Ebernoe run out as winners...
Waverley beaten despite late flurry of wickets...
A wet and windy Friday night left a lot of players wondering whether or not the game would go ahead. Confirmation from Ebernoe that they were good to go meant that there was an away day for Adrian Day (“Mog”), Marcus Carmichael (“MC”), Simon Brewer (“KV”) , Joe Williams (“Joey”), Andy Du Gay (“Daddy Doogs”), Matt Du Gay (“Doogs”), Matt Pride (“London”), Peter Brewer (“Mr B”), Martin Maheady (“Uncle Doogs”), Laura Brewer (“Loz”) and Rachel Golding (“Rach”).
With 3 of the Waverley XI making their debuts, it was surprising that everyone made it to the ground without getting lost. They were greeted with a heavy shower, which fortunately passed before play began. Doogs lost the conversation for the second match running and Waverley were put in to bat on a slightly soggy surface. The overnight weather meant that getting the ball away was difficult early on, and Mog and MC did well to successfully navigate the first few overs without loss.
Ebernoe eventually struck to remove Mog in the 15th over, bowled for a well-made 21. KV strode to the crease and blocked his first 3 balls. When MC followed Mog a few overs later, Waverley were on 43 runs after around 20 overs, and looking like they might struggle to post a defendable total. Joey was making his Waverley debut and added 7 runs before lobbing one up to mid-off. KV was joined in the middle by Daddy Doogs, and decided to up the run-rate, smashing 30 off one over from Read. After one lusty blow too many, KV eventually returned to the hutch for a hugely important 53. Doogs joined his dad in the middle, and looked to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Daddy Doogs was eventually castled looking to play off the back foot. London joined Doogs in the middle and the pair looked to push as many runs as possible, adding 30 between them before Doogs was bowled by one which didn’t get up. Mr B ran out to the crease (a sign off things to come) with Waverley looking to push past 150 in the final few overs. When London was bowled after adding a valuable 10 runs another Waverley debutant, Uncle Doogs, made his way to the middle. He was promptly run out without facing a ball, Mr B looking for a single which wasn’t quite on. Loz joined her dad in the middle, before also being run out by Mr B an Ebernoe fielder. This brought Waverley’s third debutant to the crease, Rach striding out to the middle without bothering to put on pads (or even cricket trousers). After leaving one outside off, the final ball of the innings was tickled round the corner for what would have been Miss Golding’s first Waverley run. However, Mr B refused the run, leaving Rach stranded on a solid 0*. Waverley reached a final total of 137, thanks largely to KVs half century.
After an excellent tea, Waverley took to the field, looking to keep Ebernoe’s run rate down on a tricky surface. KV and Doogs were given the new cherry, and both bowled economical 5 over spells, but without reward. Mr B and London were introduced, with the change of pace at one end proving a successful formula in the past. However, both Ebernoe openers were striking the ball well, and pounced on anything short or wide, putting the bad ball away to the boundary. Ebernoe were approaching their century without loss, and Doogs again shuffled his pack, introducing Daddy Doogs. He struck in his first over, Joey taking the catch at mid-off to remove Ginbrell for 56. Daddy Doogs had his second wicket a couple of overs later, removing Ebernoe’s other opener West for 43 with an LBW. Mog was into the attack at the other end, and struck in his 3rd over, Daddy Doogs taking a catch at gully. Mog struck again with his very next ball, a waist-high full toss flighted Yorker which was very well taken by Uncle Doogs behind the stumps. Daddy Doogs struck again in the next over, Mr B taking a smart catch at square leg, running backwards down the hill. When Mog grabbed another wicket in the next over, Waverley sensed they were in with a chance of victory, Ebernoe still needing 20 runs and wickets falling all round. Despite a couple of streaky shots, the home side eventually reached their total with 4 overs to spare.
No Pink T-shirt was awarded, partially because it still hadn’t been returned to the skipper, but also because there was a lack of candidates on the day. The W Anchor hat went to Mr B for running out two of his team-mates and then refusing to run a single to Rach, which was definitely on. Unsurprisingly the man of the match hat went to KV for his excellent knock with the bat. Despite the result, there was a much improved fielding performance from the Wave, leaving the help for heroes tin a little light. Much like London’s head after ¾ of a pint of Old Rosie cider after the game….