That Man London Leads The Way Again

It seemed as though the odds were stacked against a Sunbury victory despite Adam London’s fine 103 when firstly it rained during the break which meant a Duckworth Lewis target for Weybridge was set at 211 in 31 overs, and then shortly after the re-start a serious shoulder injury to strike bowler Kevin Smith meant he was only able to bowl 3 overs. Not so as John Maunders team showed considerable resilience as they managed to keep their hosts to 207-9 to win a tense struggle by just 3 runs.

Losing the toss Sunbury were invited to bat first and it looked to be a good choice for Weybridge as Maunders fell in the fourth over with the score on 12. London, who has started the season in a rich vein of form joined Sean Ventham but after the pair had got the score to 50, Ventham went for 25. Dane Vilas, back from a week long spin bowling camp with South Africa in India joined London and they slowly began to turn things around as they put on 103 for the third wicket with Vilas dominating the stand as he notched up 60 in what has become his signature batting style with a quick 60 from just 36 balls that included 10 – 4’s. Nath Gregory and Rhythm Bedi fell cheaply and Sunbury were to be in an element of difficulty with half the side out in the 33rd over with the score on 173. London was joined by the blossoming Sam Burgess who is learning fast from the senior players in the side and with London continuing along the road to his first century of the season they added 59 before London fell for a brilliant 103 in difficult conditions. Ishy Sohi then joined Burgess but they were both dismissed in the 48th over Burgess for a patient 33 and then Sohi with a typically brief knock of 20 that included four – 4’s in just 13 balls. Kevin Smith hit a six and a four from 5 balls and Sunbury’s innings concluded on 274 in 48.4 overs as the rain started to fall.

When Weybridge eventually got their innings under way their target was set at 211 in 31 overs and when Smith dislocated his shoulder after having bowled just 3 overs things looked good for the hosts as their top three Curran (39), Cripps (37) and Erwee (58) made useful contributions. But Sunbury if nothing else have become a hard side to beat and when Erwee went with the score on 157-5 they still needed 53 for victory from the eight remaining overs. Gregory and Vishal Manro picked up four quick wickets in three overs and despite a gutsy 12 from last man Henry Turner at the end, Sunbury were able to creep across the line to win this nail-biter by the narrowest of margins to maintain their 100% record. A great all round performance from the bowlers saw Manro (3-33), Gregory (3-48) and London (2-28) lead the way.

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