Beggars Blown Away Again
Winchmore Hill CC Sunday 11 Sept 2011
WEST X1 120 all out lost to The Whalers 221-4 by 101 runs
On a windy afternoon at Winchmore Hill West X1 confirmed their status as the Birmingham City of social cricket teams, going down to another heavy defeat to the ten-man Whalers after another enervated batting display. Hurricane Katia had little effect on the outcome, despite the tenebrous weather forecasts, and for the most part the game was played out in warm sunshine despite a stiff breeze.
Batting first on the usual good wicket, The Whalers rattled up 221-4, their opener Dickenson carrying out his bat for 121, the highest score by a Whaler for ten years and the second successive game one of their batsman has hit a ton against the West X1 attack. He gave a couple of chances early on as some loose bowling allowed 50 from the first 8 overs: they weren’t taken and a heavy cost was paid. However, Chris Dane and Chris Wright recovered well to both post identical figures of 1-30 from their 7 overs. Stewart Taylor (2-28) and Wright induced a mini-collapse after the openers had put up 67, but Dickenson and Ahmed had little trouble adding 104 for the fourth wicket. With Steve Bignell ineffective and no recognised fifth bowler, 118 runs came from the remaining 14 overs of assorted trundlers.
The target of 222 was ‘gettable’ according to the skipper, but such is the lack of resolve in the side at the moment that the reply barely made it half way and succumbed in 25 overs on what was still a good wicket. Captain Dane at least went down with his ship, stroking a classy 51 in 15 overs – his second successive half-century in a losing cause – but Ahmed’s spell of 3-12 mid-innings ended any chance of victory. Steves Rennie and Bignell offered some mild resistance either side of a rain break, but the innings ended in a whimper with both Rob Aylott and Damien Zachlod injured and unable to bat. Had the batsmen held out another five minutes under glowering skies the subsequent downpour might have saved the Westies from their 14th defeat of a miserable summer, but it was not to be.
‘Another Sunday, another defeat. Some positives, like nobody died’, tweeted the skipper. For West X1, outed by Chelsea flop Torres as ‘old and slow’ the end of the season can’t come soon enough.