Waverley lost a time game in the last over. We lost the toss and we're inserted, after a brisk start from Ryan Powell ably supported by Ian Verrinder we were unable to string any partnerships together and consequently the innings never took off although some middle order class from Dave Powell helped us to 199.
Rudgwick picked up regular runs despite a tight opening spell from Dave Powell. Although we picked up wickets at reasonable intervals through Simon Knox and Bob Moxham we were unable to choke the boundaries and towards the end of the match we dropped a number of catches off the bowling of Simon Brewer that gave the opposition a second chance. In the end they only needed 3 off the last over and sealed it with 4 over gully.
Gentleman, with the Vice now sporting the sort of blazer commonly worn by those arrested for kerb crawling a new age of sartorial elegance is upon us. IV has led the way with his Hodges Coaches blazer and a variety of hats and the gauntlet has been thrown down by the Vice to all members of this Sundays XI to match their high standards.
Odiham and Greywell
Oh b****r. Waverley lost by 100 runs in a 40 over game. Waverley started well and the openers did a good job of choking the run rate and Jamie Harris picked up an early wicket. Knoxy immediately struck in his first over but after this we had to wait a long time for our next wicket while the batsmen settled. William Knox bowled well for 3 overs against two well set batsmen, never the easiest of opposition, in tandem with his dad. Knox Snr then picked up another wicket around the same time as a run out removed the oppositions talented no 3 for 97. Upto this point the opposition had been going like a train, especially when Skipper Day was serving up a diet of full tosses. In the end a committed team effort in the field with Ali Mortiboys and Thor God Of Thunder working particularly hard and good death bowling from Jamie and Geoff 'Gimp' Macklin keeping the score to 240 or so when a one stage it could have been worse.
The reply started fairly steadily with Ian Verrinder and Knoxy putting away the bad balls well. When Knoxy was stumped Jamie mmanaed a cameo before being dismissed. IV got to 50 and then was caught very well in the slips allowing Mog to get into a mix up leading to the run out off Simon Brewer. Pat Mortiboys then missed a straight one but son Ali batted with both composure and encouragingly good footwork. He picked a number of runs before his dismissal and this brought the younger Harris, Ben, to the crease. An admirably straight bat and good composure made it clear that young Ben did not just talk a good game. The Gimp replaced him at the crease and immediately got off the mark before the skipper charged down the pitch, missed it and pretty much kept going as he was easily stumped. The Gimp was then dismissed and Thor was rather quickly dismissed leaving William Knox unbeaten on 0.
Introducing: AC's Legal Learnings Part One
As regular readers of the website know, new articles can be few and far between over the winter months. To help alleviate the boredom of nothing to read (and to combat his growing cabin fever), AC hopes to produce an irregular series of legal learnings to enrich the lives of others. To test the water, his first topic of discussion is advocacy... specifically, the art of making a good speech. Although words are an advocate's principle weapon, silence can also be used to great effect in a speech. The message behind this nugget of knowledge? DON'T BE AFRAID OF SILENCE. Now, can everyone please make sure Jim Jam reads this...
Waverley lost by 9 wickets in a 36 over match. Hmm, I'll keep this short. Waverley lost the toss and were inserted but apart from Andy Minshaw and Cozy Powell no-one really got going. James 'Jim Job' Wright battled well without finding the middle of the bat. Eventually we were all out on the last ball of the innings for 161. Elsted are a strong side and we had to get early wickets. Unfortunately the openers got away well and despite looking occasionally scratchy they were well ahead of the run rate. Skipper 'Mog' Day dropping a chance off Pete Brewer didn't help. In the end it was Mog who enticed an edge behind to keeper Minshaw from his opposite number with the score on about 152 to avoid defeat by 10 wickets.
The observant amongst you will note that this is our 5th loss in 6 games. We have 3 games left to salvage something from the 2nd half of the season so a big effort is needed from all members this weekend as neither game will be easy. We are a better team than our results indicate and it is up to us to prove it.
Probably the most anticipated fixture of the season, Waverley made the short trip to Rowledge to kick-off the final month of the season. On display for the visitors were Ian 'IV' Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Andy 'Mincer' Minshaw, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Simon 'Thor' Millington, Peter 'PB' Brewer and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth.
With Mog in command (he doesn't remember whether he won or lost the toss, he's lied about it so often), Waverley fielded first in this 40 over game. After a fearsome spell at Abinger, Teabag got the pick of ends and bowled through the pain barrier (nursing an injured ankle) economically but for no reward. From the other end, the flat pitch suited KV's pace and it was he who got the breakthrough, trapping the young opener LBW. A second wicket followed, a skier to extra cover pouched by Teabag. Jim Jam was introduced to the attack but was unable to add to the wickets tally. It was AC, a late addition to the team following a change in his moving-in plans, who struck next with a trademark legside half-volley that the surviving opener danced down to, missed and had his bails swiftly removed by the alert IV. PB mirrored the dismissal when he coaxed the batsman down the track, resulting in more sharp work from IV. AC added to his tally when he clipped the next man's off-stump and PB bowled his second victim with an off-cutter. Bertie got his name in the book when Jim Jam snaffled a lofted straight-drive and PB caught one off his own bowling to give him three wickets. However, vital runs were added for the ninth wicket and coupled with the remarkable display of step-overs from the Waverley fielders, the home side posted 169-8 at tea.
Needing 170 to win, Waverley got off to a sluggish start. IV and Jimothy eventually got into their stride but the partnership was broken when Jim managed to kick one onto his own stumps for forty one. The Mincer came to the crease and the scoring remained steady, IV departing next for thirty after getting a thin nick behind. KV popped in for ten, by which time it came to everyone's attention that we were into the last ten overs. Still needing four an over to win, the Mincer slapped a full-toss down point's throat for thirty-odd and DJ Teabag was bowled cheaply. When Mog was run out, Waverley needed fourteen runs from seven balls with Rafa and AC at the crease. Despite a valiant effort, the vital boundaries were not found and the visitors were left wondering just how they'd managed to lose the game as Rowledge won by three runs. An inquest was held in the showers, during which a democratic vote was held and it was determined that the defeat was Jim Jam's fault. Not that this dampened spirits in the bar afterwards, where the general good humour was hightened considerably by a fantastic quip from Jim Jam that would unfortunately never get past the ethics committee...
This week's final paragraph sees the introductions of DJ Teabag's Top Tunes: what's hot and what's not in the music world. What's hot this week? The album 'Hot Fuss' by The Killers, 'Only By the Night' by the Kings of Leon and anything by The Prodigy. What's not? MC's opinion of The Killers. Teabag can't wait to see him so he can tell him just how wrong he is...
