After a comprehensive victory in the first league game of the season, the 4 XI went to newly promoted Walton hoping to extend their successful start to the season and get their second victory – a feat that took until the end of July, last year.
Due to vandalism at Walton’s usual ground, the game was played at Long Ditton rec. which sported a green wicket and two full size football goals within the field of play (at Point and Long on). Having negotiated the rules around catches off the goal posts, Mark won the toss and put Walton into bat.
Mark and Ranjit opened the bowling, and after numerous plays and misses, restricted Walton to 34-3 after 18 overs. Ranjit bowled particularly well and was unlucky not to take more than 2 wickets. Nobby and Shyam took over the bowling, continuing where Mark and Ranjit left off and at this point it seemed as though nothing could stop Sunbury… until a Parking Warden brought the game to a halt as he began to ticket Nobby’s car, who, having just been edged over the slips for 4, was not best pleased.
After the short break, Shyam and Nobby expertly took the remaining 5 Walton wickets (Walton were unfortunately let down at the last minute by two of their players and fielded 9 men) in quick time, leaving Sunbury chasing 84 to win.
After tea, Muggsy (48*) and Noopy (23*) picked up where they left off last week, knocking the target off in 13 overs. The main highlights being Noopy’s straight 6 at the end of the game (denying Muggsy the chance of a 50) and Muggsy’s leg side flick onto the roof of a travelling transit van.
Particular mention must go to Shyam who bowled accurately and with good pace, swinging the ball both ways while taking three important wickets, Lucas who stepped in and kept brilliantly in Scotty’s absence on a difficult wicket, taking a good catch off the inside edge in the process and to Jacob’s dad, David, who’s quick thinking led to him grabbing Nobby’s keys and moving his car before the warden could issue a ticket.
Another good victory and impressive performance, as the continued commitment of the players and strong availability throughout the club continues to pay dividends.
Next week sees the 4XI host Streatham, as both sides look to halter the other’s unbeaten run.