Another day, another washout
Second match running succumbs to the weather...
Waverley's fourth annual Blazer Day was adversely affected by impending bad weather, but there was still a respectable effort and therefore a resplendent air to the proceedings. With the bad weather slated to arrive sometime in the mid-afternoon, the skippers agreed to a 20-20 match in an effort to at least try and get a meaningful match in. Waverley's select sloggers were James Wright ("Mongo"), Adrian Day ("Mog"), Russ Golding ("Raoul"), Chris Beanland ("Beanie"), Matt Du Gay ("Doogs"), Dominic Lloyd ("Lloydie"), Adam Carmichael ("AC"), Sam Tempest ("Troy"), Simon Knox ("Chewy"), Will Knox ("Will, son of Knox") and Stacey Knox ("Stacey, daughter of Knox").
With Mog winning the conversation, Waverley fielded first with Doogs and débutante Lloydie taking the new ball. They didn't have to wait long to make the breakthrough with Lloydie striking in his first over, a cover drive smeared straight into Chewy's maw. He followed this up in the next over by rearranging A Wadey's stumps. When Doogs bagged a wicket in the last of his permitted four overs, a simple catch to AC at mid-off, Waverley had restricted the home side to 36-3 from their first eight overs. The visitors continued to turn the screw and the introduction of Troy for Lloydie yielded another wicket. AC and Beanie proved that calling in the field really is completely unnecessary, the former's call for a high catch being completely ignored by the latter. Yet somehow, despite a slapstick collision in the outfield, Beanie held onto the catch. Not to be outdone, Chewy then castled J Wadey and S White in successive overs. AC, on for Troy, maintained the pressure and was rewarded with a wicket (Mongo taking the catch). There was a cameo with the ball from both Will, son of Knox and Stacey, daughter of Knox. Stacey in particular did well considering the promised rain set in as she bowled the last of the 20 overs. M Hale's score of 52* saw the home side post a score of 108-7 at the end of the innings, Waverley doing well to restrict the scoring rate to marginally less than a run a ball.
The teams turned straight around, with Mongo and Mog going out to bat for the visitors. However, by this stage the rain had become persistent. Mog was bowled in the third over but when Mongo's bat slipped out of his hand and launched itself in the direction of cow corner, the time came to bring the curtain down. Play was therefore abandoned after five overs of the Waverley innings, the visitors poised on 31-1.