Weekend Review, July 27-28

Weekend Review, July 27-28

By James Wheeler
30th July
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A weekend of indifferent weather saw only the First Team complete their fixture on Saturday while the Sunday team were beaten by The Lee.


TOSS & RESULT AGAINST FIRST TEAM

The First team travelled to Aston Rowant last weekend. After a delayed start due to overnight and early morning rain, the teams were given the all clear to commence a reduced overs match. Given the reduced overs the toss will play a major part in the match and this advantage went to Aston Rowant captain Joshua Smith who won the toss and with the exposed green top had no hesitation in inserting our First Team.

The host made good use of the early favoured bowling conditions. Our opening batsmen got off to a decent start before AJ Woodland was dismissed for a good looking 18. Charlie Macdonell and David Burnell (pictured) fought back with a hard-working partnership which was then ended when Macdonell was dismissed by Alan Duncan.

Burnell continued his decent form top scoring with 52 from 55 as wickets fell around him. Wickets tumbled as the First Team collapsed from 129-3 to 175-9 as the innings closed after 39 overs.

As expected, with the wicket drying out it became easier and easier to bat and the Aston Rowant opening pair of George Reid and James Coles capitalised on this putting on an opening stand of 147. Coles finished on 91 not out as the hosts chased the target inside 27 overs.

Together this team can turn around the situation we find ourselves in and get clear of the relegation zone.

FOURTH TEAM FRUSTRATED BY RAIN

The Saturday rain frustrated Andy Grout’s Fourth Team last weekend as the weather brought a premature end to their game at Stoke Green, with Grout’s men in a strong position at 106-2 off 26 overs. Despite being told by his team to call ‘tails’, captain Grout called ‘heads’ and lost the toss.

Alan Sheppard and Harvey Graham opened the batting for the Fourth Team and it was the former who started the better as he found the cover boundary at will in the opening few overs. Graham batted patiently early on and he then started to go through the gears showing his full range of shots and his undoubted class with willow in hand.

The opening partnership was broken when Mazhar Hussain clean bowled the impressive Sheppard for 32. The dismissal brought James Wheeler, who after taking a few balls to get off the mark, peppered the offside boundary as he made a brisk 38 before the rains came. Graham was dismissed for a very good 32 a few overs before rain ended the contest with the Fourth Team well set at 106-2.

THE LEE BEAT SUNDAY TEAM

On a typically English Sunday afternoon, the Sunday Team took on local rivals The Lee. Overseas player and captain for the day Nick Grant won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket prepared by the ever-reliable Groundsman David Doyle.

The Tring Park innings got off to a solid start as openers Rory Wood and Tom Powell-Williams ticked the score along, until Wood was trapped in front with the score on 12. Finn Graham (29) and Powell-Williams (27) pushed the score to 39 by the 10th over.

The loss of Powell-Williams and Ed Pike saw Chris Curry join Graham, and the pair put on 44. Curry’s classy innings of 25 was cut short by a good catch in the covers, making him the first victim of Harry Rice.

A middle order collapse followed, as Tom Weymes was caught in the deep and Nick Grant tried one cut shot too many. With the score at 104-9, Ben Bezani joined Gary Mosley. The pair took the attack to the bowlers, and put on an entertaining 29 runs for the 10th wicket. Bezani (17) was trapped in front by Rice, who finished with 5-31 with Mosley finishing 12 not out, as the Sunday Team setting a target of 133.

It was always going to be a tough ask defending a low score. Ben Westcott took the new ball along with Bezani, and the pair bowled with good control. Westcott (1-21) struck first as Curry safely took the catch. The Lee batsman then began to take control, until Gary Mosley was injected into the attack. It was with immediate success as he took a caught and bowled to give the Sunday Team a glimmer of hope. Mosley snared another as Curry took his second catch of the afternoon.

In his first game back in Tring colours for a number of years, Mosley caused plenty of trouble with the ball, finishing with figures of 2-37 off seven overs. However, there was to be no further joy for our bowlers, who toiled right to the end. Grant turned to Matt Cave, Weymes and Pike, who all bowled well but without luck.

In unusual circumstances, the players began to shake hands, only to find that the scores were still level. Rather than a countback on boundaries, Chris Curry was thrown the ball with the scores level and seven wickets still required. His crafty off-spin caused plenty of trouble, however he could not prevent the inevitable.

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