A sublime unbeaten century from Will Evans secures victory on the Final day
DAY FIVE: The hot sunny weather returned for the last game of the week at Vine Lane, Uxbridge with the Royal Air Force winning the toss and batting. From the first ball BP seemed to be in a determined mood, anxious to end the week with a success. In the 5th over Diver (4) played on a Dave Morrell delivery 20-1, Wray (20) who had been dropped at 2nd slip off Morrell edged again only this time to be held at 1st slip by Ray Doyle off Barry Stewart 30-2. In the 19th over McGeorge (30) was held thanks to a diving low catch by keeper Alex Pockett from Dave Morrell 79-3. Oliver (12) departed with Duncan MIDGLEY taking the catch in the gully region off Andy Sidgreaves 92-4. Sidgreaves struck again with the score on 140 with Alex Pockett hanging on behind the stumps. He was joined one run later by Cross out lbw first ball to Mick MARTIN. Adcock in at 5 had been accumulating steadily and with his captain Iago and taken the score to 202 before being caught by the diving Richard JACKSON off Ray Doyle for 75 (7x4’s). The tail was then swiftly dispatched with Duncan MIDGLEY taking two well-judged catches off Mick MARTIN, split by a run out throw from Ray Doyle. Duncan MIDGLEY joining the 3 outfield catch club! The final total 213 all out.
Will EVANS opened the batting for BP and carried his bat for an outstanding 138 not out. He scored what must rank as one of the finest innings in the history of Police cricket. He scored 50 in 36 minutes from 29 balls and accelerated before completing his century in 69 minutes from 54 balls. He hit the winning run with a six giving him 138 runs in 92 minutes from 73 balls. There were 23x4’s and 5x6’s a staggering boundary total of 122! Not a chance was offered and he was utterly merciless in exacting full value for his shots which were a full array of quality strokes. He was in remarkable form and was impossible to bowl at. This innings was up there with anything Malcolm Roberts, Graham Shaw or David Fraser-Darling have accumulated, it was that good.
Oh by the way he figured in a stand of 37 for the first wicket before Ray Doyle (6) was caught off a skier, then a partnership of 96 with Mick MARTIN (25) who drove back to be caught and bowled by Iago. Another 64 runs were put on in just 27 minutes with his North Wales partner, Duncan MIDGLEY (25) who faced 13 balls and was caught off McGeorge.