Beaten by the narrowest of margins
Waverley suffer final ball defeat, but the future looks bright.
Last season the home side decimated the Waverley batting line-up as they secured a relatively comfortable victory. Looking to make amends were James Wright ('Jim Jam'), Andy Minshaw ('the Mincer'), Simon Knox ('Chewy'), Marcus Carmichael ('MC'), Adrian Day ('Mog'), Adam Carmichael ('AC'), Bob Moxham ('the Sponge'), Kyle Moxham ('Kye'), Peter Brewer ('Mr B'), Will Knox ('Baby Knox') and Herbie Scarth ('Bertie').
By a gentleman's agreement it was the home side who batted first. DJ Teabag had been due to play, but secured the Hobbling Hoagy award having torn his hamstring when playing for The Bourne (although he seemed pretty mobile when watching from the sidelines...). This meant that the task of opening fell to Mog (who has been bowling well this season) and Jim Jam (who was nursing a hangover). The former was very economical and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, while the latter had the misfortune to be bowling against a former Surrey Premier batsman who was particularly adept at playing off the back foot. The other opener was more of an accumulator, but both raced past the fifty mark before being retired out by their skipper. This gave Waverley a way back into the game and it was Chewy, on for Mog, who shattered the stumps for the first bowler's wicket. Mr B then got in on the act when he bagged a couple for himself. Two wickets for Bertie and a wicket each for AC and the Sponge left the home side looking at a score of around 200. However, the bowling plaudits must go to Baby Knox and Kye. Both made bowling look easy, with Baby Knox conceding only four runs from four overs (including two maidens) and Kye picking up his first wicket of the season to end the innings, just clipping the bails. Two more products of the Waverley Youth Academy who seem destined to become useful cricketers.
Waverley were therefore set 207 to win from their 40 overs and Jim Jam and the Mincer got the reply underway. Both looked untroubled by the bowling as they moved the score along at a steady pace, but it was Jim Jam who was the first to reach his fifty (only to fall a couple of balls later). The Mincer and Chewy kept the scoreboard ticking before the former artfully jug-evaded in the late forties. The only hiccup of the Waverley innings was when the unfortunate MC mis-timed a cut shot, holing out to point. Chewy and Mog maintained a steady march towards the total, the home side turning to their premier bowlers in an attempt to halt Waverley's progress. When Mog chased a wide one and holed out, AC joined Chewy at the crease with twenty five needed from four overs. Some good running between the wickets and a couple of useful fours resulted in Waverley needing three runs to win off the last ball of the innings. Unfortunately the final delivery was yorker length and Chewy did well to dig it out. Only a single was managed, meaning Waverley fell an agonising one run short of victory by virtue of fewer wickets lost.
The agony of defeat was tempered by the fact that Waverley had played well throughout the game. It was soon business as usual in the showers as, after two instances of soap dropping, the Sponge informed Mog that he would be going into "official receivership". The Club Captain's absence also meant that there were no awards after the game, although good scores from Jim Jam, the Mincer and Chewy along with numerous good bowling performances would have made the task of choosing a Man of the Match a difficult one. No doubt Teabag would have been in the frame for the Pink T-Shirt, Waverley being famously unsympathetic to any sort of injury no matter how genuine.
Speaking of Teabag, time for another instalment of Comments from the Clio. A couple of gems from the world's foremost panel of experts this week, the first of which is simply titled "excuses for not giving your mates a lift, number 147: crocodiles ate my face". Turning to politics (for the gentlemen of the Clio are truly learned in such things), Teabag had the following observation to make of Boris Johnson: "the only politician who doesn't have the personality of my left toe nail." As a side note, Teabag's left toe nail is considering standing for the Aldershot seat at the next Parliamentary election...