Match Reports for 2008 Season, most recent first
There was a moment's silence before the start of the game in memory of the Guv'nor, with Waverley losing the toss and fielding first in the final game of the season. IV, KV, Mog, MC, Jim Jam, DJ Teabag, Cozy, Moxy, PB, AC and Bertie were the deviants on display. Cozy and Teabag opened the bowling and it was Teabag who struck first, a thin edge from the opener taken one-handed by PB at first slip. AC was pensive throughout Cozy's spell, the big man needing just two wickets to overtake him as club leading wicket taker for the season. Unluckily for AC (who insisted he was putting the team first throughout the game), Cozy bagged those two wickets. AC replaced Teabag and despite bowling well for seven overs, he couldn't quite find the wicket he needed and was consigned to second place. The real damage was done by Waverley's spinners, with two more wickets for Moxy the Destroyer that included a good stumping from IV and a well taken catch from AC. The Herbinator was introduced and his pace, spin and bounce saw him take his first five for of the season. This left the home side to defend a meagre 120 after tea.
This report will go down as one of the shortest in history because there was really nothing to report from the second innings. IV and KV opened the batting and comfortably chipped away at the total. There was even time for a 50 for KV before he was well caught at mid-off. By this time there were only 26 runs required for a victory and IV was on 40. But after pinching the strike in what turned out to be the final over, Mog hit back to back fours for what was probably the first time in his life to leave IV stranded on 49 not out. It did, however, wrap up a nine wicket victory. A fitting tribute to the Guv was concluded after the game, when the assembled players raised their glasses in his honour. Hopefully the Guv would have been proud of the performance turned in by the visitors.
The last game of the season also brings with it a bumper edition of Jim Jam's Question of the Week. The first offering - "how long would it take the Waverley team to eat Jim Jam?" And finally, "when do we stop being students?". Details of the AGM will follow as and when they are available, but until then this is AC signing off for the 2008 season.
Rest in Peace, Guvnor
Waverley's most loyal servant, Tony Harland, has sadly passed away at 3am this morning after a long illness. I'm sure that everyone at Waverley offers their condolences to the Guvnor's family. We'll try and do you proud at Rudgwick, Guv.
Odiham & Greywell
With the Saturday skipper away on his honeymoon (any excuse), Mog was left in charge for Waverley's final Saturday game of the season. At his disposal were IV, Jim Jam, the Frenchman (Rafa's mate), Rafa, Adam the Kiwi, Cozy, Moxy, AC, Loz and PB. Having lost the toss (again), Waverley batted first in this 35 over game. The visitors were struck an early blow when the opening bowler had the audacity to send down a straight one, with Jim Jam losing his middle stump. IV and the Frenchman kept the scoreboard ticking slowly over, but both were out in the twenties. Rafa was aggressive, but edged one behind and Adam the Kiwi was out without scoring. Mog was trying to keep Cozy on strike, but he holed out for not many and Moxy was run out by Cozy, looking for a ludicrous quick single. Some useful runs from Cozy pushed Waverley beyond the 100 mark, but his dismissal signalled the end of the serious run scoring. AC hung around for a one not out, and Loz saw off the brute of an opening bowler, also for a one not out thanks to a lovely slip drive, but it was going to be a big ask for the visitors to defend a meagre 122.
After tea (and with Mog confiding in IV that he felt he'd lost the dressing room), Big D and Mog opened the bowling attack with economical displays of bowling. Cozy saw a slip catch go down but responded by trapping the other opener LBW. The scoring rate was, however, steady and it was clear that only by taking ten wickets would Waverley win the game. Enter Moxy the Destroyer, who was unlucky not to have more than the one wicket (clean bowled) to show from his eight over spell. One ball that deserves particular mention was the one that dived out of the sun that seemed to confuse both batsman, bowler and fielders. From the other end, control of the game was swung back in Waverley's favour by AC. Three wickets (from three remarkably straight deliveries) put the home side on the back foot, but precious runs continued to be haemorrhaged. By this stage, bringing PB and Cozy into the attack was only delaying the inevitable. However, the visitors had managed to hold out until the 30th over when the winning runs were finally struck. This was down in no small part to some good fielding from Waverley.
And so, we turn to Jim Jam's Question of the Week. This was decided very early on in the day and takes the form of an essay question: 'All Philosophers are gay. Discuss.' Apparently, they don't speak very highly of him either...
No sausages and potatoes at Elsted this season, but by the time this information was received it was too late for many of the players to pull out. With most of the squad emerging from the social event of the year unscathed, Mog promptly lost the toss and the visitors were put into bat. IV, Jim Jam, Andy M, Rafa, KV, Mog, Cozy, AC, PB, Junior Minshaw and Hoagy were representing Waverley's finest in this 36 over game.
