Waverley crush Thursley
Waverley survive an early wobble to ease to a comfortable victory.
Despite the prophecies of doom from the Met Office earlier in the week, there was not a drop of rain in sight as Waverley's elite arrived to do battle with Thursley. Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, Marcus 'MC' Carmichael, Sam 'Sausage' Vass, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Russ 'Raoul' Golding, Simon 'Chewy' Knox, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Mike 'Topps' Tiley, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Adam 'AC' Carmichael and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth all passed the rigorous selection process.
With the Thursley side described as 'youthful', skipper KV thought it best that the visitors batted first to assess the strength of the opposition. An uncanny feature of every Waverley innings so far this season has been a batting collapse at some stage. Today was the turn of the top order, as Waverley slumped to 17-4 at one stage. Rafa was the first to go to a thin edge behind without scoring. MC followed soon after in one of the stranger dismissals you're likely to see, stumped by the wicket keeper who was stood six yards from the stumps at the time. KV was comprehensively bowled for five and Raoul departed in the same over without scoring. A strong partnership between Sausage and Chewy steadied the ship, Sausage taking a more aggressive role as the score slowly ticked along. Sausage crafted forty four attempting to pull the ball from outside the off-stump, skying a catch to mid-wicket. Chewy had contributed eight runs to their seventy three run partnership, but exploded into life with the dismissal of Sausage ("I'm like an old tractor", he was heard saying at the end of the innings). No bowler was safe as Chewy stroked the ball to all parts of the ground, ably supported by Mog with a quick-fire twenty two and then Topps who added ten before being superbly caught at deep mid-wicket. Waverley saw out their forty overs to post a score of 207, with Knoxy managing an impressive 83 not out.
After a rather excellent tea, Teabag and Mog were tasked with laying into the Thursley batting order. They had no answer to Teabag's pace as he helped himself to three wickets, two clean bowled and a dolly to Topps at short cover. Mog continued his fine form with the ball as he helped himself to two wickets, inducing one batsman to play onto his own stumps and forcing Raoul into action with a diving catch from square leg (although he did his best to drop it). Enter the Herbinator with Thursley on 36-4 and he struck in his first over, Smallbone launching one to Teabag at deep mid-on. Even AC managed to find some rhythm, unlucky not to pick up a wicket early on when Chuckle Brothers Teabag and Topps left the ball for each other in the covers, prompting the two to bicker like a couple of old women for the rest of the innings. AC eventually got his wicket when Mog pouched one at mid-off. When Bertie castled Fuller as he attempted a second successive reverse-sweep, the visitors were only one wicket away from victory (there was even time for a swallow dive from Topps on the mid-wicket boundary as he attempted to cut the ball off). Raoul was given a chance to show what he could do with the ball, as was Topps. Much to Teabag's displeasure it was Topps who rounded off the innings when Mog took another catch at mid-off, thus giving Waveley victory by 106 runs.
In the post-match awards, the Man of the Match Hat deservedly went to Chewy for his efforts with the bat. MC was awarded the Pink T-Shirt, relating to both his absence from the Shalford game and some 'interesting' fielding off AC's bowling. The Supporters' Egyptian Hieroglyph Pink T-Shirt award was given to Mr B for his tendency to "blame the anesthetic" for his ill-judged comments throughout the course of the game (including on Chemistry degrees "it can't be that difficult if women can do it"). Teabag's continued absence from the Clio again means no comments from the aforementioned vehicle; however with Teabag bickering with Topps for most of the second innings and MC earning a long, hard stare from AC following a fielding incident, a passenger swap was proposed after the game to defuse any potential tension between the occupants of the respective vehicles.