For two teams that usually meet much later in the year, blue skies and temperatures of up to 31 degrees were a welcome, if not slightly too warm, change of pace. Whitchurch won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that looked hard and had some cracks in places. An opening partnership of 70+ from Woody (57) and Scooby (28) set the batting in a good stead. However, Regals rallied, with some excellent fielding and catching, as well as their opening quick returning to take his first ever hat-trick. As a result, Whitchurch were restricted to 182 all out from their 35 overs after looking to be on for 200+. Notable innings were had by Tommo, Lyn, and Gabriel who scored his first runs for the club!
After melted cheese sandwiches, and equally liquefied Tunnock’s chocolate bars, Whitchurch took the field. The pressure was on Regals from the outset as Waqar and Francis took a wicket each early on. Despite the best efforts of their number 6 bat who scored 43*, the Regals were never able to steady the ship and lost wickets regularly, eventually being all out for 113. Every bowler bowled well with outstanding figures. The lead wicket taker for today was Tommo with 3. He was ably supported by Nick Hill and Woody who took 2 apiece. There were many highlights from the fielding performance which, despite the heat, was incredibly positive. Nick Hill’s excellent low left handed caught and bowled ranking near the top, as well as Johnathon ‘The Eagle’ Morrell’s run out. However, most importantly, this game offered the opportunity for Whitchurch to see the birth of some Neeson bowling talent, as Gabriel bowled his first over.
Ultimately, whilst very hot and sweaty, it was the perfect day for cricket. Oppo were a lovely bunch of boys as always and stayed for a beer afterwards despite the long drive home.
Thanks as always goes to Jon and Grogie for sorting the pitch, especially as they weren’t playing this week!