As the Twelfth Man might have put it – “another stinking ……… hot day in Raynes Park”, as Wimbledon United entertained Cuddington Casuals in a 40 over match under cloudless skies and on a ground baked iron hard by the relentless sunshine – is this the UK or has the blighty island been towed to somewhere south of Spain? Double drinks breaks lads! Casuals won the toss and elected to bat, Dhillon and Knight opening the innings against a new variant on United’s first up bowling attack, Pete Brown partnered by Rowan this time. The Casuals openers made steady progress, Dhillon being the more productive of the two, the score moving along at just over four an over, but in a slight reversal of the usual mantra it must have been the thought of drinks that brought the first wicket as Imran bowled Knight with the last ball of his third over to record a wicket maiden. Drinks were taken.
The ‘drinks brings wickets’ mantra worked again, this time in the more usual fashion, when with the first ball after the resumption Farrukh had Dhillon caught by Gary for 41, his innings boasting all of nine fours. Two Patels battled away for the third wicket and it was Farrukh again who made the breakthrough as Gary made the catch, dismissing V Patel for 11 and then almost immediately repeating the trick with the same catcher to send Vincent back for a duck. !00 for 4 became 101 for 5 in the next over, Greg bowling R Patel for 21 and thereafter the Casuals innings began to stagnate somewhat until a short burst for the ninth wicket between Sattaur and Amarasingie realised 20 runs. In the meantime Greg had taken a second wicket with S Patel (1) caught by Rowan, Mitesh had stepped up to the plate for three overs and had Ulurita (8) caught by Hash Ahmed (again that darned impending drinks break – after 30 overs – wreaking its own peculiar form of devilish magic) and Pete Brown, returning for a second spell had bowled Stockbridge for 12. With Rowan engineering a caught and bowled dismissal of Sattaur the way was open for Greg to apply the ‘coup-de-grace’, which he duly did in the next over, Gary taking his third catch of the innings behind the stumps. Casuals finished on 148 all out in the 37th over.
After tea, Wimbledon’s openers, Anand and Jonathan Williams set off at a cracking pace, although to be more accurate Anand did, as he launched a sparkling onslaught against Amarasingie and Sattaur, hitting four boundaries in the first three overs. He hit the first ball of the fourth for four but was then promptly LBW and had to retire, the score sitting at 23 for 1, with Anand having made 22 of them, Jono having faced only two deliveries. Farrukh joined him and the pair put on 20, both batsmen contributing this time until Jono was bowled by Amarasingie for 15. Another seven were then added but new batsman Imran got none of them and was dismissed uncharacteristically for a duck caught in the gully off Sattaur. The dismissal of first Farrukh, bowled by Bartlett for 18 and then Gary caught off Stockbridge for 5 left Wimbledon all of a sudden looking rather dodgy at 69 for 5 and hoping for middle order redemption.
This duly arrived in the form of a partnership of 57 between Mitesh Patel (fourth Patel of the day) and Hash Ahmed that took the score to 126 before Hash was taken at slip off the bowling of R Patel for a dogged 19. Curtis played an over or so making 6 but was then stumped off the last ball of Stockbridge’s final over and Rowan, coming in at nine, failed to trouble the scorer, bowled by Ulurita for a duck. Things were still a little tight with Wimbledon on139 for 8 in the 35th over. Fortunately Greg piled in with a perfectly characteristic assault for a number ten, striking his first ball for four and in the next over, Mitesh having taken a single, completing the day’s business with another four to level the scores and a single to get United past the winning post. At the other end Mitesh could feel proud of his vital contribution, finishing unbeaten on 35 not out as Wimbledon secured a two wicket victory.
This was Wimbledon’s fifth straight win since mid-June, two intervening fixtures having been cancelled together with the ‘no game’ Sunday when England were demolishing Panama in the World Cup, an excellent run of form. Quite a few contributions could be noted, including good work by Gary behind the stumps, Anand’s flash in the pan innings and effective bowling stints by Farrukh and Greg, but for securing the batting in the latter stages and seeing it through, as well as some decent bowling, the Man of the Match award this week goes to Mitesh.
|Innings of Cuddington Casuals C. C.||Innings of Wimbledon United C. C.|
|Batsmen||How Out||Total||Batsmen||How Out||Total|
|1||A Dhillon (c)||c. Saxby, b. Hasan||41||1||A Nayak||lbw. b. Sattaur||22|
|2||J Knight||b. Mangral||16||2||J Williams||b. Amarasingie||15|
|3||V Patel||c. Saxby, b. Hasan||11||3||F Hasan||b. Bartlett||18|
|4||R Patel||b. Dean||21||4||I Mangral||c. (gulley), b. Sattaur||0|
|5||E Vincent||c. Saxby, b. Hasan||0||5||G Saxby (c)(w)||c. (ano), b. Stockbridge||5|
|6||S Patel||c. Wije’dena, b. Dean||1||6||M Patel||Not out||35|
|7||A Ulurita||c. Ahmed, b. Patel||8||7||H Ahmed||c. (slip), b. Patel||19|
|8||M Stockbridge||b. Brown||12||8||C Phillip||st. (wkt), b. Stockbridge||6|
|9||P Sattaur||c.& b. Wije’dena||11||9||R Wije’dena||b. Ulurita||0|
|10||C Amarasingie||c. Saxby, b. Dean||17||10||G Dean||Not out||9|
|11||D Bartlett||Not out||0||11||P Brown|
|Extras W NB B LB||10||Extras W5 NB1 B13 LB0||19|
|Total (for 10wickets) (36.2 overs)||148||Total (for 8 wickets) (35.5 overs)||149|
|Fall of wkts: 1-65(2); 2-65(1); not recorded||Fall of wkts: 1-23(1); 2-43(2); 3-50(4); 4-62(3); 5-69(5); 6-126(7); 7-133(8); 8-139(9)|
|Bowling Figures: Brown – 8/1/35/1; Wiije’dena – 6/1/29/1; Mangral – 5/1/24/1; Hasan – 5/1/23/3; Dean – 5.2/1/22/3; Patel – 4/0/8/1||Bowling Figures: Amarasingie – 8/2/23/1; Sattaur – 8/0/39/2; Bartlett – 4/0/29/1; Stockbridge – 8/1/23/2; Ulurita – 5/0/15/1; Patel – 2.5/0/12/1|
Result ~ Win for Wimbledon United C. C. by 2 wickets
~~ Wimbledon United ‘Man of the Match’ – Mitesh Patel ~~