WEEKENDERS DIG IN FOR THE CHILDREN OF NEPAL
WCC 169-7 (39 OVERS)
BTCC 138-9 (40 OVERS)
WCC won by 31 runs
An elegant half-century from Hogben and a brutal one from Cooper enabled the Weekenders to reach a healthy score on this sporty track but there was excellent support down the order from Wahi and McDonald. It was an unusually characterful performance by the visitors after Husaini and Lee had been quickly dispatched by the Kent and England seamer Dan Levey.
The hosts started their reply slowly then suffered three double wicket maidens from which they never quite recovered, although Levey and McDowell shared a spirited partnership of 68 which put the visitors in recriminatory ill-humour for an entertaining half-hour.
It was a quintessentially English occasion with gaily decked plant and raffle stalls ringing the boundary and the formalities graced by the Mayor, Clive Swift and a heavy breather behind the PA microphone. The philanthropic aim of the Weekenders CC has never risen above the provision of sixteen or so reasonably-priced teas annually for a group of well-off middle-aged men, so it was something of a shock to learn that we had helped to raise £1000 for the charity Kids in Kathmandu Nepal. A significant part of that was due to the efforts around the stalls of our esteemed Founder, Clive, whose presence lit up the day. The event was flawlessly organised by Janet Davies of KIKN and Tony Smee, our President, who topped off a successful day with the gauntlets by winning some used moisturiser in the raffle.
Lee 0, Hogben 52, Husaini 0, Wahi 20, Cooper 55, McDonald 21 not out, Bailey 8, Lyons 0, Smee 1. DNB Douglas, Orwell, Fox.
Douglas 8-2-12-3, Orwell 8-2-22-1, Lyons 5-0-21-0, Fox 5-0-13-0, Wahi 5-1-18-3, McDonald 4-1-9-2,
Husaini 2-0-20-0, Cooper 3-1-9-0.
Catches: Smee (keeping) 2, Lee (keeping) 1, Douglas 1.
Stumping: Lee 1