Hertford CC (23/7/2017)
Result: Weekenders lost by 87 runs
UNDER-DONE WEEKENDERS UNDONE BY UNDERAGE UNDERDOWN
Hertford CC 222 for 7 (54.1 overs)
Horton 70, Shearn 45,
Orwell 12-0-49-1, Mohsin 10-2-46-0, Douglas 11.1-0-57-1, Dunne 10-5-14-2, Shimoga 8-0-29-2, Fazaldin 3-0-14-1,
Catches: Smee (wk), Shimoga, Fazaldin, Husaini (wk)
WCC 135 all out (41.2 overs)
Hogben 21, Fazaldin 58, Shimoga 5, McDonald 11, R.Smee 0, Hussain 4, Mohsin 7, Douglas 6 n.o., Dunne 4, Orwell 8, A.Smee 0
Underdown 3-39, Osborn 3-22
The Weekenders last recorded a win against Hertford during their cricket week in 2001. But 16 years of hurt never stopped your correspondent dreaming. We actually bowled very well, with Hertford having to throw in the towel after 54 overs without their customary 250-300 runs, and they were seven wickets down to boot. Dunne was superbly accurate on an unusually damp pitch, and Shimoga stifled the late charge with his skiddy darts. Only the obdurate opener Horton complied a telling contribution of 70, with Hertford reeling somewhat at 162 for 5 after 44 overs. Had three or four of the dropped catches been pouched, we may have been eyeing up a sub-200 target, instead of the choice of three puddings at lunch (Cheesecake, Apple pie and Meringue roulade for dessert anoraks).
The batting response showed early promise with Hogben stroking an on-drive for four to get the conscious pensioners purring. But Richmond CC is to the Weekenders what South Africa was to the late-noughties English cricket team - gifting yet another big hitting stylist to the ‘Enders cause. Fayed Fazaldin was the business as he powered the green-looking attack to all corners of the first-class ground. When Hogben was enthusiastically sawn-off LBW by the smartly dressed-ECB qualified umpire, Fazaldin soon followed by holing out to Horton. The rest of the innings had a more familiar flavour as we collapsed from 93-3 to 135 all out with another three LBW decisions (one dispensed by one of our own, as victim-turned-perpetrator in the depressing age-old cycle). The unexpectedly sunny day was rounded off by oppo skipper Hillary buying us a sympathy jug of lager as consolation for being skittled by an attack mostly not old enough to have Facebook accounts.
McDonald and Husaini in mid-pitch conference