Waverley back to winning ways
Just one Cornetto, give it to me...
After losing Sunday's game to the rain, Waverley were greeted by much improved weather for the Bank Holiday fixture at Eversley. Turning out for the visitors were James Wright ("Mongo"), Russ Golding ("Raoul"), David Burke ("DB"), Simon Brewer ("KV"), Ryan Powell ("Rhino"), Nick Farr ("Griff"), Chris Beanland ("Beanie"), Adrian Day ("Mog"), Peter Brewer ("Mr B"), Adam Carmichael ("AC") and Kyle Moxham ("Kye").
Mog lost the toss and Waverley fielded first (standard practice for a warm day). Waverley boast a wealth of grumpy opening bowlers, but there are few grumpier than Rhino and the skipper. Despite accurate bowling from the pair, the Eversley openers soon settled with Thompson in particular stroking the ball all round the ground. Mog decided to change things up and introduced DB into the attack in the quest for a wicket, but it was Rhino who got the breakthrough to remove Thompson with a leading-edge to Mog at mid-off. Rhino was causing the batsmen all sorts of problems by this stage (even finding time for a cheeky ice cream during his over off) and took full advantage of the 20 over drinks break, removing Turner with the first delivery after the stoppage with a simple return catch. He was replaced by Mr B, who took a leaf out of the Stockrates book of bowling by sending down a loosener with his first delivery that was pouched by Raoul in the covers. When DB got well-deserved wicket in the next over with a sharp caught-and-bowled, Eversley were on the ropes at 88-4. DB was also involved in the next wicket, throwing the ball back for Mr B to effect a run-out at the non-striker's end.
AC, on for DB, castled Glaze to leave the home side 114-6. AC and Mr B continued to turn the screw by keeping runs at a premium with each completing an economical ten over spell. Kye was brought on to replace Mr B and continued to advance his credentials as one of Waverley's next-generation bowlers with a tidy spell and a deserved wicket (the Eversley captain, no less!). With Beanie's cameo at the end of the innings only yielding one boundary, the home side declared on 170-7, Waverley having bowled 50 overs. Special mention should also go to Griff for displaying boundless energy in field on his Waverley début.
After tea, Waverley (and in particular, Mongo) went off like a train with 63 runs on the board after just nine overs. However, Raoul was vanquished in the tenth when clipped one to square leg. DB was looking to force the pace but was triggered with his score on nine, followed an over later by Mongo (who had raced into the forties and then jug-evaded attempting the slog-sweep). Nevertheless, Waverley still had plenty of batsmen with KV and Rhino always having the potential to be destructive. By the time KV was also triggered (having bludgeoned his way to 25), the score had advanced to 113-4. The batting efforts of Griff and Beanie were cut short, with the former being castled and the latter edging one through to the keeper. But Rhino still remained and with plenty of overs remaining (and only two an over needed), the result was starting to look a foregone conclusion. But Eversley were determined to go to the bitter end, removing first Rhino (32) and then Mr B in quick succession. With the skipper joined by the vice and 21 runs needed for victory, it was potentially uncomfortable viewing (especially when AC was dropped at first slip). But the skipper took the game by the horns and biffed the necessary boundaries to steer Waverley to a two wicket victory.
Rhino was awarded the Man of the Match Hat for a good all-round performance (wickets with the ball, runs with the bat and a Cornetto in the outfield). Beanie managed a Pink T-shirt and *Anchor Hat double, the former for ducking out of the way of the ball at square leg and the latter for dropping a catch off AC over the boundary for six). The Ladies couldn't think of anything the merited the award of the Supporters' Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-shirt, so Raoul was awarded it by default. A motion to officially rename the award "the Russell Golding Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-shirt" will be tabled at the next AGM...