Returning to Cottenham Park Wimbledon United entertained Prince Consort XI, a team that has in the recent past handed out a sizeable thrashing to United. This time however the tables were to be turned, to equally devastating effect, as Wimbledon proceeded to get their season well and truly going with a welcome nine wicket victory.
Andy Cripps, Greg Dean and Rowan Wije’dena shared all ten Consort wickets to fall in their 40 over innings, for whom only two players batted their way into double figures. Andy, opening the bowling with Pete Brown, struck twice in his third over, bowling Nelms for 8 and Matt for a first ball duck, Consort progressing to 25 for 2 after ten overs, at which point Greg and Rowan took up the bowling duties. Greg Dean then struck with a wicket in each of his first two overs, both batsmen bowled, and in the next over Rowan started in on the act bowling Nathan for 6.
Two more batsmen fell cheaply, Salmon dismissed for 3, caught by Rowan off Greg and Whitworth caught off Rowan for a duck, before the only significant partnership of the innings then added 74 for the eighth wicket. Chaitanya and Taylor put in four overs each and then Pete and Andy returned while Das and Baines set about restoring some dignity to the Consort innings. At the end of the 34th over the score had progressed to 118 for 7. Greg and Rowan then came back for a second spell and immediately Rowan struck, getting Das caught by Mitesh for a fighting 46. Two balls later he bowled Crocker for a duck and after Phillip had helped add 11 more runs the innings came to an end with Rowan grabbing his fifth wicket, Phillip LBW for 7 to leave Baines stuck on 25 not out and Consort with a final total of 139 all out.
This seemed at first sight to be an eminently gettable total, although perhaps a smidgen of doubt was caused by the dismissal of Mitesh, caught at mid-off off the first ball of the second over for 4. That was to be it for Consort however as the other opener Anand and number three Alex Herbert took the bowling by the scruff of the neck, notching up fifties apiece as they dealt comfortably with whatever Consort’s six selected bowlers could come up with. Alex stroked nine fours in an unbeaten 57, while Anand hit eleven fours and finished the chase off in grand style with a six to win the match, finishing on 65 not out, the winning hit coming off the first ball of the 24th over.
A victory was thus achieved in the most convincing manner, with good performances both bowling and batting making the Man of the Match a tricky one to decide. With the batsmen frequently getting the honours over the bowlers however, and as it (a five-for) is a rare achievement at any level, it is therefore a pleasure to give the award to Rowan for his 5 for 29 in 7.1 overs.
|Innings of Prince Consort C. C.||Innings of Wimbledon United C. C.|
|Batsmen||How Out||Total||Batsmen||How Out||Total|
|1||Nelms||b. Cripps||8||1||A Nayak||Not out||65|
|2||Barton||b. Dean||9||2||M Patel||c. (mid-off), b. Barton||4|
|3||Matt||b. Cripps||0||3||A Herbert||Not out||57|
|4||Clarke||b. Dean||6||4||M Patel|
|5||Nathan||b. Wije’dena||6||5||G Saxby (c)(w)|
|6||Das||c. Patel, b. Wije’de’na||46||6||R Wije’dena|
|7||H Salmon||c. Wije’dena, b. Dean||3||7||C Iyengar|
|8||Whitworth||c. (ano), b. Wije’dena||0||8||M Taylor|
|9||Baines||Not out||25||9||A Cripps|
|10||Croker||b. Wije’dena||0||10||P Brown|
|11||Phillip||lbw. b. Wije’dena||7||11||G Dean|
|Extras W19 NB1 B8 LB1||29||Extras W7 NB5 B0 LB2||14|
|Total (for 10 wickets) (39.1 overs)||139||Total (for 1 wicket) (22.1 overs)||140|
|Fall of wkts: 1-13(1); 2-13(3); 3-26(4); 4-35(2); 5-39(5); 6-51(7); 7-54(8); 8-128(6); 9-128(10); 10-139(11)||Fall of wkts: 1-8(2)|
|Bowling Figures: Brown – 8/0/24/0; Cripps – 8/2/26/2; Dean – 8/2/19/3; Wije’dena – 7.1/1/29/5; Iyengar – 4/0/19/0; Taylor – 4/0/13/0||Bowling Figures: Salmon – 4/0/26/0; Barton – 4/0/29/1; Croker – 4/0/10/0; Whitworth – 4/0/21/0; Clarke – 3.1/0/18/0; Baines – 3/0/34/0|
Result ~ Win for Wimbledon United C. C. by 9 wickets
~~ Wimbledon United ‘Man of the Match’ – Rowan Wije’dena ~~