Rain and more rain
After weeks of sunshine the weather frustratingly closed in for a very overcast Sunday – some morning rain saw a damp wicket so when the toss was won the opposition were duly invited to bat.
The opener was in an aggressive mood and after one sliced four Neil hung on to a well judged catch in the covers. This bought their classy number 3 in who proceeded to punish anything loose with some well timed drives.
This 2nd wicket partnership threatened to take the game away until Richard B put the brakes on with some great line and length bowling. Old Wimbledonians got frustrated and played some rash shots – Richard picking up 4 wickets in his accurate 8 over spell for only 22 runs. Anosh provided support at the other end.
All this time it was drizzling slightly and this combined with 100% cloud cover resulted in murky conditions and a slippery ball. After Richard’s spell finished the oppo took advantage of these testing bowling conditions and moved the score along again with regular boundaries – wickets were also taken , Richard taking a great catch backward of square.
A final total of 249 – 8 was certainly going to be competitive.
During tea the drizzle turned into rain and after a short wait (watching the Nadal/Federer French Open final in the clubhouse) the match was abandoned.
The game provided some good bowling practice in testing conditions as Dom rotated the bowlers – Old Wimbledonians provided sporting oppo with plenty of mickey taking from the umpires directed towards their own batsmen! Hopefully next season we can repeat the fixture.