The Chap Magazine
Waverley are pleased to announce their affiliation with The Chap Magazine: the magazine for the modern gentleman. As Waverley possesses a team full up to the gills with modern gentlemen (Teabag and Jim Jam excepted), it seems appropriate that we should associate ourselves with a magazine to reflect our values. A link is available on the 'Links' page.
Ton up for Moxy
This brief paragraph is to pay tribute to the one hundred batsmen who have selflessly laid down their careers in getting out to Moxy the Destroyer. The Sponge claimed his one hundreth career wicket at Eversley, the third bowler to do so this season after KV and AC also reached the milestone. The man himself was unavailable for comment as he spent the hours after the game with IV, reliving every moment of the stumping that brought the all-important wicket.
Waverley's August Bank Holiday Monday fixture with Eversley is some what of a tradition. Batting first doesn't fall into this category but that was the case in this time game on what turned out to be a lovely late summer's day. The men representing Waverley were Ian 'IV' Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Ben 'BC' Custance, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Carl 'The bloke Mog works with' Delaney, Pete 'PB' Brewer, Bob 'the Sponge' Moxham, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Simon 'Thor' Millington, Adam 'AC' Carmichael and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth.
Batting first against what was rumoured to be a 'fragile' Eversley batting line-up brought an air of confidence to the Waverley dressing room, with IV and Jim Jam looking to push the scoring along early on. Jim Jam took to this with enthusiasm, blasting his way to twenty five before getting a thin edge behind. When IV departed in the next over, chipping one into the covers, Waverley were wobbling. BC lobbed one to square leg to leave Waverley three down, but a measure of order was restored by KV and The bloke Mog works with. The pair combined to produce a partnership of sixty odd, which was eventually broken when the bloke Mog works with was dismissed by a sharp slip catch for twenty two. Waverley seemed to be back to square one when KV departed not long after for a captain's knock of forty four (albeit jug-evading), but it was PB and the Sponge who provided the older, wiser heads to steer Waverley to a respectable total. A combination of nudging, nurdling and much needed boundaries resulted until the Sponge was bowled for twenty two. Some hard hitting from Cozy at the end of the innings saw Waverley finish on 196-6, with Mr B finishing on twenty nine not out.
Waverley realised too late that Eversley's game plan was to gorge them with a splendid tea, leaving them incapable of performing in the field. Cozy and Jim Jam were tasked with opening the attack and both were dispatched to all parts of the ground before the Big D knocked the opener's middle stump out of the ground. The reputedly weak batting line-up of the home team seemed to be nowhere in sight as they rattled along to 150-odd for the loss of one wicket. PB and Bertie had been introduced for no reward and the other opener decided he had had enough, retiring 'hurt' shortly after scoring a brilliant ton. Although Eversley were now in sight of victory, this eased the pressure considerably and it was AC who struck in his last game of the season, knocking back middle stump. Before the runs were knocked off, there was time for the Sponge to pick up his one hundreth Waverley scalp thanks to a stumping from IV. But it was too late for the visitors who were comfortably defeated by seven wickets (although Thor should get a special mention for his excellent performance in the field). But it was far from doom and gloom afterwards, the team retiring to the bar to read extracts from 'The Chap' magazine.
This week's final paragraph sees the return of our regular feature A Moment with Moxham: the philosophical musings of Moxy the Destroyer. This week, the Sponge revealed he won't be sending any Christmas cards because of his concern about his carbon footprint. No doubt not sending cards will offset the carbon footprint of the huge truck that he drives to matches...
Waverley to officially endorse new batting video
Following the glut of Waverley wickets at Frensham (and Loz's photographic evidence to prove it), Waverley have moved swiftly to ensure that their players are given the best batting coaching possible by officially endorsing New Zealand international Chris Martin's batting video (here). As you will see from the preview material, no Waverley batsman should be without one!
The Indian summer that was promised by the Met Office was evident in the South East for Sunday's game at Alfold with usual suspects Ian 'IV' Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Andy 'Mincer' Minshaw, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Marcus 'MC' Carmichael, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Craig 'C-Rage' Ryan, Pete 'PB' Brewer and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth out enjoying the good weather.
Despite losing the toss, Waverley were inserted in this forty over game by an Alfold side who were going to be reduced to ten men at the tea interval. The usually rock-steady opening partnership of IV and Jim Jam was broken early on when RJ holed out at cow corner. Only a few deliveries later, IV was deceived and saw the bail on leg stump dislodged. The Mincer and KV attempted to rebuild with some success (the boundary was found with regularity), but KV got one that popped up which he lobbed to backward point. Mog came in as anchorman while the Mincer continued to play well until he missed a straight one after drinks for a jug-evading forty two. MC was unlucky to be dismissed for one, and inside edge hitting both pads before trickling onto the fragile stumps, leaving Waverley five down with only about 120 on the board. Cozy blasted a couple of fours but also departed in reasonably quick time. The surprise partnership of the game was Mog and AC, a variety of orthodox and inventive strokes pushing the scoring along nicely. AC was eventually trapped LBW for a career-best-equalling seventeen and C-Rage, having to fling the willow to add to the Waverley total, followed soon after. A four from the final over saw Mog through to thirty-odd not out and Waverley to a score of 177-8, good going given the circumstances.
A sub-200 total on a decent batting surface was always going to be difficult to defend, but after eight overs Waverley were well on top. Cozy racked up three wickets, the first dollying up to AC at mid-wicket (even he manages to catch those), with the other two involving the rearrangement of the stumps. KV, opening from the other end, joined the party by knocking back middle stump. Despite the top order being ripped out, Alfold slowly came back into the game thanks to former Aldershot Town midfielder Ricky Newman's fine stroke play and a useful innings from the other left-hander. PB was introduced but was unable to add to his glut of wickets this season, while Jim Jam tested the left-handed pair from the other end. The news that England had won the Ashes seemed to inspire Jim, who clean-bowled Newman to swing the game back Waverley's way. The introduction of AC yielded a further wicket (an LBW), but the boundaries soon began to rack up. Bertie and Mog were unable to stem the flow and Alfold were in touching distance of victory with ten overs to go. There then followed a very confusing few overs where the home side seemed reluctant to pick up the one run required for victory (despite Waverley's best efforts). This resulted in a further wicket falling, the unlucky batsman holing out to C-Rage off the bowling of Mog. The winning run eventually came and Waverley lost only their fifth game of the season, the runs scored in the first innings being about thirty short of a defendable total. Despite the loss (and questions about whether the Aussies were going through the same match post-mortem), Waverley still had the bar to look forward to where IV engaged in a bit of book signing and Cozy gave KV a good thrashing at table football.
