Batsmen dominate in Waverley win
Waverley hit an impressive 323-6 against Alfold in 40 overs to secure a convincing 118 run victory
On one of the dampest days of the summer so far, Waverley headed over to Alfold for the first time in a number of years. With several regulars missing from the side, captain Du Gay dipped in to the Waverley Reserves (aka The Bourne) and called-up James Frost, Jordon Frost and Joe Morse. Despite this Waverley could only take to the field with 10 but with Alfold also a man short the teams were evenly balanced.
Having looked at the conditions and decided it wasn’t going to get better any time soon Waverley elected to bat first. J Wright and M Carmichael took to the crease and set about the task of setting a competitive total. The persistent drizzle throughout the day meant the wicket was slow and low and despite some early scares the openers soon adapted and started exploiting the short boundary. The score was moving along at just over 6 an over before Carmichael was bowled by a grubber for 22. James Frost came to the crease and continued the Waverley batting assault with a flurry of boundaries before misjudging a shot and lobbing the ball nicely in to the keepers gloves for 39. J Wright was still at the crease and moving a long at a surprisingly leisurely pace and made his way to 50 shortly after being joined at the crease by Simon Brewer who picked up with Frost had left off and began dismantling the bowling. With his usual delicate style (described by an unnamed source in the pavilion as a munt across the line the almost every ball) Brewer was soon at 50 himself. Including in his scoring was a 5 the shocked Claire who, for a foolish moment, thought Simon had done some running. Claire’s universe returned to normal when she was informed that it had come from him being dropped for the 3rd time of his innings so far allowing him to claim a single before the fielder launched the ball widely for 4 overthrows. J Wright was the next batsman to fall, caught behind off the first ball of N Piper’s spell for 70 meaning Waverley were 205-3 in the 25th over. Ironically this was the same bowler who had got him out the day before when Wrecclesham played Alfold. Joe Morse came to the crease and showed quickly there would be no respite for the Alfold bowlers and found the boundary from the off. His succession of 4’s was interspersed with the occasional 6 as Waverley continued to pile on the runs. S Brewer was the 4th Waverley wicket to fall after he was clean bowled by D Burke for 86. Jordan Frost then strode confidently to the wicket but lasted only 2 balls; drilling a straight drive back towards the bowler who casually caught it one handed. A particularly galling dismissal for him having already seen 11 dropped catches in the field prior to that! Waverley then looked in danger of a collapse with J Harris (hobbling on after standing on a nail the day before) was caught for 1 by K Moxham and J Morse negotiated the final few balls of the innings.
An excellent tea was followed by the Alfold innings. Waverley took to the field in high spirits but Alfold put up a spirit defence against the opening bowling attack of Jordon Frost and Kyle Moxham. The bowling was tight but the odd bad ball that was sent down was quickly pounced on by the batsman who looked to exploit the short boundary and quick outfield just as Waverley had. The breakthrough came in the 8th over though courtesy of Foxy Moxy. Having been dispatched for 4 the ball before by Lorimer Waverley’s regular opener J Harris had a quiet word of advice in the young bowlers ear; Foxy promptly ignored Jamie’s advice and got immediate revenge with a cunning slower ball that clean bowled the unsuspecting batsman. Jordan claimed the second wicket of the game not long after when hard hitting batsman J Harding flashed at a ball just outside the off-stump which flew off the edge like a bullet only for Harris to hold on to with a stunning one handed catch at first slip (ruined by the girly cry of “ow” as he wheeled away in celebration). P Brewer was then introduced to the attack and bagged two wickets in quick succession. R Hawley mistimed a drive and was caught by J Wright and A Smithson fell soon after when his shot failed to clear the towering frame of Jordon Frost at long-on. Alfold looked to reassert themselves on the game and the partnership of Burke and James proved hard to break down for the Waverley bowlers. Burke moved past 50 but was eventually dismissed when he misjudged P Brewers cunning straight ball and trudged back to the pavilion for an impressive 76. With the partnership broken wickets began to fall at a steady pace with A James dismissed for 1 having chipped the ball straight back to bowler Joe Morse and his replacement, I Barnes, opted to leave a ball that bowled his leg stump. Smelling the tail the captain elected to introduce himself to the attack and claimed the last two wickets of the game, Harding holing out to James Frost and N Piper being given out LBW following a very half-hearted appeal by the keeper.
A thumping victory for Waverley but an enjoyable game played in good spirits by both teams. Man of the match was awarded to Joe Morse for his impressive efforts with bat and ball while the pink t-shirt and W-anchor hat were both awarded to Jamie Harris. The t-shirt for his girly cry of pain after his catch and the W-anchor hat in recognition of his having stepped on a nail the day before necessitating a trip to A&E.