View from the Boundary

Havant v Burridge

What a difference a week makes – last week almost artic conditions with storm force winds, then yesterday at Havant; clear sky, temperature in the high 20’s.

At the start of the day, when I saw our team sheet, and the names missing, I have to admit feeling rather despondent.

In the absence of our late arrival stand-in skipper (his train was delayed!) Will stood in for the toss, and what a good tosser he turned out to be, winning it and inviting Havant to have a bat.

The wisdom of winning the toss was soon apparent as Dan rattled the stumps of the opening bat with the second ball of the over. A little gung-ho batting from the other opener but was soon despatched by Dan; so with the score on 15 both openers gone – dare we hope?

Their skipper Ben Walker was the prize wicket we wanted, we missed him twice on difficult catches, and he went on to score 79 runs off a mammoth 169 balls. Clearly it was going to be tricky batting, low and slow was the verdict. A fourth wicket partnership of 82 made us work hard, but to their credit the Burridge lads stuck to their task and were rewarded with a little spell of four wickets going down for just ten runs, even our new all-rounder JCW chipping in with a wicket, and of course Brighton Mugochi with what seems to be something of his average just lately with his five wickets.

So there we are, Havant all out for just 223 – we would have settled for that at the start of the day.

So there was the target – just 224 runs needed – easy? Very soon we were reeling at 17-2, with Jamie getting another difficult ball so early in his innings. Then JCW and Will Steward managed to stop the rot with a stand of 44; an even better stand was between JCW and Brighton who mustered 59 between them before JCW finally departed for a terrific knock of 63.

Wickets were going down now at an alarming rate with six of our batsmen failing to register a single run. Havant obviously thought they had it in the bag, with Burridge on their knees at 137-9 with 13 overs to go; but step up Sully and Nick McMurray who batted those overs out to obtain a draw for us – priceless. Sully was not out for 11 off a mere 51 balls, whilst Gooba staked his claim for all-rounder status by defying Havant by holding out for 33 balls.

I thought the team spirit on the day was remarkable – well done the boys.

Man-of-the-Match

Brighton Mugochi 5 wickets and 44 runs