Waverley hold their nerve
T20 clash ends in victory.
Waverley made a rare venture into midweek cricket, the first since an inauspicious hammering by Frimley in the Aylward Cup several years ago. The format: twenty overs per side; batsmen retire on reaching 35*; four overs per bowler. The team: Andy Gudge ('Gudgey'), Russ Golding ('Raoul'), Simon Brewer ('KV'), Adrian Day ('Mog'), Sam Vass ('Sausage'), Marcus Carmichael ('MC'), Johnny Mathis ('the Crooner'), Warren Vass ('Wozza'), Peter Brewer ('Mr B'), Geoff Macklin ('the GiMp') and Adam Carmichael ('AC'). Aldershot's midweek cricket side provided the opposition and featured a couple of familiar faces: Martin Harris ('Teabag's old man') and Ben Harris ('MC Tealeaf').
The hosts won the toss and inserted Waverley, who opened with Gudgey (making his Waverley debut) and Raoul (fresh from a 50 at the weekend). It was the latter who departed first, missing the bus (as MC put it) with five. This brought skipper KV to the crease and both he and Gudgey put the bowling to the sword. The skipper thrashed seven boundaries including three sixes, the third of which took him past 35* and resulted in a retirement. Gudgey went shortly afterwards, the Aldershot wicket keeper eventually crawling to the stumps with the Waverley opener a long way out of his ground. The score at this point was 97-2 off 13 overs. Mog and Sausage kept the ball rolling, both scoring 23 before holing out. Teabag's old man was responsible for Mog's wicket, which brought MC to the crease with three balls to face from his over. Everyone was left scratching their heads as MC crashed all three deliveries to the boundary for four. He finished not out on 20 and some good running at the death by the Crooner saw Waverley post 157-4 from their 20 overs, Aldershot therefore needing to score at a shade under eight runs an over.
The GiMp was making a welcome return to the Waverley fold and was tasked with opening the bowling along with AC. The GiMp claimed the first wicket in his second over, Wozza holding a firmly struck drive from Taylor. A second wicket partnership yielded vital runs for the home side, Mr B eventually breaking it by trapping McGovern LBW. He added two more wickets to his tally with Mog taking a catch on the boundary and the Crooner stumping Tealeaf, trying to hoist Mr B for a second successive six. The young number three had retired on 35* by this stage and Wozza wrapped up a good spell by clean bowling Teabag's old man, leaving Aldershot on 125-5 off 16 overs. Despite the loss of wickets, the home side had kept up with the run rate and needed 33 to win from their remaining four overs. Raoul and Mog were tasked with bowling at the death and it was the latter who got a vital breakthrough, Gudgey holding a catch at wide mid-on. Despite this, Aldershot still required a mere 16 runs from two overs. However, a superb penultimate over from Raoul yielded only two runs and with fourteen needed off the last over, confusion at the crease ended in a run out and ended any chance of an Aldershot victory.
There were no awards made after the game; however good knocks from Gudgey and KV along with good bowling from Mr B would surely have been considered if the Man of the Match Hat was up for grabs. There was also a surprising lack of "Pink T-Shirt moments" to choose from, forty overs obviously not been being long enough for any poofery to manifest itself with either bat or ball...