WHCC 220 for 5
Twickenham 128 AO
by David Fowles
Following the rain cancellation of the previous week’s match this was to be the Sunday XI’s first outing on the field of screams that is WHCC. The team line up contained the usual suspects with a few additions due to late injuries (Roger White an early candidate for least convincing limp of the year), last minute unannounced drop outs (John Booth staying in the warm most likely) and new players (Jayson Bird).
Fingers won the toss and elected to bat so we could all keep warm and avoid frostbite for as long as possible but to keep us entertained he announced a new opening partnership of Halim and Uzman. What followed was a show of controlled aggression by Uzi, which eventually ended up with 62 runs against his name including a few lusty fours. Special note must be taken of the bowlers ‘novel’ attempt to reduce Uzi’s scoring by holding him down to keep him to a single while he was lapped by Dave Gianotti. Dave himself chipped in with 33 mainly from his trademark late cut over the slips before running himself out but by then we were heading for a useful total. The middle order contributed a few useful runs but wickets fell far to regularly and the score keeping abilities of Dave Fowles were interrupted to get padded up, which as everyone knows is a sign for everyone else below in the order to also get padded up. As the fifth wicket fell the crowd sensed something special was about to happen as Fowles took to the crease to accompany the skipper (Note to crowd: thanks for the Bacardi Breezer fueled wild banging and screaming on the club house window as I went out). What followed was some entertaining shots (attempted and intended) from both players that produced a partnership of 55 (yes 55 runs) before the declaration of 220 for 5.
On paper our bowling line up looked good but we knew the opposition had a useful line up including some overseas talent but Nick Challen and Mandar assured us they could handle them. Cue a driven four off the first ball and a few nervous looks in the field at the early high run rate. Nick and Mandar however replied with a succession of wickets to put the opposition in trouble to the extent that they were both taken off to be replaced by the intimidating bowling partnership of John Green and Awas Khan. Twickenham managed to keep the game going long enough for them to reach a respectable total but never really recovered from the loss of the early important wickets and Awas and John finished off the game without the need for further bowling changes. The bowling all round was good for so early in the season but was outshone by some excellent fielding and outstanding catches.
In summary (and after several Castle Lagers) Fingers was quietly smug that the Sunday team had managed a sizeable total on the same pitch where not many runs had been scored on the previous weeks Saturday game but was bought down a peg or to by the news that John Greens availability was sketchy for the next few weeks !!!