A slow pitch brought and early end to what is becoming Waverley's strongest opening partnership, IV going through his shot too early and getting a leading-edge straight to mid-wicket. That said, Andy M is playing very well at number three this season and he looked comfortable throughout his innings. At the other end, Wig Wam was evidently frustrated with the wet outfield which was starving him of his usual boundaries. However, he was able to run his way to 50 before holing out to a good catch at backward point. Andy M holed out not long after for 61, but Rafa and KV kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely. Si did survive one scare, a certain catch on the boundary dropped thanks to the interference of the local dog (the four-legged variety, before anyone asks). Some big hits in the final few overs allowed Waverley to break the 200 barrier, but Si was denied a not out when he holed out off of the last ball. The target after tea for the home side was 202.
With only five out and out bowlers in the side, Mog needed to use them wisely to avoid a potentially awkward situation. With IV donning the gloves, Cozy and KV opened the attack and were able to keep the opening pair quiet in the early stages. Cozy bagged the first wicket and PB, on so that Mog could bring back Si if needed, induced a run out not long after (Jim Jam shocking everyone by using his common-sense and floating the ball into PB, rather than shying at the stumps). He was rewarded with a wicket for himself, a peach of a delivery that cut in from outside of off stump. AC was out to impress his girlfriend and picked up three useful wickets, including a high catch to Si (which was the best moment of his otherwise uneventful weekend). By this stage the game was beyond the hosts and Junior Minshaw was introduced to the attack. He picked up his first senior wicket, a full-length diving catch by Hoagy that rolled back the years and didn't result in him shattering into several pieces. There was even time for Rafa to have a bowl, but despite his best efforts (attempted bouncers and all), he wasn't quite able to outwit the ten year-old batsmen.
The Gayelord Mincer biscuits were once again awarded to Rafa, furthering speculation that he simply wants to eat the biscuits and be done with it. In the pub afterwards, attention soon turned to the Question of the Week. After much pondering, it was eventually settled that this week's question should be "What is the stopping distance of a full-speed Jim Jam?". The answer probably depends on how many unfortunate souls are in his way at the time...
Waverley were more than prepared to give it a go against Abinger with nine men, but after explaining the situation to the home captain he very kindly loaned the visitors two players in order to make more of a game of it. Loanees Ash & Jamie were the new faces, and there were also Waverley debuts for Adam Hart (a midweek regular) and Adam Minshaw. They were joined by regulars KV, Mog, Cozy, PB, Bertie, Andy M and AC. It was a time game, so the visitors fielded first on winning the toss. Cozy and Mog opened the bowling, with the home side apparently only having two batsmen of note. Unfortunately, one of these batsmen took a liking to the bowling of Mog. Despite picking up an early wicket, the Sunday skipper was clubbed out of the attack as said batsman battered his way to 50 within six overs. Luckily, guest player Ash was on hand to step into the breach and contain the explosive scoring rate. With the score on 136-1, the vital breakthrough was achieved by Cozy. Having made 84, the opener mis-timed a clip of his legs and skied it into KV's waiting gloves. This started a procession of wickets, with Cozy bagging five more with the scoreboard now crawling along. AC was introduced for Ash and he also got in amongst the wickets, with two of the worst deliveries ever seen in professional cricket. With the home side now nine down, Adam M got a bowl and did well in his debut first class bowling spell. The innings was wrapped up by Cozy's seventh wicket, leaving Waverley with a target of 183 and the pleasure of an early tea.
The reply got under way with the opening duo of Mog and Andy M, with the pair putting on an opening stand of 98 before Andy was caught on 53. Jamie (the other guest player) mis-timed a pull round the corner, holing out without scoring, and Mog chipped one into the covers for 30-odd. With three wickets falling for one run, the game was once again in the balance. But a useful partnership between KV and Adam Hart pretty much guaranteed the visitors victory, with the finishing post in sight by the time the latter was caught on the short boundary. Bertie tried to deny Si his 50 with a brief cameo (he claimed not to have seen one delivery), and when he was out Waverley needed only four runs to win. PB stole a single to point and with only three required for a win, KV needed a six for his fifty. A thick top edge well played cut for six over the short boundary ensured both a win and his fifty, and wrapped up a good team performance by Waverley.
It should be pointed out that Moxy turned up at the end of the game. He even managed to contribute by being the subject of this week's quote. Andy M had just described his innings as "steady, but not spectacular". "A bit like Moxy in bed!", said KV. It was noticeable that the biggest smile of all came from Lynda...
