The Season Starts at Shalford
Waverley off to a brrrrr-illiant start...
Despite the bitterly cold temperature, grey skies and abundance of layers of clothing on display, Waverley's cricket season began on Sunday at Shalford. Turning out for the Wave in their season opener were James Wright (Mongo), Adrian Day (Mog), Chris Beanland (Beanie), Simon Brewer (KV), Andy Du Gay (Daddy Doogs), Will Knox (Will, son of Knox), Sam Tempest (Troy), Matt Du Gay (Doogs), Peter Brewer (Mr B), Laura Brewer (Loz) and David Stockwell (Stocky).
Having lost the toss, the mighty Wave were invited to bat first and Mongo and Mog were tasked with getting proceedings underway. Mongo hit a couple of nice shots early on, but Mog was unfortunate to get a ball which actually bounced and carried on an April track, and feathered one through to the keeper. This brought Beanie to the crease, and he and Mongo looked to keep things ticking over, which they did for a few overs. Beanie was the next man to fall, bringing KV to the crease. He and Mongo looked to keep the run rate up at a healthy clip, which they did - finding the boundary frequently. When Mongo was bowled for 39 mowing across the line looking to angle the ball into the leg side, the Wave were in a good position. Sauntering in at 5 was Daddy Doogs, but a controversial LBW decision* saw him seen off after just 2 balls. Will joined KV in the middle and played some nice shots to keep the Waverley run rate moving along well. KV had been bludgeoning the ball to all parts, and soon reached his half century. However, he was trapped in front shortly after. This brought Troy to the middle, tanned and refreshed off the back of a Kenyan Safari trip. He obviously preferred the warm weather though, as he was back in the hutch shortly after. Doogs joined Will in the middle, with the Waverley innings at risk of fizzling out a little bit. Will was eventually dismissed for a well made 18. This brought on a flurry of wickets, as Mr B came and went having let one slip through the gate, before Loz was run out after some confusion with Doogs, both players admitting they were to blame. Stocky strode out to the middle with confidence, and he and Doogs looked to use up the last few overs of the Waverley innings. However, one loose delivery was a little too tempting for Stocky and he was caught in the leg side having not quite got hold of his shot. The mighty Wave ending on 161 all out.
After an excellent tea, Troy and Doogs looked to make early inroads. It didn't take too long for Troy to strike, Mr B expertly snaffling a chance at gulley to claim the first wicket of the season. He had another soon after, Doogs holding on to a catch at mid on. It was soon 3 for Troy and Waverley, this time trapping the batsman LBW in front of the stumps. Doogs got in on the act himself shortly thereafter, a ball breaching the batsman's defenses to clip the stumps. He added a second wicket soon after that, finally getting one straight and full to bowl another opponent. Troy picked up another wicket with the final ball of his spell; KV doing the business holding on to the catch behind the stumps, and with the openers bowled out the visitors looked to be in a commanding position. There was still work to be done though, and Will and Mr B were introduced into the attack. It was Will who picked up the next wicket, clean bowling another Shalford batsman. He had another soon after, Doogs holding on to another catch at mid on. Mr B was bowling well without reward, but kept the run rate down and ensured that pressure was building on the home side. The pressure soon told when Will knocked back the stumps again to pick up his 3rd wicket and Waverley's 9th. Daddy Doogs and Stocky were brought on to try and clean up the Shalford tail and it was Stocky who duly obliged, clipping the stumps to wrap up a comfortable win for the Wave.
The awards saw the pink T-Shirt got to Beanie, for moaning about the cold weather (although he did have a point). Daddy Doogs picked up the wAnchor hat for refusing to leave the crease when given out, then continuing to protest his innocence about the LBW decision in the changing rooms**. Man of the match saw a few nods, with notable performances with the bat from Mongo and KV, as well a good bowling display from Troy, but for a solid batting performance and good bowling spell the award went to Will, son of Knox.
The only other talking point was whether the bigger strop of the day was thrown by ECB (a toddler) who declared she had no mummy, daddy, auntie, grandma or grandad; or Daddy Doogs (a grown man of 50+ years) who at the time of writing has still not forgiven the umpire, or removed the padlock from the fridge...
*He was plum.
** Really, really plum.