A match played in conditions that can only reasonably be described using words that Mr Chairman wouldn’t allow me to use on the club website, so I shall very conservatively instead refer to them as ‘adverse’. It is also noteworthy that such a concept as WCCC 3rd XI has not existed in the best part of a decade, a compliment to the offseason recruitment campaign conducted by Geoff and Ben.
WCCC won the toss and elected to send Abinger in to bat first. The attack was opened by Brian (c) (0-38) and Theo (2-73), with David manning the gloves. Two early wickets were had by Theo, taking the bails of both opener Marcus Robertson for a duck, and skipper Paul Craggs for 8. All appeared to be going swimmingly, until the heavens opened, both literally and metaphorically, upon the Corinthians; as the 3/4 combination of Dylan Edwards (an imperious 132*) and Niel Phillips (63) set in for an inspired partnership of over 100, briefly interrupted by a rain enforced break. Although by the time the covers had been secured, the rain had abated, c’est la vie. Keith (vc) (1-34) managed to depose Phillips, and Geoff (1-23) quickly took the wicket of number 5 Will Hay (2). 6 Ed Bigland (49*) and Edwards continued the torrent of runs, taking Abinger to 281-4 dec. at tea.
Late overs were also had by Olly (0-20), new player Kim (0-43), Arif (0-35), and late fill-in, opposition under-11 Will Craggs (0-5). Highlights from the rest of the 1st innings included Kim falling in a ditch and also managing to get himself tangled in the boundary net, twice… Keith appearing to forget opposition nos. 5 and 6 were left handers and bowling beautifully down the leg side; and aforementioned opposition junior Will going for a paddle to retrieve the ball from the bordering brook, proving himself to have more mettle than the rest of the Corinthians side combined.
After tea, Olly (9) and David (25) began the chase, setting off at a pace befitting the mammoth task ahead, before opposition opener Charlie Robertson broke through, with Olly edging it onto his own stumps. Theo then took to the field, establishing a modest partnership with David, taking WCCC to 46-2, also falling foul of Mr Robertson. Shortly following this David edged it on to slip off the bowling of Josh Burt, this preceded a combination of batsmen who apparently wanted to get to the pub quicker. Ewan (4) and Ed (0) lasted 2 balls each, giving Burt 3 wickets in an over. Kim and Keith both made 6, the latter falling to a miracle catch by Burt.
While Keith struggled to get to grips with the scoreboard, eventually unearthing that 2 is, indeed, between 1 and 3; and Cotter Jr. discovered at the age of 5 months that life as a Corinthian can be tough. Brian (12, off 48…) and Geoff (13) blocked their way to 91-8, their example informing Arif (0* off 22) and Will (1* off 6, seeing off the last over) that the draw was, most definitely, on.
Opposition: Woldingham Cricket Club
Day & date: Sunday, 21 April 2019
Ground: picturesque Surrey ground, lush green outfield with high cut grass (slow outfield)
Weather: Sunny 24 degrees, warm and dry
Pitch: good covering of grass, slow and variable bounce
Our team: decent standard Sunday XI mostly second XI players plus a couple of first team members
Their team: not 11 to begin with but they managed to add a few first XI bowlers to make the numbers
Toss: Wimbledon CCC (elected to bat first)
Started strongly by Woldingham by some lively pace bowling on a wicket that really helped the first XI bowlers. WCCC were soon 1 down in the second over but Dhruva and Sai weathered the storm and batted through the testing conditions to allow the middle and lower order to plunder the bowling. The team ended with 181 from 40 overs with 71 not out for Nasrullah and 28 for Waqas – both knocks laced with some great strokes despite the disciplined bowling from the opposition.
Woldingham started poorly with a wicket in the first over and never really recovered losing wickets at regular intervals. Nasrullah turned in a superb all-round performance by picking up three wickets in addition to his aggressive knock in the first innings. Dhruva, Geoff and Theo all chipped in with useful wickets giving away very little by way of runs. WCCC wrapped up the innings in fading light by bowling Woldingham out for 70 off 30.2 overs – a comprehensive victory!
