Waverley overpower Medstead
Mog takes care of the runs, Chewy and Mr B take care of the business...
With spring finally in danger of having sprung, Waverley rolled into Medstead on a high from back to back victories in their first two games. Tasked with keeping up the momentum were Adrian Day ("Mog"), James Wright ("Jim Jam"), Russ Golding ("Terry"), Simon Knox ("Chewy"), Jamie Harris ("DJ Teabag"), Tristan Brown ("Trist"), David Stockwell ("Stockrates"), Matt Du Gay ("Doogs"), Peter Brewer ("Mr B"), Adam Carmichael ("AC") and Will Knox ("Will, son of Knox").
A time game, Waverley batted first with Mog and Jim Jam looking to make the early running on a slow pitch. After a couple of lusty blows Jim was soon back in the hutch courtesy of a catch at deep midwicket, to be joined soon after by Terry. Mog and Chewy then looked to be building a bit of a partnership, but again this potential was left unfulfilled when Chewy was somehow bowled thanks to some particularly vicious backspin following an innocuous forward defensive shot. There was then a procession as Teabag, Trist and Stockrates all departed in reasonably short order with only one run to show between them: Teabag castled, Trist run out and Stockrates bowled by "the ball of the century" (not that anyone believed him). Waverley were struggling along on about 60-odd for six at this point, but hope still remained as long as Mog was at the crease. He secured his second half-century in as many innings and ably assisted by Doogs, Waverley marched past 100. Doogs finally holed out for a well-made 20 runs but by this stage Waverley had amassed a defendable total. Thanks to the skipper carrying his bat for 80* not out, Waverley declared on 156-7 at tea.
156 looked to be inadequate after five overs as Rawlings and Devonshire thrashed the opening bowlers to all parts, pouncing on anything too short or too full from both Doogs and Chewy. The visitors needed a breakthrough and Chewy's perseverance finally paid off when he trapped Devonshire LBW. He followed this with a second wicket in as many deliveries; however Rawlings remained at the crease. Mog decided the pace needed to come off the ball and Mr B was introduced for Doogs. After some early tap, Mr B finally dismissed the danger man with AC pouching a high catch at deep mid-on. That wicket proved to be the end of the Medstead threat as Mr B and Chewy proceeded to tuck into the youthful middle order, both bowlers picking up four wickets each. Will, son of Knox replaced Chewy and bowled a very tidy spell, being desperately unlucky not to see one of the three aerial chances he generated stick in a fielder's hand. AC replaced Mr B at the other end and promptly wrapped up the victory with an LBW and a simple catch to Terry at mid-on, Waverley winning by 53 runs. Special mention should go to Jim Jam at this point for managing to keep wicket whilst wearing pads far too small for him.
Having retired to the public house afterwards it was time for some awards. Stockrates was presented with the *Anchor Hat for constantly insisting that he was bowled by a kind of "ball of the century" (when it turned out to be a standard leg break he made a complete mess of). The Supporter's Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-shirt Award went to Teabag for some entertaining fielding, whilst AC won the Pink T-shirt for wearing a waistcoat (philistines...) and being somewhat reluctant to jump into a cold shower. AC awarded Mog the Man of the Match Hat for his 80 runs, although mentions went to Chewy and Mr B for their four wickets each.
This week's final paragraph sees the introduction of the World According to Teabag, documenting his grumpy rants on a whole manner of topics. Today's subject was rugby, which Teabag lambasted as being "stupid", "pointless" and "not even played with a correctly-shaped ball". However, for a man that hates rugby so much he seemed to know an awful lot about it...