A hot and sunny afternoon under fair weather fluffy clouds welcomed Wimbledon United back to Cottenham Park for a fixture against Park Hill C.C. Winning the toss Park Hill sent Wimbledon into bat, Anand and Rowan taking first strike for the home side. Anand took four off Nacmansons first over. Rowan, facing up to Lawn, let the first ball go by down the leg side, but in a moment of doziness, wandering around out of his crease, was caught napping by keeper Chirag and had to go, stumped for nought. Anand was nest to go, nicking one to first slip where Prem held on to a good catch. Farrukh and Alex put on 28 for the third wicket, Alex being next out to first change bowler K P’s first ball, bowled for 22. Gary was next in and fairly briskly made 21, while Farrukh took his time, patiently putting together a knock of 28 (off 63 balls). Both were out in quick succession, Gary bowled by K.P. and Farrukh caught by Jeavons at mid-off, leaving the home side on 87 for 5.
Mitesh and Curtis then got stuck in to the bowling and added 80 runs for the sixth wicket, both players making a number of boundaries, Curtis, reliving his youth for the second week in a row, contributing a mighty six before being judged LBW to Jeavons for 32. Greg entered the fray next, watched Mitesh take 6 off the penultimate over and then played two balls to get his eye in before smashing Jeavons for a six. Two 2s followed and then a last ball do or die effort for another two saw the first completed but the second not and Greg run out for 11 off 6 balls. Wimbledon finished on a useful 184 for 7.
Andy and Pete opened the bowling for United and a miserly 10 overs followed, Pete being the pick of the two, bowling Jeavons for 4 with a beauty and recording three maidens in a spell of five overs, 1 for 3. After 10 overs Park Hill were 14 for 1. Greg and Alex then had spells of 4 overs each, Greg proving expensive, leaking 28 runs, but Alex more tidy, bowling opener Evans in his third over and finishing with 1 for 9. Rowan and Farrukh took over and continued to apply pressure, their combined 8 overs yielding figures of 2 for 16, Rowan having Chirag caught for a duck by Mitesh and Farrukh dismissing Prem, caught by Curtis for 17. Wickets were falling while run scoring was proving difficult and Park Hill were now wobbling at 63 for 4. Three more wickets fell in consecutive overs, two to Gary and one to the returning Greg, and at 82 for 7 in the 29th over Park Hill’s goose looked to have been cooked. Nacmanson proved to be the chief source of resistance; he and Smith added 15 for the next wicket before Smith was caught behind by Hitchman off Pete’s final over and the end then came quickly, Rowan picking up the wicket of Lawn for 2 and Andy bowling K.P. for 5 with the penultimate ball, Park Hill finishing a substantial 70 runs adrift. Mitesh (46 not out) and Pete (8 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 9) deserve the honours this week.
|Innings of Wimbledon United C. C.||Innings of Park Hill C. C.|
|Batsmen||How Out||Total||Batsmen||How Out||Total|
|1||R Wije’dena||st. Chirag, b. Nacmanson||7||1||D Evans||b. Herbert||24|
|2||A Nayak||c. Prem, b. Lawn||0||2||I Jeavons||b. Brown||4|
|3||A Herbert||b. K.P.||22||3||Prem||c. Phillip, b. Hasan||17|
|4||F Hasan||c. Jeavons, b. B Smith||28||4||V Chirag (w)||c. Patel, b. Wije’dena||0|
|5||G Saxby (c)||b. K.P.||21||5||D Ransom||lbw. b. Saxby||3|
|6||M Patel||Not out||46||6||Chris K||c. Patel, b. Dean||12|
|7||C Phillip||lbw. b. Jeavons||32||7||P Nacmanson||Not out||23|
|8||G Dean||Run out||11||8||W Blake||b. Saxby||0|
|9||J Hitchman (w)||9||B Smith||c. Hitchman J, b. Brown||3|
|10||P Brown||10||D Lawn||c. xxx, b. Wije’dena||2|
|11||A Cripps||11||K.P.||b. Cripps||5|
|Extras W11 NB5 B0 LB1||17||Extras W5 NB6 B5 LB1||17|
|Total (for 7 wickets) (40 overs)||184||Total (for 10 wickets) (39.5 overs)||114|
|Fall of wkts: 1-4(2); 2-13(1); 3-41(3); 4-82(5); 5-87(4); 6-167(7); 7-184(8)||Fall of wkts: 1-5(2); 2-47(1); 3-56(4); 4-63(3); 5-75(5); 6-79(6); 7-82(8); 8-97(9); 9-107(10)|
|Bowling Figures: Nacmanson – 8/1/27/1; Lawn – 8/2/29/1; K.P. – 8/0/32/2; B Smith – 8/2/34/1; Blake – 2/0/24/0; Jeavons – 5/2/21/1; Chris – 1/0/16/0||Bowling Figures: Brown – 8/3/9/2; Cripps – 8/1/25/1; Dean – 8/0/41/1; Herbert – 4/0/9/1; Wije’dena – 5/1/11/2; Hasan – 4/1/9/1; Saxby – 3/1/3/2|
Result ~ Win for Wimbledon United C. C. by 70 runs
~~ Wimbledon United ‘Man of the Match’ – Mitesh Patel and Pete Brown ~~