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.

WBCC 1sts and 2nds go top of the league!

Last week saw the 1sts play home to a newly relegated Caterham side. On what was expected to be a wet day the toss was going to be important, in a game that could be vital at the end of the season as Caterham look to bounce straight back and earn promotion.

Caterham won the toss, and put WBCC straight into bat, hoping to make use of the wet conditions and benefit from any Duckworth Lewis calculations if the came into effect. Both opening bowlers started well, bowling good lengths and getting movement in the air. WBCC openers Tim Golding (43) and Jai Uvaraju (38) were equal to the task, seeing out the opening bowlers. As the two bowlers spells moved into their 7th overs, it became apparent that Caterham were struggling for bowling options and WBCC batted to keep wickets in hand and attack the 4th and 5th bowlers. With the platform set, Hannes Black (56) came in and did just that, getting WBCC up to 204 off of 45 overs.

After Tea the rain was coming down quite heavily, but both sides took to the field hoping to take the points. Caterham started very carefully, and despite some excellent bowling WBCC were unable to make a breakthrough. At the break for drinks Caterham still had not lost a wicket, but were only moving at around 2 an over and needed to start taking some risks. On came Pete Grant to break the partnership, and cleared up the top order taking 4 wickets. In the end a convincing victory as Caterham finished on 171 for 9 off of their 45 overs. A great team performance with everyone contributing with bat or ball, and good pressure in the field.    

The 2nds unfortunately had their game canceled as opposition Effingham could not field a team. This meant they got the points by default and both 1sts and 2nds moved to the top of their respective leagues.

The 3rd XI went into their game away at Farncombe knowing that a win would complete a 100% weekend for the club.

This target was boosted when Mitch successfully won his first toss on the fifth attempt and elected to put pressure on the Farncombe batsmen early with the strong bowling line up. Things however did not go to plan as the opening batsmen raced to 62-0 off the first eight overs, bowling changes were required and James Hopper (2-15) and Jon Hawke (4-53) did not disappoint as they immediately started taking wickets aided by some very good catching in the field. Mitch (4-11) then brought himself on and cleaned up the tail as Farncombe finished on 146 off 33 overs.

Knowing that Worplesdon had 52 overs to chase down the total Farncombe knew early wickets were key.

Unfortunately for the 3rd XI this is exactly what happened as the Farncombe bowlers constantly threatened the stumps. Christo (73) coming in three held the innings together as wicket fell around him and found support with Gavin (26) to see WBCC to 132-6. However a flurry of wickets left the last wicket partnership of Liam and Mitch requiring 13 to win. With pressure building on both sides Mitch declared “we will do it in extras” as Liam (8 off 52 balls) showed extraordinary patience and intelligence to tie the game before hitting a four to win the game and get the 150 run batting point.               

With confidence high the 3rd XI are looking to repeat the performance against East Horsley next weekend.


Trusted Partners


Trusted Partners

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Worplesdon and Burpham Cricket Club are very pleased to announce a new fundraising initiative.

Trusted Partners is a way for our members and friends of the club to benefit from the services of businesses that we know and trust, whilst also directly helping the club’s much needed fund raising activities.

Our first such partnership is with the firm of one of our players who has been with the club since the start, Mike Black. He is both a long-standing player, committee member and former welfare office of the club and also has almost a quarter of a century of experience in the Financial Services industry.

His firm, Oakwood, provides advice in a number of key areas, which could be of benefit to our members:-

Buildings and Contents insurance 

Mike’s firm will offer any of our members/friends an initial meeting, at no cost to them and completely without obligation. If business results from the relationship a proportion of Oakwood’s remuneration will come directly to the club.

