Waverley record a second win on the bounce.
Despite several harbingers of doom during the week suggesting that Sunday's game would be a washout, the weather held out long enough for the Mighty Wave to make the trip to Bentworth, where they squared off against Vagabonds CC. With Doogs and Raoul both arriving at the pub before the game in sunglasses despite the overcast conditions, it appeared that at least a couple of the Waverley XI had believed the rain. The Waverley XI in full consisted of Adrian Day (Mog), James Wright (Jim Jam), Sam Greensitt (Viagra), Russ Golding (Raoul), Simon Brewer (KV), Matt Du Gay (Doogs), Chris Beanland (Beanie), Dan Litwin (Tiny Topps), Laura Brewer (Loz), Peter Brewer (Mr B) and Matt Pride (Pridey).
With the vast majority of the Waverley eleven arriving at the ground on time, Doogs lost the toss and the Wave were invited to have a bat in this timed game. Mog and Jim Jam got the innings underway, and both played some glorious shots to contribute to a healthy opening stand of 83. The first wicket fell just before the drinks break, Jim Jam being trapped LBW for 43 (even if he didn't fully agree with Tiny Topps' decision). Viagra was the next man in, but he fell after just three balls, being rather unfortunate to middle a ball straight to mid off. KV joined Mog, but the latter was dismissed soon after, also trapped LBW for a well made 39. The next man in the middle was Raoul, staggering to the crease showing the effects (and scratches) of a heavy night on the town. Fortunately, his batting wasn't suffering the same hangover and he promplty set about dismantling the Vagabonds attack. With KV at the other end supplying a few lusty blows of his own, the pair added 50 for the 4th wicket and took the visiting side's total past the 150 mark. Even when KV was bowled for 22 the scoring rate didn't slow, thanks to Raoul spraying the ball to all parts and keeping Doogs off strike. Golding soon brought up his 50 and the Waverley score passed 200, before Raoul walked past one and was stumped in the last over before the break, eventually departing for 79. Beanie and Doogs saw the remaining 5 balls out without incident, Waverley having set a final total of 216.
Vagabonds knew they'd have to keep up a healthy run rate to stay in with a shout, and did just that for the first few overs. Tiny Topps and Beanie were given the new ball, but the opening pair for the home side were quick to pounce on any wayward deliveries. It was Tiny Topps who made the breakthrough for Waverley, clean bowling Berryman. Despite the wicket, there was no respite for the visiting bowling attack, as the home side continued to play some nice shots and punish any loose bowling. With Beanie struggling for rhythmn, Doogs shuffled his pack and introduced Mr B to take the pace off the ball. However, it was Tiny Topps who bagged his and Waverley's second wicket soon after, clean bowling the Vagabonds skipper. He picked up a third wicket with the final ball of his 10-over spell, in the final over before drinks, Raoul holding on to a catch in the covers. At this point the home side had 100 runs on the board with wickets and overs in hand and still in with a shout of reaching the total. Mr B picked up a wicket soon after though, Beanie holding on to a catch at the second time of asking. When Mr B also removed Lockwood soon after (Jim Jam taking the catch at mid on), it looked as if the Wave had taken the game away from the home side. Doogs shuffled his pack again and introduced Pridey and Loz, and the pair looked to keep a lid on the scoring rate. Pridey went one better and picked up Waverley's sixth wicket, a swinging delivery edged to Viagra in the slip(ped disc) cordon. The run rate picked up again though, with Clay in particular finding the boundary with alarming regularity. Loz was unlucky to not pick up a wicket in her spell, as the home side crept closer to the target. The skipper brought himself into the attack and also changed things at the other end, bringing Raoul on to chance his arm with some leg spin. The changes had the desired effect, as Doogs picked up a wicket in his second over, bowling Clay for 51. The skipper had another wicket in his next over, Jim Jam holding on to another catch at mid on. With less than 20 runs needed for victory, Raoul stepped up to take care of the rest of the wickets, clean bowling Hibbert before turning one enough for KV to stump Davidson and wrap up a win for the Wave in the final over of the game.
The post match awards were distributed in the local public house, and saw Jim Jam pick up the pink T-shirt for moaning about a sore ankle (although a strong mention went to Viagra for asking to field at slip due to a bad back). The man of the match hat went to Raoul for his efforts with both the bat and the ball. The final award was originally going to also make it's way to Jim Jam for another lecture on why he wasn't out LBW. A recent sitting of the Hat Committee found Mr P Brewer guilty of wearing tights, his punishment being to purchase a jug of beer. Having emerged from the bar, Mr B produced a tiny decorative jug filled with barely half a pint of penguin porter and tried to claim that he had made good his debt. He was promptly awarded the wAnchor hat for blatant contempt of court.
I suspect the Hat Committee may have to sit again....