This week's last paragraph is a heartfelt thanks to Jim Jam's fashion consultant. Although he could have done with a shave, Jimothy was immaculately turned out in a casual brown t-shirt, matching shorts and sporting a short back and sides. Charlotte will be most pleased when he starts work on Monday... provided he's learnt how to make a decent cuppa, that is...
In recent years, Waverley's bowlers have been flayed all around the park by Frensham while the batsmen have barely made it to double figures. The eleven who selflessly sacrificed their averages this season were Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Marcus 'MC Strimmer' Carmichael, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Matt 'Doogs' Dugay, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Bob 'Sponge' Moxham, Pete 'PB' Brewer, Adam 'AC' Carmichael and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth.
With Mog absent it was left to KV to go out to the middle, consider factors such as the pitch, overhead conditions and the team at his disposal before deciding to field first anyway. With the lesser-spotted Cozy arriving late, Teabag and Doogs took the new ball and bowled with pace and aggression (as the pictures to be uploaded soon will confirm). It was debut man Doogs who struck first, two cracking deliveries clattering into middle and off stump. When Teabag saw a cover drive pouched thanks to a typically exaggerated catch from Jim Jam, Waverley were on top. Cozy arrived and was brought on first change, tying the batsmen down and being unlucky not to get a wicket. AC is usually smacked all over the place at Frensham, but this year he was just carted over the short straight boundary (although there was one huge heave into the pavilion). But if there was an award for perseverance, AC won it when he bowled the big hitter seven overs into the carnage. PB was introduced and this season's leading wicket-taker struck thrice, one clean bowled and two caught and bowled. Bertie picked up a wicket thanks to a catch on the boundary from Rafa, while the Sponge bowled well but the fabled one hundreth wicket eluded him. The performance was let down by some lax fielding from all parts at the end of the innings, meaning Frensham declared on 220-8.
221 is a chasable score at Frensham and Rafa and Jim Jam opened with this in mind. But after one lusty blow for six, RJ was back in the pavilion after chipping one to midwicket. When MC was cleaned up a few balls later, KV came in to steady the ship with Rafa and the reply got underway in earnest. Some hard hitting and classical cricket strokes saw the pair race towards fifty. KV passed the milestone first, followed shortly after by Rafa. With Waverley in a commanding position, however, KV skied one to the long boundary and Rafa departed the following over after missing a straight one. Doogs was stumped dancing down the track but Cozy and Teabag pressed the score along with much needed boundaries. Having just told Teabag to keep the ball on the deck, the Big D shovelled one straight down long-off's throat and a couple of overs later, Moxy departed having been given out LBW. When AC was bowled for a duck, only PB and Bertie stood between Frensham and victory. Despite some fearsome hitting from PB, Bertie swiped over a straight one and Waverley were all out for about 190ish in what was nevertheless an entertaining game of cricket. Conversation in the bar afterwards quickly turned to important lifestyle matters, specifically the underlying tension between Bob and Wendy in Bob the Builder...
This week's final paragraph sees the return of A Moment with Moxham: the philosophical musings of Moxy the Destroyer. Moxy decided that, after careful analysis, each player was to be awarded a mark of seven out of ten for their overall performance. Special mentions were given to Jim for playing with a busted hip and to Rafa for being fat. Loz was awarded a full ten marks out of ten for her excellence with the camera, even if she did go happy-snapping (reportedly taking 300 photos during the day). In addition, there's a special bonus helping of the final paragraph courtesy of Jim Jam and 'Wright on Relationships'. Single men take note: if a girl is rough, she's more willing (according to Jim).
Competition for places was rife with the skipper's return to the side after a three week absence. Those who made the cut for the 40 over game with Pirbright were Ian 'IV' Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Andy 'Mincer' Minshaw, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Herb 'Bertie' Scarth, Pete 'PB' Brewer and Stuart 'Rafa' Webb.
Waverley lost the toss, but were inserted by the home side. A slow, low pitch proved to be very frustrating for Jim Jam who, starved of his usual flow of boundaries, chased a wide one and was caught behind for just sixteen. Enter the skipper, batting for the first time in three weeks. After surviving an early LBW shout, he too departed after chipping the ball to mid-on. The Mincer and KV didn't enjoy much more success, both getting caught on nine (KV being especially miffed as it was the seventh ball of the over). IV had, however, built a solid platform for the innings and eased his way past fifty before becoming the fifth Waverley wicket (another catch). Five wickets down and not many on the board, the visitors needed the middle order to chip in with some runs. Teabag and Cozy duly stepped up to the plate, Cozy in particular taking a liking to the slow bowlers as he blasted his way to thirty nine. With his departure, Teabag and AC were tasked with getting the score past 180 to put Waverley in command. Spectators on the boundary were left stunned as AC planted his foot down the track and lofted his first Waverley six back over the bowler's head. Having barely had time to recover from that sight, they then witnessed Teabag notch up his maiden six with a lofted shot to cow corner (and a little help from the unlucky fielder). Teabag was eventually run out for twenty nine in the last over and off the last ball of the 40 overs, AC was caught at cover for fourteen to leave Bertie not out on one ("I ran out of partners", he said afterwards) and Waverley on 202-8 at tea.
With a healthy total on the board, Jim Jam and KV were tasked with opening the bowling. Despite bowling good areas, the pace on the ball was to the openers' advantage and they quickly moved the score along. But AC refused to be kept out of the game and knocked over the top order with three wickets, catches going to IV, Cozy and Rafa (an effortless one-handed catch mere inches in front of the square-leg boundary). PB then got in on the act with three wickets of his own, two catches to KV at first slip and one to the Mincer in the covers. The Mincer's second catch was a good 'un off the bowling of Bertie and ensured that the visitors would be claiming victory. This allowed Mog to unleash Rafa, who befuddled the batsmen in his two overs and even forced one man to retire hurt, a legside half-volley crashed back into the non-striker's elbow vicious bouncer rapping him on the forearm. Pirbright managed to bat through their 40 overs, but Waverley ran out comfortable winners in the end. A good turnout in the showers and a trip to the pub rounded off a thoroughly good day.
It's time for the final paragraph and Highlights from the Honda saw a brief lesson in physics from panelist Teabag: "things slide about on the back seat of the car... there's no friction generated by the leather." Is there anything this man doesn't know?
