Toppled by Topps
Waverley made the familiar journey to Hawley, with plenty of support in tow. Turning out for the Wave were Adrian Day (Mog), Matt Du Gay (Doogs), Simon Brewer (KV), Sam Vass (Sausage), Sam Tempest (Troy), Chris Beanland (Beanie), Kyle Moxham (Kye), David Stockwell (Stocky), Peter Brewer (Mr B), Laura Brewer (Loz), and Bob Moxham (Sponge).
With a pitch that usually favours the bowlers, the toss was always going to be key. Doogs strode out to the middle with Hawley skipper Mike Tiley (Topps to his Waverley friends), and promptly lost the toss. Topps stuck Waverley in, and Mog and Doogs looked to get things underway. There was excitement from the off, with a run out from the very first ball of the innings. A Litwin delivery flicked off Mog's pad, and after some hesitation the batsmen set off for a risky single, Doogs dismissed without facing a ball. KV joined Mog at the crease, and things went a bit smoother for a little while. The notorious Hawley pitch combined with some tight bowling was causing both batsmen a few problems though, and KV was next out, caught by Hartley in the slips. Sausage was next to join Mog at the crease, but he also departed shortly after, caught at gully after looking to hit Hartley through the off-side. Troy came out to the middle to try to steady the ship, but wickets kept falling as Mog was trapped LBW by a slower one from Hartley (Doogs taking no pleasure whatsoever in raising the one-fingered signal from the umpires spot). Troy followed shortly after, looking to sweep Hayes through the leg side, but being unfortunate to glove one up to the keeper.
At this stage, Waverley were struggling on 47-5. Beanie and Kye looked to set the Wave back on course though, both batting sensibly and playing some nice shots along the way. A valuable 6th wicket partnership steered the visitors past the hundred mark and started to add an air of respectability to the score. When Kye was eventually trapped LBW for a well made 24, Waverley were looking in a good position. Beanie continued to put away anything loose, and soon brought up his maiden fifty, to rapturous applause from the spectators, including Lucy the rabbit. Stocky came and went, and Mr B added a few vital runs near the end of the innings, and after 40 overs Waverley ended with 167 on the board, Beanie unbeaten on 57.
After the always excellent tea, Troy and Beanie were tasked with getting early wickets for the visitors. The Hawley opening pair had other ideas though, and despite Beanie beating the edge a few times, Adams in particular was quick to put anyway any loose deliveries. With Hawley threatening to end things quickly, Doogs shuffled his pack and introduced Mr B and Stocky into the attack. It was the later who struck first, with the last ball of his second over, Beanie taking the catch to dismiss Adams for a well-made 54. Hartley joined Topps at the crease and looked to keep the run rate up, again putting away anything loose from the Waverley bowlers. Kye came into the attack and it was he who struck next, with Stocky holding on to a catch to remove Topps. He was unlucky not to pick up a couple more wickets, with a few half chances dropping into gaps in the field or falling just short. Doogs and Sponge were introduced, to add some pace and swing, plus everything that Doogs can offer. Neither was able to make a breakthrough though, as Hawley continued to pile on the runs. Loz also came into the attack to try her luck, but when Hartley passed his 50, Hawley were within touching distance of victory. The home side wrapped up a comfortable win a few balls later, reaching their total for the loss of just two wickets.
The wAnchor hat went to Mog for running out the skipper on the first ball of the innings. Pink T-Shirt went to Stocky for the world's campest bat smash, to accompany the most ridiculously coloured hair seen by a Waverley team since Raoul last played. Special mention went to Kye for his superb all round performance, but man of the match went to Beanie for his unbeaten half century and excellent opening spell with the ball.