Old Wimbledonians – Abandoned by (rain)

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.

Octopus – Won by 6 wickets

Match Report

On a cloudy overcast day the Graces Captain won the toss and put the opposition in to bat. The ball swung around and the early bowlers kept the score very tight. Ramesh was unlucky not to get any wickets and most of the other bowlers took a couple of wickets each. After tea the Sun came out and Graces cruised to 48-0. Then we experienced a little wobble before getting the total. Well done to the first win of the season.

Octopus 84 all out. Grace’s 85-4.

Walthamstow Horizontals – Lost by 5 wickets

last ball defeat!

Our second game of the season against Walthamstow Horizontals turned out to particularly eventful. Mirav , Nirav and Giles all made their debut for the club.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat 2 quick wickets were lost before Mendis and Mirav put together an 82 third wicket partnership. After struggling with his timing and being dropped twice Mirav put bat to ball with some firm shots before being bowled for 44.
Mendis was then supported by the middle order going on to an imperious 111 eventually holing out in the deep. He hit 2 big sixes into the adjoining tennis courts as well as a range of sumptuous drives and pulls. The tail then wagged with Neil 18 and Noddy 21 (welcomed back after a long absence)
The total of 248 looked competitive.    
Hemang and Neil opened and bowled tightly , debutant Giles running out one of the openers with great reactions. Walthamstow then dug in – the bowlers were rotated but wickets were hard to come by. We followed the Walthamstow example spilling catching chances. The batsman took advantage of these missed chances and started to hit anything loose to the boundary with a 3rd wicket stand of 133.
Mendis came on and took 2 wickets and was on a hat-trick. The game looked like ours to take. Again Walthamstow then dug themselves out with some bit hits keeping up with the run rate. 
A 6 in the penultimate over then saw 5 needed off the last over – Noddy bowled well and the scores were tied with one ball left. A leg bye was scrambled to give jubilant Walthamstow a victory by 5 wickets in the tightest of finishes.
A great game with almost 500 runs scored against great opposition.

Merton – Lost by 10 runs

first match

 

After a rainy morning the clouds cleared to reveal a sunny afternoon for Grace’s season opener in south London.

The Grace’s squad arrived in good time to inspect the wicket which looked true and flat with a fast, green outfield.
Dom lost the toss and the nine men of Merton CC opted to bat. After some lusty blows the dangerous looking opener (he made 144 the previous week) drove to mid on where Richard took a smart catch off Ramesh.
With Grace’s bowlers then finding line and length , wickets fell regularly , including 2 for debutant Neil ,leaving Merton on 80 for 5 . The game was in the balance . However a determined 6th wicket stand between Griffith and Iqbal than started to take the game away from Grace’s adding 99 runs with some hard drives. Tight fielding kept the score down.  
Gordie was enjoying his time behind the stumps taking 3 catches and then a fourth – Iqbal- for 49 just when Merton were looking to accelerate in the last few overs. They totalled  186 -7 off their 40 overs. Would this be enough? 
After a great tea Grace’s started the run chase – Abhi, opening with Dom , hit a fluent 28 before falling to a great diving catch at point (1-33). Merton then produced some tight and accurate bowling reducing Grace’s to 55 for 6. It looked all but over at this stage but Gordie had other ideas , following on from his great batting last season he started to find his form immediately, punishing the young spinner with some lofted drives and pulling anything short. Richard provided excellent support rotating the strike. Merton were getting worried and fielded well despite only having 9 men. Richard ,after consolidating the innings ,then accelerated with some well stuck boundaries. They added 100 runs before Gordie was caught on the legside boundary for an outstanding 75. 
Grace’s fell 10 runs short –  a lot of positives to take from a very enjoyable match played in great spirit..
man of the match – Gordie!