HHCC’s 3rd XI maintained their 100% start to the season with a fourth consecutive win against Wimbledon Lakeside in Carlisle Park on Saturday.
Skipper Steve Fidler’s woeful coin tossing record continued and Hill were put into bat on tricky pitch, still displaying the effects of Thursday’s deluge.
Wimbledon’s attack was led by Oliver Davis, bowling his left arm over cutters pretty successfully. It was an attritional start by Fidler and Martin Rutherford (28) which took the shine off the new ball but failed to get the scoreboard moving. After 20 overs Hill had reached 51-1 but it was tough going. Vignesh Ayyathurai (28) came in and hit a few lusty blows and Rutherford’s careful innings came to an end. The introduction of Paul Thornley added some much needed impetus as he set about Wimbledon’s change bowlers, his attractive innings including two sixes and six fours.
The Hill amassed 142 from 41 overs with Jerry Fallows (9 not out) sticking around with Thornley (58). It appeared a competitive total but with the pitch getting easier all the time, a good performance in the field was essential.
Wimbledon clearly had some good ball strikers but seemed to want to win it in quick time. This approach backfired with a steady fall of wickets and some fine bowling and fielding. The bowlers all chipped in. Rahul Puri (3-18), despite being hit for some early boundaries bowled a nagging line. James Harding continues to add to his repertoire, adding a variation to the slower ball he has used successfully to date this season, taking 2-30 from a five-over spell. Chris Page (3-18) and Joe Ayley (2-11) ensured that the Wimbledon tail was not to deny Hill their win. Some deft fielding from veteran Fallows helped them wrap up a comfortable win leaving Hill topping the table with a perfect 60-point start.
The 3’s travel to Mitcham after the Bank Holiday break to face the only other unbeaten team in the Fullers 3rd XI East League.