Saturday Third XI Results 2018

 

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19 May 2018 
The Upper Ground 
188 for 8 wkts 
152 for 8 wkts 
Blackheath CC III XI 
TWCC Won by 36 runs
   The Third XI were up against Blackheath III at the Car Park Ground, where skipper Charles Walker won the toss on a sunny afternoon and chose to bat first; the visiting attack was met with solid play from the openers, who got their side off to a steady start, led by the impressive Anil Udawatta (37) who saw the score to 89-4 at the halfway stage. Joe Shamash, another man keen to show his skills, made a hard-hit 38, with 8 fours, to bolster the run-in, and contributions down the list added to the crescendo of scoring as a target was set of 189 for the opposition to reach. Just four bowlers were used throughout the innings, best figures going to Jack Parma with 2-42 from his ten overs.

   The reply featured opener and skipper Peter Deal (29) with number four Mahfazur Rahman, who were alone in reaching double figures as the home attack made regular inroads into the line-up. Mark Thompson, George Spice, Graham Barber and Isaac Jones all took two wickets, although key dismissals arguably went to the leg-spinner Barber who removed the opener and one other as the score slid to 83-4 with just 24 overs to go. There had been little to choose between the two sides up until this point, but the parsimony of Spice, Jones and Thompson in the closing stages, plus a brief spell from Udawatta, closed out the chase, to leave Rahman undefeated on 52 (6 fours) in a lone attempt to carry his side through. Wells took 19 points for the win, which came by just 36 runs, but it was enough to lift them into joint first place in the Table, albeit having played one extra game over their rivals.

 

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26 May 2018 PSL Club 157 for 9 wkts
152 all out
LESSA Christ Church CC I XI
TWCC Won by 5 runs

   The Third XI travelled over to the Footscray Road, Eltham, where they won the toss and chose to bat on a warm and sunny afternoon; however, the line-up suffered immediate setbacks that rocked the innings, requiring an urgent recovery. Most fortunately, Ashutosh Gupta (51 with 8 fours) batted wonderfully well for 81 balls in defiance of the rampant home attack, and was given valuable support by Jake Callow (21) and Parry Jenkins as the score was lifted to 113-5 when the number three was finally dismissed. Some ten overs were left to the lower order, for whom fine batting from George Spice (30*) stood out, as he rallied the innings with Ethan Roche so that a target was set for the Lessa batsmen of 158 for the win. Navin Nayak (3-25 from 10 overs) and Roheel Ahmad (3-27 from 9) were outstanding for the home side, but the Wells youngsters plus Gupta ensured that a good game remained in prospect.

   The chase began with a strong opening stand of 55 between Pranav Mohindra (30) and Pankaj Mour (16) which flattered to deceive for eleven overs while the visitors adjusted their attack; once settled, Gavin Laidlaw (2-28) and Spice (4-20) precipitated a collapse which saw the tally slide to 77-7 with 19 overs gone and only the skipper Sunil Mour and the tail remaining; Sunil now transformed the match as he swept to a masterly 56 (10 fours) with Roheel for his partner as the eighth stand produced exactly fifty runs. The win was one hit away, but Wells recalled speedster Oli Daniels in the nick of time, and he snapped up the two last wickets at 152 to snatch a memorable win by just five runs. This was truly the last throw of the dice, and the youthful Wells team prevailed in a thriller finale to emerge as leaders of their Division because of this victory, but it had been an extremely close thing; special mention should be made of Joe Shamash, still recovering from an injury, who made valuable runs and took a key wicket.

 

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TWCC Score

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Opponents (KRCL game) Result
02 June 2018 Upper Nevill 85 all out
86 for 4 wkts
Bexleyheath CC III XI
TWCC Lost by 4 wkts

   Bexleyheath made the journey to the Upper Ground, where they won an important toss and asked the home batsmen to go in first. The thunderstorms and heavy rain of an unpleasantly humid week had left their mark on the outfield and the deck, although covering of the pitch would have mitigated the worst of any downpour. The visiting bowlers largely dominated the play after dour resistance from the home top three, and a challenging target total was never looking to be truly likely; the skipper Charles Walker opened with Anil Udawatta, both struggling into double figures, followed by a long, defiant knock from Kelvin Hill (28), which saw the score on to a high point of 68-2 from 22 overs before the game was won and lost in the next passage of play.

