It was touch and go as to whether this game would be played at all, Saturday’s prolonged soaking having generated a water-logged outfield, and soggy square, but thanks to some smart work by the grounds-man, who had covered the wicket, and a decent sunny morning, by 1.00 pm all was set fair for the second fixture of the season to get under way. Sadly the result of the match was anything but touch and go as the Gents administered a sound beating on a warm sunny afternoon.
The Gents won the toss and put Wimbledon in on a bit of a sticky wicket that was doing quite a lot for the bowlers, particularly in the latter half of the innings when speed and accuracy added to the difficulty of scoring at anything like a decent rate. A few late arriving Gentlemen meant that Wimbledon provided a couple of substitute fielders and some reserve bowlers were first up for the Gents, as Gary and Farrukh opened the batting.
A first wicket stand of 50, scored largely off Dubey and Chataraju, was broken when Farrukh was caught behind off Gulati for 19, and Gary followed almost immediately, bowled by Gulati for 21. Several middle order batsmen then got a start and moved into double figures but no-one was able to move on to register a match defining score. Curtis and Jonathan Williams battled on for ten overs to add 37, when Jonathan was bowled by a full toss from Santha for 19. Curtis was eventually out in the 31st over for another 19 (clearly the ‘score du jour’), leaving United on 102 for 4. The remaining nine overs yielded just 24 runs, James Flannery making 17 and Mitesh 12, the 40 overs coming to an end with Wimbledon on 128 for 8.
The Gentlemen opened with Basker and Caveney against the bowling of Greg and Andy and Andy it was who made an early breakthrough, bowling Caveney for just 5. Kota joined Basker and the second wicket partnership stretched to 68 before Basker was stumped by Hitchman off Farrukh’s bowling for 37. Kota, together with number four Namilikonda made no more mistakes however, despite Wimbledon using the services of seven bowlers, and with Kota notching up 59 not out, including five fours and a six, and Namilikonda 26 not out, with one four and three sixes, the Gentlemen strolled home for an emphatic 8 wicket win in the 28th over.
So with no scintillating performances from the Wimbledon side a match hero is difficult to pinpoint, but for having at least registered positively with both bat and ball Farrukh gets the nod this week.
|Innings of Wimbledon United C. C.|
|1||F Hasan||c. (wkt), b. Gulati||19|
|2||G Saxby (c)||b. Gulati||21|
|3||C Phillip||b. Kota||19|
|4||J Williams||b. Santha||19|
|5||J Flannery||Run out (Gangapatnam)||17|
|6||A Nayak||c. & b. Santha||3|
|7||M Patel||lbw. b. Gulati||12|
|8||C Iyengar||b. Gangapatnam||0|
|9||J Hitchman (w)||Not out||1|
|10||G Dean||Not out||2|
|Extras W6 NB6 B2 LB1||15|
|Total (for 8 wickets) (40 overs)||128|
|Fall of wkts: 1-50(1); 2-51(2); 3-88(4); 4-102(3); 5-106(6); 6-118(5); 7-120(8); 8-124(7)|
|Bowling Figures: Dubey – 3/2/4/0; Chatharaju –ulati – 7/1/18/3; H Patel – 5/0/21/0; Santha – 8/2/13/2; Gangapatnam – 3/1/3/1|
|Innings of Gentlemen of West London C. C.|
|1||Basker||st. Hitchman J, b. Hasan||37|
|Extras W4 NB1 B1 LB0||6|
|Total (for 2 wickets) (27.4 overs)||133|
|Fall of wkts: 1-15(2); 2-83(1)|
|Bowling Figures: Cripps – 5/0/20/1; Dean – 8/1/43/0; Patel – 5/0/10/0; Hasan – 4/0/15/1; Saxby – 3/0/29/0; Iyengar – 1.4/0/10/0; Williams – 1/0/6/0|
Result ~ Win for Gentlemen of West London C. C. by 8 wickets
~~ Wimbledon United ‘Man of the Match’ – Farrukh Hasan ~~