Sat 07
Tenbury Wells CC - 1st XI
Lose
League
2nd XI
136/5
133
Courageous performance in the field not enough

Courageous performance in the field not enough

By Jonathan Tovey
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5WOE 2nd XI 133 all out, Tenbury Wells 134-5 – Tenbury won by 5 wickets


Match report from Ian Garrett

Not for the first time in recent weeks, Ways produced an energetic and committed performance in the field and with the ball, which was not quite enough to conceal familiar batting frailties. Put simply, Ways did not get enough runs, and although we made Tenbury work very hard for victory, victory in the end they obtained.

With the exception of JT and Zoheeb, the typical innings was a couple of nice shots, then dismissal. Iain Wingfield was perhaps least culpable, dismissed by a ball nipping back off a length, but then Nigel Payne took three wickets with what seemed pretty ordinary bowling. Key batters Chris Webber and Jim Braddock both hit Payne for boundaries but were then both dismissed top edging loopy full tosses into the leg side, and at 40 plus for 4, Ways were in serious trouble. There followed two decent partnerships, but neither could consolidate. Skipper Jon Tovey struck the ball powerfully through the leg side but then with Ways on 75 top edged a sweep to leg slip, and Ian Garrett played a pleasant cover drive but then drove loosely and was bowled by Davies to leave Ways on 108-6. {Editor’s note – despite was Play Cricket says, Ian got 8 not 4!]. Zoheeb meanwhile played the best knock of the innings, slashing through the off side when given width and putting loose deliveries away through the onside with aplomb. The spin of Davies and medium pace of Watts worked their way through the lower middle order however, and Zoheeb’s knock came to an end when having got away with a number of chancy singles, he called for an overly ambitious short single and left himself stranded in mid pitch. It was left to Dave Kendall and Abib Abid to eke out the last few overs, but Dave then hit Davies like a tracer bullet but straight to the fielder placed at long on. 133 all out seemed completely inadequate – it was not obvious at this point that the key factor would actually be the six overs we did not use up.

Right from the start of the Tenbury innings, we put them under pressure. Hannah Murray and Dave Kendall bowled excellent opening spells, Hannah dismissing Giles thanks to a sharp catch by Iain Wingfield at slip, and Dave getting a ball to pop which Pugh prodded to Jon Tovey at short midwicket, and then had the aggressive Thompson skying a drive to Zoheeb at mid-on who judged it nicely. 23-3 and behind the rate, and it could have been better when Hunt nicked a ball from Dave Kendall just wide of the keeper. That would have made it 30-4 and game definitely on. As it was, Hunt and Thompson gradually inched towards the target, always under pressure form good bowling and aggressive fielding. Sabir eventually dismissed them both, Hunt to a superb diving return catch, and bowled his best spell for a while – aggressive and fast. At 95-5 Ways were still in with a chance, and had Tenbury only had 45 overs to get the runs, it would have been very close. As it was, the extra six they had from dismissing Ways in the 39th over proved crucial as they inched towards their target at under three an over, only accelerating right at the end.
So another brave and creditable performance, but a low total left just too much to do.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 07, Sep 2019

Kickoff

12:30

Meet time

12:15

Instructions

11:00 meet at Masshouse, or 12:15 at the ground. 1 hour travel time from Masshouse.

Thanks WCL, you saved our longest journey 'til last....

Competition

Division Nine

League position

2
Tenbury Wells CC - 1st XI
9
Five Ways Old Edwardians CC - 2nd XI