Boys put Eversley to the sword
Raoul and Godders steer Waverley to victory...
Another day, another weather forecast defied as Waverley rocked up to Eversley for the Bank Holiday Monday fixture. Waverley’s eleven good men were Nick Hales (“the Greek”), James Wright (“Jim Jam”), Russ Golding (“Raoul”), Simon Brewer (“KV”), Ollie Godden (“Godders”), Adrian Day (“Mog”), Peter Brewer (“Mr B”), Martin Harris (“Old Man Harris”), David Stockwell (“Stockrates”), Adam Carmichael (“AC”) and Neil Carmichael (“Hoagy”, stepping in at the eleventh hour following a last-minute withdrawal).
Waverley took to the field and grumpy quicks Mog and Jim Jam looked to make early inroads; however their efforts were thwarted by the Eversley openers. Jim Jam was replaced by Old Man Harris, who soon broke the opening stand when AC pouched a high catch (causing several in the team to lose their houses). Despite this, Eversley’s position looked fairly healthy with 110 on the board after 25 overs. Old Man Harris soon bagged a second wicket with a catch snaffled by the Greek and Mr B, on for Mog, got his name in the book with a catch from Raoul at point. AC was introduced into the attack and turned the screw, bowling an economical spell and picking up three wickets for himself (all good catches, one to Raoul and two to Mog). Stockrates has requested that all record of his three over spell be removed from the match report, the poor unfortunate drawing the short straw and having to contend with the short boundary. Raoul faired a little better and picked up his best return for Waverley: a catch to Jim Jam, a stumping from KV and a shattering of the stumps bringing him three wickets and ensuring the home side declared on a competitive, but gettable 204-9.
After a superb and reasonably priced tea the Waverley chase was commenced by the Greek and Jim Jam; however both fell early to catches. Raoul and KV then put together a 70-odd run partnership for the third wicket to steady the ship, both batsmen playing some expansive strokes before KV was also sent back to the pavilion with a very good catch. Raoul was looking set for his second Waverley 50 but decided to jug-evade while on 49 when he also holed out. With about 100 runs to get, debutant Godders and Mog had about 20 overs to do the business. Not much was known about young Godders, other than that he was a team mate of Raoul’s at Farnham and “he bats a bit”. What Godders produced was a batting master class, a mix of text book shots and big hitting. He raced past 50, with Mog acting as the submissive partner as the victory target drew ever nearer. With only thirteen runs required Mog cast of the shackles and cut loose, smashing four fours in five deliveries to see Waverley home to victory.
The Man of the Match Hat went to Godders for his match-winning score of 74* not out. Raoul was awarded both the *Anchor Hat (for getting himself out on 49) and the Supporter’s Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-shirt award (for “moon walking” to one of his catches and emitting a squeal when falling over Chip’s dog bed). The Pink T-shirt went to Jim Jam, for complaining that he hurt after bowling the first ball of his spell.
This week’s final paragraph sees the return of Jim Jam’s Question of the Week, which also has a life lesson: don’t ask silly questions. The question seems mundane enough: “which pub are you in?”. The reason it was a silly question? The men of Waverley only frequent one pub at Eversley and have done since the dawn of time. Jim Jam was, therefore, promptly dispatched to a completely different pub to the general amusement of all...