Cricket Week Match reports

Theale & Tilehurst
Whitchurch Wayfarers kick started their annual cricket week with a fantastic victory over touring party Theale and Tilehurst.
After losing the toss Whitchurch saw themselves in the field in damp yet sustainable conditions. Theale refused to allow the weather steal a second fixture of their tour and started off in quite emphatic style! The first over of the game saw B.Barriball carted to all parts of the ground for a modest 24 runs! Needless to say proceedings didn’t calm as Theale rushed to 100 off 9 overs before R.Bone (3-28) steadied the flow. The youthful spin attack of Whitchurch completed their stint in the field conceding a hefty 280 runs.
With the target having been set Whitchurch started positively with Luffman and Hare posting a rapid 40 for the opening stand which included a towering 6 from Hare over the keepers head. As wickets fell Whitchurch saw a number of healthy starts not converted Sherrell 51, Bone 38, Jackman 33 and Kerswill 26 all making good inroads. The introduction of C.Barriball 57 upped the run rate but he was undone in the deep and the game looked buried. With 11 needed off the last over, it was the unlikeliest of heroes to seal the deal as B.Megicks took it upon himself to hit the final ball of the game over point for 4 giving Whitchurch the win by 1 wicket.
Cornwall Over 50s
Whitchurch welcomed an ever impressive Cornwall over 50s side to Whitchurch house on a beautiful day for timed cricket.
Skipper Alford won the toss and invited Cornish cricket stalwart Husband to field.
Whitchurch went about proceedings in an attacking manner as both Alford and Megicks surprisingly made their first career 50s putting on over 100 for the opening stand. C.Barriball entered the crease after Megicks was caught and bowled and made light work of the tired attack, blitzing a rapid 96 before being excellently caught in the deep. Cotter hot a quick 40 before Whitchurch declared on 290-5.
Despite an early scalp from Kerswill (12-6-22-2) Cornwall batted sensibly and patiently against the young attack of Rich, Ord and Hall. Most notable was ex West Indian Joshi who made a beautifully sculpted 90 before falling to Ord. With the bowling changes frequent, Whitchurch just couldn’t pick up the required wickets to win the game as Cornwall finished on 203-6 saving a draw.
Harrow Wayfarers
The final fixture of the week saw Whitchurch welcome the ever fluorescent Harrow Wayfarers to another timed game. Skipper Kerswill won the toss and opted to bat on what looked a good deck. Openers Bone and Jackman started well playing patiently but still putting the bad ball to the fence. Veteran Credicott 39 and youngster C.Barriball 47 crashed quick fire scores but man of the moment was Bone who scored a chanceless 105* before retiring his innings. Whitchurch declaring on 271-7.
Harrow struggled to get going as quick and regular wickets fell to Megicks 2-15 Hall Sr 2-29 and Tamblin 2-6. Despite this Harrow had their sights set on the draw and father son combo Jonny and Jerry Laxton batted watchfully for over 20 overs seeing the game into the final over before Laxton Jr was stumped after all the commotion of bodies around the bat in one of the most attacking fields seen at Whitchurch house. Harrows number 11 fended the final 3 balls and the game was drawn; Harrow reaching 125-9.

2013 – DCL Week 18 – We’re up

Firsts v Kenn
Whitchurch went into their final game of the season with a 12 point cushion over their nearest rivals Whimple. In the win / lose format this meant that all was still to play for. During August both teams had been doing their best not to be promoted with scratchy wins, lost games and points thrown away.
The final weekend proved to be more of the same. Whimple travelled to Bridestowe knowing that they had to win. Whitchurch crossed the county to Kenn knowing that 8 points would see them safe.
Kenn batted first and almost immediately Whitchurch dropped opening bat Gosling. Towl (4 for 23) bowled really well and sent the top of the order back to the pavilion for the princely sum of 15 between them. More importantly, Whitchurch now had two more points and the demands on Whimple were rising. Just after Towl had finished his spell Gosling was dropped again. He and Gaydon (18) put on a useful stand of 59 runs. At 105 for 5 things were not looking too rosy for Whitchurch. Darren Sambells came on and took three wickets. Although the tail wagged a bit Kenn were bowled out for 174 giving Whitchurch maximum bowling points; Gosling was last man out for the days top score of 81.
At this stage the wonders of technology meant that Whitchurch knew that Whimple had been bowled out for 146 so that, even were they to win, they couldn’t now catch Whitchurch.
This may have impacted on the Whitchurch batting. The second innings was not a thing of beauty. In the first over Ben Powell went for a duck and only three batsmen and extras managed to make it into double figures. The bowling was tight with little leeway. Mistakes were punished and the batsmen were culpable. Credicott (21) and Billy Barriball (63) were the only ones who got on top of the bowling. Both of them dealt mainly in boundaries; Billy being particularly harsh on Wills (3 for 60). In the end Billy hit 11 fours and a six. Unfortunately, no-one managed to stay with him. From the relative safety of 122 for 5 with more than half the overs remaining Whitchurch collapsed with barely a whimper to 135 all out.
It was of no matter – Whitchurch end the season promoted. Babbacombe were the runaway winners but, with nine wins to their credit, Whitchurch had made good use of the new format and were deserved runners up. They had strength in depth with the batting and a good variety of bowling which proved too much for most sides.

 

The seconds didn’t have the best of days and were soundly beaten by 10 wickets.