   Connor Barry (3-11) and Martin Jonker (3-7) now knocked over the innings so completely that the remaining eight wickets went down for just 17 runs, while Mitchell Horne (2-3) applied the finishing touches, setting Bexleyheath 86 to make for a surprisingly simple win. The Wells attack also revelled in the conditions, tipping the tally over to 35-3, and then 78-6, but carefree hitting by Graham Alger (39) countered the threat, and, with enough support coming from Michael Cook (22), the inadequate total was overtaken without further ado. There were seven ducks recorded out of 16 wickets that fell, which tells its own tale. Wells sank back to third spot in the Table, having played one game more than their rivals, and so work is needed to maintain their otherwise good start.

 

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16 June 2018 Upper Ground 246 for 3 wkts
227 all out
Horton Kirby CC I XI
TWCC lost by 19 runs

   Horton Kirby brought an experienced XI over to the Top Ground, where they won the toss and proceeded to bat Wells out of the game. Darren Bull (41) and Jack Boxall took the score past 100 by the halfway point, but accelerated as Thomas Hawkes III (45) and Darren Chambers flogged a wilting attack. Boxall reached a hard-hit undefeated 101 as the overs ran out, and Wells were left to make 247 for victory.

   An opening partnership of 111 between Ed Harwood (46) and stand-in skipper Kelvin Hill (78) augured well, but the momentum could not be sustained; Darren Bull (3-46) did the early damage, backed up by Sudheer Suvana and Ben Crouch, who each snapped up 2-39, and only guest player Jasper Stockley (30) subsequently showed fight. The chase went quite close at the end but defeat came by 19 runs, although there was not much doubt about the eventual outcome even as the gap narrowed. Wells need victories from now on as they have dropped to sixth in the Table, having played one extra game, and may enter the relegation places next weekend.

 

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30 June      2018 Willett Recreation Pk 94 all out
97 for 7 wkts
Petts Wood CC I XI
TWCC Lost by 3 wkts

   A team of ten, representing TW III, made the journey over to Petts Wood to play the local First XI, where they won the toss and batted; the captain, Charles Walker (21), top-scored in a sorry display for what was in effect a decent, if untried, line-up. The main reason for the failure to take advantage of the conditions was the guile of Dinuka Bandara Gunasekera, who snapped up 4-11, including the first three in the order; the track was hardly a road but survival was possible, although the home bowlers knew their pitch, and all took a wicket, Josh Hamilton grabbing 2-26. Mark Thompson lashed 14 late on, but the innings was all over inside the allocation for 94, and so it was down to the bowlers, young and old alike.

   The home batsmen were really not much better on their home surface and the Wells bowlers made good headway for much of the chase; Isaac Jones picked up 3-23, while Matt Dawkins had 2-13, and both Sean Menary and Ash Gupta took 1-11. For Petts Wood, Andy Howard (19) guided the effort, but wickets fell steadily at the other end, until some late hitting won the day. There was no disgrace in the manner of defeat, but a few more runs would have been of great benefit; the third string are now in the relegation zone as a result.

 

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Opponents (KRCL game) Result
07 July 2018 The Pavilion 197 all out
114 all out
Oakfield Warriors CC I XI
TWCC Lost by 83 runs

   The Third XI travelled over to The Pavilion at Swanscombe, home to Oakfield Warriors, where Charles Walker won the toss and opted to field through the afternoon heat. The home batsmen relished the young side placed against them, and soon had the scoreboard ticking over, but a tally of 82-5 after just twelve overs said more about the bowling than the batting. For Wells, Gavin Laidlaw (3-51) was the chief destroyer, assisted by Oli Daniels and Sean Menary. Sudhish Kumar (32) hit about him effectively but the rest of the top order was too fragile. The visitors lost their way in the later stages, as Syamial Somanathan (43) and Naran Ramakrishnan (35*) made telling lower order contributions, which ruined the figures of the later bowlers. Amos Kemp (2-4) finally put an end to this nonsense, and a target of 198 from 40 overs looked eminently gettable.

