With the heatwave continuing, another hot and humid afternoon with occasional cloud cover led to a decision for two drinks breaks during each 40 over stint – classic symptom of an exceptional summer. Would the exceptional summer also stretch to another double headed win over long time rivals 54th OCA was the question in the team’s minds as they made their way to the Wandgas Ground in Worcester Park. Gary won the toss and elected to bat first, Anand opening the innings in the company of previous skipper David Hitchman, welcomed back from Athens for a three week summer stint. The pair were soon in good touch, notching several boundaries, but in the eighth over Anand was bowled by Hasan for 16 and three overs later, as Dibley replaced Hasan, David popped a catch to Musgrove at mid-off and had to depart, having hit seven fours in his 36. Wimbledon were well placed at 62 for 2 off just 11 overs.
Jonathan Williams and James Flannery carried on in much the same vein and the boundaries continued to flow, Jonathan in particular throwing caution to the winds – 52 runs were added to the score in the next six overs. When Dibley resumed after the first drinks break Jono launched two massive sixes off the first two balls – result one lost ball (and 12 runs). As the scorer dryly remarked, while taking note at the boundary edge, “the next one’s going down someone’s throat” and sure enough the next ball soared into the air and was caught at mid-off as Jono tried another one. Gary was undone in Dibley’s next over, caught behind, whereupon Mitesh and James set out their stall for a long and productive partnership that yielded 85 runs in the next 17 overs. James was finally bowled by Musgrove, having made an excellent fifty en route to a score of 68 and two overs later the same bowler accounted for Mitesh, also bowled, for 46. By this time the score had gone well past 200 and with some last ditch scrambling by Rowan, Greg, John Hitchman and Andy Cripps Wimbledon posted a teatime score of 226 for 8.
Andy Cripps and Pete Brown opened the bowling for Wimbledon and as soon as the third over Pete had struck, bowling Jackson for 4. Gibb was joined by OCA skipper Gary Cunningham and the pair put on 57 for the second wicket, which fell when Gibb was caught by Saxby off Greg, who was by now bowling in tandem with Rowan. Richard Cunningham joined Gary at the crease and they put together another decent partnership that was broken when Richard Cunningham was caught by Jonathan Williams as Pete came back for a second spell. After 31 overs OCA had progressed to 161 for 3. From hereon in however the OCA innings more or less fell apart. With Gary having returned to the attack two wickets fell in the next over, Mack going for a duck and Gary Cunningham, the key wicket for Wimbledon to capture, dismissed after an ebullient innings of 80, both bowled by Gary.
Seemingly not content with that Gary bowled Neath for 1 in his next over, but this brought the hard hitting Dutfield to the crease to join Musgrove so United’s work was not yet done. Dutfield duly smacked a couple of sixes and a four but was thankfully the next man out, bowled by Andy Cripps off the first ball of what proved to be an over of complete mayhem, in which Musgrove hit a four and was then caught by James Flannery and Dibley was bowled for a duck. Terminal confusion followed at the start of the next over, bowled by Greg , as Atiq was run out thanks to a smart bit of fielding by James Flannery, all of which rapid action brought the OCA innings to a grinding halt at 198 all out, 28 runs short of the target.
With that Wimbledon could reflect with satisfaction on having completed part one of the annual double header to maintain the recent run of wins, leaving plenty of time for reflection on the impending second part – would that go the same way? Man of the Match honours go to James Flannery for a backbone innings of 68 and vital contributions in the field to back it up.
|Innings of Wimbledon United C. C.||Innings of 54th OCA C. C.|
|Batsmen||How Out||Total||Batsmen||How Out||Total|
|1||A Nayak||b. Hasan||16||1||R Jackson||c. Nayak, b. Brown||4|
|2||D Hitchman||c. Musgrove, b. Dibley||36||2||K Gibb||c. Saxby, b. Dean||32|
|3||J Williams||c. (mid-off), b. Dibley||28||3||G Cunningham (c)||b. Saxby||80|
|4||J Flannery||b. Musgrove||68||4||R Cunningham (w)||c. Williams, b. Brown||35|
|5||G Saxby (c)||c. R Cunningham, b. Dibley||5||5||L Mack||b. Saxby||0|
|6||M Patel||b. Musgrove||46||6||S Neath||b. Saxby||1|
|7||R Wije’dena||b. G Cunningham||5||7||P Musgrove||c. Flannery, b. Cripps||10|
|8||G Dean||Run out||5||8||S Dutfield||b. Cripps||19|
|9||J Hitchman (w)||Not out||0||9||Atiq||Run out (Flannery)||3|
|10||A Cripps||Not out||1||10||S Dibley||b. Cripps||0|
|11||P Brown||11||S Wright||Not out||0|
|Extras W 6NB2 B 5LB3||16||Extras W3 NB1 B5 LB5||14|
|Total (for 8 wickets) (40 overs)||226||Total (for 10 wickets) (38.2 overs)||198|
|Fall of wkts: 1-49(1); 2-61(2); 3-112(3); 4-121(5); 5-206(4); 6-219(6); 7-222(7); 8-225(8)||Fall of wkts: 1-12(1); 2-69(2); 3-156(4); 4-162(5); 5-163(3); 6-164(6); 7-190(8); 8-195(7); 9-196(10); 198(9)|
|Bowling Figures: Dutfield – 4/1/23/0; Hasan – 5/0/31/1; Dibley – 8/0/61/3; Wright – 8/0/37/0; G Cunningham – 8/2/33/1; Musgrove – 7/0/34/2||Bowling Figures: Brown – 8/3/32/2; Cripps – 7/1/42/3; Dean – 7.2/0/31/1; Wije’dena – 8/0/44/0; Saxby – 8/0/42/3|
Result ~ Win for Wimbledon United C. C. by 28 runs
~~ Wimbledon United ‘Man of the Match’ – James Flannery ~~