WBCC 1sts Continue their Winning Run

Another weekend of cricket in the leafy suburb of Surrey brought with it another win for WBCC 1sts as they continued their impressive form with the dispatching of Warlingham.


Jay Doddaballapur bowled the side to victory

In the last limited overs match before the change of format, WBCC batted first. After a steady start seeing off the opening bowlers, the slow bowlers were brought on and Tim Golding was out top edging a pull. Mike Black came in and started to build a good partnership with Jai Uvaraju. As the runs started to flow, Warlingham became agitated, and were constantly changing the field almost every ball. Added to the left hand, right had paring, the overrate was very slow. With the score nearing 200, both batsmen tried to accelerate, and after a good innings setting the base Mike Black fell for 38. Trying to hit the spinner over the top. After some big switch hits for 6, Jai Uvaraju followed in the next over for an excellent 125. With 2 the overs running out and wickets in hand, the remaining batsmen all fell trying to hit quick runs, with Hannes Black scoring a quick fire 37 to boost the final total up to 251.

After checking how long Warlingham took to bowl their 45 overs, it was agreed they would have a reduced innings of 40 overs. In his last game before moving to New Zealand, Jay Doddaballapur took the new ball, and straight away started to extract the dangerous inswing that is known for. Again WBCC took a wick in the first over, and Jay started to take apart the top order ending up with 5 wickets for his swing bowling. The two youngsters Oliver Schofield and Matthew Lambert then came on to close the innings restricting the runs at taking to wickets to restrict Warlingham to 197 for 9 runs from their allocated overs.

A good win, making it four wins from four heading into the timed games next week.

The 2s started off very strongly, with Cunningham and Kitt reducing them to 18-3 and then 56-5. However two of Southern Railways’ better batsmen turned up late and batted down the order and this, combined with a few vital dropped catches meant that they escaped to 154 all out. Still an impressive bowling display by the 2s on what was a good batting track at Worplesdon, with Kitt’s 4-34 a particular highlight. Beddall and Kobhinath got off to a good start with the bat, reaching 27-0 in good time but after Beddall was trapped lbw and skipper Hopper was out first ball - needlessly flaying his bat at a ball outside off stump – the 2s then slipped to 48-6 and although Roberts (30) and Cunningham (4*) staged a brief fightback, Southern Railways’ impressive bowling meant that they were bowled out for 72. The old adage of “catches win matches” was quite appropriate in this match as the momentum turned with the drops towards the end of S.Rs’ innings and meant they headed into the 2nd innings with their tails up. Nevertheless, positives can still be taken from this performance, particularly with the ball, as the 2s head into the weekend away at Long Ditton.

The 3rd XI went into the first home game of the season full of optimism after registering their first win the previous week, this was boosted by winning what turned out to be a vital toss and inserting East Horsley on a pitch that Saturdays result suggested had a bit in for the bowlers.

WBCC were however treated to a masterclass in batting from J.Garlick as he dispatched the bowlers to all parts on his way to 125 retired. The bowlers got some reward for their efforts as at the other end wickets fell at regular intervals as EHCC finished on 259-7 with the pick of the bowlers being Phil Allen (3-29).

After an impressive tea laid on by Matt Lambert and family a rejuvenated 3rd XI set about chasing the target. Gobi Kobhinath (53) at the top of the order got the chase of to a good start before Phil Allen (55*) fresh from his bowling spell came in and anchored the innings. With a mid-order collapse threatening he was joined by Matt Lambert (20*) who saw WBCC through to 208 and the losing draw.

Looking back the 3rd XI will rue the mistakes in the field that could have changed the game however the batting performance continues to provide positives that can be taken into the next round of games.

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