   The reply was quickly in disarray as the captain was immediately castled, but George Spice (32) showed that the attack could be mastered and kept the visitors in the hunt. Sadly, partner after partner perished all too soon, and the innings was in freefall from 65-3 onwards. Two of the home bowlers snapped up four wickets, but a chase that was only able to post 114 well within the allocated overs was disappointing; indeed, the whole match was completed inside just 60 overs. Memorably, the TWCC President stood in as Umpire for some of the short second innings. The game provided Wells with a poor points return but it was still not enough to lift them out of the drop zone, although thirty more runs might have achieved exactly that; defeat by 83 runs did not do this XI justice, although this is now their sixth loss running. The young players need more dynamic performances, and they need to return to hitting fifties and taking five wicket hauls, but there have been next to no examples for them to follow.

 

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14 July 2014 Upper Nevill 223 for 7 wkts
166 all out
Roan & Lambethans CC I XI
TWCC Won by 57 runs

   Roan & Lambethans arrived in instalments at the Upper Ground, the full complement finally appearing an hour into the game; the toss went with the home skipper, and Kelvin Hill opted to bat first in the heat of yet another fiercely sunny afternoon. Ed Harwood and the skipper played sensible cricket with the former taking the lead role, and, after 18 overs the hundred was posted without loss. Harwood, by this time well past his fifty, had reached the boundary 12 times and also had hit a maximum, but it was Hill was went first at 102 and the visitors now fought their way back into the game. The Roan bowlers grabbed 6 wickets for 77 following a peak with the tally on 142-2, and, when the allocation ended, the target was set at 224 for the win, with one short boundary on the County side. Rhys Joseph (24) and Ashutosh Gupta (33) had capitalised well upon the fine start but the progress thereafter dwindled somewhat as the bowlers took control.

   The reply was quickly rocked but the middle order fought hard to regain the momentum, and the game was in the balance at 56-2 after 16 overs; Joseph (5-34) and Sam Huggett (3-56) eventually proved to be too much for the Roan line-up, and the score limped along to 166 all out by the close. Joseph renewed his liking for the Upper Ground, snapping up 5 more wickets in a super spell that was essentially too accurate and too pacy for the batsmen; Swaminathan Rajagopal (39) kept the Roan hopes kindled but his dismissal at 141-7 effectively signalled the end. Wells won their second game of 2018 and were able to pull away from the drop zone too, so it was all good news for The Strollers. A notable incident occurred when Joseph bowled the penultimate player, as the bail travelled fully 45 yards from hit to pitch after the wicket was broken.

 

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21 July 2018 Woolwich Academy 125 all out
126 for 5 wkts
Blackheath CC III XI
TWCC Lost by 5 wkts

   Wells continued their tour of South London with a visit to the Woolwich Academy Ground, where Charles Walker won the toss, and, given the ambient temperatures, opted to bat first; the ball did sometimes deviate quite sharply from the outset, but the top order were dismantled a little too easily as the first fifteen overs produced a woeful scoreline of 44-6. Dexter Kandemiri grabbed 4-24 from his ten overs while Saidul Chowdury had 3-18 from his, and extras were a significant part of the tally, contributing 17 of the 44, however the wickets were mostly clean-bowled, which did not immediately suggest a problem track, and later events tended to validate this.

   Oliver Daniels played a superb knock at a pinch, finding a stalwart partner in Anil Udawatta (20) as the batsmen went onto the attack; the seventh wicket stand added 58 invaluable runs from 86 deliveries with plentiful boundary strokes. Daniels (43) reached the fence eight times as he neared a half-century, while Udawatta kept up his end with four fours, until a nick to the ‘keeper finished the fightback. The tail did what they could to support Daniels during the closing stages, but he was penultimate man out, and the innings ended at 125 with some six overs unused.

