Fine showing from Waverley
Sartorial elegance matched by on-field performance...
The second game of the weekend's double-header saw Waverley travel to Frensham. Looking to bounce back from defeat to Abinger Hammer were James Wright ("Mongo"), Adrian Day ("Mog"), Russ Golding ("Raoul"), Simon Brewer ("KV"), Matt Pride ("Pride of Waverley"), Kyle Moxham ("Foxy"), Chris Beanland ("Beanie"), Jamie Harris ("DJ Teabag"), Sam Tempest ("Troy"), Peter Brewer ("Mr B") and Adam Carmichael ("AC") This year's fixture was also selected to be Waverley's fifth annual Blazer Day, with each member of the eleven managing to bring a jacket of one kind or another (Teabag's zip-up tracksuit top charitably defined as a "sports coat"). With skipper Matt Du Gay still "in amongst the runs", captaincy duties passed to Mongo.
Mongo wasted no time in winning the toss and inviting the home side to bat in blustery conditions, on a track still a little damp from rain earlier in the day. Grumpy quicks Beanie and Teabag got Waverley off to the best possible start, restricting Frensham to just 23 in the first ten overs of this 40 over game. Teabag grabbed the first two wickets of the day, Bishop caught by Raoul without scoring before Sherman was castled. AC was introduced into the attack for the economical Beanie and recovered from a loose first over to draw Vandervell down the track, KV doing the rest behind the stumps. With Teabag bowled out, Troy burst into the attack with a wicket in his first over courtesy of a catch from Pride of Waverley. When Smith somehow managed to play all round a straight one from AC, the home side were in trouble at 59-5 with just about half of their allotted overs gone. A sixth wicket stand of 58 between Pailing and Taylor steadied the ship (Pride of Waverley bearing the brunt of some more aggressive shot selection), but Troy bagged his second wicket to send Pailing back to the pavilion. Frensham's middle order continued to be a thorn in Waverley's side courtesy of another 58 run partnership for the seventh wicket, including a half-century for Taylor. But it was Foxy who brought down the curtain on this pairing, remaining calm in the face of some big hitting and seeing Raoul take an excellent catch out on the boundary. With only a few overs to go Frensham added a further 21 runs, posting a total of 196-7 at tea.
After the interval Mongo and Mog looked to make inroads into the home side's total; however there was an early setback when Mongo was trapped LBW in the first over with just 2 on the board. The Waverley reply got underway in earnest when Raoul, admitted to the University of Life (via clearing), got to the crease. His quick-fire 27 got Waverley back on track and when he holed out, man-in-form KV strode to the middle. Having scored a ton the previous day he wasted no time in getting stuck into the Frensham attack, rattling past 50 in just fifteen scoring shots. No bowler was spared from the onslaught and the result was a second century in as many days (also being a fourth ton in five games). It also represented another record for KV, who becomes the first Waverley batsman to score four centuries in a single season.
KV was dismissed shortly thereafter on 104 and Waverley seemed well poised on 151-3 with plenty of overs remaining. However, one of the lessons from Saturday's match at Abinger was to never underestimate Waverley's ability to collapse. With the game not yet won a mini-wobble followed as Mog (24), Pride of Waverley and Foxy all departed within the space of three overs. Beanie and Teabag brought a moment of calm to the lower order, Beanie also managing to wound one of Frensham's fielders before he was castled. But with the score on 180, Teabag and Troy stepped up to the plate and the straight-hitting of Teabag guided Waverley home to a three wicket victory.
The Man of the Match Hat was once again a no-brainer, KV earning just reward for another century. Waverley's overall display was such that the award of the *Anchor Hat was not merited. However there was no escaping the Pink T-shirt for Beanie, who made the classic mistake of jumping out of the way of the ball whilst fielding.