Wow a match without fisticuffs! A beautiful sunny 25 degree day and a very hard and quick wicket greeted the teams. It took a nano-second for WCC skipper to decide to bat when he won the toss. It was a bit of a slow start but when a half volley presented itself Scooby let rip and was caught in the covers one handed - great catch and very unlucky Scooby. The innings progressed and the scoring rate increased and a great knock of 94 by Nick Hill acted as the backbone of the innings supported by aggressive cameos by Francis and Callum who was playing his first game for the club. Whitchurch ended at 239 -9 off 35 overs.
The Farley Hill response was aggressive from the start and the game looked as if it was slipping away but a great catch from Lyn on the boundary quietened, their aggressive intent and the game turned once again Whitchurch's way. They slowly rebuilt and whilst a few wickets fell they had the chance to rebuild between dismissals. Farley Hill needed 10 from the last 2 overs and 6 from the last over - squeaky bum time but their skipper Ali saw them home with 3 balls to spare.
What a finish - we've had several close finishes this year and like with the others this really could have been a win, lose or tie - a great game. All the bowlers bowled well, and it was the regular attack this week, but a really good wicket ( thanks to Jon) and a good batting side meant we could not maintain our squeeze on the reply. Couple of special mentions -Callum playing his first game for WCC batted bowled and fielded great - Anand did a great job keeping wicket- and it was great to see the Chairman Mike Butt watching for a few hours. Well done all - on the homeward stretch 4 games left - Next week Checkendon Away - a lovely ground.