WHCC Vs Shepperton – Sunday 23rd June 2002.
by David Fowles
Fingers won the toss and elected to bat, which early on looked a great decision as Abid and Kamesh attacked the opening bowlers. The partnership was broken to soon and left Abid to put on a quick 42 runs before being caught going for another big shot. Dave Gianotti and Albert stayed in for an age but runs were hard to come by and as wickets fell regularly we were struggling at 98 for 7. Ben Storey though had other ideas and scored his first ever 50 partly helped by 5 sixes around various parts of Horsell and some good defensive technique. A late cameo by Peter Smith saw us reach 183 all out, a total that Fingers was very happy with especially as it somewhat silenced their continually vocal wicket keeper.
A healthy quantity of tea was consumed and this seemed to have an adverse effect on our bowling as first Nick Challen and then Andy Turnbull were carted round the park by the previously mentioned wicket keeper (and boy did he like puffing his chest out and admiring his handiwork !!). Abid was positioned on the Brewery Road boundary and soon caught him out off Nick’s bowling for 50, a mighty innings off so few overs but he had scored 50 of 54 runs and it was now game on. Ben Storey was now coming in at full tilt and giving the batsmen real problems and in partnership with Nick we were now on top of the game as wickets fell. Fingers then started to rotate the bowling with Rajeev, Fowles and Smith getting opportunities to pick up wickets but despite bringing Ben back for a second spell the opposition held out for a draw (130 for 6 or 7 ?).