Saturday’s league fixtures saw two workmanlike wins for the 2nd and 3rd XI’s and a pulsating tied game for the 1st XI.
Playing at home for the first time in the league this season, the 1st XI took on Frimley, who batted first. Australian Warwick Jones (62), Rob Milford (41) and a quickfire 40 from Jordan Gomez got Frimley to a respectable 201-9 in their 45 overs. Paul Metcalfe’s three wickets costing just 13 runs from his nine overs. James Robottom and Joe Porter chipped in with two wickets each, whilst James Newton-Savage produced an economical spell of off-spin – 21 runs from nine overs. Another good performance in the field with some fine catches taken.
Hill’s reply was led by opener, Jamie Sones (64), but at 113-6 the winning target was looking unlikely. A 68-run partnership for the 7th wicket between Jack Baverstock and Robbie Coates gave some hope but 14 were still needed from the last over, bowled by the experienced John Hebditch. Baverstock launched the 2nd ball for six over long-on and after some improbable running between the wickets, just two runs were required from the last ball. Baverstock could only get it as far as the bowler following through and went through for a single, to take him to a well-deserved 50, but falling agonisingly short of the equally deserved win. Frimley will rue some misfields and dropped catches, due in the main, to the pressure put on them by Hill’s lower order. The 1st XI travel to Sinjun Grammarians on Saturday, still looking for their first league win of this campaign.
An away trip to Guildford City CC meant an early start for the 2nd XI. Ian Exworth won the toss and elected to field, bowling Guildford City out for 144 in 40 overs. Shadab Ahmed (3-33) and Rob Fullicks (2-22) the pick of the bowlers. In reply Hill reached the target in 33 overs for the loss of six wickets. The consistent Stuart Barrs-James (37) and Fullicks (34 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs.
The 3rd XI also had their first home game on Saturday, beating Cobham Avorians by five wickets. 10-man Avorians were bowled out for 151 with Tahir Butt and skipper, Umakant Saraswat taking three wickets each. Dharamvir Puri top-scored with 63, supported by Will Owens (31) and Dhruv Contractor (20 not out)
This Saturday sees the 2nd XI host Battersea Ironside, whilst the 3rd XI make the short trip to Thames Ditton.
The Home XI made short work of Antelopians CC on Sunday. Restricting the visitors to 178 all out – the wickets being shared by seven of the nine bowlers used, skipper Rob Fullicks then unleashed his first three batsmen. Rob’s son Jack, whose 52 from 40 balls looked very pedestrian compared to Scott Mitchell’s 29-ball 62. Sean Lee-Rice then scored 43 from 30 balls as the target was reached with half of the 40 overs still remaining!
The Away XI were rather outclassed at Cove CC, but the bowling unit, most notably Dave Castor (3-44) and Andrew Blair (2-35) put in a creditable performance.