Another Friday evening and another T20! Maybe it was not such a high profile match but just as exciting and just as enjoyable. The U15s played host to Shepperton in the West Surrey Youth Cricket League, U15 West division, with both teams needing a win to boost their season. Shepperton won the toss and decided to bat on a good wicket on the Green. Following out umpire Sheldon Cummings, the youngsters were nervous but up for the game. Captain Cameron Wilson rotated his bowlers well and was firmly in charge right up to the 17th over. A blast of 41 runs in the last 3 overs looked to have ruined his well managed plan as Shepperton moved from 71-7 off 17 to 112-9 off 20 overs. 73 of the total of 112 were scored by 2 batsmen. 18 extras was the next top scorer, leaving just 21 amassed by the other 9 Shepperton players. Oli Vargo was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-13 off 2 overs but he was backed up by 7 other bowlers, including Matt Whitehouse, who took 2-9 off 3.
Weybridge’s reply was packed with incident, no more so than when they found themselves 2 wickets down with 2 runs on the board! Jacob King and James Derham went out under great pressure but they steadied the ship in a cultured 38 run partnership. Jacob fell for a well struck 24 and the game ebbed and flowed as runs were scored but wickets also fell. Weybridge lost their 6th wicket, James Derham for 25, at the beginning of the 12th over, with the score at 71; anybody’s game! Harry Palmer and Matt Whitehouse then forged a partnership that took Weybridge to victory with 4 overs to spare. Harry scoring 41 not out, smashing the ball to all parts, including an audacious attempt at a Dilshan scoop! Matt Whitehouse only registered 2 runs but played an equally important role in the partnership, running excellently and supporting Harry. A great win for Steve Gray’s boys and well supported by many parents.
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The senior sides, on Saturday, had a rough time of it. It just goes to show that winning the toss is not always the best thing to happen. Winning ever toss in the games played, Weybridge may have thought that they would have the upper hand but cricket has a way of biting back, as you will see!
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|Reigate Priory CC||8||6||0||0||6||138||Weybridge CC||8||4||1||1||14||112|
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|Normandy CC||8||3||0||1||14||78||Normandy CC||8||3||0||2||11||77|
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|Weybridge CC||8||4||0||1||12||96||Worcester Park CC||8||3||0||1||16||86|
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|Banstead CC||8||3||0||1||12||72||Sutton CC, Surrey||8||2||0||1||11||55|
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Saturday 4th July: Fixtures:
1st XI v Normandy (H, 11.30am); 2nd XI v Normandy (A, 1.00pm); 3rd XI v Spencer (Ottershaw, 1.00pm); 4th XI v Ashford (A, 1.00pm)
Sunday 5th July: Fixture:
Sunday 1st XI v AB/JM XI (H, 12.30pm)
The 4th XI extended their lead at the top of their division without bowling a ball or hitting a shot. Sutton conceded the game and handed Sheldon’s men 24 points. They travel to Ashford on Saturday next, looking to get back to actually winning on the field after 2 weeks without a fixture.
The 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat at home to league leaders Sunbury. Sunbury bowled well and blew Weybridge off the park, scuttling SJ’s boys for a meagre 132 in 27.5 overs, with 6 batsmen falling caught behind. Joel Pope smashed 59 in 31 balls but it was not the outcome that SJ had in mind at all. With such a small total to chase and virtually all day to do it, Sunbury passed the target just 1 down and strengthened their grip on the top of the league. SJ took the solitary wicket to fall as they boys suffered an ignominious defeat. The team will have to pick themselves up for the visit of Normandy on Saturday and produce the same kind of performance that resulted in a 7 wicket victory over the same opposition in May. The 1s remain in 4th place and must make good use of the 3 home games that they have in July.
