Ten go to Putney
Successful rearranged fixture
This report has been written with the full authority of someone who was not there, had trouble deciphering the score book and has only heard self aggrandizing chit chat.
What is fact is this game marked the return of Richie Chibisa
for the season and to make him feel like nothing had changed he took a team of ten on to the field. Putney, to their eternal credit, matched us man for man!
With the rain of the previous twenty four hours the toss would be crucial. Few know who won it but Putney put their pads on and faced the opening attack of Stephens and Khan.
Quincey proved to be too much of a handful for two of the top three who both returned to the pavilion without troubling the scorer. A period of consolidation between opener Wibbs and No. 4 Jarmola was broken by Adnan's successful LBW appeal which, I am advised, could be heard in Putney High Street. Jarmola (60) and Tuffnell (17) then gave the Putney innings greater substance before Will Owen
hit Tuffnell's stumps. Will was to play a further, important , part when he ran out Hogarth (11).
Enter Qadir who matched Adnan's tonsorial splendor when removing Brook first ball. This was, perhaps, an ungrateful act as it was Ben Brook (Putney captain) who invited us (late on) to the capital following Blackheath's crying off. With the exception of Mc Gurk (27) the bowling of McKenzie, Chibisa. Harrison Ward
and Nick Owen
contained and eventually removed the remaining batsmen. Putney 159ao in 32.4 overs.
Many will remember 2017 as a season which started wet and miserable but others (and there are many) will recall the high standard of teas. Putney maintained this standard.
Being a 35 over game Brook needed to score at a little over 4.5 an over and with the captain's selection of Ali Shaw
and Adnan to open it became clear he had to be somewhere else fairly soon. Having said that Adnan's 19 came without a boundary (something for the Bill Frindall's to ponder). Ben Ward
and Qadir Ghulam
, unfortunately, went fairly soon producing a not too comforting scoreboard. Whilst bad things were happening at one end Ali kept going at the other playing a number of expansive strokes and fully occupying the scorer's attention.
's elevation from last week proved to be fully justified until Orr got past his bat for 11. This dismissal brought Harrison Ward
to the wicket and the game changed. Taking a liking to all of Putney's attack he scored 50no off nineteen balls and with Ali Shaw
(77no) banging away at the other end there was no hiding place for the bowlers. After 29.5 overs the total was reached and a satisfying six wicket win achieved.
Well done to Richie for getting everyone into the game, despite it being a damn close call with Nick Owen
After the exertions of the last two weeks the Sunday XI take a well earned rest this week before setting off to Frensham on the Bank Holiday Sunday.