We will be launching further Trusted Partner relationships in the near future but for now, if you need advice on financial planning matters and want to help the club as well as yourself…….think Trusted Partner, Think Oakwood

For further information call Mike on 07979 001769 or visit their website www.oakwoodms.co.uk




First Century of the Summer for WBCC

Last weekend saw the 1st team travel to Hook and Southborough, looking to build on their success in the first game. Against one of the weaker teams in the division, the team was determined not relax after the fixture last year failed to produce a win. WBCC batted first, and quickly found the pitch was very slow and low, due to the wet weather during the week. Captain Jai Uvaraju battled through the early overs and started to adjust to the pitch as other fell playing across the line to low bouncing balls. Eventually he started to look very fluent and quickly went from 50 to 100, holding the innings together as others batted around him. In the end a very respectable 229 was posted, which due to the slow outfield, was probably worth a lot more. Hook and Southborough lost a wicket in their first over, thanks to some good new ball bowling by Prabhu Alagurajan. After the early loss they never looked like chasing down the runs, and seemed to be trying to bat out the overs. Vasanthan Manoharan came on and got the wicket to break the partnership, and Tharan Raja went through the middle order to finish with 4 wickets. Hook and Southborough were all out for 130, sealing a good win for WBCC, as they prepare to face newly relegated Caterham next week. 

The 2nds cruised to a win over Hook & Southborough 2s by 8 wickets, a superb bowling performance up front laid the foundations for the win, with John Cunningham and Matt Lambert again showing their value as the opening partnership, sharing 4 wickets between them to leave Hook struggling on 29-4 from which they never really recovered. Stylish off-spinner Mitch Rogers then ran through the middle order, finishing with figures of 3-7 as they were bowled out for 77. Phil Allen led the chase with a brisk 31 as WBCC reached the target in only 13.1 overs and registered their first win of the campaign in dominant fashion.

Upon arriving at Westfield the 3rd XI quickly noted the short boundary and therefore potential danger to passing cars. However after inspecting the pitch and learning that half the ground had in fact been under water as recently as Thursday, thoughts quickly returned to last weekend’s result where Farncombe were bowled out for 75. The toss therefore vital with both teams looking to bowl first, Mitch looked to the senior players for advice to break the run of lost calls, the unanimous decision being call heads he strode confidently to the pitch. Fifteen minutes later the first WBCC wicket fell in the first over to a ball that kept low and clipped the bottom of off. As the innings progressed wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as they battled to a total of 93 off the full 45 overs. Matt Lambert, fresh from his third run out in as many weeks, took the new ball and quickly gave WBCC some hope breaking the opening partnership. Local knowledge however proved key as Westfield proceeded to chase down the target for two.

WBCC 1sts Start Season In Style

After a long winter that has seen England exceed expectations at the World Cup, Anthony Joshua become the next big thing in British boxing and Donald Trump be almost guaranteed of the Republican nomination for the next US President, all 3 teams were back in action for the first full weekend of fixtures of the season.

The 1st XI kicked off their season in style with a narrow win against Old Tiffs by 17 runs. 51 by Kanthamoorthy Kalavannan and 42 from opener Tim Golding helped WBCC to a total of 196 runs from their 45 overs and then quality bowling from Ben Foulds and club stalwart Peter Grant meant that Old Tiffs could only manage 179 all out, setting the 1sts promotion chasing season off to a grand start.


The 2nd XI had mixed fortunes away at Wandgas but the day started well enough, an excellent bowling partnership between John Cunningham and Matt Lambert saw Wandgas reduced to 47-5 before a fightback for the 6th wicket occurred, leaving the 2s 167 to win having bowled them out for 166. A close chase ensued with the 2s just missing out by reaching 140-8 after accurate bowling from the opposition meant it was difficult to keep up with the required run rate but there was certainly plenty of promise in this performance to make it look like it could be a successful season ahead.


Having narrowly lost out the previous Sunday, the 3rd XI looked to get their campaign back on track with a tough match away at Dorking. Things did not start as hoped, with WBCC losing the toss and being put in the field on a track you would be more accustomed to seeing in the subcontinent than the Surrey hills. Dorking made the most of this by racking up 320 runs but the 3rds did not back down in the face of scoreboard pressure, reaching a very creditable 218 with 52 for Ken Boyton and 75 from Jon Francombe meaning they head into the next weekend with strong optimism.

A mixed bag of results then for the first full weekend of the season but cause for optimism in all 3 teams as we head into next weekend with the 1sts away at Hook & Southborough, the 2s playing the reverse fixture and the 3rds away at league newcomers Westfield.

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