Waverley took on Crown Wood at their 'second' ground, Bigshotte Park, for a second season running. Those who have played there may find that somewhat ironic as batsmen are prohibited by a local rule from hitting sixes at one end of the ground, but the eleven men who chose to set aside that irony were Ian "he's good for his age" Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Andy 'Mincer' Minshaw, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Simon 'Chewy' Knox, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Bob 'Sponge' Moxham, Pete 'PB' Brewer, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Adam 'AC' Carmichael and Stuart 'Rafa' Webb.
Waverley have officially won more tosses in the last three weeks than Mog has managed in his Waverley career and it came as no surprise that that visitors chose to bat first in this forty over game. However it quickly became apparant that the pitch was misbehaving, as was beautifully illustrated when IV first got one that reared up, only to be followed by one that pitched in exactly the same place and hit the top of off stump. Jim Jam followed a few overs later for twenty five and skipper KV was caught at gully off a top-edge for just ten. But it was a case of cometh the hour, cometh the Mincer as Waverley's number three anchored the innings and kept the score moving along at a respectable rate (assisted by Chewy). The Mincer notched up his half century but was eventually dismissed by the home side's overseas player (while also having the honour of getting a send-off from said overseas player) for sixty one. Teabag was unable to repeat last weekend's batting heroics as he tried to push the scoring along but holed out to mid-wicket (prompting much grumbling from the angriest man to ever play for Waverley), while the Sponge played some excellent slip-drives before departing in the last over. Just as it looked like Waverley were going to post the same score as they did in this fixture last year, Knoxy stole a single off the last ball to leave Waverley on 207-6 at tea.
Waverley needed to get only nine wickets for victory as the home side's overseas player departed at tea (obviously worried at the sight of Rafa and the Sponge warming up for a bowl), with the old mantra 'catches win matches' coming back to haunt the home side who had dropped their fair share in the Waverley innings. Cozy took the end that had misbehaved earlier in the game and struck an early blow for the visitors, cleaning up as the opener tried to whip him away to leg. Teabag bowled an aggressive spell of chin music and short-length deliveries for no reward, while the Big D picked up his second wicket in the sort of style usually reserved for test match cricket. Rafa, under the helmet at short-leg, first retreated and then dived full length to snaffle an inside edge. PB came on for Teabag and got in amongst the wickets, another catch to Rafa (at mid-off) and bowling the number three off his pads. At the other end, AC was in search of his 100th Waverley wicket and notched it up thanks to a stumping from IV (breaking with tradition and taking a wicket with a good ball, several team-mates pointed out). Learning from this revelation that good balls take wickets, AC then induced an outside edge a couple of overs later that was pouched by PB at slip. Mr B helped himself to a third wicket thanks to a catch from Teabag (straight out of the MC Strimmer fielding guide) and then knocked over the stumps to pick up a fouth wicket. Hopes of a five wicket haul were sadly dashed by AC, who picked up his third 'good' wicket of the day by just clipping the top of the last man's off stump to seal a Waverley win by 118 runs. PB snuck off early, probably to avoid buying a jug for his 800th Waverley wicket, while the rest of the team were gently talked into unconsciousness by Jim Jam.
This week's much-anticipated final paragraph sees the introduction of 'Highlights from the Honda' (for those occasions when MC Strimmer has pinched the Clio). Panelists AC and DJ Teabag covered a broad range of topics on the short hop to Bigshotte Park but this week's highlight is undoubtedly from Teabag, occuring when the pair were driving through Sandhurst and spotted a pink Ka with a dubious-looking female owner: "Sandhurst is Farnborough's chavy little brother". Coming from a man who lives in Cove, that MUST be chavy...
The second game of a weekend double-header saw a short hop to Prince Edward's gaff and a fixture with Bagshot. A stronger batting line-up and a dead pitch prompted KV to bat first, the team consisting of Ian 'IV' Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Simon 'Chewy' Knox, Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Marcus 'MC Strimmer' Carmichael, Craig 'C-Rage' Ryan, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Bob 'Sponge' Moxham, Adam 'AC' Carmichael and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth.
The traditional opening pair of IV and Jim Jam got the ball rolling, Jim Jam in particular feasting off the opening bowling. But cigarette card batsman IV was out early doors, top-edging to fly-slip for ten. Enter the Knox, two appearances and two fifties to his name this season. While he tucked into the bowling, Jim Jam raced past fifty and closed in on the ton. With the scoreboard ticking over nicely, the Knox was bowled five short of his fifty (for Teabag's favourite number of the weekend) and Jim Jam reached his second century of the season. But soon after, he danced down the track once too often and was stumped. This sparked a middle-order batting collapse, with KV departing without scoring and MC and C-Rage playing some nice shots but managing just seven and twelve respectively. Teabag and Moxy also went cheaply, but Rafa managed to notch up some vital runs (twenty-odd) before he departed and Waverley declared with a score of 236-9.
An Italian-themed tea of pizza and pasta provided some much-needed energy ahead of Waverley's efforts in the field, but the conditions were going to make bowling hard going. KV saw an early chance go down, but Teabag made sure the error wasn't punished by inducing the same batsman to edge behind to IV in the next over. KV then got in on the act with three wickets, refusing to trust his field after the earlier drop and bowling all three. The Sponge then joined AC on ninety nine career wickets, but the visitors were made to rue more dropped catches as a middle-order partnership began to turn the game in the home side's favour. AC had no joy with the pitch, seeing his usual wicket-taking legside half-volleys and long-hops dispatched to the boundary. With time running out, Knoxy picked up a wicket (dismissing the number four for ninety) and Jim Jam managed to take the game to the last over while bagging a couple of wickets for himself. But a push through mid-on brought the winning runs and the first win of the season for the home side. Although dejected with the result, a good turnout in the showers and the promise of curry with the Comicals brightened the mood no end.
Another bad week weather-wise didn't hinder the traditional Saturday fixture with Normandy. Having claimed they had a 'weak' side, Waverley wasted no time in winning the toss and batting first in this 40 over game with a side sporting such talent as Andy 'Mincer' Minshaw, Simon 'Chewy' Knox, Simon 'KV' Brewer, David 'Stocky' Stockwell, Simon 'Thor' Millington, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Pete 'PB' Brewer, Adam 'Junior' Minshaw and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth.
