Back in Blackheath
Much improved batting performance sees visitors dominate in a draw.
On this sunny Sunday, the Mighty Wave travelled to what is usually a very good track at Blackheath, looking to bounce back from a few recent wobbles with the bat. Turning out for the visitors were James Wright (Jim Jam), Adrian Day (Mog), Chris Beanland (Beanie), Marcus Carmichael (MC), Simon Brewer (KV), Russ Golding (Raoul), Andy Du Gay (Daddy Doogs), Jamie Harris (Teabag), Peter Brewer (Mr B), Will Knox (Ewok) and Matt Du Gay (Doogs).
Having returned from a trip to America that morning, Doogs broke the recent streak of Waverley skippers being defeated in the toss, and elected to bat first. The visitors got off to a good start, boundaries from Jim Jam keeping the rate ticking along nicely in the early goings. Mog soon got in on the act too, smiting a couple of glorious drives to the rope, and after 10 overs the Wave were looking in a healthy position, with 65 on the board and no wickets lost. The home side picked up a wicket soon after though, Mog chipping one back to the bowler. Beanie joined Jim Jam in the middle, who was finding the boundary with constant ease, and soon passed his 50. When Beanie was bowled by a beauty from Freeth, the visitors were still pushing along at more than 6 an over. MC came and went for 4, tempted down the track by additional flight on the ball and Jim Jam was joined in the middle by KV. Despite some tighter bowling from the home team, Jim Jam soon passed the hundred mark, even with Raoul teasing him with by adding and removing runs on the clearly visible scoreboard. When Jim was eventually bowled for an excellent 107, the Wave were in a strong position and had plenty of batting to come. KV was finding the boundary with regularity, and Raoul joined him at the crease and also smote a few boundaries before being caught behind for 17. Daddy Doogs was the next man in, with the Wave eyeing up a score of 250 coming up to the interval. KV bludgeoned some more runs to pass his 50, and Daddy Doogs added a few to end on 18* and leave the Wave with a first innings total of 259.
After an exorbitant tea, the home side looked to chase down what looked to be a good total. Starting the defence for the Wave were Teabag and Will. Despite a few half chances and beating the bat on a number of occasions, neither could the breakthrough and the opening pair from Blackheath were starting to tick along quite well. Doogs looked to change things up and came into the attack to take the pace off the ball. This seemed to hinder the batsman somewhat, and Mr B was also introduced at the other end. It was Doogs who made the breakthrough, a rank long hop allowing Teabag to take the catch at long on. Mr B soon got in on the act too, first hitting the top of off to remove the other opener, before following it up by knocking back middle stump to see off Stanley. The home side knew they were up against it and needed to try and accelerate the run rate. Mr B picked up another wicket, completing the set by hitting leg stump this time, to remove Cozens. Doogs shuffled his pack again and brought on Raoul to try some leg spin and Daddy Doogs to tweak a few. It was Daddy Doogs who struck first, Teabag again holding on to a catch. Raoul got in on the act soon after, tempting Offer into a shot which allowed Daddy Doogs to take an excellent tumbling catch running in from fine leg. With the home side needing a miracle to get the required total, the only question that remained was whether or not the Wave could pick up the remaining wickets to claim a win. Raoul soon struck to take another, holding on to a return catch to see off O Raderecht, but the visiting team couldn't find the breakthrough to pick up the final wickets.
The post match awards saw Will claim the pink T-shirt for fumbling a ball behind the boundary when the Wave were batting, fluffing his throw back to the fielder, claiming that the stop had hurt his hand, and then swearing in front of his mother. Beanie saw the wAnchor hat come his way for a string of offences; excessive tindering, moaning about having to field, and wearing Teabag's shorts (he works for Bournemouth, by the way). The man of the match hat saw nods to go Pete and Si for their performances with ball and bat respectively, but the clear winner was Jim Jam for his hugely impressive ton.
Congratulations also to MC, who announced to the team on Sunday his engagement to girlfriend Emily!