Five in a row for Waverley
Waverley down Seven Sports for their fifth win on the bounce...
Fresh off the back of victory against Elstead last time out, Waverley were looking for their 5th win in a row as they travelled to Chertsey to take on Seven Sports CC. Leading the hunt for the Wave were James Wright (Jim Jam), Adrian Day (Mog), Chris Beanland (Beanie), Jordan Frost (Katie), Simon Brewer (KV), Andy Du Gay (Daddy Doogs), Kyle Moxham (Foxy), Peter Brewer (Mr B), Sam Tempest (Troy), Laura Brewer (Loz) and Matt Du Gay (Doogs).
Having seen KV devour a gargantuan mixed grill before the game, Doogs was understandably a little put off when it came to the toss. As a result, the home side were victorious in the discussion and the Wave were asked to bat first. It looked to be a good toss to lose when the visitors scored 17 off the first over, Jim Jam making sure to put away the bad balls. The first 4 overs passed without incident as the opening pair looked to build a platform in the early stages. Mog fell in the fifth over though, just getting a little nibble on one through to the keeper. Jim Jam was joined in the middle by newly reinvented batsman Beanie, and the pair looked to keep the score ticking over by putting away any loose deliveries. The visitors reached 100 without any further incident, Jim Jam also cruising past his 50 in that time. He looked to play one big shot too many though and was eventually bowled for 68. Beanie was joined in the middle by Katie, who looked to pick up where Jim Jam left off, keeping the score moving along at a healthy clip. Beanie was the next man to fall, holing out for 34. KV joined Katie in the middle and wasted no time in setting about upping the scoring rate, smiting his first delivery for 4. A few more lusty blows saw KV to 22, before he chanced his arm once too often and was caught in the deep. Daddy Doogs was the next man in the middle, but he was only able to add 3 before returning to the hutch. At the other end, Katie was playing some glorious shots and was keeping the scoring rate up at 6 an over. He was joined in the middle by Foxy for the last few overs, which saw The Wave pass the 200 mark and Katie bring up his half century. Foxy also got in on the act and smoked a 4 through the covers in the last over. At the end of the Waverley innings, the visitors were 215-5, Foxy unbeaten on 8 and Katie 55 not out.
After a fantastic tea, Doogs and Troy were tasked with keeping a lid on the Seven Sports innings. The home side needed a shade above 6 an over to keep up with the scoring rate, and some big shots in the early stages meant that after 6 overs they were 36-0 and right up with the run rate. However, in the 7th over the visitors struck, Doogs bowling D Johnson via an inside edge. Not to be outdone, Troy bagged 2 wickets in the very next over, first taking a return catch to remove James, and then jagging one back a mile to clean bowl Childs with his very next ball. Troy repeated the trick in his next over, sending down a double wicket maiden to see off P Johnson LBW and then bowling M Hill. At the other end, Doogs brought Mr B into the attack and he also got in amongst the wickets, first bowling L Hill and then inducing a stumping in his next over, KV taking care of the business with the gloved. Troy was into his last over and needed one more wicket to pick up a five wicket haul. He obliged with his 3rd ball of the over, bowling Tero to pick up his second 5fer for the Wave. Mr B picked up a 3rd wicket, taking a sharp one handed return catch. At this stage Seven Sports were on the ropes at 47-9. More bowling changes saw Loz and Foxy brought into the attack to try and dislodge the stubborn final partnership which had added 34 to the home side's total for the last wicket. Foxy duly obliged in his 3rd over, KV taking a catch behind the stumps off a looping top edge, to wrap up a resounding victory for the Wave. The home side all out for 80 in the 21st over.
The post match awards saw Mog claim the wAnchor hat for stepping over a ball in the field, and then choosing to delegate the running to Loz on the next ball, despite being a lot closer to it. Jim Jam picked up the pink T-Shirt for flinching and turning away from a ball which was thrown gently to him in the field. The man of the match hat saw nods to Katie and Jim Jam for fine performances with the bat, but was awarded to Troy for his devastating 7 over opening spell, ending with figures of 5-20.
Thanks to Doogs for the match report.