Waverley benefit from a touch of Frost
Doogs' failure to think of a headline opens the door for a terrible pun...
With September getting considerably chillier as it goes, it was a nice change to see an unfamiliar yellow orb in the sky ahead of Waverley’s trip to Hindhead. Basking in the sun for the visitors were James Wright (Mongo), Adrian Day (Mog), Chris Beanland (Beanie), Joe Morse (Endeavour), Simon Brewer (KV), Nick Farr (Griff), Jordan Frost (Katie), Kyle Moxham (Foxy), Matt Du Gay (Doogs), Peter Brewer (Mr B) and Andy Rooke (Rookie).
Doogs lost the conversation and the mighty Wave were invited to field first in this 35-over game. Looking to keep a lid on things in the early stages were Katie and Rookie, both of whom bowled well to restrict the scoring in the opening exchanges. It was Katie who finally made the breakthrough for the visitors, rearranging the stumps with a peach of a delivery. Not to be outdone, Rookie also struck soon after, turning one back through the gate to knock back middle stump. With the opening bowlers both completing their spells, Doogs shuffled his pack and introduced Mr B and Griff. Waverley’s leading wicket taker this season wasted no time in claiming another scalp, the quicker ball resulting in a plum LBW. Another wicket came soon after, Mr B again doing the business to knock back the stumps and pick up his second wicket of the day. At the other end, Griff was bowling well and soon got in amongst the wickets himself. A cunning flighted delivery (read: full toss) to the Hindhead skipper Bertola was hit straight to Foxy at mid-wicket, who did well to hold on to the catch. With the home side 5 wickets down, the visitors continued to restrict the scoring rate well. This resulted in pressure building and Mr B soon claimed another wicket, holding on to a return catch to pick up his 3rd wicket of the match and 40th of the season. Griff continued to bowl well too and was duly rewarded with a second wicket. With 10 overs to go, the home side were on the ropes and the visitors looked to take advantage, as Doogs shuffled his pack again. Foxy came into the attack and continued to keep a lid on the scoring rate, bowling a good line and length which proved difficult to get away. At the other end Doogs brought himself on for a burst of off spin. It was Foxy who struck first, knocking back the stumps to leave the home side 8 down. Doogs also picked up a wicket, pushing one through a bit quicker to also knock back the stumps. At the end of the innings, the home side finished up 122-9, all of the Waverley bowlers having claimed at least one wicket.
After the always excellent tea, the Wave looked to chase down what seemed to be an attainable target. Mongo and Mog looked to kick things off, but Mongo was soon back in the hutch, trapped LBW for 6. Beanie was the new man in, and he and Mog looked to build a platform for the Wave to launch an attack from. However, scoring was difficult due to some tight bowling and Beanie eventually returned without troubling the scorers after nibbling one behind trying to accelerate the scoring. This signalled the start of a trademark Waverley Wobble, as Mog, Endeavour and Griff all fell in double quick time, leaving the visitors struggling on 17-5. KV and Katie looked to stop the rot, and the pair managed to play a few attacking shots to steady the ship and get the run chase back on track. Things settled into a rhythm for the visitors for a while, as both KV and Katie began to find the boundary frequently and pushed the Waverley score towards the required total. Just when it seemed like the partnership would go the distance and see the visitors home, KV’s vital innings was brought to an end. Then followed another mini Waverley wobble, as Foxy and Doogs both came and went without troubling the scorers. Mr B was also in and out quickly, run out attempting to push a much needed second run. This left the visitors 9 down, with 25 runs still needed for victory. Rookie strode to the middle to join his opening bowling partner at the crease, and played a vital role in getting the youngster back on strike whenever possible. Katie claimed the strike for what turned out to be an explosive over, first hitting consecutive boundaries to bring up his 50, before launching a huge straight six to wrap up the win for the Wave.
The post-match awards took on a slightly alternative theme to usual, as Doogs had forgotten to bring the regular awards with him. The ‘replacement awards’ saw Doogs self-award the wAnchor Hat – replaced with a lovely bit of knitwear - for forgetting to bring the regular awards. Mog picked up the pink T-shirt (pink hoody) – a spot of impromptu modelling for some passing Italian school children was enough to claim the award ahead of Beanie’s wasp swatting whilst batting. The man of the match monkey went to Katie for his solid opening spell and match-winning knock with the bat.
The closely contested win was Waverley’s 8th in a row, which brought much elation to the skipper. A contrast to his earlier disapproval as his team mates chanted ‘take it off’ at Daddy Doogs, who was watching from the sideline. Waverley’s self-styled Mr September duly obliged, much to the despair of the captain and the slightly confusing joy of his team mates. Never had a group of cricketers been so pleased to see a man’s nipples…
Match report courtesy of Doogs.