The Mincer and Chewy opened in a new-look batting line-up for the visitors, but some accurate bowling from a youthful Normandy side made scoring runs a challenge. The Mincer departed early on for a score of just eight, followed not long after by skipper KV for twelve. This brought Stocky to the crease, who batted with all the aggression of AC trying to fight his way out of a paper bag. Despite Stocky constantly managing to pinch the strike, Chewy continued to be the rock around which the Waverley innings was built. He brought up his 50 around about the time that Stocky's marathon twelve over innings (for one run) came to an end and Thor offered a brief one ball cameo. Enter DJ Teabag, who provided some much needed acceleration as the game neared the final ten overs. Six overs to go and Knoxy departed for a well-made 66 (holing out to deep mid-off). Deciding that AC's brand of quick run-scoring should be held in reserve, Cozy strode to the crease and helped Teabag keep the score ticking over. A mix-up saw the Big D run out for 21, leaving Teabag and AC to face the final over and try to maximise the runs. A succession of quickly run twos ensured a healthy score of 177-5 after 40 overs, with Teabag finishing with a career-best 45* not out.
With the rain gently falling, Waverley needed early wickets to stamp their authority on the game. This they got, as Teabag followed up last week's performance with another display of aggressive bowling that delivered three wickets (two bowled and one caught by the Mincer). Not to be out-done, Cozy took three wickets from the other end as the two strike bowlers gutted the top order and ended the home side's chances of knocking off the runs. AC and Bertie chipped in with a wicket apiece before some meaningful resistance was encounted for the ninth wicket. The Normandy skipper (who knocked up a half-century) and his young apprentice (who batted sensibly) saw out the 40 overs despite the efforts of Junior Minshaw, PB, Teabag and KV. Despite being denied the opportunity to bowl the home side out, good batting, good bowling and good fielding (especially a sprightly Stocky) made this a thoroughly satisfying victory as Normandy fell 44 runs short. It should also be noted that AC, PB and Cozy were disheartened by the disappointing turnout in the showers after the game.
Today's final paragraph is dedicated to the Jim Jam of the Week award, in recognition of the dog that has its day. This week, the Jim Jam award goes to DJ Teabag for his Man of the Match Hat winning performance in scoring 45* not out and bowling well for two games running. However, it should also be noted that he won the Gayelord Mincer biscuits for whinging about being hit on the knee...
Despite the rain of the previous day, Sunday's match with Rudgwick went off without a hitch as Waverley initially found themselves up against nine men (having only fielded nine against Ebernoe the previous day). The home side therefore won the toss and elected to bat first to give their two missing players time to turn up, so Waverley took to the field with a team of Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, Marcus 'MC Strimmer' Carmichael, Andy 'Mincer' Minshaw, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Trist 'TB' Brown, Chris 'C-Rage' Ryan, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Herb 'Bertie' Scarth, Pete 'PB' Brewer, Adam 'AC' Carmichael and James 'Jim Jam' Wright.
With Mog off parenting, KV took charge of proceedings and decided to open with the unlikely combination of Teabag and Jim Jam. This decision could go down as one of the greatest cricketing moments in history, as the speed-merchants unleashed a brilliant display of pace bowling. Teabag bowled with pace, bounce and aggression without reward, but was definitely "taking wickets from the other end". Jim bowled very much the same but returned career-best figures of six for twenty-odd in a fearsome twelve over spell. This included four excellent catches behind from the Mincer, KV (twice) and PB, an off-stump full-toss straight out of the AC coaching manual and a caught and bowled... proof that Waverley can take 'proper' wickets. The home side were largely vanquished as a force by this stage but there was some resistance from the tail, C-Rage being the bowler unlucky enough to face their wrath, but PB ended the danger by getting the big-hitting batsman to tread all over his stumps. AC was introduced to give Jim Jam a well-earned rest and he chipped in with two wickets (catches behind from the Mincer and PB), while the innings was wrapped up by a wicket from Master of Disaster Bertie thanks to another catch behind from the Mincer. Waverley were left chasing a mere 130-odd at tea,
The state of the game gave KV licence to mix it up a bit, so Waverley started their chase by opening with Rafa and MC. Previously only the 'aggressive partner' when Connor is involved, Rafa stroked a couple of glorious boundaries and then got out before MC Strimmer had even got off the mark. After watching a 200 run partnership from the boundary last week, the Mincer took full advantage of his early involvement to keep the scoring ticking along. MC nudged, nurdled, was dropped twice and clipped a beautiful shot through mid-wicket for four before he was eventually out in the 20th over for his second score of ten of the weekend. Skipper KV arrived at the crease and in combination with the Mincer brought Waverley within striking distance of a win. The Mincer holed out to deep-square leg, but this allowed TB a chance in the middle to bring Waverley level with the home side's score. A generous dot-ball was followed by a wide to bring Waverley victory by seven wickets and, in an unusual move, the Mincer was awarded a posthumous 50 and KV saw his scored bumped up to 20 not out following some confusion over the scorebook. Jim Jam was awarded the man of the match hat, while the Gayelord Mincer biscuits went to the Mincer, allegedly because "MC said so". While the majority of the team and the Waverley Ladies sat around debating points of legal interest, Jim Jam headed home early so that he'd have enough time to tell every person he saw along the way about his six wickets...
With the Sponge not present, this week sees the final paragraph of the report dedicated to "Comments from the Clio": documenting the epic car journeys of AC, MC and DJ Teabag. Today's musing belongs to the latter: "If you bat like a bell-end, you deserve to be out." Apologies for the language but afterall, he is from Cove...
"Shock as Waverley Win Toss and Bat First" will be the headlines on tomorrow's back pages, which was just as well for a Waverley side long on batting but short on genuine bowlers as evidenced by an ensemble featuring Ian "IV" Verrinder, Stuart "Rafa" Webb, Andy "Andy M" Minshaw, Marcus "MC" Carmichael, Simon "KV" Brewer, Daniel "Spaniel" Addison, Adam "AC" Carmichael, Laura "Loz" Brewer, Bob "Sponge" Moxham, Herb "Bertie" Scarth and Adrian "Mog" Day in this 40 over game.
With Jim Jam absent, Rafa was promoted to join IV in the opening berth and the pair tucked into the bowling with a mixture of boundaries and singles. IV was in particularly fine form as he reached first 50 and then 100 without being troubled, while Rafa kept the board ticking over and helped himself to a 50. It wasn't a good day to be a waiting batsman as over after over ticked by and the score continued to increase, with the milestone 200 partnership being passed with about ten overs to go. Attempting to pile on the runs, Rafa holed out to a good catch at long on for 70 and was followed not long after by IV, stumped for a very impressive 131. The two wickets were just reward for the way the home side toiled away in the field and seemed to give them a burst of confidence as MC followed for just one an over later. However, Andy M and KV (who will be writing to Gunn & Moore to suggest they produce a batting commode) kept the runs flowing with 20* and 19* respectively to give Waverley the daunting total of 289-3 at tea.
