Sunbury 4’s continued their storming start to the season with a comprehensive victory over Sinjungramarians, their 5th in a row in a mightily impressive start to the season.
Sunbury lost the toss and the opposition captain (licking his lips at the gorgeous wicket prepared) decided to have first use. Neral Gunawardena and Mark Ventham opened the bowling and kept it very tight, and the statutory early wicket was claimed. Not giving an inch, both bowlers bowled a very disciplined line and length, and the opposition were kept to below four-an-over for the opening exchanges. Change bowlers Ranjit Gopi, and Jacob Amyett-Leir continued the excellent work, picking up regular wickets and keeping the scoring in check. Knowing how high a scoring ground it is we were pleased with the progress our excellent bowling attack was making, restricting them to 100/3 off 27 overs (or thereabouts) but the real damage was about to be done, as Jack Greaves bowled an excellent line and length, turning the ball regularly and rarely giving the batsmen too much to hit (the odd head high full toss nearly taking out batsmen and keeper, but let’s move on…) as he dissected his way through the batting line-up, finishing with 5 wickets and it could have been more. Sinjuns were bowled out for 193, a sub-par total, thanks to the excellent, disciplined bowling attack backed up by some superb fielding.
Anoop Manro fell early for the first time this season, but Mugsy Sehmi was joined by the hard hitting Mo Khan and then Ali Hussain, both of whom wasted no time in getting into the action. Both fell relatively quickly (not before adding 15 and 30 respectively, both useful contributions). Mugsy continued to hold the innings together as he has done so well this season, but when he fell and the score 100/4, there were a few nerves setting in.
However, the 4’s are made of sterner stuff this year, and we needn’t have panicked. First, Jack Greaves and then Jacob Amyett-Lier showed true class in chasing down the target. A 93 run partnership that never looked in any danger, killed any hope the opposition had of victory. Greaves, in particular, looking a class above before Jacob took 15 off one over to seal an excellent win with more than 17 overs and 6 wickets left.
A very comprehensive victory which will send a few shockwaves through the league, as we prepare to face the team that has matched us result for result so far this season – Wimbledon, in what should be an excellent game.