Stoke Row Maharajas CC (10/9/2017)
WCC 176 for 8 (35 overs)
Lee 6, Shimoga 42, McCallum 2, Hogben 39, Douglas 14, Orwell 11, Dunne 26, Millind 4, Dibley 16, Lyons 3 n.o.
Maharajas CC 78 for 5 (20.3 overs)
May 30, O. Ravden 30 not out,
Douglas 4-0-15-0, Orwell 4-0-18-0, Dibley 6.3-0-37-2, Millind 6-0-14-3,
This one felt more therapeutic than pleasant, and the ‘Enders pores have never been more cleansed, after the four-hour facial dispensed by persistent drizzle. But it was still an oddly jovial jaunt in the Chilterns. Moods dipped as Dibley entered the dressing room with news of his imminent return to NZ, after a decade of Weekender service, making this his final game. But after a promised goodbye booze-up; we were all more or less happy. Skipper lost the toss and started the batting with Lee & Shimoga. NJ looked the business; pulling, glancing and driving the ball to all corners. When joined by Hogben, the ‘Enders were motoring. But the persistent drizzle became heavy, so we scurried in for an early tea. The gloom and damp started to get to the all-action all-rounders. Shimoga perished via an outstanding catch at square leg. Millind, your correspondent and our Secretary all missed straight ones from the slow left-armer. Dibley got a dozy run-out, leaving just the imperious Dunne to smite the sodden ball around the undulating paddock.
176 from 35 overs seemed just good enough, but we suspected the total might not be fully tested as the rain set in. Bowling with a wet ball was surprisingly tricky for all, apart from debutant Millind who cleaned up three Maharajan batters with a series of in-nippers at decent pace. Sadly we had to acquiesce to the heavens when SRM still needed 99 off 15 overs with only 5 wickets left. Of course, as soon as Skipper shook hands on the draw, the clouds cleared and the sun came out to light our way to the pub. At the Cherry Tree, we wrung out our whites and said goodbye to our beloved Kiwi.
Steve Dunne looks at a piece of watermelon