WHCC 225-5 dec
BOE 120 AO
by Graeme Mattocks
The most prestigious fixture of the season finally arrived, and there could not be a greater contrast from the pitch and facilities of the previous week. Unfortunately Eddie George or Mervin King could not make it to the game.
The track was a real beauty, a batsman’s paradise, and much to my surprise we were inserted by the opposition but think this was due to the strength of their side.
Mouzoures started in a hurry, with some well timed drives, pulls and square cuts however Worgan was struggling at the other end and wasn’t long before he gloved one to the keeper. Regan joined Mouzoures and kept up the pace, with some good attacking play and both were enjoying playing on a pitch similar to those back home.
Mouzoures was looking set for his 50 before playing on for 46 (incl 10 fours), Gianotti kept Smith company who raced to 40 before the red mist descended and was stumped a good 2 yards out of his ground. Unfortunately I did not see how the Ferrari was out as I had gone to get changed , however it was in the very next over, so from being in a very good position we were now delicately posed at 110-4 however the run rate was good at 6 runs an over.
Ed Smith and Albert set about building a partnership, alternating the strike and punishing the bad balls, they had put on 40 before Albert holed out to mid off for 25.
I joined Ed and we still had some work to do to get up to a respectable score and I wanted to make up for last weeks failure. Ed started to open up and we pushed the run rate along and put on 70 runs in 8 overs allowing Ed to get his fifty and I managed my first not out of the season, ending on 29.
The teas were delicious, it looked as though none of us had been fed before but I’m sure everyone will agree with me that you have to enjoy these to the maximum.
Beavis opened the bowling with a very soft and out of shape ball, however managed to pick up a wicket in his first over with Hall taking a good catch at backward point.
Cumar was bowling a good line and length from the other end, then followed an onslaught by their number 3 batsmen, showing no respect for the bowling which he despatched to all parts of the ground. Beavis went for 10 and 19 runs in consecutive overs and Cumar also went for 16 in 2 overs. However the skipper had a plan and immediately replaced Beavis and enticed their number 3 into holing out to Beavis (small revenge..) on the mid off boundary.
4 wickets followed in quick succession including two run outs, one of which was highly amusing when both batsmen ended up at the non-strikers end. The next 3 batsmen proved they could hang around a bit before the Mouzoures show started, taking a neat catch off of Rajeev and then a very swift stumping off the bowling of Johnson.
They were content to play out for the draw so Beavis was brought back on and soon had things wrapped up with Mouzoures taking two more catches and another stumping off of the bowling of Ed Smith.
So back to winning ways after 3 draws a loss and a tie.