Merrow – 165 all out
WHCC – 83 all out
by David Fowles
The week long forecasts of rain, lightning and plagues of locusts came to nothing as the strong winds that whipped through Surrey at the end of the week kept the bad weather at bay.
A cobbled together team of largely bowlers and absent of several regular Sunday batsmen was always going to make for an interesting game. Charlie Johnson who was guesting with us to prove his fitness for the season ahead made early in roads in to the top order and backed up by Mandar’s swing had Merrow 20 for 3. The second change tight bowling of Nick Challen and Saf Nawaz in particular continued the good work and Merrow were reeling at 62 for 6. The later bowling was variable and combined with some late order tail wagging the opposition eventually compiled a total of 165 all out. At one stage it looked we should have got them all out for 100 to 120 but with 5 dropped catches through the innings we got what we deserved.
In reply Andy Walker wielded the blade of justice with some vigour and impressed with a few big hits up the hill that only just fell short of being sixes. Sadly Peter Smith fell early to a good delivery and was too quickly followed by Rajeev Patel (unluckily run out off the bowler’s fingers after one of Walkers lusty hits back at him) and Matt Allan who was caught for 2. Andy Walker who was keen as mustard all day was then caught off the gloves to a ball that hit the magic looping spot on the pitch just as he looked set for a big score which left Bird and Fowles at the crease with the score at 33 for 4! I hit a few including a quality Chinese cut but was hoping for a Bird master class at the other end. Sadly the usual April pitch gremlins turned up and Jayson was bowled by a medium paced delivery that shot off the sloping pitch no more than 3 inches off the ground. Clive Moon followed shortly after and at 40 for 6 it left Charlie and myself as the only hope. An innings best partnership of 31 was not enough as despite hitting a few slapped fours I edged one to slip and Charlie was run out soon after with the rest of the tail following suit and capitulating.
In the end we allowed 30 runs to many to the opposition and missed our regular middle order batsmen.