Passing members of the public may have wondered where the dulcet tones of close harmony singing were emanating from in the Westfield area. The answer was the Waverley dressing room, as a stirring rendition of Jerusalem was belted out before the team took to the field for the Westfield innings. It obviously worked as the home side were reduced to 25 for 5 within five overs. With KV not wanting to field too far from the pavilion, Bertie and AC opened with a display of slow bowling to rival any other. Bertie picked up two wickets, a catch from Sponge Bob and a fully flighted delivery that just clipped the top of the stumps, with AC seeing one man bowled, one caught and one given out LBW. There was some middle order resistance, with one of the home batsmen notching up a fine 50, but it was Moxy who struck to dismiss his batting partner to a catch from IV. Scenting tailenders in the offing, Mog brought himself on to bowl and returned figures of three for two in his two over spell (all bowled). A mix-up and a run out finished proceedings, Waverley winning by 155 runs. Man of the match was awarded to IV for his superb innings, while the Gayelord Mincer biscuits and Pink Rimming Sugar found its way to Andy M for missing a chance off of AC's bowling in truly hilarious fashion. As a mark of celebration, the Waverley players indulged in some more karaoke action in the showers after the game.
This weeks Moment with Moxham... the philosophical musings of Moxy the Destroyer: Hugh Heffner has the girls from the Playboy mansion. Waverley have the girls from Bertie's potting shed...
Waverley man becomes best-selling author
No, it's not "Teas that I've enjoyed" by Jim Jam, it's "Tank Action in the Great War: The Moon at Fontaine" by our very own IV (a link to the genuine article is found here!). It will be available in all good bookshops and some rubbish ones as well. IV's agents have confirmed that he will be doing a book signing in a changing room near you soon after it's release.
A hot and humid day plus a flat batting track equals Waverley fielding first. Remembering this simple formula makes most tosses irrelevant, so Waverley took to the field in this time game sporting such household names as Ian 'IV' Verrinder (best-selling author), James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Craig 'C-rage' Ryan, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Peter 'PB' Brewer, Bob 'Sponge' Moxham and Herb 'Bertie' Scarth.
It looked like the home side were going to pile on the runs after ten overs as, despite the efforts of KV and Teabag, any ball piercing the ring was racing away for four. But the grumpy quicks replied by stifling the run rate and were unlucky not to have a wicket to show for their hard work. A double bowling change from Mog saw a 'recalibrated' Jim Jam and the Sponge introduced to the attack and the effect was almost instantaneous. First, Jimothy brought one back in from outside off-stump to clean up one opener. From the other end, the spinning Sponge dismissed the other opener thanks to a brilliant flying catch from Jim Jam at deep square-leg. Jim Jam's terrific spell was ended by the introduction of AC, the Bandit picking up a wicket in his first over courtesy of a one handed catch from Bertie at gully (proving beyond doubt that class is permanent). This was followed by a run out off of a suicidal single, a sharp caught and bowled and a second run out from a good through from Rafa on the boundary (having fooled the batsman into thinking he was incompetent in the field). From the other end, PB was introduced and got a share of the spoils with three wickets. The first being clean bowled, the second a sharp stumping from IV and the third a maiden catch for DJ Teabag. But some resistance from the final two (and a miscalculation in the score book) saw Blackheath declare on 221-9.
IV and Jim Jam usually push the scoring along early doors and there was no change, Jim in particular racing along and soon rattling up 47. He avoided 50 with a superb piece of jug evasion, but IV and Rafa continued pushing the scoring along. A bottom edge brought up IV's 50, but he was caught behind without scoring further. Rafa departed not long after for 21 and when KV managed just one, the game was swinging back in the direction of the home side. Mog, however, was playing a captain's innings and along with cameos from Teabag and AC kept Waverley in the hunt for a win. His loss for 37 didn't necessarily mean the end as PB and the Sponge clattered a couple of boundaries, but Moxy departed after charging the quick bowler. With only a couple of overs to go, Bertie was unable to keep out the yorker and Waverley lost what was a tense and exciting game of cricket. The men of Waverley then retired to the bar to pour over the pages of Hello magazine.
The track at Purbrook is always flat as a pancake. It was therefore no surprise that Waverley lost the toss and had to field first in this 40 over game, the team being 'Andy M' Minshaw, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Stuart 'Rafa' Webb, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Marcus 'MC' Carmichael, Jamie 'DJ Teabag' Harris, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Simon 'Thor' Millington and Bob 'Sponge' Moxham.
Purbrook opened with intent and set off like an express train in the first ten overs, any loose ball from Cozy and KV being dispatched to the nearest boundary. A double bowling change from Mog brought the Sponge and AC into the fray and it was the change bowlers who got the breakthrough. With Moxy and AC bowling in a tandem not seen since Curtly Ambrose and Coutney Walsh, it was AC who trapped the big-hitting opener LBW (a decent full-length ball, rather than the usual full-toss rubbish that accounts for most of his wickets), the other being removed thanks to a run out a couple of overs later. Moxy then cleaned up a potential big-hitter for no score and AC was unlucky not to snaffle a second wicket when Jim Jam dropped one in the covers, causing several Waverley players to lose the houses they bet on him taking the catch. With the first and second change having bowled their eight overs, Teabag and Jim Jam were chosen to bowl through to the end of the innings, both producing spells that can be considered economical on a Purbrook pitch. The man Jim Jam dropped in the twenties managed to rack up 95 before he lost his off stump to Teabag and a second run out was also adduced. RJ redeemed himself with his excellent spell of bowling and was rightly rewarded with a wicket (a caught and bowled that he managed to hang on to, much to AC's annoyance). Waverley required 274 to win from their 40 overs.
The Waverley response started well, with Andy M and Jim Jam negotiating the early overs with apparent ease until Jim Jam was cleaned up for 25. Andy M followed a few overs later for a well made 43, but a middle order collapse ended Waverley's chances of victory. KV and Mog both departed for ducks and Rafa followed soon after. DJ Teabag and MC provided some resistance before Comical the Younger played around a straight one for twelve. Cozy, AC and Thor were in and out for not many and the final wicket saw the end of Teabag's cameo, caught at point for 24 meaning a Waverley defeat for the first time this season. No man of the match was awarded, although Mog was awarded the Gayelord Mincer biscuits for allowing himself to be cleaned out by Thor on the boundary. The team retired to the bar after the game to discuss who's hot and who's not in the celebrity world.
