Catford Wanderers no atch for the Legends
By Stuart Eddicott
Sam Millard, the newly appointed skipper of the Legends, started off his new leadership in style...
Sam Millard, the newly appointed skipper of the Legends, started off his new leadership in style, winning the toss, and electing to field (obviously taking too much notice of Jonesy from previous years, when choosing either to bat or field first).
Opening up the bowling up the hill with Scott Gallagher, and in very captain like style, giving himself the easy job of bowling down the hill (actually it was Scott’s decision).Not all going to strategic plan, Scott and Sam were unable to make the break through early on, although Scott bowled very economically, the breakthrough eventually came when the new overseas player Tristan Dixon, taking a one handed blinder at gully off the largely disappointing bowling of Millard.
Bringing on John Bocking who bowled a nice, tight and tidy spell, but was unable to make a further breakthrough, Peter Jones managed to snaffle a wicket, bowling with new energy now the shackles of captaincy have been lifted. New boy Asheeq unlucky and his figures do not reflect how well he bowled. Andy Noakes came on and got his first wicket of the season, with a mostly tidy spell.
Tristan Dixon, bowled a tidy medium-fast spell and picked up figures of 5 overs 3 wickets for 25. Including the unlikely scorecard reading of caught Hynes (Wicket keeper) bowled Dixon. The innings was closed by Dixon alongside Ian Walters who bowled a few overs of leg spin, ending Wanderers’ 40 overs having to chase down 217.
The Highlight of the Catford innings was an almost chanceless 108 from opener Rajoo, apart from being given a life late on dropped off the bowling of Noakes he stuck numerous 4s.
Millard smartly opened the batting with new overseas Dixon, and Wiley veteran Ian Walters, who got the legends off to an uncharacteristically quick start, with Dixon and Walters smashing the attack to all parts, until Walters fell for 17. This bought in Nick ‘Beans’ Hynes at number 3 to bat with his Australian counterpart, and together put on a swashbuckling stand of 96 runs off 7 overs of bowling. Dixon at one point put a numerous tennis players at risk with several huge 6s.
Dixon fell for 95, bringing Thomas ‘TG’ Gallagher to the crease on his Legends’ and Hayes senior debut. He batted with courage against hostile quick bowling ending the game with 15 not out and a big smile on his face. He looks like a very promising young player and hopefully will play many more games for the Legends this season.
Hynes fell for 63 shortly after Dixon and Jonesy depart not long after for 4. Manners managed to chase the remaining 20 runs with TG, Although, Manners tried his best to give Wanderers another wicket before the close. The last run came it somewhat comical fashion as Manners spoon a dolly straight up to the Wanderer’s keeper, who dropped the catch and then preceded to fling the ball aimlessly in disgust, giving the legends and Millard their first wins, for the season and hopefully there are many more to come!
Hayes: Dixon 3-25 & 95, Hynes 63
Catford Wanderers: Rajoo 108 and 2-12