Photo is of the Saturday First Team before their opening home game against Slough.
Shelvin Gumbs' first team took on Slough in their first home game of the 2018 season. The main highlights of the day were unfortunately off the field as the team had their photo for the season and Toby The Ted made his home debut.
On the field only 37 overs was possible with Slough on 168-4 after Gumbs asked our visitors to bat. Overseas player David Brent was the pick of our bowlers picking up 2-28 before the heavens opened.
The Second Team travelled to Ickenham without captain Toby Wastling who is set to be sidelined for several weeks with a broken thumb. Opening batsman Richard Ambrose took Wastling's place as captain and won the toss and elected to bat.
Soon after the innings started rain started to fall and after ten overs the players left the field. An early tea was taken but soon after three o’clock with the rain still falling and no break in the clouds forecast the game was abandoned. In our brief innings Tom Calder, who was promoted to open, played an innings of two distinct parts. After 12 balls he had not scored, but after a further 17 balls had moved on to 27 as he took advantage of a very short boundary on one side of the ground.
When Krissie Mistry erred slightly in line and length, Will Darraugh played the shot of the day as he pounced to produce a very well timed and hard hit cut shot that raced to the longer point boundary. He was looking well set when the weather dashed his hopes of a good score that looked to be there for the taking.
Rain ruined the third team's chances of picking up successive wins to the season in their home game against Old Merchant Taylors. Captain Mark Bater decision to ask our visitors to bat was rewarded in the first over when Toby Seagrave clean bowled OMT's Andrew Mizner. Seagrave's opening partner Aussie Angus Cumming also picked up an early wicket as OMT's batting struggled against the moving ball and the pair both picked up a further wicket each. Leg spinner Greg Lem was introduced and he dismissed OMT's Kinal Patel by bowling him around his legs on what turned out to be the final ball of the day as our visitors slumped to 53-5 when the rain set in for the afternoon.
The Fourth Team played the most cricket of all our sides last Saturday as a patched up team travelled to a strong Marlow Park team. Our hosts batted and scored 277-2 with their captain Peter Stephens scoring a very good 122* before the rain arrived. Special mentions must go to Steve Wale who picked up both wickets and two young Olly Hemlin and Ben Bezani who made their senior debuts.
Saturday May 19
Updated 23:17 - 14 May 2018 by James Wheeler
First Team: Away v Horspath
Second Team: Home v Kew
Third Team: Away v Slough
Fourth Team: Home v Hayes