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Waverley snatch victory from jaws of defeat
Waverley's third annual Blazer Day at Elsted saw a great deal of participation, from dinner jackets through to a tweed blazer and waistcoat combo. The resplendent eleven was made up of Ian Verrinder ("IV"), James Wright ("Jim Jam"), Andy Minshaw ("the Mincer"), Marcus Carmichael ("MC"), Simon Brewer ("KV"), Russ Golding ("Raoul"), Adrian Day ("Mog"), Simon Knox ("Chewy"), Peter Brewer ("Mr B"), Adam Carmichael ("AC") and Laura Brewer ("Loz").
KV "lost" the toss and Waverley were inserted in this 35 over game. Progress was initially difficult as IV was castled early on. The Mincer, MC and KV also saw their time at the crease limited by some pretty accurate bowling from the home side; however Jim Jam ploughed on regardless with a surprisingly sensible innings and when he passed his 50, he had scored pretty much half of Waverley's runs. Jim Jam departed shortly thereafter to a mis-timed shot and Raoul was joined by Mog, both of whom have been in good form with the bat of late. They continued their good run of form with a vital partnership for the sixth wicket, Mog even managing to overhaul Raoul to the surprise of all before he was dismissed in the final over for a well-made 33. Raoul managed a score of 32* not out and Waverley had the satisfaction of posting a competitive 177-6 at tea.
Elsted allegedly had a weak batting line-up but there was certainly no sign of this as they commenced their response. Opening bowlers Mog and Chewy were able to keep the run rate in check during their opening spell, but it was a tale of successive and frustrating partnerships that kept the score board ticking over. Chewy managed to break the first partnership in the final over of his spell, a mis-timed cut shot being pouched by Jim Jam. A bowling change brought a second wicket shortly thereafter, Mr B benefiting from a stumping by IV. Waverley were still very much in control at this point, further aided by a couple of quick wickets from AC (both catches to Raoul). However, the fifth wicket partnership was a game changer. No bowler was spared as the ball started disappearing to all parts. The home side were now within about 20 runs of victory with only five overs to go. Skipper KV seized the initiative, bringing himself onto bowl and picking up two wickets (including an exceptional catch off his own bowling). Into the final over, Elsted needed 12 runs for victory and possessed the batsman to do it. Specialist death bowler Raoul had been introduced into the attack at this point and he bagged the match-winning wicket for Waverley, a booming drive going straight down Jim Jam's throat at long-off. The loss of that wicket meant the home side had too much to do in the final few deliveries and fell a few runs short.
After the traditional Blazer Day photo there was the small matter of the awards. For his 50 runs the Man of the Match Hat went to Jim Jam, while the Supporter's Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-shirt award went to the Mincer for adopting a position of prayer when fielding. The *Anchor Hat and the Pink T-shirt went to AC, his absence from the Rowledge game being attributed to "a dog that wasn't even his".
This week's final paragraph sees another instalment of Jim Jam's Question of the Week. This week he was overheard posing a real ethical dilemma about organ donation. "If you die of natural causes, do they still take your organs?" An answer from the General Medical Council is awaited with baited breath...