Venue: Wandsworth Common
Cairns Fudge CC vs Wimbledon Corinthians CC 2nd XI
35 overs per side contest.
Corinthians turned up on Wandsworth Common in glorious sunshine to play a team named after Chris Cairns’ now defunct fudge company. Although the start time was officially 12:00 a number of the team had to guard their cars until the parking regulations ran out at 12 so in the end play got underway about 12:10 with Corinthians skipper for the day Theo losing the toss and being asked to field first.
A new ball partnership of Brian and Steve O started well, with Steve producing a devastating spell of 7-4-6-4. Brian at the other end should probably have matched him but had a number of catches dropped or land just out of reach of fielders. With CFCC at one point about 35-4 things were looking very promising. Keith, Amit K and Theo continued on the good work to reduce the oppo to about 70-6 until a finger injury to Theo forced him from the field for a couple of overs. This resulted in Corinthians fielding with 9 for a short while, which combined with CFCC hiding their usual number 3 and best batsman (he ended up last man out on 93 which was half his sides total) at 8 led to a belligerent 90 odd run partnership of which he got about 85. New player Omkar bowled 4 tidy overs of gentle seam (4-1-12-1) in the middle of the carnage somewhere so well done to him. Late wickets for Amit and Theo finally polished off the Fudgers for 186 when a total closer to 100 had looked on the cards. We did stick at it pretty well on a hot afternoon and had we taken our catches that would have helped too….
Corinthians reply soon fell into a bit of trouble with openers Ewan and Omkar both falling for ducks. Waqas and Matt then produced a chalk and cheese partnership of 40 before Waqas was bowled for a powerful 31 (new club best). In the face of some tight bowling Brian and Matt tried to keep things ticking over until Brian lost his patience and his stumps to a very slow spinner trying to deposit him over midwicket. The pitch had been showing variable bounce all game and Matt became it’s latest victim getting pinned by one that didn’t bounce from back of a length, at this point Corinthians had meandered to 61-5 with the asking rate rapidly closing on double figures. Amit and Ivan gamely tried to keep the ruins flowing in a partnership of 42 with both batsmen showing plenty of aggression but Amit having rather more success, Ivan eventually sacrificing himself for the team with a stumping come runout for 9, 104-6. Keith departed soon after to an excellent return catch (107-7). Steve and Theo (who picked up his second injury of the match when he was hit on the chin!) tried to keep Amit company but in the end Amit perished, last man out, to a steepler at mid off for 44. Corinthians closed on 132 all out.
If we were to award a man of the match it would go to Cairns’ skipper Stu for his massive 93, well batted sir. (although Steve’s 7-4-6-4 was also a remarkable effort)
Well played all.