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.

Indoor Nets - Starts 17 Feb

The senior teams' indoor net sessions get underway at the George Abbot cricket centre on Wednesday 17 February from 8-9pm. The sessions will run for ten weeks, finishing on the 20 April, just before the new season starts. It will be great to get as strong a turnout as possible, and if you're interested in joining the club, we'd love for you to come down and meet us all. Just let us know you're coming via the contact form on the right so we can look out for you.

Indoor Nets - Starts 11 Feb

WBCC is holding 10 sessions running every Wednesday night at George Abbott School in Burpham, right up to the start of the season (last indoor net 15/04/11) before switching to outdoor practice. We have booked 2 indoor nets between 8-9 p.m. each Wednesday.

Cost is £4, or £2 if you're a student.

Do come along to dust off that action and practice your switch hit! Newcomers are welcome.

Quiz Night


WORPLESDON SPORTS CLUBS' QUIZ NIGHT, SATURDAY 7TH MARCH AT 7.30PM. 

WBCC's annual quiz night will be held in the Worplesdon Memorial Hall. £10 per team member including a fish and chip supper, maximum team size of 8. 

Click here to see the poster (you may have to click 'read more' below first).

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