Bedi and Hughes rescue 1st XI

A hugely competitive game between local rivals Sunbury and Weybridge was spoilt by rain. 2 hours were lost and in reply to Weybridge’s score of 229–6, Sunbury reached 204–6after being 41–4 thanks to a magnificent partnership of 128 between Rhythm Bedi and
Alex Hughes.

Batting first Weybridge openers Harry Cripps and Ben Curran took an instant liking to Sunbury’s poor opening attack and it wasn’t until the fifteenth over after skipper John Maunders had been forced to introduce medium pacer Adam Stanier and the spin of Amar Virdi and Vishal Manro that Sunbury had any success when Virdi had Curran (45), neatly stumped by deputy keeper Darren London. The slow bowlers kept up the pressure and what was looking like a big total in prospect when Weybridge were going along nicely at nearly 7 runs per over was pegged back to 133-1 from 33 overs at lunch when the heavens opened. The best part of two hours was lost to the rain as the Weybridge innings was reduced to 50 overs.

Virdi and Manro continued after the break and kept a tight hold on the Weybridge batting as they tried to up the run rate. Sarel Erwee (33) went to a fine caught and bowled by Manro. Two more quick wickets, including the dogged Cripps (67) reduced the visitors to 168-4. Ollie Mills (25) was then well taken by Sam Burgess and Nath Gregory followed suit with a superb diving catch on the boundary that looked certain to be another 6 to get rid of Odge Davey. Thusara Managei thrashed 21 in just 10 balls that included 1 boundary four and 2 maximums as the innings closed on 229–6. Vishal Manro was the pick of the Sunbury bowling with 4–64 from 13 overs.

If the Weybridge innings had started well the opposite could be said of the Sunbury reply as they quickly slipped to 22-3 and then when Sean Ventham (23) followed soon after Sunbury’s innings was in tatters at 41–4. Rhythm Bedi was joined by Alex Hughes, playing only his second innings in the 1st X1 Premier and the pair set about a recovery which in the event saw them put on 128 for the fifth wicket before Hughes with 5 fours and 4 sixes was dismissed for 74 with the score on 169, just 19 runs short of the score needed for the winning draw. Another wicket fell immediately but it was to be Manro’s day as he got Sunbury beyond the initial target as he ended on 21* and with Bedi finishing on 69* the innings ended on 204–6 giving Sunbury the winning draw and 6 bonus points.

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