With Alfold cancelling on Sunday, Waverley were fresh-faced for their traditional Bank Holiday fixture with Eversley. A strong visiting team featured Macca, Jim Jam, Rhino, Mog, KV, DJ Teabag, Spen, AC, Moxy, PB and Bertie. With a wealth of bowling at his disposal and a very green wicket, the skipper decided to make first use of the ball. The ugliest of the Ugly Twins bowled well, but couldn't quite find the outside edge. From the other end, a snorter from Teabag gave Waverley an early breakthrough. But the home side soon got themselves back into the game, and were going along nicely by the time Spen bowled the other opener. There was no let up from the home side, which (it was becoming evident) had a strong line-up. The number three had raced into the nineties, but he eventually pushed his luck too far and saw a thick edge pouched by AC at backward point. The introduction of Macca at the other end produced a fourth wicket, while Moxy the Destroyer and Bertie also chipped in with a wicket a piece. A run out off the last ball of the Eversley innings did little to raise Waverley spirits, however, as the home side had amassed 285 from their 40 overs.
Chasing a second huge total in the space of eight days, the Waverley response stuttered from the off. Macca, Jim Jam and Rhino were all out for less than ten. There was resistance from Mog and KV (with KV taking a particular liking for the slow bowler), but when both were out in quick time Waverley's slim chance of victory evaporated. The only other partnership of note was between Moxy and PB, both of whom batted well, but it was ultimately in vain as Waverley crashed to another big defeat. Needless to say, the rest of the team blamed the skipper.
The return of Jim Jam also sees a return of the universally acclaimed Jim Jam's Question of the Week. This week's question: "would you like to see my crumple zone?" Think VERY carefully, before you answer...
In other news, the informal discussions saw Bertie emerge as an early contender for the position of Club Secretary. With the Guvnor being readmitted into hospital this week, Mog confirmed that he would take the role on a purely temporary basis. It also emerged that, with Lou expecting, Mog would be standing down as Team Secretary at the next AGM. So it would be a good time to think about whether you could fulfil the duties that Team Secretary entails and whether you feel up to the task. With it looking like this will be a pivotal AGM for Waverley (with positions of Team Secretary, Club Secretary, Treasurer and President all needing to be finalised), it was confirmed that it will be held earlier than usual, probably in late October. Stay tuned for further announcements.
With the Guv having to call time on his Waverley career, a new club secretary will need to be installed. It is requested that as many of Waverley's contracted players as possible attend the Bank Holiday fixture against Eversley. It's not an EGM, just an informal discussion about who might be an appropriate candidate to succeed the Guv in this vital club role. Any decisions reached during this meeting will then be formally ratified at the AGM in November. So in order to have your say, do come along and join the discussions, which will (presumably) commence in the bar after the game.
Last season, one man gave Frensham an unassailable lead only for the weather to intervene and force the game to be abandoned. There was no such luck this season for Waverley, as once again they fielded first against a strong Frensham XI. It didn't help that the vistors were a man short, making it a real baptism of fire for Rafa's Bourne team mates Rookster and Ali. Deso also returned to the Waverley side after some time in Corfu. The opening attack was spearheaded by Cozy and the Rookster and they maintained a reasonable level of control. The breakthrough was achieved when the Rookster induced a top edge that was pouched by Deso. Cozy struck soon after, removing last season's double centurion cheaply thanks to another catch from Deso. Unfortunately, the rest of the team seemed to be suffering from an inability to hold any catches, which saw several catches go down. Enter Teen Wolf, who clean bowled the remaining opener. Unfortunately, this brought one of the first team batsmen to the crease and he set about decimating the Waverley attack. At the other end, DJ Teabag picked up another wicket but that proved to be the last wicket of the innings. Frensham declared at 16:30 with a 'competitive' score of 270-4.
As AC observed during the tea interval, successfully chasing down 270 would warrant its own novel, rather than a mere match report. The fact that you have to make do with a mere match report probably tells its own story. Rafa and Ali opened the batting, but Ali only managed a single before playing around a straight one. With ten overs gone, there had been seven maidens and Waverley's chances of getting a win had evaporated. Indeed, the scoring rate was so slow that Claire went home due to boredom. Mog snicked one behind and Rafa followed shortly after, both failing to make double figures. KV and MC were a little more aggressive, but the explosive display was cut short when KV skied a drive high into the air and was caught and bowled for 21. MC was trapped LBW for thirteen and Deso was out first ball. Cozy and Teabag tried to restore order to proceedings, but a decent knock from DJ was cut short when he played round a yorker. What followed can only be described as one of the most boring innings the game of cricket has ever seen. With a draw still possible, Teen Wolf was determined to make it happen and so played like Mog on a particularly bad day, not offering a single aggressive shot in the ten overs he was in. Not that it mattered, as Cozy was ploughing on before he decided to jug evade on 49. Enter the Rookster, who carried on where Cozy left off by playing some big strokes. The biggest cheer was reserved for when AC finally got off the mark, edging through the slips for a single. Waverley's resistance was eventually broken when the Rookster was caught on the boundary, but Waverley had made a very credible 154 and were within seven overs of securing a draw when the final wicket went down.
