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Selly Park 251-7, 5WOE 3rd X1 180-5, Selly Park won by 71 runs

Selly Park 251-7, 5WOE 3rd X1 180-5, Selly Park won by 71 runs

By Jonathan Tovey
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Farewell to Gav with creditable performance

Match Report by Ian Garrett

Although a different result was never likely, this was a decent performance by the 3rds, particularly after the rather one sided defeat against Warwick in their last outing. A young bowling attack stuck at their task well, and the batting showed determination and skill to finish with a good score against a very good attack. Given that Selly Park (complete with several “guests” it seemed) were much the stronger side, this was a performance that reflected well on Ways.
The two Selly park openers got their innings off to a rollicking start, with Yates in particular blazing along, and the Ways opening attack finding it difficult to stem the runs. Almost all the Selly Park batters looked to hit the ball, and with a relatively small boundary and the lack of assistance from the astro pitch, it was difficult to stem the runs. Bryan Varley bowled the most economical spell, and also took two wickets once the two openers had retired on reaching their fifties. Meghan Hancock-Nolan bowled a good spell and took a well judged catch in the covers, and Abi Crompton, if not as accurate as often before, picked up a wicket, the first of two good catches by James White, who also took a wicket. Anusha Chauhan was probably the pick of the young bowlers with her leg breaks and took a deserved wicket, and a rare outing for Ian Garrett’s inswingers saw him pick up two wickets towards the end of the innings.
Chasing a mammoth total was never going to be easy and Ways did very well to get as close as they did. This was particularly the case given the quality of the bowling, with the Selly Park opening pair comfortably the equal of many 2nd XI attacks, particularly Sajjad, who swung the ball both ways with control and pace, hitting the stumps of Laura Hill and Harry McDermott on his way to figures of 2-20 from eight overs. But Ways did not collapse as they had against Warwick. Ian Garrett and James White put together an excellent partnership of 79, Ian quick to pull the short ball and looking set for another fifty until he picked out deep mid off for 44 from the spinner. James then went on to make his career best score of 37, including a successive four and six over the legside until mistiming the ball to offer a catch. Then followed some of the best batting of the innings as Anousha and Abi added almost fifty together with some excellent strokeplay, Anousha particularly strong off the back foot through both off and leg side until she fell in the final over of the innings. So defeat but not disgrace, with some performances that augur well for next year.
And this is also an opportunity to thank Gavin for the last three years. He took over captaining the 3rds when some of the previous figures were both leaving the club and suggesting that the 3rds would no longer be able to run. It is in no small part thanks to Gavin that not only has the 3rds continued, but it has won games and brought players on who have progressed into higher teams, or may do so next year. It can be a thankless task captaining the 3rd XI, so all those who have played over this season and the previous ones thank Gavin and appreciate the efforts he has put into leading the side. And good luck to whoever takes on the team next year.

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Sat 04, Sep 2021



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