The longest day of the year and the skipper wins the toss and decides to field. Strange, I know, but that is what happened when W&H took on our friends from Surrey Gymkhana for the second time this season.
Surrey Gymkhana got off to a bad start when Jack bowled the opener first ball. He then produced a great opening spell of 1 for 11 of 6 overs. John bowled well from the other end and found the edges frequently. Jerry’s introduction to the attack had the desired effect as the number 3 batsman became the latest in a long line of good players who decided to get after him and paid the price. In fairness the batsman may have been dazzled by the new Jerry, most of his week having been spent in the hairdressers.
This week was always going to be a challenge – W&H were without star fielder Uzi and star everything else, Albert. The depth of the challenge was illustrated when Billy came on to bowl. The murmur of discontent in the W&H ranks was clear for all and the other fielders tried to catch the skipper’s eye. The opposition batsmen could not believe their luck and it was a surprise to all that Joshi got out to him.
John and Jack returned to the attack, Jack took a second wicket and Surrey Gymkhana declared on 171 for 5.
After a feast, Salam and Walshy started the chase. Sal looked good, but Walsh holed out for a duck. Adam looked good from the start and when Sal eventually went for 20, Ferrari, with his mind at Silverstone, joined Porters at the crease. Ferrari went cheaply for 1, and Gribbler made his first appearance of the season. Gribbler and Porters took control and, although not the most fluent batting or running, they moved the score on. Gribbler got a good 20, Billy got out for a duck (to Hamza) and the Captain strolled to the crease. Porters finished on 60 not out, Matt on 52 not out and W&H won by 5 wickets.
Hamza had given his place in the W&H team to Salam and, with Surrey Gymkhana only having 10 players, he played against us! He bowled well for the oppo, who had a pretty tidy bowling attack.
The most important event of the day was that we needed to wish a happy birthday to our scorer, Erica. Another milestone for her and she made us a cake to celebrate. Our thanks to Erica as well as to Stephanie and Charlie for another great tea.
Match highlights – the look of horror on his team mates faces’ when Billy got a bowl, Porters and Ferrari ambling singles and Matt’s batting were all contenders. However none could rival Jerry’s hair.