The final word this week goes to Waverley's motivational coach, our very own DJ Teabag. "Catches win matches, guys!" he said. Unfortunately, he said this after the game... far too late for anyone to heed his words...
More wickets for Moxy the Destroyer
More suicides have been reported in the West Horsley area, following the visit of Waverley. Early indications suggest that the victims are up and coming batsmen, whose careers were tragically cut short when they were dismissed by Moxy the Destroyer...
Horsley & Send
If West Horsley had seen any of this week's rain, the pitch certainly didn't show it. The track was in remarkably good nick for this 40 over game, with Waverley fielding first. The visitors were far from poor with the ball, with Cozy bagging an early wicket and Mog claiming another victim with one of his trademark wobbly eggs. The other opener was proving to be a problem, a technically correct batsman who punished every bad ball that came his way. Enter Moxy the Destroyer, dismissing the opener with a return catch off his own bowling (the opener doesn't know how unlucky he is) and picking up two other wickets along the way. PB also chipped in with a wicket, but further problems were being caused by Horsley's overseas pro. He swatted his way to a ton to leave Waverley chasing 217 to win in their forty overs.
After last week's 85, IV was promoted up the order to open with Rafa (who claimed to be suffering from some sort of muscle strain), but the new partnership didn't last too long as Rafa feathered one behind to the keeper. Andy M was next in and he began to tuck into the bowling attack, as did IV. With Waverley moving along quite nicely, Andy pulled a long hop to mid-wicket (having scored 30 odd), and the skipper played inside a straight one five balls later. Two overs later and IV made the mistake of taking on the overseas pro's arm, resulting in a comfortable run out. KV was fooled by the leg-spinner's googly, lobbing up to cover, and Troy was out without scoring. After some excellent slip drives, Moxy completely misjudged a half-tracker and was bowled and AC's innings was brought to a close by a superb one-handed diving catch from the mid-off fielder. The game, however, finished in controversy. In the final over, Thor (God of Thunder) could easily have had two runs but was restricted to one by Cozy. The crowd voiced its displeasure vehemently, booing and slow-handclapping the Big Man until the conclusion of the over (and the match). The 'Gayelord Mincer' biscuits were awarded Rafa, for fielding like a clown. They were subsequently awarded to AC for his dainty clip through mid-wicket.
With Waverley considering filing a missing persons report about Jim Jam, the last word this week goes to IV. On the subject of challenging games against teams such as Horsley, he had this to say: "The important thing is to put up enough of a fight to secure the fixture for next season, by playing well for 25 overs or so. Once we've done that, normal service can be resumed and we can collapse pretty swiftly." Truer words have never been spoken...
A day of grey clouds and drizzle looked like it had ended this game before it had begun, but the home side were willing to play on a wet wicket (which predictably meant that Waverley batted first). THe game started at a sedate pace, Rafa and Mog negotiating the early overs without much incident (although Rafa was dropped twice in the slips). Mog eventually got one that followed him and didn't share the same luck as his batting partner, being caught off the edge in slip. With IV now at the crease, the scoring rate increased and both batsmen eventually passed 50. Rafa was out shortly afterwards and there followed a small procession as KV, MC, DJ Teabag and PB were all out without scoring many. IV remained for the duration, finishing on 85 not out as the visitors posted 203 from their 40 overs.
203 was a competitive total and with a wealth of bowling at their disposal, it would take a superb effort from the home side to snatch a victory. As it happens, the bowling of Waverley was equal to the challenge. The first wicket was a run out, the opener taking on MC's arm and not making his ground in time. Cozy then bagged one from the other end, a mis-timed hook being skied to KV at mid-wicket (while the stump at the non-striker's end was then skied towards the umpire). The match-winning spell came with KV replacing Cozy from the village hall end. His four wickets were vital in taking Waverley to victory, dismissing two potential big-hitters for not very many and seeing a chance pouched by Bob 'safehands' Moxham at cover point. PB picked up a wicket from the other end and the game was eventually wrapped up in the heavy drizzle by AC. A legside full toss resulted in a second run out, before AC ended his run of bad form by bagging two quick wickets to wrap the game up. Due to a slow run rate and some dubious fielding, the 'Gayelord Mincer' biscuits were awarded to Rafa after the game.
With the fat bottomed boy continuing to be absent, this week we asked Waverley's very own motivational coach, DJ Teabag, for some advice. Unfortunately, he wasn't in a very good mood after a difficult weekend: "Cricket wasn't the winner here... I hate this game at the moment."
Truly inspiring words...
