Stonor CC (17/04/2022)
Result: LOST by 6 wickets
 
‘ENDERS RED-BALL RESET SHOWS PROMISE BUT FAILS TO DELIVER WIN OVER STONOR

WCC 115 for 9 (46 overs)
Maloney 0, H. Husaini 3, J. Orwell 17, Brockis 28, McCallum 13, M. Orwell 2, Sharma 1, Sackville-West 1, Douglas 0, B. Husaini 9 not out, M.Husaini 17 not out
Extras 25
Kavanagh 6-5-2-1, C.Hunt 1-23, R.Hunt 1-3, J. Hunt 1-6 Powell 3-12

Stonor CC 119-4 (34.1 overs)
Cripps 31
Douglas 6–0-10-1, Sharma 5–0-12-0, Dunne 6- 0-15-0, Sackville-West 6-0-12-0 M.Husaini 3-0-29-1, Orwell 5.1–0-20-0, B.Husaini  3-0-15-2
Catches: J.Orwell, M. Husaini

 

Mike Orwell

WCC have not beaten Stonor since 2013, in fact we have lost the last three matches played, so the team drove up the grassy paddock with renewed determination and a brand new approach. The ‘Enders brains trust had determined that the path to victory lay in asking Stonor to bat first with the pitch at its liveliest, then strangle runs with tight bowling and a packed field on one side of the wicket. With Captain d’Inverno away in Milan for the first half of the season, Nas provided valuable continuity by duly losing the toss and WCC were inserted.

We were fortunate to have a last minute injection of class as Coach Maloney joined the squad on the eve of the contest. Management instructions requested an afternoon of patient accumulation but he had his stumps re-arranged first ball of the season by a sharp in-ducker. Some ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking saw James Orwell replace him, as the situation called for resolute defence and obduracy. He hadn’t completely finished padding up when he was called to the crease but batted for 21 overs with stout defence and some impressive flays over the in-field at the end. Brockis played carefully at first on a pitch that seemed two-paced before expanding his chest, joined by Mark McCallum in tenacious mood. The undercooked middle order struggled on the slow pitch with a strong wind, scoring only four runs from four wickets. The Husaini twins came in at 10 & 11 and batted with astonishing poise and purpose to finish unbeaten with a partnership of 30. 

The total of 115 at tea felt 20 runs too few, but Skipper Husaini had more tactical gambits ready to be wrenched from the Gunn & Moore holdall. After a delicious tea that included buttered malt loaf, ginger cake and an insufficient quantity of doughnuts - we took the field with Douglas and Sharma opening the bowling. Both were as miserly as Stonor were watchful, although there was no seam movement nor swing through the air on offer. J. Orwell took a brilliant, steepling catch from a leading edge, induced by Douglas; but little else went our way.

Dunne and Sackville-West took over and continued the disciplined lines and lengths to maintain the stranglehold, although as the sun set behind the crow-laden trees, Stonor were edging closer. The Husaini twins entered the fray to take three quick wickets, with Blake showing an eye-catching turn of pace and remarkable (intentional) variation. However the Hunts, spanning three generations, nurdled and blasted their way to the target with four overs remaining. 

We repaired to The Rainbow Inn, where bowls of freshly-fried chips were served and every Weekender received a chocolate Easter bunny from the landlady. At least the choice-of-boozer reset is bearing fruit.

 

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Jean, Landlady of the Rainbow Inn

 

YET ANOTHER BUNNY: Hon Sec makes short work of an Easter rabbit

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