This season we will endeavour to present our new feature, "A moment with Moxham"... the philosophical musings of Moxy the Destroyer. This week's nugget: "You know you're getting old when your medicine cabinet contains more bottles than your drinks cabinet." Stay tuned for future instalments!
Odiham & Greywell II
Waverley fielded first in this 40 over game after the skipper predictably lost the toss, the visitors boasting debutant Daniel 'Spaniel' Addison (Badshot Lea skipper) and Ben 'BC' Custance in addition to usual suspects Ian 'IV' Verrinder, James 'Jim Jam' Wright, Adrian 'Mog' Day, Simon 'KV' Brewer, Trist Brown, Dave 'Cozy' Powell, Adam 'AC' Carmichael, Laura 'Loz' Brewer and Pete 'PB' Brewer.
Inserted into the field, Waverley opening bowlers Cozy and KV set about the task of restricting the youthful home side to a gettable total. Cozy got an early breakthrough, just clipping the bail of the opener, and KV bowled well after settling into his rhythm for no reward. PB entered the fray and commenced and economical eight over spell, bowling with trademark accuracy. AC, back from his university-enforced absence, replaced Cozy and picked up a wicket in his first over when the other opener holed out to a good catch by KV at deep mid-wicket. AC followed this with an acrobatic caught and bowled, a catch behind by IV and a superb one-handed take from BC in the covers. With PB also picking up three well deserved wickets (one stumping from IV and two clean bowled), the Odiham middle order was well and truly ripped out and a score of around 100 looked likely after 25 overs. However, the Odiham tail wagged and managed another 100 runs from the final fifteen overs. Two wickets (both bowled) in two tidy overs from Jim Jam at the death wrapped up the innings in the 40th over, with the home side having posted a competitive 202.
The usual opening pair of the blazer-wearing IV ("returning a little class to the dressing room") and Jim Jam got the Waverley response off to a flying start, racing to 81 after ten overs before Jim Jam holed out the Odiham skipper for 41. Mog came and went for one, but despite two quick wickets the game was still Waverley's to lose. The longer IV and KV stayed at the crease, the more likely a win became. A great knock from IV was finally ended on 58 and KV departed for 49 (claiming he should have had a 50 after Mog awarded three runs as leg-byes). It was left to BC and Spaniel to see the visitors home, a task they managed with ease when Spaniel notched up the winning runs with a six. Jim Jam was man of the match for his all-round contribution and there was still time to see England beat India in the T-20 match. All in all, a good day's cricket!
This sundays match at Forest Green is cancelled. They only had 2 players. Si contacted the Conference but was unable to get a replacement fixture. Please contact Si with your availability for Odiham.
Waverley won by 44 runs. Simon Knox's 75 and wickets were invaluable as was Simon Brewer's excellent new ball spell. Good and enthusiastic fielding from Adam Minshaw and debutante Will Knox also helped us to a victory
In the best weather for an Oakley fixture for several years Waverley won a 40 over game by about a hundred runs. In a surprise move we won the toss and batted first with the skipper priming the assembled batsmen more in the style of Nasser Hussain than Mike Brearley with a pre-match speech of "don't f*** this up just because I've batted first". Waverley took the field with perhaps the most powerful batting lineup of the season, even without a holidaying Ian Verrinder, with Andy Minshaw and Simon 'Wookie' Knox bringing experience and talent (always an elusive combination) to the top 6. James 'Jim Jam' Wright and Webby opened up and Jim announced his intentions early with a huge waft off the last ball of the 2nd over even though a nick had earlier evaded the slip cordon. Thereafter though neither of openers was troubled and the change bowling was bashed, boshed (Jim); farmed and fiddled (Webby) until Jim decided upon an expansive drive that would, had he connected, have come down in the Solent as it was he was clean bowled for 87 and Waverley were at 165 for 1 with extras giving Webby a run for his money. Andy Minshaw picked up where Jim left off and completed his 50 not long after Webby. Inspite of having several overs still to go the Skipper invited Webby to use the long handle for an over and he obligingly was caught for 67 as we declared at 258 for 2 off 36 overs.
Given the flat looking pitch and with our own victory over the Bourne in mind we opened the bowling with Cozy Powell and Si Brewer. They entered into the spirit of the game by offering up some legside stuff to test the back of Wicket Keeper Minshaw. However Brewer soon opened his account when one of the openers drove loosely to point and this opened the door for a series of wickets until two members of the middle order took the attack to the bowlers. Cozy and Si bowled out and the spin twins of Moxy and Knoxy took up the attack. Moxy immediately enticed a big shot out to deep square where Si took a good catch and this again caused a series of wickets as both Moxy and Knoxy picked up a clean bowled victim. Debutante Craig Ryan entered the attack and bowled well and was unlucky on a number of occasions when catches looped over or fell in front of fielders. Eventually he picked up a wicket and was replaced by the skipper who scented a cheap wicket as number 11 arrived at the crease. Oakley were eventually dismissed for 150ish.
Today (Thurs 21st) marks the 8th Anniversary of the sudden death of Tim Smith; boozer, curry monster, Waverley cricketer and good friend. Those of us that had the privilege of knowing and playing alongside Tim will remember a man that played cricket for the love of the game with a smile on his face and one eye on the time the bar opened and his loss both on and off the field was keenly felt by all at the club. RIP Smithy.
Waverley batted first on a sluggish Medstead pitch. The home side had a slow but tricky bowling attack that claimed J Wright as its first victim, caught for seven at mid-wicket. Captain A Day suffered the same fate soon after, contributing eleven, but his replacement S Brewer raced on to make 50 courtesy of some expansive shots around the ground. The number four batsman went on to make 76 before being caught and bowled by Rawling. S Webb was the next to fall after he too was out caught, making 25. M Carmichael made a brief appearance before being caught in the deep for four, while J Harris and D Powell accelerated the score with their usual finesse. After some bludgeoned fours between them, Harris was caught and bowled by the impressive Rawlings and P Brewer's retirement on six gave R Moxham his first bat of the season. The senior pro forced Powell through for a quick single and valiantly sacrificed the strike to allow the big man to boost his average with a succession of boundaries in the final overs before tea. The grumpy quick (in the batman pants) was out stumped off the last ball for 30 leaving R Moxham one not out. Waverley ended on 194-7.