Guildford Heat set to announce five new signings
It was confirmed this evening that local basketball side Guildford Heat will be announcing five new additions to the team, following successful trials on Thursday evening. Reports suggest that the five new signings will wear shirts sporting the names 'MC', 'The Bandit', 'KV', 'PB' and 'DJ Teabag'. In an exclusive interview with waverleycricketclub.co.uk, one of the new signings said: "It came completely out of the blue. We turned up for a net session only to be told that Guildford Heat were using the hall that night. We went in to try and get rid of them and walked out with a lucrative contract."
And what was it that encouraged Heat to take a gamble on these previously unknown talents? "I think it was our natural limp-wristed ability. It's good for dribbling... apparently..."
When asked why they were taking part in basketball trials and not actually going through a rigorous net session, the interview was abruptly terminated by MC.
Moxy in three wicket shocker
It seems appropriate that Moxy the Destroyer should have his own article to celebrate his three wicket spell. Much like reports of Rafa's three wickets earlier in the season, this is just so that future generations can see firstly that yes, it really did happen, and secondly that this was the event that led to the mass hangings in Crowthorne the following day...
Mog chose to buck the trend and bat first on a green pitch at the aptly-named Bigshotte Park. It's worth noting that an interesting local rule meant that there could be no sixes from cow corner around to the extra cover boundary at one end, due to the presence of a housing estate whose residents apparently don't like cricket balls in their gardens. Rafa and Mog got the visitors underway, a mixture of careful stroke-play, luck and a decent amount of extras ensuring that the first fifteen overs were negotiated without too many problems. But when a Comical umpires, controversy is not usually far away. Rafa was the first wicket to fall, a highish full toss adjudged not to be a no-ball by AC that was shovelled to midwicket. Mog followed a short while later, mistiming a lofted drive back over the bowler's head and holing out to mid off. IV and Andy M were now at the crease, with IV taking a fancy to the bowling and cutting loose (including one of the biggest 'fours' you've ever seen). With his score on 48, he was bamboozled by slower delivery and saw his stumps shattered. KV came to the crease, but didn't have a chance to get started before he was deemed LBW by the Sunday skipper. Cozy and MC popped in briefly, but it was left to Andy M and PB to negotiate the final few balls to take Waverley to a total of 206-6 after their 40 overs.
With IV keeping wicket, Cozy and KV were able to open the bowling and the latter bowled a superb eight over spell, desperately unlucky not to have more than one wicket to show for it. The openers seemed to enjoy the pace Cozy put on the ball and a change was duly made, PB's guile slowing the scoring rate. AC again had a luckless spell, but the team's fortunes changed when MC took a boundary catch off of Mr B. This prompted the introduction of Moxy who bowled a devastating spell that saw him bag three wickets, including a stunning reaction catch by Andy M (plucking the ball out of the air one handed, low to his right). DJ Biscuit had replaced AC from the other end and was troubling the batsmen with some steepling bounce. This induced both a run out and a catch off of his bowling by KV (this catch also being impressive, with KV having to run in and dive full stretch to reach it). Cozy was reintroduced in place of Moxy the Destroyer and wrapped up the game with three wickets, producing both a welcome win and concluding a fine team performance from the visitors.
With Jim Jam continuing to be absent, this week we have 'A moment with Moxham' - take a moment to consider the following observation from our very own demon spinner: "Women only scratch their eyes because they don't have any balls to scratch instead."
It was not a good day to be a Carmichael at Rudgwick, something that will become clear as this report goes on. Two families made up over half of the team, with three Brewers (PB, KV and Loz) and three Comicals (Hoagy, AC and MC) occupying six of the nine (yes, nine) places in the side due to some late withdrawals. The other three berths were filled by Rafa, DJ Teabag and Sponge Bob. The toss was lost by KV and Waverley were put into bat, Moxy and Rafa getting the innings underway. Despite some elegant drives through the slips, the Sponge spooned one up early on, bringing the skipper to the crease. Supported by Rafa, he quickly set about scoring some much needed boundaries and raced onto 48 before working out his score and skying one to cover. This commenced a miserable afternoon for the Carmichael family, with MC chipping his first ball back to the bowler. Loz (batting the highest she ever has done for Waverley) played a couple of good shots but was out soon after. Rafa followed soon after that and AC secured a second duck for the Carmichael family. Teabag and PB restored some semblance of order to the proceedings and took the visitors to 141 and the loss of Teabag with two balls to go completed what could be a Waverley record. Hoagy was bowled first ball, meaning that all three Comicals had managed ducks (two of them golden ducks).
141 was always going to be difficult to defend with nine fielders, but Waverley gave it a good go. The opening overs were bowled by KV and Teabag, each picking up a wicket (including a superb one-handed catch by PB at slip). PB and AC came on as change bowlers, but PB soon came off injured. AC was struggling with his length against some aggressive batting, but Teabag came back on down the hill and picked up three more wicket for himself. But in the end, the lack of numbers did for the visitors. Too many gaps in the field, one bowler and one batsman short. It was decided unanimously in the changing room afterwards that Mog was somehow to blame.
