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League defeats but Cup win

League defeats but Cup win

Chris Goldie27 May - 09:42
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A weekend of mixed fortunes with disappointments on Saturday but successes on Sunday.

The club suffered a disappointing League Saturday with 4 losses and one win from the 5 MCCL games. At Old Deer Park, the 1's were inserted by unbeaten Shepherds Bush but, despite the loss of Greg King early, made a solid start. Vansh Jani continued his fine early season form but from a platform of 115 for 3, we once again lost wickets at regular intervals and, perhaps most importantly, failed to bat our 50 overs as we were dismissed for 171. Vansh scored his third successive half-century, playing beautifully for his 86 but he will know that he needs to go on and deliver tons. In reply, the Bush were at one stage 92 for 5 but Trenouth, having survived two very confident appeals, scored an unbeaten 79 to see his side home. Having secured a losing bonus point, we were sadly deducted it for failing to remark the creases at the interval.
The 2's offered the best news of the day beating Acton by 8 wickets to become the only side in the 2nd XI Premier Division to have won three from three. James Nelson was the star with the ball, taking 5 for 17 off 8 overs as Acton were dismissed for 177. Our reply was led by Will Hunt who scored an unbeaten 103 not out. His unbeaten 133 run partnership with Nathan Parkin (38 not out) saw us home with 2.1 overs to spare.
Batting let us down in the 3's, 4's and 5's. Having bowled Acton 3's out for 118, we could only muster 68 and lost badly. The 4's and 5 both batted first. The 4's were bowled out for just 91, a score which Kenton 3's surpassed for the loss of 1 wicket. The 5's scored even fewer runs - 73 - and took 4 Chiswick 3's wickets as our local rivals won easily.
On Sunday, the 1's faced Weybridge in the Group Semi-Final. We won the toss this time and inserted the visitors whose openers, former South African Test batter, Sarel Erwee and young Surrey 2's player, Stuart Van Der Merwe, put on 100 for the first wicket. However, after Jani dismissed Erwee and Ben Ward trapped Van Der Merwe LBW, Weybridge lost regular wickets. From 176 for 7, they rallied a little but their final score of 216 for 8 off 40 overs was slightly under par. Ward was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 4 for 38 off his 8 overs. Our reply started well with Jani and Eddie Bruce putting on 59 for the first wicket. However Bruce was stumped for 21 and Zak Pooley run out for just 1, to set us back. Jani and Adam London took the score to 106 before Vansh was caught at deep cover for 72. Ward joined his skipper and they batted with control before Adam was caught at fine-leg with the score on 155. There was still work to be done but the calm head of Ward and some powerful hitting from Eric Botha took us within touching distance before Botha was caught on the boundary. However Wardy remained resolute to win the match with 23 balls remaining. We now face East Molesey in the Group Final on Sunday 16th June at East Molesey.
Meanwhile our Women's 1st XI continued their good form with an impressive 51 run win away at Reigate Priory in the Surrey Elite T20 competition. Sarah Blythe-Wood was the top scorer with 32 and Simran Choudhary the outstanding bowler with 3 for 7 off her 5 overs.
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