WHCC 154 a/o – J Gill 79 n.o.

Horsley and Send 158 for 5

by David Fowles

A very hot day and a flat looking wicket made the decision to bat first when I won the toss easy and we started brightly with Jaideep despatching anything short or off line. The opposition were however loaded with 5 or 6 Saturday ones players so it wasn’t long before the run rate dried up and we started to lose wickets.

Only Albert stayed with Jaideep long enough to form a quality partnership (51). Once he went several more followed cheaply before Sean Beavis scored a rapid 23 and got the team to a respectable score of 154 all out off 44 overs. Jaideep ‘Jimmy’ Gill played some quality shots and without him we would have really struggled and by carrying his bat showed the rest of us what could be done.

In reply we knew it would be difficult on a hot flat track with quality batsmen looking to finish the game quickly. We stuck to our guns and the early bowling of Beavis and Khedekar was as tight as usual with Mandar particularly pumped up following his week off. The rest of the bowling contributed in wickets but couldn’t keep it as tight and the opposition rattled off the score with 3 overs remaining.

It was a real shame that we weren’t playing their two’s who are more our level but none the less we made a good account of ourselves in difficult conditions.

Hopefully for the next two weeks the stand in skipper will have more luck with the results while I am away on holiday !!

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