Date: Saturday 24th April 2021
Location: Oak Meadow, Waltham St Lawrence
Photos: Play during the first innings (Siva Kumar)
Report By: Chris England
WALTHAM ST. LAWRENCE IN CRUISE CONTROL.
Before commenting on the game itself, WSL.CC expresses its thanks to Binfield .CC for pulling together a team at short notice to provide the home team with opposition after Woodley pulled out.
On a sunny but blustery afternoon at Oak Meadow, WSL skipper, Sree Venkatar, with a strong batting line up, opted to bat.
His decision quickly looked to be vindicated. He and fellow opener Ankush soon started to spray the ball to the boundary with ease. Having put on 42 runs in quick time, Ankush (22) attempted to launch the ball into the neighbouring field but was bowled through the gate by Acharya, who bowled accurately in his eight over spell and was the pick of the Binfield bowlers (2-30). Binfield’s more youthful bowlers were made to pay for their inconsistent line and length by Sree, whilst birthday boy, Chris Sharpe, opted for a more patient approach. Just short of his fifty, Sree (45) was trapped LBW by Acharya. Sadly for Binfield, this brought no slowing of the run flow as Asif Ali soon got into his stride with a blistering assault of fours and sixes. Both he and Chris Sharpe saw the score ease up towards 200 before retiring. As the bowlers tired and the pitch got easier Waltham’s middle order continued the onslaught. Wasim Javed pressed on to his second 50 of the season in continuous weeks before retiring. Further useful runs were added by Rehab Siddiqui (27) and Andy Malliff (19 n.o). In their 40 overs WSL scored a daunting total of 269 for 4.
Before they even picked up a bat, Binfield’s task was made all the more difficult having lost two of their key batsmen to injury in the field. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
Opening bowlers Siva Kumar (1-17) and George Zadrozny (2-10) bowled an accurate line and length and had both Binfield openers trapped LBW. Soon veteran, Chris England (3-11) was brought into the attack and promptly out- foxed the Binfield middle order and Binfield were staring down the barrel of a big defeat. However, Binfield’s Jones chipped in with a useful twenty to bring some credibility to the total. WSL skipper (2-11) turned his arm over to prize out two more wickets and both Rehan and Sana opened their bowling accounts with a wicket. The final dismissal came from a dramatic tumbling catch from Was, off the bowling of George. WSL cruised to a 200 run victory.
This match saw some encouraging, positive batting and some well controlled tight bowling. The fielding was also decent. This was useful practice for WSL but much sterner tests lie ahead. The team have a good spirit and look capable of making a strong impact in the league this year.