   The reply put matters into perspective as the Blackheath batsmen were led home by Peter Deal (43) from the number two position; Daniels made an impact at once with his pace as he rattled the stumps, but the middle order were undone rather by the legspin of Gus Freeman (2-19) as the game wore on. Wells took wickets, but not in sufficient numbers, and the score reached 72-3 by the halfway stage; the fourth stand produced 51, when Freeman broke through twice with only three needed for the win. Deal did not quite see his side home but he did enough to settle the outcome, and Wells returned to the relegation places as the bottom three sides fight over two drop spots. The next encounter sees the XI tackle Division leaders Lessa Christchurch at the Upper Nevill where hopefully the home lads will repeat their success of earlier in the year.

 

Date Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC
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Opponents (KRCL game) Result
28 July 2018 Upper Nevill 266 for 6 wkts
184 all out
Lessa Christ Church CC I XI
TWCC Lost by 82 runs

   Lessa Christ Church CC came to the Upper Nevill looking to avenge their home defeat from earlier in the campaign, and Wells needed a win to stave off a descent into the relegation places; the toss was won by the visitors, who opted at once to bat first on a hot afternoon where the surrounding trees kept out the gusty winds that otherwise swept over the TW Grounds. After two months of the heatwave, the track was very hard, and offered much to batsmen prepared to apply themselves, and a modicum of help to the bowlers, who would need to protect their short boundaries.

   The opening salvos saw the score wobble to 48-2 after a dozen quick overs from Oliver Daniels and Rhys Joseph, but from this point onwards, the batsmen were allowed to prosper as catch after catch was missed, and the total grew at an ever-increasing tempo into dominant safety. The third partnership between Sumer Sethi (27) and Pankaj Mour added 106 runs as the latter moved to 89*, to be followed by the fourth wicket stand of 87 between Mour, who soon passed three figures, in company with Abhishek Puri (22) while the score topped the 240 mark. Finally, the home lads had some success to reward their efforts, as three wickets, two to run-outs, were gladly seized against just 25 runs conceded, however the batsmen would need to make 267 from their 40 overs if the win was to be achieved.

   The chase stumbled all too soon to 17-3 before the all-rounders Daniels (20) and Joseph (49) held up the visiting bowlers in a noteworthy fourth wicket recovery stand that posted 56 runs. Two wickets then  suddenly fell, to let Lessa back into the game, before further resistance held up the bowlers’ progress; Anil Udawatta (22) found steady support from youthful Ethan Roche (33), and the seventh wicket held for a sensible 54 run partnership which at least reduced the arrears. Lessa eventually broke through, but the tail merrily wagged, led by some boisterous hitting from James Nicholson, and the tally reached 184 by the time that the last wicket was taken. Regrettably, there were 34 balls not used in the innings, which, with a tad more effort earlier on, would have increased the points taken from the encounter; sadly, thus, the XI re-entered the dropzone once more, although they are still to play enough bottom-half teams to extricate themselves from this fate, and so there is much to fight for in the upcoming five weeks. The next game is away to bottom of the Table side Bexleyheath on August 4.

 

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Opponents (KRCL game) Result
04 August 2018 Footscray RFC 128 for 8 wkts
129 for 8 wkts
Bexleyheath CC III XI
TWCC Lost by 2 wkts

   The Third XI travelled over to Footscray Rugby Club for a bottom-of-the-Table clash against fellow dropzone residents Bexleyheath III, and the result was a fearsome struggle narrowly won by the home side which effectively brought both relegation candidates closer together since neither seemed able to escape this fate. Another toss was won by Charles Walker, but to little avail as the home bowlers quickly had the visitors on 56-6 after 23 overs of effort. Youngster Ethan Roche (20) again played with skill and authority but had little support; finally, Matt Dawkins (36) and Mark Thompson (25*) formed a partnership for the seventh wicket which almost spoiled a good game as they added a welcome 63 from 92 balls to take the tally into three figures; the home men quickly struck back, nonetheless, leaving a target of 129 to reach should victory be anticipated.

