Wimbledon Corinthians CC - 1st XI v Park Hill CC - Saturday XI
A nerve-biting ending the first league game of the season
For our first home game of the season vs Park Hill CC, Corinthians won the toss and elected to field on a green, grassy pitch that looked like it would have a few tricks up its sleeve. Overall it was a strong bowling and fielding performance, started by Nasrullah (8-1-17) through his accuracy, not giving anything away, with Kunal (5.2-3-22), Saddam (9-3-32) and Ben (9-2-21) getting through the bulk of the overs and all getting in the wickets. No drops in the outfield, and sharp catches from Alom and Tom (via his chest!) marked a solid fielding effort. Park Hill ended at 137 all out in the 39th over, but having been 42/5 at one point, Corinthians may have felt that they should have been able to restrict them to closer to 100, but the lower order played sensibly and made the score very much defendable.
The batting effort was lead from the front by Chris with a crucial, and typically stylish 60, made all the more impressive by a pitch that seemed to be playing up more and more as the game went on. This was exemplified with at least 5 of the team being out bowled or lbw to balls that kept remarkably low (not getting above ankle height), with credit to Park Hill's Chris Webber who seemed to have found that precise length where that kept happening, picking himself up a five for (9-5-40). Some support did come in the middle order from Tom (14) before he and Chris both succumbed to worm-burners from Webber, with Corinthians 82 for 6. Some more variable (lack of) bounce followed and left Corinthians at 82-7. Kunal (18) and and Nas "no fear" rullah (27 n/o) 's 35-run partnership 9th wicket partnership was both critical and absolutely nerve shattering for their onlooking teammates.There was a fair sprinkling of risky aerial shots, resulting in a straight six for Nasrullah, and 2 dropped catches, that on another day would certainly have been taken! And then as if it wasn't tense enough, Kunal was unluckily bowled, playing back to a short ball that didn't bounce above the 2nd strap on his pads - leaving the pitch at 136-9. Squeaky bum time indeed now (as if it wasn't already)! In comes Saddam, 1 needed for a tie, 2 to win - or 1 wicket to lose! Saddam survives until the end of the over for no run. Nasrullah then picks up a single from the next over to pull the scores level. Then there's a big appeal for lbw against Saddam, who cleverly avoided being given out by using his bat, and as the ball runs away the two batsmen run through for a single and the league campaign starts with a Corinthians win!
Author : Ben Priest