3rds show promise but not yet the finished article

After a winning start in their warm up friendly game last week, Worplesdon and Burpham 3rd XI were looking to make a good start in the league against a strong Dorking side. After rain overnight both sides arrived hoping to start on time on a wet outfield that in patches on the square was almost a bog! The covers were taken off and the pitch looked good underneath, so the toss was taken and James Hopper again called correctly and put Dorking in to bat. 

Schofield opened up with Hopper and quickly the pair put the Dorking batsmen under pressure with some accurate bowling. The tight bowling eventually brought the first wicket as Schofield forced a drive which the batsman couldn't quite get on top of and Golding took a sharp catch at cover. 

Soon after Letcher and Mohammad came on and continued the good work, all the fielders making the batsmen work hard for their runs. Hopper had his first bit of inspired captaincy of the day as he threatened to take off Mohammad unless he took a wicket, lo and behold the wicket came straight away with a strangled catch well taken by the wicketkeeper. Hopper then brought the spinner Golding on, and with the ball turning a lot, he managed to tempt the new batsmen in to some false shots. After a high mistimed shot causing a near on-field collision between Kitt and Macaskill, a flighted delivery tempted into a big drive and he was bowled. 

Then after some tight fielding and bowling the Dorking batsmen managed to consolidate, meaning they had wickets in hand to accelerate during the last 10 overs. Hopper rotated his bowlers well, and with his first ball back Letcher managed to take a wicket. Others followed soon after as the young Dorking tail tried to score quickly. Good catches by keeper Manoharan, as well as a very calm run out meant that Dorking were soon 9 down, declaring after 44 overs on 190. 

Now came the chase, spirits were high after a good bowling performance and strong batting performance the week before. The Dorking bowlers started well swinging the ball, and the first wicket was soon lost to a big inswinging delivery. Kitt came in and with Golding they started rebuild. Scoring was slow as they tried to build a base and see off the new ball. Then came the young Dorking spinner, again he found turn and Golding couldn't control a flick to the legside and was caught. This was the beginning of the collapse, with none of the batsmen quite managing to get to grips with the turn. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end as Kitt started to play himself into some form, valiantly taking the score to a respectable level. After he fell just short of a half-century, the Worplesdon and Burpham tail had 12 overs to hold out and claim the draw. They did well until the 35th over when the Dorking skipper had brought himself on to bowl and had that extra pace to finish the innings off.

The one consolation of the innings is the collection of a sole batting point. The building of partnerships by rotating the strike and putting a higher price on our wickets most be worked on if a competitive score is to be made and to last the full amount of overs.

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