It was a day to forget in the field for catches, with Wright putting his maths degree to good use by counting ten drops. Powell made an early breakthrough for Waverley when he trapped the Medstead opener LBW. The big man bowled and impressive eleven over stint where, despite suffering from the dropped catches, he claimed a further two wickets. Harris and H Scarth bowled well without success, Scarth seeing three chances go down off of his bowling. Harris followed up an impressive Saturday in the Waverley development team (aka The Bourne) with figures of 6-0-32-0. Moxham followed his sensational batting display with three wickets, all stumpings by S Brewer. His tally could have been greater were it not for the dropped catches that plagued the innings. The spinning sponge ended the day with figures of 8-0-39-3. A brief spell was awarded to Carmichael following allegations of some good bowling for Frimley Green the preceding week. His two over spell served as a reminder as to why he has kept wicket more than he has bowled in the last three years. Powell returned for the last over of the game and claimed his fourth victim, clean bowled. Medstead ended 185-7.
Match report courtesy of MC.
Waverley beat Hawley by 5 wickets in a 40 over game despite having 10 men. Despite some scepticism Waverley did in fact lose the toss and the opposition decided to bat. This appeared a good decision as the openers swung the willow and gave Hawley a rapid start against Dave Powell and Simon Brewer. However Cozy Powell went round the wicket and the change of angle did for the free scoring opener as he was cleaned up by the big man. Due to the rapid start the rather unlucky Brewer had been withdrawn as Bob Moxham came on to take the pace off. He started well and induced a skier to midwicket to account for the other opener. Wickets started to fall quite regularly now and Cozy picked up another two before his 8 overs came to an end including the flattening of one batsmens middle stump. Herb came on for Cozy and carried on the good work while Moxy continued to take wickets ending with 3. Herb finally dismissed the last batsmen taking 3 wickets as well I think. There was also a run out beautifully executed by Si Brewers throw to wicket keeper Verrinder. Hawley were dismissed for 115 well inside the 40 overs.
As tea was not quite ready openers Verrinder and Jim Wright faced 10 overs before tea getting us to 30 or so for no loss. Thereafter the run rate slowed as good bowling and a pitch that often kept low strangled the batting. Wright played all over the Waverley batsmens nemesis, the straight one, and was bowled, Si Brewer following shortly after in a similar fashion for a duck. Skipper Day scratched around for a while and kept the unflappable Verrinder company. When Day lobbed a simple catch off a full toss Jamie Harris came to the wicket against his "other" club and then proceeded to be bowled for a duck. Throughout all the coming and going and despite the verbal diarrohea of some of the more enthusiastic fielders Verrinder had continued to accumulate and thanks to him we were now within touching distance. Pete Brewer joined Ian at the crease and mixed dogged defence with a crunching cut shot to see us through. IV completed a deserved half century and also finished as man of the match.
Perfect cricketing weather greeted Waverley's athletes as they made the short trip to The Bourne, following last week's draw with Shalford. IV, Jim Jam, Rafa, KV, Cozy, Mog, MC, Teabag, AC, Moxy and Bertie were the players selected to try and notch up Waverley's first win of the season, with KV confidently predicting that Waverley would "annihilate" the home side.
The proposed annihilation seemed to be in doubt at tea. With Cozy late (and no one brave enough to ask him why), KV and Teabag led the bowling attack when Mog inevitably loss the toss. However, the opening batsmen were ruthless and dispatched most of the wayward deliveries to the boundary. The breakthrough finally came when a full banger from Teabag (he claims it was a yorker) found its way through the defences of the first opener. KV notched up a wicket a couple of overs later, a thin knick behind pouched by IV. This brought the Frenchman to the crease and prompted a bowling change from Mog. AC and Cozy were introduced into the attack, but neither was able to take that crucial third wicket. Mog replaced AC but was brutally smashed out of the attack, with the Frenchman bringing up his fifty and "retiring hurt' shortly after. Enter Moxy the Destroyer, who picked up Waverley's third wicket in his first over (a good catch in the deep by KV). Bertie came on for Mog and picked up the wicket of Deso, but the other opener had been in for the duration and brought up a well-deserved hundred before he too retired. Soon after, Bertie bagged the wicket of a young boy and the home side declared on 247-5.
With the pitch being flat and true with a fast outfield, sensible batting from Waverley meant the target was far from unreachable. IV and Jim Jam started the response and the latter quickly took over scoring duties (being dropped twice in the process). Predictably, the first shot IV mistimed saw him hole out to extra cover and departed for five. Rafa was keen to impress against his other team with a display of his batting prowess, but could do nothing about a ball the pitched, tunnelled under the bat and popped up to hit the stumps, resulting in a duck. However, this brought KV to the crease and enabled Waverley to push down on the accelerator. Jim Jam brought up his fifty, raced onto 69 and began mincing around, allowing KV to also pass fifty and close in on his score. With both looking set for tons, KV missed a straight one and was back in the hutch for 72. Waverley were well on course for a win, the only question remaining was whether Cozy would leave Jim Jam enough runs to complete his century. He did, notching up his second ton for Waverley. When Cozy bludgeoned a six a few balls later, a seven wicket Waverley victory was complete and Jim Jam did his average no harm at all by carrying his bat.
A new award was introduced post-match. With PB winning the Gayelord Mincer biscuits (for not playing because of a "potential hangover'), MC was awarded the pink rimming sugar for some suspect fielding off of Cozy's bowling. The Man of the Match hat was going to be awarded to RJ for his century, but due to his one bath a year policy it was re-awarded to Deso (the first time the hat has been awarded to an opposition player) for some less than economical bowling. Next up is the annual DJ Teabag grudge match with Hawley... a 13.30 start for Cozy, a 14.00 start for everyone else...
On an unusually dry and sunny day Waverley commenced the 2009 season with a draw. Skipper Day entered into a gentlemans agreement whereby Waverley would field first in a traditional time game. Dave Powell and Simon Brewer opened the bowling and Cozy immediately started to hit a good line and length whilst Si experimented with a series of lines and lengths some of which were good. Cozy was in fine form getting a couple of balls to swing during his run up due to a missing jocko. However he soon opened his account by forcing one of the openers to play on. Shortly after this the other opener took on the field and was left to rue this decision back in the hutch when the tracer like throw of Marcus Carmichael to Cozy sent him on his way. After his initial opening burst Si was replaced by Jamie Harris who also struggled with the slope but still managed to remove the Shalford no 3 through a good low catch by wicketkeeper Verrinder. The Shalford middle order started to take the attack to the bowling. Skipper Day decided to make a double change that had risky written all over it, bringing himself on with a short leg side boundary was one thing, bringing on Bob "Moxy Panesar" Moxham was tantamount to asking for an early declaration. However, the pair of them managed to exert some control and Moxy forced the previously belligerent batsmen into a more defensive posture as the pace w