WHCC: 165 for 7 declared (D Gianotti 97 not out)

Twickenham: 167 for 6 (with only three balls left !).

by David Fowles

Once again a week of distinctly typical English Spring weather broke to leave a glorious warm day for our match in South West London. The team was strengthened by the return of regular Sunday batsmen Dave Gianotti and Albert Hall but as they never net during the winter we rely on them hitting form early on every year.

I won the toss (for a change) and decided to bat first despite the green appearance of the wicket. As per usual we have few options for opening batsmen in the Sunday team especially with several new faces who I was reluctant to chuck in at the deep end so it fell to Peter Smith and the rather reluctant Captain to take the responsibility. All I can say is that by batting so badly I at least got out early enough to give Dave Gianotti plenty of time to score himself ! In future if anyone wants to volunteer to open the batting for the Sunday team I won’t turn them down and would welcome their interest as soon as possible !!

Peter Smith although not scoring many himself did an excellent job and stayed in for an hour to support Dave and see off the opening bowlers in a partnership of 45. Albert came to the crease and straight away looked in good touch and was unlucky to be run out on 29 by Dave Gianotti but Dave was on a mission and by the innings end had run out two more of the team ! None of the other batsmen really troubled the scorers much but between them did a job in giving Dave Gianotti plenty of the strike and allow him to amount an excellent score of 97 not out before the declaration came at 165 for 7 off 45 overs. I wanted to go longer but with an over rate of only 15 per hour bowled at us we were running out of time to make the game a contest, Sorry Dave !!

The match saw the debut for the club of Stephen North, the quietest Australian anyone can remember who not only volunteered to go behind the stumps but also has a wife who wants to do the teas (first name on the sheet from now on then !). He proved his worth with some athletic fielding and stops and took an early catch from Sharaz’s pace bowling. Despite early wickets our combined efforts in the bowling department couldn’t shift either of them until too late in the game when the damage was already done but in the end it was a very closely contested game as Twickenham won the game with only three balls left to spare. Top bowler once again was Mandar with 3 wickets for 31 runs off 9 overs with excellent fielding contributions from P Smith and Sharaz.

Next week will see us take on Sunbury Village but without Mandar and Nick Challen the burden of bowling will fall to the skipper who has so far rested himself due to illness, fatigue, lack of talent, bone idleness and finding more suitable options!

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