WCC v Slaughter & May
S&M 153 for 6 off 20 overs
WCC 74 all out in 15 overs
A team that arrives in three black cabs, on time and wearing grey suits clearly means business. When such a team walks purposefully out to the middle together to inspect the wicket before the toss then even the most optimistic Weekenders bowlers know they're in for a bit of a slapping. And so it proved on a cold cloudy evening in Dulwich last Wednesday. Owen Franks of Al Jazeera sent down four whirling, spiteful overs but then it was a case of Sunday Times ringers to the rescue. A lively toad from Duncan Struthers and an equally miserly left-arm round spell from his father Greg prevented the lawyers' account from spilling onto the second page of the scorebook. Flat Pete of BBC 1's Breakfast made a perky return with his offies and even claimed credit for a run-out - but that was the high point of the Weekenders' night.
In response Mike Harvey batted skittishly for 19 and Struthers bashed a classy 21 not out but no other Weekender showed much appetite for the fight - especially with the smells of the splendid buffet supper wafting out to the middle.
R Patel 27*
Douglas 4-0-26-2; Franks 4-1-15-1; D Struthers 3-0-21-1; d'Inverno 3-0-28-0; Simmonds 3-0-26-0; G Struthers 3-0-21-0.
Catches 1 Marshall* 1 Simmonds
Run out 1 d'Inverno/Simmonds
WCC 74 ao
Harvey 19, Husaini 4, Marshall 3 G Struthers 21*, Franks 0, D Struthers 2, Simmonds 8, Douglas 0, Newman 3, d'Inverno 2
Note: Harvey and Douglas have formed an informal yet exclusive
club, The Hounds of Hell. Membership is open only to those Weekenders
who have conceded an all-run four in the field. Activities and social events
to be announced shortly.