Waverley Doogs the business...
Waverley Reserves no match for Waverley 'Amateurs'...
Another season, another match at The Bourne, another sign welcoming the arrival of 'Waverley Amateurs'. Looking to once again put the home side in their place were Andy Minshaw ("the Mincer"), James Wright ("Mongo"), Russ Golding ("Raoul"), Adam Elstow ("Frankie"), Simon Brewer ("KV"), Marcus Carmichael ("MC"), Simon Knox ("Chewy"), Sam Tempest ("Troy"), Peter Brewer ("Mr B"), Adam Carmichael ("AC") and David Stockwell ("Stockrates"). The Bourne were marshalled by Waverley regular Matt Du Gay ("Doogs") and also featured Trace Norton, Chris Beanland and Andy Rooke, all of whom have feature for Waverley in recent seasons.
AC was successful in his role as designated tosser and elected to field first (standard practice for the hottest day of the year so far). He also opened the bowling with KV, the latter demonstrating no sign of any pre-match ankle problems as he delivered a very tidy six over spell, conceding only eighteen runs in the process and seeing two edges flash through the gully region. From the other end, AC's nagging line and length proved equally difficult to get away and with the pressure mounting, wickets soon followed. Barnett was well caught in the covers by Frankie (making his Waverley début). Stockrates was introduced for KV and his first over saw the fall of the second wicket. Having blocked the ball back towards the bowler the batsmen attempted a suicidal single and Stockrates shattered the stumps at the keeper's end with a direct hit. AC completed his economical eight over spell with two further wickets thanks to catches from Raoul and Troy.
Mr B was introduced for AC and continued to turn the screw on the home side's batsmen. A further bowling change saw Troy replace Stockrates and he struck in his first over, utilising the old trick of banging in a half-tracker that the big-hitting Frost hooked straight down to KV at deep backward square leg. He made it three wickets in three consecutive overs as the two Nortons both holed out to Stockrates at mid-on. By this stage the home side had reached 131 off 29 overs, but the eighth wicket partnership of Morse and Beanland yielded vital runs at the death. By the time Morse was caught by Frankie off the bowling of Chewy, the score had improved to 191 with one over to go. Doogs, striding to the crease at number ten, chanced a run to AC off the second ball of the final over but was thwarted by an unusually accurate throw, enabling KV to whip off the bails at the bowlers end. Beanland flung the willow and saw two edges fly to the short boundary for four, with Rooke dispatching the final ball of the innings for a further boundary to leave Waverley chasing a score of 207 to win.
After an excellent tea the Waverley run chase was commenced by the Mincer and Mongo, with both looking to lay a solid platform for the innings. Unfortunately, both were back in the pavilion within an over of each other as Mongo saw a mis-timed drive well caught by Beanland and the Mincer glanced one down the leg side to the keeper. This brought Frankie to the crease, who got his eye in with his first two deliveries and then crashed the next three to the boundary for four. Frankie continued to deal in boundaries whilst Raoul's innings was gathering momentum at the other end, the partnership eventually being broken when Frankie mis-timed a glance to square leg. Along came KV, who asserted himself as the aggressive partner as the ball continued to disappear to the boundary. Both batsmen looked comfortable as they piled on 85 runs for the third wicket. However, Raoul chose this moment to jug-evade and holed out for 45. MC flung the willow in one of his trademark cameos that helped keep the run rate going at a healthy clip, before he too found himself back in the pavilion. By this stage Waverley were 173-5 but had both overs and wickets in hand. KV had already brought up his second half-century of the weekend and in tandem with Chewy, Waverley were soon at 200. With Doogs bringing himself into the attack as specialist death bowler, KV got the strike and then launched him over mid-off for six to bring the scores level. A single off the first ball of the next over brought Waverley victory by five wickets, with near enough six overs to spare.
KV was awarded the Man of the Match Hat for both his economic opening spell with the ball and important knock with the bat. In a break from tradition, AC awarded himself the *Anchor Hat for somehow throwing the ball over the boundary for four byes during an attempt to stop it (see AC or MC for advice on stopping the ball on the boundary). Meanwhile, Raoul was awarded both the Pink T-shirt and the Supporter's Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-shirt for moving himself out of harm's way when fielding and loudly chastising himself whilst batting. As last year, there was then a special presentation to the defeated captain of the signed Waverley Amateurs poster.
A day that saw a friendly match played in exactly the right manner was nicely rounded off when The Bourne kindly waived their fee for tea, instead donating £20 each to the charities of both clubs. A nice note to end the day on.