On a wet day in Essex, Championship Representative XI skipper Dan Roberts stayed true to his Saturday form with Walton-on-Thames CC and lost the toss. Unsurprisingly, with the game being played on an uncovered wicket, the National Cricket League chose to bowl first.
The early exchanges saw Weybridge Vandal’s Sam Buckell depart for 0 leaving a late in-swinging delivery from the bowling of Feroz. Tyler Ward of Sanderstead joined the skipper Roberts at the crease and through hard concentration, rotating the strike and punishing the bad balls, the scoreboard ticked along to 71 before Roberts (33) mistimed a hook to be caught on the boundary edge.
Old Hamptonians’ Toby Godfray came and went as did Scott Kelsey (Dorking CC) as the Championship started to wobble on 90/4 before Ward, after reaching an excellent fifty, tried one shot too many off the spinner and was dismissed for 58. Nichols (Walton) and Baverstock (Hampton Hill) batted well before both falling in quick succession leaving the Championship 130/7.
Francis Annandale (Walton) and Charlie Edwards (Dorking) then put on a rapid-fire 61 together before Annandale was dismissed for 43, before Wilson and Lock (both Sanderstead) saw the innings through to the final over, setting the NCL a target of 227/10 off their 45.
After tea in the superbly decorated Banquet suite, the Championship went out to bowl in less than friendly weather conditions. The NCL Batsman attacked from the off, against the combination of Matt Nichols and Nicholas Wilson. Wilson picked up the early breakthrough, with Nichols unlucky to have two drops off him during an excellent spell.
Spin was introduced early with Roberts (2/34) and Kelsey (2/30) coming into the attack, and both picking up wickets. Kelsey claimed the key wicket of NCL skipper Nahed Patel who hit an excellent attacking 60, but despite the wicket of Patel, and with the rain around, the NCL batsman continued to attack. Unfortunately, when the game was eventually abandoned, the Championship side ended agonisingly one run shy on Duckworth Lewis Stern after 26 overs – so a brilliant game, spoiled only by the weather.
Thank you to Harrison Perry for scoring and the NCL for hosting. We wish them every success in the next round.
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