Wonderful Day's game spoilt by determined batting display
Adrian Day's 3-31 is not enough to prevent Horsley & Send from chasing down a competitive 231 posted by the visitors.
Waverley arrived in the hope of ending their losing streak stretching back to the start of the month. In a game of ebb and flow the likely winner remained unclear until the final over but Mo Zeesman knocked off the winning runs with two balls to spare.
The ebb for Waverley started early. Opening batsman Russ Golding was caught in the second over for 3. In a second wicket partnership stand of 52 Waverley appeared to take control of the game with a flurry of boundaries. Marcus Carmichael put on a personal best of 21 before mistiming a pull shot.
On a fine batting track the Waverley batsmen were getting themselves set without pushing on to make a score. Ian Verrinder batted sensibly for 26 before misjudging the bounce and playing over the ball. Captain Simon Brewer looked most likely to excite the crowd, hitting two fours and a six back over the bowler’s head, before he too returned to the pavilion prematurely having been caught in the covers. Only James Wright truely set the game alight in the Waverley innings. An imperious 122 was by far the opening batsman's best performance in a Waverley shirt this season and will hopefully mark an explosive return to form. The indicators were certainly good, Jim showed a his class with some well timed drives and a huge six over the long-on boundary.
Having posted a competitive score of 231-6 declared all that was required was to bowl out a youthful opposition. However, the opening partnership of Micklewright and Brown took apart the Waverley bowling attack with apparent ease and it took until the 22nd over for Waverley to eventually break-up the 146 run partnership - Brown holed out to Jamie Harris at cow corner off the bowling of Bob Moxham.
With the opening partnership broken Waverley began to cut through the batting. Adrian Day bowled a double wicket maiden to dismiss first Carter, who generously chipped the ball back to him, and then clean bowled Black for a golden duck. His hat-trick ball fizzed past the off-stump. Adrian continued his excellent bowling display by striking in the next over with a teasing delivery that found the edge of Goodchild's bat. He could have had a fourth but the ball bouncing out of the captain's hands at mid-on, the third catch dropped in the field by Waverley.
Having endured 24 overs of Horsley & Send enjoying the flow of the game a succession of wickets turned the game on its head. Waverley bowled their way back into the game with the score at 200-4. The return of Jamie Harris to the attack claimed another wicket and when the captain bowled Hook the visitors appeared to be back in control of the game, Horsley having sunk to 202-6 with 4 overs to play.
However, while the wickets fell at one end Micklewright was still batting and passed the hundred mark and a hard hitting finale by Mo Zeesman saw the home team knock off the final 30 runs required.
During the post-match inquiry Russ Golding was awarded the pink T-shirt for allowing the ball to go past him rather than getting behind the ball and a 'trouser malfunction' saw the captain awarded with the Supporter's Egyptian Hieroglyph shirt plus the return of Bagpus Complex with many of the Ladies suffering from the rare psychological condition as a result of witnessing the malfunction.