly and Uzman forming a useful partnership until Uzi got bowled going for a big moo. In went Dave Gianotti to please the crowd with his range of shots (both of them) but to everyone’s surprise he top scored with 64 with Penly close behind with 42. Albert chipped in with 21 before Kamesh (23 n.o.) and Fowles (12 n.o.) finished off the scoring before the declaration of 190 for 4 was made.
Fingers was so pleased with the total he decided to open with Peter ‘I got loads of wickets last week’ Smith to give the Academy a chance. Rajeev opened at the other end, which at least gave us a rest after chasing round after Smithy’s bowling! Rajeev didn’t manage to emulate last weeks performance but did bowl tight and with Smithy bowling better as time wore on we looked in control. Gribbler batting for the Academy achieved his aim of not getting out to Smithy’s bowling and he joint top scored with 23 runs. Mandar and Guest continued the good bowling with Mandar eventually finishing with figures of 9.2 Overs, 4 maidens, 5 wickets for 15 runs, which meant a two-jug game for WHCC. Towards the end Fowles came on and showed no mercy in claiming two of the younger players wickets in just 3 overs for 6 runs (with no wides !!!!!!!) and both of them were stumped by the quick reactions of Kamesh.
Another win for the Sunday team meant we kept the clubs winning streak (5 out of 5) going for the weekend and we are all looking forward to playing Old Woking next week at home (again!!).