Waverley look good in Hind-sight
Mongo and Chewy guide visitors to win.
Despite some heavy rain the day before, there were some blue skies on Sunday, for Waverley's visit to Hindhead. Turning out for the Mighty Wave were James Wright (Mongo), Adrian Day (Mog), Simon Knox (Chewy), Gary Thorogood (Gaz), Elliot Thorogood (Els), Andy Du Gay (Daddy Doogs), Matt Du Gay (Doogs), Sam Tempest (Troy), Will Knox (Ewok), Peter Brewer (Mr B) and Adam Carmichael (AC).
Having unsurprisingly lost the toss, Waverley were asked to bowl first in this 40 over game. Els and Troy were given the new ball, and Els struck in his very first over, Gaz holding onto a catch at point. Having got off to the best possible start, the Wave picked up another wicket soon after, when Gaz pouched another chance at point, this time off the bowling of Troy. Ewok was introduced into the attack for Els (who went off complaining about 'being done' - possibly the result of a heavy night the previous evening). However, Hindhead's number 3 Hamilton was knocking the ball round well, punishing anything which was short or wide. At the other end, Mr B removed Stokes with a straight one which hit the pads. Doogs shuffled his pack again, and introduced AC. He picked up 3 wickets in a fantastic spell, including the prize wicket of Hamilton, eventually stumped by Mongo for a well made 73. There was a flurry of late wickets for the Wave, including a couple of run outs, and one for skipper - bowling a youngster, his speciality this season. Some good fielding and tight bowling had restricted the home side to 160 in their 40 overs.
After an excellent tea, Mongo and Mog were tasked with opening the batting for the Wave. A fairly innocuous first few overs passed, with just one notable drop - 2 fielders both opting to leave the ball for each other, Mongo being the beneficiary. The home side picked up a wicket when Mog feathered through to the keeper, but that was as good as it got for them. Chewy joined Mongo at the crease, and the pair looked to make short work of the run chase. Mongo was especially aggresive, finding the boundary with regularity and ease, soon bringing up his 50. Hindhead rotated their bowling and did field well, but Mongo was in the mood and was charging towards another ton. He soon reached the milestone, with the Wave needing just 2 more runs to win. The only question left was would Chewy pick up his half century? However, he fell just short, electing to push the ball for a single rather than smite it to the boundary, ending up on 48 not out, alongside Mongo's unbeaten 102.
The post match awards saw Mr B pick up the wAnchor hat for dropping 3 catches off his own bowling (adding insult to injury). Further insult to injury was added when he was also awarded the pink t-shirt, for confessing that he didn't dive to stop a ball in the field as he thought it might hurt. The man of the match award saw a nod to AC for a terrific bowling spell, but there was only one winner - Mongo's unbeaten ton enough to pick up the award.