Stoke Row Maharajas (02/09/2018)
TOUR ENDS WITH TIGHT GAME AS CALLOW YOUTHS TURN THE TABLES
Result: Weekenders Lost by 4 Wickets
WCC: 208 for 7 dec (40.5 overs)
Shimoga 105, Husaini 0, Leal 46, Sharma 1, Hogben 19, Smee 1, Lee 7 n.o., Orwell 7,
SRMCC: 209 for 6 (33.5 overs)
Douglas 7–0-37-2, Orwell 7.5–1-39-1, Dunne 9-0–54-2, Sharma 7–0-46-1, Shimoga 3-1-17-0
M.Ravden 85 not out, W.Wakelan 40 not out,
Catches: Dunne (2), d’Inverno, Shimoga, Smee
This Dads n’ Lads team based in the pretty Chiltern Hills always conjures a diverting contest. Last year the ‘Enders were marching towards victory until the rain interceded; and in 2016, the game went to the last 4 balls, as Stoke Row edged over the line, despite a joyous 76 by Rich Black. Before that, the ‘Enders recorded thumping victories, but as the Lads of Stoke Row get older (as do the ‘Enders; as is the way of the universe) - the challenge becomes sterner.
The toss was lost and the Weekenders inserted. Shimoga followed his electric performance at Hertford with another beautifully-paced innings. His patience, shot-selection and glimpses of devastating power are surely modern marvels of the Weekenders epoch. He was supported on his way to another century, by Andrew Leal who batted at first drop, with trademark elegance and nonchalance. There was a mini-crisis when we slipped from 139-1 to 140-3. After Hogben stabilised the innings, we tumbled from 193-3 to 194-6. Some final over whacking from Lee et al, pushed the total to 208-7 before tea, a little short of the desired target of 220.
The ‘Enders bowlers reduced Stoke Row to 16-1 in the 5th over with an exhilarating one-handed reflex catch at first slip by Steve Dunne. At the other end, Douglas & Smee combined to have the other opener caught at the wicket, in perennial fashion. All this activity brought Ravden to the crease, Stoke Row’s senior cultured stylist - who began to assemble an innings to match Shimoga’s. At 5.30pm - with 20 overs of the day left, Stoke Row needed 120 with 6 wickets remaining. Dunne and Sharma got in the wickets, including an improbable one-handed catch by Skipper d’Inverno and an athletic boundary snaffle by Shimoga. But Ravden was joined by Wakelan who, together in harness, began to attack the second-change bowlers with huge clouts over long-off and long-on. Douglas dismissed Wakelan to keep us in the chase, but in the end, Stoke Row ticked off the runs in singles and leg-byes with 7 balls to spare.
Impressive left-armer Malcolm roars into Shimoga
Shimoga celebrates his 2nd century of the season