Due to Jim Jam's continued abscence, there is no 'Question of the Week' this week.
The picturesque hamlet of Blackheath was the setting for this 40 over match, featuring a Waverley side that made several changes from last week's battling defeat at Purbrook. MC, DJ Teabag, Cozy, Andy, Bertie and IV all came back into the side, joining Mog, Rafa, AC, KV and PB as Mog surprised no one by fielding first on a hard, flat pitch. The attack was spearheaded by Cozy and Teabag, both bowling well in their eight overs and both being rewarded with a wicket each. The skipper brought both himself and AC into the attack after sixteen overs, and despite an early stumping for AC he was taken for eleven off of three balls by the big hitting number six. This threat was ended by Mog the very next over as he clean bowled him, but with one batsmen having his eye in and racing to 50 the runs continued to flow. After much preseverance and toiling away, AC bagged a second wicket with a catch from Mog. The Herbinator picked up two wickets for himself at the death (including AC defying all the odds to pouch a skied catch), as Waverley restricted the home side to a gettable 222 after 40 overs.
The Waverley response started solidly, with IV and Rafa combining watchful defence and creative shot selection to push the scoring rate along. Blackheath regained the initiative by taking three quick wickets, Rafa, KV and Andy all returning to the pavilion in a short space of time. IV remained, however, and edged his way past 50. If Mog was unable to beat the fielders last week, luck was on his side this time around as he gave an aggressive display of batting not normally associated with the Sunday skipper. A combination of both this and IV cutting loose kept the visitors in touch with the run rate, despite the loss of both Mog and Cozy in quick time. IV had wasted no time racing into the nineties and eased his way effortlessly to Waverley's first ton of the season before he was eventually dismissed for 105. With MC and Teabag dismissed soon after, PB and AC were left with the difficult task of scoring 14 from three deliveries to win the game. With the first of these two balls going for just singles, AC was left needing to hit twelve off of the final ball. Rather sportingly, he chose to chip the ball back to the bowler for an easy caught and bowled, and Waverley lost this entertaining game.
Due to Jim Jam dropping out on Saturday night, he was unable to provide a 'Question of the Week'. With Waverley on a mid-season break next week, stay tuned for Rudgwick when Jim Jam will undoubtedly divulge more pearls of wisdom...
One of the windiest days of the year, without a doubt. Never has it been so windy for so long during a game of cricket (unless you're in close proximity to KV), which didn't bode well for the athletes of Waverley who'd made the long journey down towards Portsmouth. Conner, Thor (God of Thunder), Hoagy and Loz were all drafted in to join Mog, Rafa, KV, PB, AC, Jim Jam and Moxy on the field of combat. Given the 'understrength' nature of the team it was quickly agreed that Waverley would be fielding first, the doom and gloom merchants predicting a score for Purbrook in excess of 250 from their 40 overs. With this in mind, it could be considered a surprise that Waverley gained the early initiative. A shorter ball from Mog lobbed just over a flailing AC at square leg. Jim Jam fielded and, taking advantage of complete confusion between the batsman, fired the ball into Hoagy who completed the run out. With two more wickets to Mog, the balance was tipped in Waverley's favour. However, the change bowlers struggled slightly (Deso with his length and AC bowling into the gusting wind) which saw the scoring rate increase. Despite some appalling luck in his first over (two dropped catches and one falling inches short), AC bagged the fourth wicket of the day and the introduction of PB yielded three wickets. Another run out (some good work from Thor) and a wicket for Jim Jam (career suicide from the batsman) reduced the home side to nine wickets but a steady flow of runs left Waverley chasing 229 to win.
Rafa and RJ got the Waverley reply underway, the latter imposing himself on the bowling while the former adopted a more conservative approach (the partnership being 63 at one stage, with Wiggy on 40-odd and Rafa on two). However, it worked effectively and the pair soon put on the hundred partnership for the first wicket. Two quick wickets saw them both back in the Pavilion, RJ scoring 74 and Rafa finishing with 26. With Mog and KV at the crease, the total was still achievable. KV raced to 24 but was eventually undone by a spinner, bringing Moxy to the crease. In this time Mog remained on 0, seemingly unable to beat the infield and score some much needed boundaries. With the run rate greatly reduced, the game drifted beyond Waverley. By the time PB and AC came to the crease, there were over 50 runs required from the final over. A boundary from AC ensured the defeat was by fewer than fifty runs but the defeat didn't reflect on the good performance of the team, the windy conditions ultimately proving to be the decisive factor.
Jim Jam's Question of the Week: "If your girlfriend tells you not to shave your hair off, should you go ahead and do it anyway?"