Highlights: Nasrullah’s allround performance (71* & 3-12), Geoff’s opening spell with 6 overs, 9 for 2 and Dhruva’s quick leg spinners yielding 2 wickets for 6 runsWCCC player of the match: Nasrullah Khan
Champagne moments: Overhead catch in the deep by Arvind
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Nets have now been confirmed for 1pm-3pm on the following dates:
Sat 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd February
Sat 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March
Sat 6th April.
All at Wimbledon College, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4NS
Hope to see you there!
7th July: Vs Park Hill, Cancelled due to world cup final related availability issues for Park Hill.
14th July: Lost to Ottershaw and Hamm Moor by 144 runs. An under strength league XI conceded 267, wickets shared around with Sadam, Ben, Geoff and Sai all grabbing two. The batting failed to fire in reply with Ben top scoring with 27 in our measly 123 all out.
21st July: lost to Spelthorne Sports CC by 125 runs. Very much a case of deja vu despite a significantly stronger 1st XI, Spelthorne's 243 for 8 included an 87 from Chris Ward with Kunal grabbing 3 wickets and Rakesh and Ben 2 each. Chris H marked his return with yet another 50, carrying his bat for 57* as only 2 other batsmen managed double figures.
28th July: Lost a close fought game to London Gymkhana by 2 wickets. Batting first Corinthians Lost regular wickets in their total of 188 all out, and took regular wickets as Gymkhana snuck home by 2 wickets.
21st July: Lost to old rivals Epsom Methodists by 104 runs. Old foes Mark Johnson 92* and Matt Yelland 57 got the Methodists to 233-5 off their 40 overs. Wickets shared around with Theo, Steve, KP, Santosh and youngster Shreyas with one apiece. A reasonable start in reply (40-1) turned ugly as the 2nds lost 7 for 31 dropped us to (71-8) Santosh was the only real bright spark with a club best 35 not out.
28th July: Lost to St James CC for the second time this year. A poor batting performance saw us skittled for 76 and meant we were never really in the game. Congratulations to Prakhar though to grab his first hattrick which made it a least a little bit interesting as SJCC coasted to a 5 wicket win.
8th July: Sunday XI (143-5) beat Battersea Ironsides CC (142-9) by 5 wickets, an all round bowling and fielding performance saw 10 bowlers used with wickets for Sunny (2), Santosh, Druva, Ivan and Lalit, Sunny also contributing 2 run outs to the cause.
Omkar Joshi was in the runs again with 72 not out and only a late hattrick from youngster Sam Freestone threatened to derail proceedings.
Just a quick note to keep everyone up to date with the results since our last update:
16th June: Beat Wimbledon Village convincingly by 7 wickets, bowling first they cleaned up Village for a reasonable 193 in 39 overs, Priest grabbing three wickets in the process. This was comfortably chased down thanks to a superb 91 not out from the reliable Chris H who grabbed his 5th half century of the season.
23rd June: Lost to Clapham Old Xaverian - Failing to chase 270 and losing by 76 runs (the less said about this the better).
30th June: Beat RPFP's by 99 runs with a hybrid 1sts/2nds operation. WCCC's total of 315 was driven by 112 from Rezwan and 48 from Sunny, after a brisk 34 from Gopa at the top of the order. Wickets fell at regular intervals and were shared between most of the bowlers with Prakhar's standout 8-0-64-3 being indicative of what was a lightning fast outfield and a short boundary.
16th June: Tied with Chipstead, both teams making 143 from their 35 overs. David C's 63 was the backbone of the Corinthians effort. With 48* from Chipstead skipper Mark Bradley almost seeing them home. Wickets again shared around.
23rd June: Lost to Battersea Badgers by 84 runs after conceding 237-7 in 40 overs Prakhar agian in the wickets with 8-1-38-3. Corinthians runs came from KP 29, Sai 23, Waqas a lusty 33 and Steve an assured 34 not out.
1st July: Thrashed Woldingham by 9 wickets by skittleing the home team for 110, Theo burgled 4-11 off 5 overs. Omkar Joshi leading the chase with 55 not out before he retired, Corinthians running out 9 wicket winners.
Adios for now!