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Wimbledon Corinthians v Cuddington Casuals
Cuddington take early season spoils
Pitch: Green and Dampish
Weather: Mostly sunny.
Toss: Cuddington, who chose to bowl.
Horrific weather had wiped out any hopes of early season play and even this fixture was only possible thanks to a late pitch change. In any case by about 1pm there were two teams who were desperate to get the season off to a start. Bowling first was a pretty easy decision given the condition of the pitch and as Jadid and Anoop strode out to open the batting things were probably going to be tough going. Bounce proved extremely uneven with balls shooting along the ground from any length or popping up and stopping. WCCC limped to 22-2 off 10 overs with Anoop perishing to one of 3 LBWs in the innings and Rakesh playing round a straight one. Jadid continued to play shots while Theo had the sole aim of batting the rest of the overs. Wickets continued to fall however and with Jadid, Steve O, Ewan (all bowled) and Ali Akhtar holing out in the face of some disciplined bowling from Heath, Sattaur’s (P & D) and Varu. This left WCCC at 67-6 off 30 overs Theo having taken 26 balls to get off the mark and with only 2 scoring shots eventually perished LBW in the 31st over for a painstaking 5 off 55 balls in 1h13m. The innings did not last too much longer with Arif and Moiz lasting another couple of overs to end the innings on 68-9 (we only had 10 men). Not a day for high scores or fast scoring but 68 was probably 30 or more under par. Special mention to Heath for finishing with 6.2-1-19-4.
Teas having been consumed Cuddington set off on their chase and suffered an immediate setback loosing Sattaur (A) for a duck after 5 balls to a pea roller from Anoop. Stockbridge (Ma) and Cox, built a little partnership though and the score was about 30 when Moiz removed Cox. Bowlers were rotated with regularity with Jadid picking up the wicket of Stockbridge (Ma) who was the day’s top scorer with 25. Towards the end Theo picked up a couple of wickets as well on an increasingly capricious pitch which was very receptive to spin as well as still exhibiting variable bounce but Cuddington got home by 5 wickets for a fairly comfortable win in the 27th over.
In the end we did lose but that was the only blotch on what was a lovely day and a fun game of cricket with good banter and a general sense of joy at finally getting the season underway. Well played everyone!
Author : Theo Moore