Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club
Ruislip Victoria v Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 22 May 2010 at 1.30pm
Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club Won by 8 wickets
Best day of the year weather wise greeted us on our arrival at Ruislip Victoria. Some travel issues disrupted a travel plan that was better organised than D-Day, but other than the 3 hour journey’s experienced by Clarke and Spence, generally everyone else turned up with ample time to warm up and take to the field.
The Ruislip team started positively, despite some good bowling by Field and Clay. Willing to play their shots, the score was still quite slow by the time Clay struck to remove the opening batter, with a bit of help from Field who took a great catch at mid-off. Clarke removed the other opener when he bowled him. Both batsmen had made a start so would be disappointed to not have pushed on.
Wickets then fell quite regularly with Sandland stumping the next man in, with a smart bit of work off of Clay. Clay then took the danger man I Krunic when Steve Brown took a sprawling diving catch smartly to his right at 1st slip to have the batsman out LBW – good effort though Steve and well worth the match fee I am sure!
A small partnership then grew between for Ruislip Victoria, but just as it looked like they might push on, Anthony was brought into the attack with immediate results. Spence took at catch off the 4th ball of his first over (just before drinks), then Anthony followed it up by bowling the next batsman in for a golden duck.
Going in to drinks Stratfield were feeling confident.
Another mini partnership grew between N Krunic and P Lat, with Lat in particular playing some good shots and mixing up attack and defence. Spence was able to dismiss Krunic LBW before things got to far away from Stratfield, then Anthony once again struck – although it was not a wicket he would have been expecting with the slow full toss that was bowled. C Clarke was given out LBW and will be wondering why he instead hadn’t seen the ball sailing over the leg side boundary.
Clarke and Clay then polished off the innings with Clarke getting his man caught by Field at mid off, before Clay bowled Lat (51) to end the innings of the man who scored the majority of the runs for Ruislip and was the back bone of the innings.
Ruislip ended up on 139 all out with the only notable contribution from Lat. Stratfield shared the wickets out with the main successes being Tom Clay (10 – 0 – 42 – 4) and Luke Anthony (6 – 0 – 23 – 3).
In reply Stratfield had to contend with 30 minutes of their innings before tea. Spence and Clarke opened the batting and did ok by scoring 25 without loss off of 8 overs – however, Spence was dropped 2 balls before tea at short forward leg and with limited runs in the bank it was a drop that Ruislip didn’t need. Combrea could count himself unlucky as he was bowling well and deserved some success.
After tea the scoring became a bit more fluid, with Spence again riding his luck, this time Combrea was the culprit with a drop at cover from a leading edge off of Lat in his first over. The score got to 91 and Ruislip were flagging when finally Spence played his third awful aerial shot and was caught by I Krunic at mid wicket trying to sweep Nawaz with his score on 41.
Shah was next in, but was perhaps unfortunate to be given out LBW without scoring to Nawaz with the partnership a fledgling 4. This sparked a little more interest from Ruislip, however, Clarke continued to play sensibly, steadfastly refusing to offer anything in the way of a chance during his 49no, while Sandland score a reasonably quick 21 to get Stratfield home. There were still plenty of overs left in the tank and only two wickets down. The partnership was 45 runs in total.
Ruislip’s only successful bowler was Nawaz (9 – 1 – 35 – 2), although Combrea and Lat bowled well in the heat with no success. Ruislip will regret not scoring more on a wicket that played reasonably well overall, although a little low – certainly no demons in it. Plus, with a little luck and better fielding, the game could have been that much closer.
Ruislip Victoria Batting
for 10 wickets
139 (0.0 overs)
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Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
for 2 wickets
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