   Wells quickly reduced the reply to 31-3, however Craig Richley (46) took the game by the scruff of the neck in a disciplined yet forthright manner to add 60 with David Paine (24) for the fourth wicket; Wells immediately bounced back as the youthful star Charlie Lockhart (4-16) snapped up his wickets whilst the score nosedived to 100-7 with both main scorers gone. Such a breakthrough deserved a better outcome, but it was the home tail which just squeezed over the line and yet another defeat was the result. It was pleasant to record that Alan Nicholson returned to play his first game for TWCC since 2000, and showed he had lost nothing with two, almost three, fine catches, long a trademark facility; Wells face Bromley III at the Upper Ground on 11 August, and several of this squad will be familiar to Mr. Nicholson snr. NB : Bromley conceded the game on 11/8.

 

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18 August 2018 Franks Lane 161 for 8 wkts
129 all out
Horton Kirby CC I XI
TWCC Lost by 32 runs

   Wells III drove over to Horton Kirby, long a friendly host to TWCC, at the charming Franks Lane Ground, where they lost the toss and were asked to field out the home innings in a ten-player match; both sides had had availability issues. Ethan Roche (4-54) was the star of the visitors’ effort but the first 21 overs saw a sedate start by Horton Kirby as the score reached 68-4. Ben Crouch (30) rallied the lower order, and the acceleration saw a target of 162 set when the overs ended. Jake Stone put in a crucial not out 25 as the Wells bowling lost its way a little.

   The reply reached 30 without loss after ten overs, but then wickets began to fall as Aaron Boon picked up 3-19 while all-rounder Stone had 3-14; Sam Huggett (25) early on, and Ash Gupta (23) later on, kept the chase alive, but, at 98-7, the picture looked somewhat dismal. Jake Callow (20) and Freddie Freeman took the effort to within 32 of the required total, but the elusive victory still would not materialize, and the work to rise above the dropzone must continue; the final chance to do this comes next week at BOCA where a win might just lift the team out of trouble. Otherwise the campaign will be destined to be unmemorable.

 

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25 August 2018 BOCA 204 for 4 wkts 94 all out BOCA CC I XI TWCC Lost by 110 runs

   Wells III travelled over to BOCA HQ at Southwark Community Trust, where the skipper won the toss, and asked the home side to take first innings; relegation threatened the visitors and a positive result was all that could save them. Sadly, the bowling was a medley of youth, Ladies and a returning former player, and, unsurprisingly, made mixed progress; Rahulan P. opened for BOCA, scoring a dominating 76, with 10 fours and 2 sixes, nevertheless, Wells did succeed in grabbing two early wickets whilst the score moved uneasily along to 21. Rahulan shared a third partnership of 101 with Thomas D. (35), which put BOCA firmly into the driving seat, and a flurry of extras added to the score as the 200 came up with the 35 overs almost finished. And so Wells were set to make 205 for an important victory.

   The reply was immediately hit when one opener had to leave for work, and three more of the top order were removed as the score inched along to 14; the skipper lasted up to 25, and the Aussie Ladies Overseas was removed at 32. The home bowlers reduced the score to 44-7 after 23 overs, and an easy win was in the offing. At length, Freddie Freeman (22) reacted with skill and defiance, adding 35 with Coco Streets (14*) to give the effort some substance and no little respect; it was a brave and cultured riposte but was coming too late to make a telling difference. Freeman has frequently shown his pedigree this season, but he was undone at 79-9, and it was left to Streets and Chris Courtney to try to pass 100, which they only narrowly failed to do. Wells went to the bottom of the Table with one game remaining, when Petts Wood visit the Upper Nevill on 1 September.

 

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