This was another Sunday nail biter. Captain Matt remains in bed, Smithy remains in Philadelphia on business and the troops had to contend with Billy as Captain.
First thing – win the toss and bat – achieved
Opening partnership of above 50 – just missed as Billy was out with W&H on 46.
Then W&H looked like England – not the England of Lords, but that of Cardiff when the middle order all failed. Mind you there were lots of talking points in the bar afterwards – this is local language for disputed LBW decisions! Conor, having opened with Billy got a well played 50 before being out the very next ball and apart from a good knock by JD, no-one else did a lot. Jack got run out when he looked as though he was going to make another decent contribution with the bat.
Once again, tea was a highlight of the day and W&H took the field to defend 178 – not a great total, but it could have been enough.
Things started well. Imran looked hostile and Jack his usual self. Jack removed an opener with the last ball of his first over. Just as he was warming up, Jack hurt his back and had to be replaced. Albert came on, but grumbled a bit at the skipper because he did not like bowling uphill. The skipper gave in – a good idea as Albie finished with excellent figures of 3 for 28 from 12 overs. JD chipped in with 3 for 33 off 8, Conor got 1 for 24 and Imran 1 for 31. Albie bowled the final over – W&H needed one wicket, Brookwood needed 11 runs and got 5 off the first 2 balls. Albie then bowled 4 dot balls and the match finished as an excellent draw. Can’t be bad when all results are on as you enter the last over!
Erica had her work cut out today – a total of 65 extras! Thanks again to Erica and to Stephanie and Charlie for the great tea and to Brookwood for an excellent and enjoyable game of cricket.