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Another sunny day @ Whitchurch CC but bl**ding cold in the shade!!
Regals - a team who we have never beaten - won the toss and chose to bat, sportingly opening with younger members of their squad. Excellent bowling from Jonny G(3 fer) Riyas, Francis, Tom and Lynn saw oppo reduced to 60 odd for 5 wickets with good catches from Dave, Sid, Francis and a “first class” slip catch from Scooby. Regals rallied with some big hitting from middle order batsmen Billy and “Inty” and managed to get to a respectable 175-7 off their 35 overs.
Whitchurch got off to a solid start with Jon S and Woody. After Jon and Scooby perished to a low ball and a good catch - the Chapman brothers showed what talent exists in the family. Woody put on another masterclass of “hitting the bad ball” and smashed a superb 112 n.o. ably supported by Tom C with a perfect supporting 34 n.o to see Whitchurch cruise to a comfortable win in 25 overs. A great team performance and shows how far the team has progressed over the summer.
Really good sporting opposition with many staying for a beer and v.keen to play us next year. A great penultimate game where the team again showed what a really good cricket team we are and the fantastic team spirit of the summer just kept on going....... well done team!
A sunny 19 C day presented itself as well as a square full of worm casts an hr before the start which Jon Steward quickly sorted and produced a good wicket which the oppo who elected to bat could not take full advantage of due to great bowling by Francis, Riyas, Tom, Jonny and Lyn supported by 2 quality catches by Lyn on the boundary and Jonny G at extra cover- we bowled the oppo out for 149 in 37 overs. Fun highlight was Tom's collision with Lyn in the field in his quest to get the dirtiest whites!
Whitchurch’s reply was solid - after losing 2 early wickets , an unfortunate run out of Jon and Scooby getting bowled by one that nibbled on him on the drive, Sid and Woody put on a 60+ partnership and when woody holed out for a powerful 39 and Nick Leadbeater came in to see the team home inside the 23rd over with Whitchurch winning by 7 wickets. Sid finished with an elegant 62 .Couple of nice beers at the ground after with the really nice oppo. We were really good in the field today boys - thoroughly professional performanceGrogie
Heavy rain in the week led to a slightly damp wicket that dried as the game went on in the gentle breeze and milky sunshine on this 17 C day
It was one of those days when everything went right for wcc in the field after they won the toss and elected to field. Good bowling by Jonny G , Francis, Riyas, Ronnie, Cormac and Jon lead to a steady clatter of wickets supported by good fielding ( Nick Hill took a great catch on the boundary but then dropped a dolly!). As I said pretty much everything went right and their 2 first teamer batsmen we got out really cheaply and bowled them out for 74
WCC reply was permeated by some antics by Andy M who opened and conspired to fall on this bat when going for a quick second run injuring himself in the process and retiring 😢 hurt. Don’t worry Andy you can open next week!!
After brief cameos from Nick 0 and Jon 1 - woody came out and with some lusty blows executed the coup de grace on the Crowthorne attack which was weak aided by the surviving opener Tom. So an 8 wicket win with plenty of time to spare.
Fun Highlight of the day was Tom pushing the sight screen - feet slipped and he fell flat on his face!!! -nice oppo who had a bad day - previously we have had some close games with them - this definitely wasn’t!
Cheers all enjoy the bank holiday.
A pleasant 20 degree day greeted our ex Whitchurch players the exiles. Whitchurch batted first and a fine 56 by Jimbo Shananigans, Wcc’s opener in his first game of the season got us off to a good start. He was supported by Nick Hill who got 71 and Sid 44 who once Jimbo got out stepped on the gas to get us to 223 from our 35 overs- special mention to oppo bowler Robbie Povey who bowled some of the best leg spin and googlies I’ve ever see in club cricket.
Exiles in their reply lost an early wicket with Mike Scanlon getting a good ball from Frankie. Exiles consolidated with Nick Leadbeater and Neil Houldey but Whitchurch’s middle overs were tight forcing exiles into taking more risks to up the run rate. Sid took a great catch and Nick L went onto get 92 - enter R Povey who’s quick fire 51 meant that the final 2 overs were close - squeaky bum time! However, Exiles fell 10 runs short with Whitchurch retaining the Anna Scanlon cup which was presented to Whitchurch by the exiles captain Robin Cotgreave after the game. We had a great BBQ and drinks after and thanks to Mike Scanlon for providing the food.
We look forward to seeing our friends The Exiles again next season.