Get well soon
As you may or may not be aware, the Guvnor has been quite ill recently. He has been receiving treatment in hospital and is now on the mend, but it means that Waverley's longest serving player will unfortunately have to call time on his cricketing career after 55 years. We wish him all the best in his recovery, and hope to see him up and about again in the near future.
Odiham & Greywell II
Normal service was resumed at Odiham as Waverley were put in to field first. With IV behind the stumps, Cozy and KV opened the attack. The breakthrough eventually came when IV pouched one off the bowling of Cozy, quickly making amends for his drop the ball before. A big-hitting number three quickly accelerated the scoring rate, PB in particular being given the treatment, but a cunningly disguised full toss from Sunday skipper Mog saw him heading back to the pavilion just after completing his 50. Another piece of bowling genius resulted in the next batsman driving and wide half-volley to Andy in the covers, with Bertie dismissing a tricky opening batsman from the other end. A good piece of fielding from MC saw another wicket fall to a run out and AC, still struggling from yesterday, also picked up a wicket (a good catch by PB). With the 40 overs completed, Waverley were left to chase a score of 194 to win.
Waverley were dealt an early blow by the loss of IV in the first over, but Jim Jam and Rafa restored order to the proceedings with a partnership of 73. Due to a lack of cash, Wiggy cleverly decided to jug evade and got himself out for 46. He was followed shortly after by KV, a rare duck from the Saturday skipper. Rafa still remained at the crease and with help from Andy, the runs continued to flow (both contributing 30ish before being bowled). Mog led from the front with some good stroke play (before being triggered by Andy) and pinch-hitter MC contributed a quick-fire 18. With twelve runs required for victory, AC left the run scoring to Cozy and this ensured a Waverley victory with two overs to spare.
In a new addition to the website, each week of the season we will aim to bring you "Jim Jam's Question of the Week". This is an effort to give you an insight into Jim Jam's way of thinking, which has baffled team mates, friends and university lecturers alike. This week's question to test the limits of your knowledge (taken from the man himself): "Is it rape if he pushes back?" Answers on a postcard.
Another Saturday/Sunday double-header for Waverley, the first of these games being against Normandy. A gentlemen's agreement saw Waverley bat first, and Moxy and Wig Wam reprised their opening partnership of a year ago to get the visitors underway. After seeing off the openers (the most difficult bowling, as Moxy will tell you), Moxy nurdled his way to 17 before losing his off-stump and RJ continued to mince around in the 30s. Saturday skipper KV was in at number three and set about the bowling with enthusiasm, with Jim Jam also reaching his fifty (subsequently running himself out). KV also passed fifty but holed out soon afterwards, and Troy became the lastest victim of a Comical umpire's trigger finger for 0. Mog and Spen kept the score ticking over with good knocks, MC came and went, and PB and AC rounded off the Waverley innings leaving the hosts chasing 246 to win from 40 overs.
Spen and Mog got the Waverley response up and running, Spen toiling away for one wicket and an in-form Mog picking up three for himself (including a gravity defying floating, diving catch from Jim Jam). Moxy and KV displayed some top mincing in the field, which was equalled only by AC's below-par bowling performance (although a top catch from Troy on the boundary gave him his tenth wicket of the season). PB picked up a wicket from the other end, and Bertie joined in with one for himself and a run out off his bowling (a direct hit from KV). Jack Rossiter bowled two good overs at the end and could have been rewarded with a wicket, but Bertie failed to hold the chance. Despite this, Normandy fell short of the total required and Waverley emerged victorious.
The most hilarious incident of the day occured before the game had even started. In attempting to park his car, Wiggy decided to test its subterranean qualities by ploughing it into a ditch. After it was man-handled out and the damage was assessed, acting-mechanic PB needed to remove his entire front fender to make the car driveable. Jim Jam was crest-fallen, the rest of the team thought he was a nugget. Meanwhile, Waverley decided to bat first against a youthful Forest Green side. Andy and MC opened and both looked assured, with MC passing his career best Waverley score by scoring 18 and Andy hitting an effortless 51 before they both returned to the pavilion. Contributions continued down the order (the third wicket partnership between Bertie and PB being particularly enjoyable to watch), but the most notable came from KV who smashed his way to 59. His demise left Waverley to declare on 207-7 and take an early tea.
Rolf and Conner (making the step up from The Bourne) opened the bowling attack and both were rewarded for their efforts (two wickets for Rolf and one for Conner). The first bowling change saw the introduction of AC, who was surprisingly economical and bagged another two wickets. The second bowling change turned out to be a tactical masterstroke: bowling up the hill, Rafa's figures were 3.2 - 1 - 4 - 3 in a spell of cunning and guile that caused several Forest Green batsmen to hang themselves in the pavilion (and including a very amusing attempted catch from MC). With two Forest Green players unable to bat, it finished as a convincing win for Waverley.
