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Royal Navy CC Day Two v Incogniti Cricket Club Incogniti CC on Fri 24 Jun 2016 at 11.00
Incogniti Cricket Club Lost 6 wickets.
Despite the fact that in 2016 it proved unusually difficult to recruit for this fixture and that Tom Wakeford had to pull out late due to a broken hand, the team which eventually made the sheet was quite strong on paper. Partly due to these difficulties the match manager's mood was dark when the rain came down all night on the eve of the match and day one was declared a complete washout. Fortunately the Navy gave early notice of this so the team was able to make a relatively leisurely journey to Portsmouth with some stopping off on the way for a spot of Golf.
After a fun and well oiled evening out, the team awoke to bright sun and a Navy team champing at the bit to test the mettle of the visiting team. Partly because the team looked a little jaded, Incogs skipper B Wakeford chose to bat. This was to prove an unwise decision as the wicket, while looking fine, proved to have a fair bit of moisture left in it. This being said the Navy's two opening bowlers exploited it fantastically. S Bobb from the pavilion end bowled with genuine raw pace, at times revving things up around the 85mph mark. He clean bowled Jennings and Atchison, with the latter's middle stump cart wheeling a good five metres back. J Grasham bowled at lesser pace but swung the ball prestigiously and also managed to remove two of the top five.
At 18-4 it looked like the day was not going to last very long at all. Fortunately Harry Williams and the captain Ben Wakeford managed to see off the openers and gradually eked out a partnership of approximately 50 runs. By the time Williams fell the pitch had dried out a bit and the runs began to flow more easily. Another partnership developed between the captain and new batsman Indie Chakrabhati before Wakeford played a tired shot. Chakrabhati and Ian Johns then got the scoreboard moving and 150 looked a real possibility. Unfortunately both fell trying to push the score on and the eventual score of 115 was always likely to be inadequate.
So it proved. Williams, Atchison and Wakeford bowled well enough for most of their spells, but too many loose balls on what was now a pretty decent wicket meant that the Navy were scoring too quickly for any pressure to be applied. Eventually Tom Whyte and Ollie Greally did manage to put some pressure on, with Greally keeping it tight with his off spin and Tom Whyte taking three quick wickets (including a hit wicket, which clearly pleased the ‘quicker than he looks’ left armer). Unfortunately it was too little too late and the Navy cruised home with 6 wickets to spare.
A fine trip socially, but somewhat ruined by the weather from a cricketing point of view. We hope for better next year.
Incogniti Cricket Club Incogniti CC Batting
for 9 wickets
ct Mayturn b Grasham
ct Mayturn b Collins
ct Bobb b Butcher
ct Charles b Collins
ct Kershaw b Butcher
Royal Navy CC Day Two Bowling
No records to display.
Royal Navy CC Day Two Batting
for 4 wickets
116 (0.0 overs)
ct Williams b Whyte
hit wicket b Whyte
lbw b Whyte
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