The 2s also won the toss but asked Sunbury to bat instead. On a very hot day, Sunbury posted 247 all out in 48.4 overs, after being just 48-4. A big 5th wicket partnership of 130 made all the difference and allowed Sunbury to escape to a decent score. Tristan Caviet took 5-38 in 10.4 overs and was backed up by Nick Kent who took 3-65 in 10. In reply, Weybridge were reduced to 44-5 and were in need of a better partnership than Sunbury put on. Bill Gasson scored 63 and shared in a fair partnership with Adam Dean (29 not out) but it was nowhere near enough and Weybridge were bowled out just shy of 100 runs behind. The boys need to get their passports out for a trip to Normandy next week and they must secure a win to cement their 2nd place in the league. The following week, they host Reigate Priory in the tussle for the top spot!
David Wotherspoon was the 3rd XI captain on Saturday and the 3rd Weybridge Captain to win the toss. Following the 2’s decision, he asked his opposition, lowly Sutton, to bat. 4 hours later and with Sutton 353 for 2, he may have revaluated his decision. It was one of those days that was hot and frustrating in the field. The chances that came were not easy and all the luck seemed to go against Weybridge, This was compounded by the fact that a miniature Amazonian forest was just beyond the lower boundary and it’s tendrils and ivy strewn flooring seeming to swallow up ball after ball. I am sure that David Bellamy would have been in his absolute element in that dark and scary place. The bowlers all toiled hard but there were performances of real note, obviously.
How do you chase down a target of that size in 51 overs? Well, you have to see how it goes but the plan was to secure 5 batting points for scoring 250 and see from there. 31-1 was followed by a 124 run partnership between David Wotherspoon (66) and Henry Lee. Henry Lee fell at 167-3 for a well made 74 and then Toby Ashley-Collins and Daniel Unger put together a 99 run partnership, securing the aforementioned 5 batting points. When Toby (50) and Dunger (63) got out, there was still time and wickets to reach the massive target but this is 3rd team cricket and match winners are not usually found in the lower order. Scott Baker was still blasting away when the last over started with Weybridge needing 21 but a magnificent chase fell 13 runs short. The 3s dropped 3 places in the league as a result but it is still very tight from 2nd to 6th. A win at Ottershaw against Spencer is the next task on the agenda!
The Over 40s continued the recent trend of beating Walton, last week, and brought the score to 6-4 in Weybridge’s favour over recent seasons. Walton were ripped apart by the canny fast bowling of Oliver Slipper, backed up by Anthony’s Rourke, De Silva and van Hoffen. Only some belligerent hitting from their “Over 90” (Devesh Patel) brought them up to respectability. Danny Hall continued his recent form with the bat and even better form of jug avoidance with 48 runs in his first official O40s game. Weybridge won by 5 wickets. Beer time!
The U13s continued their great form with two wins recently. Versus Walton on Thames, Weybridge won the toss and elected to bat. Opening pair of Josh Oram and Joe Jeans got the team off to a good start but both fell with the score on 21, fairly early in the innings. Barney Gray had a good knock and scored 17, but it was the partnership of Ed Whicker and Jordan Mangold putting on 28 and 27 not out respectively that took the score to 139/7 and game on. Walton lost some early wickets from excellent bowling from Joe Jeans (3/7 off three) and Oscar Kirkpatrick (1/13 off two) and pressure was on as both teams were on a similar score after 10 overs. An excellent bowling spell by Jordan (2/12 runs off two overs) brought Walton to an end and they were all out in the 18th over. A really good fun and competitive match and thanks to Martin Whicker for scoring the game.
In the main league on Sunday, versus Chertsey, Peter Cole won the toss and elected to field. Opening bowlers of Joe Jeans (1/4 off 2 overs) and Oscar Kirkpatrick (2/10 off 2 overs) had them under pressure and they lost three wickets in the opening spell. Two excellent direct hit run outs by Joe and Noah Zemmel and tidy bowling by the middle order bowlers that almost all picked up a wicket each had Chertsey all out for 63 in the 12th over and a very gettable score. Peter Cole opened the batting well for his 21 and Charlie Wiltshire not out on 19 won the match for us in the 10th over and a good win to keep us around the top of the league table with three games to play. Thanks to Mark Cole for scoring the game.