With time to spare, a beer match was in order and Waverley fielded first. Despite wickets falling at regular intervals (including two for Andy and one for MC), the home side posted a competitive 90 from their ten overs. MC and AC started the Waverley reply and never have two batsmen gone about chasing down a total in such different ways. MC managed 19 with some booming drives (including two sixes), while AC also managed 19 but with a more classical approach. With the run rate progressing nicely, the only real incident of note was Mog being given run out (a team decision from the pavilion) as Jim Jam saw us home with a six over long on.
With the Brewers otherwise engaged, Rafa unavailable and Jim Jam probably waking up in a ditch following his end of exam night out, Waverley were forced into several changes to the trip to Shalford. The full team for the day was IV, Moxy, Mog, MC, Cozy, Spen, AC, Thor (God of Thunder), Bertie, Hoagy and Jack (little Spen). With Waverley fielding first, Cozy and Spen opened the attack. Despite creating some chances, the occasional skied shots just weren't going to hand and the Shalford openers took their opening stand past 100. Cue a double bowling change from Mog, bringing both himself and AC into the attack, which soon started to reap rewards. The AC/AD tandem consisted of Mog frustrating the batsmen at one end (picking up a wicket for his trouble), while AC picked up the wickets at the other end (a haul of four wickets in an eleven over spell). Mog rotated himself out of the attack for Bertie, but the Shalford lower order scored some quick runs in the last few overs to secure a competitive 206-5 declared at tea.
The less said about the Waverley reply, the better in all fairness. 40* from Mog and 11* from Hoagy were the top scores as Waverley managed to cling on for a draw, managing 96-8 at the end of play. A special mention should go to Thor (God of Thunder) who scored his first runs for the club, and to Jack (little Spen) who fielded well in his first appearance for Waverley.
Taking advantage of brand new pavilion facilities, Waverley's athletes rocked up to Thursley. Losing the toss and fielding first on a green wicket, Cozy and KV opened the bowling (with Cozy's mate Andy deputising behind the stumps). Despite some economical bowling, the openers negotiated the early overs and seemed settled. Our resident thinking man's cricketer utilised his bowling options by bringing Eggert and Rolf into the attack and Waverley were soon rewarded with a wicket, an edge behind drawing a superb, yet effortless one-handed catch from PB at first slip. Gaz struck again shortly afterwards and two wickets from Rolf kept the scoring down. AC was introduced to the attack and an accurate four over spell saw him claim his first three wickets of the season (and overtake Comical senior to become the family's leading wicket taker). From the other end, PB's ever-economical bowling was rewarded with a sharp stumping from Andy. Cozy was reintroduced to mop up the tail and, despite some resistance, he picked up a caught and bowled to get the wicket he deserved. The innings was wrapped up with a run out following Rafa's throw, leaving Waverley chasing 186 to win.
With usual openers Wig Wam and IV absent, Rafa and KV got the Waverley response underway. A mix-up saw Rafa returning to the changing rooms early with ten, but KV pushed on with some trademark big hitting while Mog got on quietly at the other end. After quickly passing 50 and bearing down on Waverley's first ton of the season, KV holed out to extra cover for 89. Despite this loss, Waverley were still in a good position - Mog and Andy continued to push the score along and eventually saw us home for an eight wicket win, with scores of 43* and 29* respectively.
A fine day for cricket and Mog decided to buck the Waverley tradition of fielding first on the hottest day of the year so far, winning the toss and batting first. IV and Wig Wam got us off to a solid start before our resident biker sliced one to point. Jim and Mog kept up the momentum, but Wiggy was defeated by the bounce of the pitch on 60. Waverley looked to be in a spot of bother when Mog, KV and Moxy all trooped back to the pavilion in quick succession with the score reading 115-5. Cue a vital partnership between Cozy and PB, the Big Man crashing his way to a rapid 50 and Mr B adding some valuable runs. Contributions from AC, Thor (God of Thunder) and Bertie ensured that Waverley came in for tea having posted a competitive 207.
A good start was needed and Waverley got just that with opening spells from Cozy and KV. Coze bowled with his usual pace and accuracy, bagging two wickets, with KV troubling the batsmen from the other end and picking up four wickets for his efforts (including a good catch from Jim). But Medstead's opening bat was determined to frustrate the visitors and effectively bottled up one end, refusing to give his wicket away. AC, PB, Bertie and Moxy all tried in vain to get the vital breakthrough but were unable to do so. With time running out, Mog picked up his first wicket thanks to a superb one-handed catch from KV but in the end it was too little, too late. Despite the Billet picking up a second wicket with the final ball of the game, Medstead had been able to hold out for a draw. Among the various individual positives to come from the game it was encouraging to see the side fielding well, with a special mention to both Loz and Thor (God of Thunder) for their efforts in the field.