A confirmed 10 man Whitchurch CC arrived to a home ground that had definitely seen some over night rain. However, thanks to the incredible efforts of Jon and Lissie, the pitch that presented itself, whilst muddy on the surface, had a true bounce and played very well.
Whitchurch confirmed their 11th man, Aaron Xavier, moments before going out to bat first after losing the toss. The main mention goes, unsurprisingly, to Woody who scored a delicious 147 out of the 254 total. He was amply supported by Jon Steward who scored a quick fire 21 at the top of the order, and Waqar who lost many a ball in his pursuit of a unbeaten 36 at the end. As wickets fell around the stand outs, Whitchurch finished on 254 for 9 from 35 overs.
Checkendon's reply was off to a rocky start as their opener was dismissed by Jon Steward who took a beautiful slip catch (deflected off Woody's thigh) in the 2nd over. After this, wickets feel regularly. Waqar with a 3-fer, Frankie taking 2, Ronnie and Anand chipping in 1 a piece. With TWO run outs seeing the oppo finish on 193 for 9 after 35.
Overall, Jon and Lissie's excellent work pulled a game out of the bag, and the team stepped up with some superb fielding including run outs and catches (Anand with 2 grabs). It was an excellent game to have Aaron involved in, who has fielding was top notch! Well played boys, looking forward to a game at away at Widmer End next week!