This Berkshire Cricket League match took place on 27th May 2017
Availability was the major issue concerning the club for the 2nd team fixture away to Crowthorne & Crown Wood played at the neutral venue of Berkshire County Sports due to a BCL fixture computer error giving C&CW 2 home fixtures . With a number of players away for bank holiday weekend, studying for exams or a late drop out due to illness the 2nd team were only able to select 9 players (8.5 really as Savva Christodoulou wasn’t due until 3.30pm!). With captain Chris Herbert winning the toss and electing to field, WSL took the the field with 7 players due to Siva Kumar’s sat nav seemingly unable to aid his journey from Maidenhead.
Herbert opened the bowling himself with George Zadrozny hoping to take advantage of the green used track prepared for this game. With inventive field placings the opening batsman Warner-Rowley and Foxon initially struggled to find gaps. Making good use of the conditions and Herbert gaining some unexpected pace and bounce the first wicket fell with Foxon edging to stand in keeper Brian Day taking a fine catch. The same happened shortly after when the dangerous Shashank edged a similar Herbert delivery.to Day. This brought Shaw to the crease looking to steady the innings with Warner-Rowley. After the opening spell 12 overs Herbert replaced himself with debutant Markus Orgill and Zadrozny who bowled tightly conceding just 18 from his 6 overs with young leg spinner Haris Khan. With the ever dependable Warner-Rowley and Shaw developing a partnership which eventually reached 50 Herbert was pleased to see the arrival of Siva Kumar onto the field. With this addition fielder Shaw (26) skied a delivery from Orgill high into the sky with the grateful Kumar steadying himself and taking a fine catch despite a gust of wind almost taking the ball away from him. Khan then turned Emes inside out with a fine delivery and also accounted Clarke for 10 with another fine delivery. With Kumar finally able to bowl after his late arrival he wasted no time in removing the stoic Warner-Rowley (35) a fine catch taken by Orgill. With Kumar’s tight bowling conceding only 14 from 8 overs and the introduction of Hari Guliani to the attack this led to a flurry of wickets with Guliani bowling Winch (14), Kumar bowling Taylor (3) and removing home captain Dan Partridge for 3 after a great catch at long on by another debutant Joe Thompson. Despite a late charge by Hester and Miller for the 10th wicket Herbert bowled Miller with a slow straight delivery. 143 all out follwoing a superb fielding display by WSL.
Arranging a batting order with two of the nice players having to leave early to attend evening functions makes for a captains headache. Hari are you ok to open? A reluctant yes was the reply, Siva as you’re leaving early will you open? Yes yes yes was the reply. With Siva making Chris Gayle look defensive by attacking from ball one, Guliani was a little more defensive. Moving onto 12 after a couple of nice 4s Miller took the wicket of Guliani with a straight ball. With Kumar still attacking every delivery and Orgill looking to play himself into the game it led to some interesting field placings. Eventually Kumar (19) holed out to Emes off Miller, Orgill (10) bowled by Clarke and Khan (5) leg before to Partridge. This brought the experience of Christodoulou (21) and Thompson (9) together who built a nice partnership before Thompson was trapped leg before by Clarke. Brian Day joined Christodoulou at the crease and played himself in taking 16 deliveries before getting off the mark before edging to wicketkeeper Hester for 5. Hoping to get a close a possible to the Crows total Christodoulou and Herbert (12) looked to score from any loose deliveries before Christodoulou was bowled by an in swinging delivery from Sharshank. Last batsman Zadrozny joined Herbert but Herbert attempted an attacking shot from the bowling of Sharshank which was superbly caught by Miller at mid-off. 110 all out.
Overall despite the lack of numbers all WSL players can be proud of their achievements in this fixture against a team who will be challenging the top 2 in the division.
WSL 2nd team track of the day sponsored by Andy Maliff’s phone bill. 5,6,7,8 by Steps