After Saturday’s league victory over Afro Caribbean, it was down to the Sunday team to continue the winning ways.
After again electing the bat on another scorcher of a day, Stoneleigh began brightly with P Chapman scoring a run a ball 21 before being bowled off his foot to a full delivery that would have missed leg stump.
With Andy Waite coming in at 3, he anchored the innings with assistance from Udara to put on a 105 run partnership for the fifth wicket. The following information has been provided by Goose-stats:
“The fifth wicket stand of 105 between Shaggy and Udara was only the fourth century partnership for the fifth wicket since records have been available.
For the record, the others were – 107 Dave Ball & Mark Connor v Bilton at home on 14/9/1997 106 Bob Bains & Smudger v Leek Wootton at home on 15/9/2007
And finally, I expect everyone will think I made this up – 106 by ‘The Groundsman’ and ‘The Goose’ v Telecomms Leamington at home on 5/8/1984”.
Thanks to this partnership, Stoneleigh were able to post and more that respectable 193 off 40 overs.
A tight opening spell by Andy Waite got Stoneleigh off to a good start and the introduction of our latest recruit, Venkat, turned the game in our favour. Recording 6 wickets in his debut match is surely a record for Stoneleigh??
Only one batsman stood in the way of a Stoneleigh victory, and he scored a very impressive 70-odd but was quickly running out of partners, and skied a catch late in the innings looking for another big shot.
In the end, Stoneleigh won by 40 runs to record the first Sunday win of the season! Only a couple of dropped catches took the gloss off a good team performance, something to work on in training I guess (they are on Tuesday evenings 6.15…)