Sunday 16th July 2017 vs Gubbays CC C.C.
Mitchell makes a Hundred
Gubbays CC C.C. 169 all out
Washington C.C. 110-6 (35 overs)

The Scribe of Solihull reporting

A somewhat "hasty" start to this fixture. Molloy got beaten up by a nun on Saturday night and so had to pull out to recover from his injuries, her handbag caught him right in the jaw. Keith went to North Midds. And it was Luke's 101st game - so Nick had baked him a cake to mark the occasion with a bit of a presentation pre match. For those of you who thought Mitcho made a 100, seriously, you need to calm down. He did bat well to be fair to him but more on that later....

We were up against Gubbays, a team similar to ours, some decades of history and based up in North West London, Eastcote - proper out in the sticks - and we'd managed to muster a team of 9 to face them. We were playing on an uncovered council track but actually a lovely setting, good size pitch with pavilion, and the although the track had some random bounce it did not play too badly at all. The oppo were a good bunch of lads, no drama, and a fairly banging tea, which went down well with THE cake (and mighty fine cake it was Mr Kripps). Watch this space for the Great Wash bakeoff, TBA in the coming weeks...

Anyway Max lost the toss and we were sent into field. Aside from one of the openers, the oppo had a serious top order, very skilled and their innings got off to a punchy start with a solid 76 opening partnership. This was classic Washington at its best - a leaky slip cordon and the vaseline on the ball meant it was clearly too slippery for anyone in the outfield to hold onto. All three of Luke, Max, and Apollo suffered with chances being spilt left right and centre. Aftab thought he'd broken the hoodoo with a caught and bowled but alas no, chances kept going down. However on the upside the introduction of spin into the attack had pegged the oppo back with Aftab (3-13 off 7) and Nick (4-21 off 5) leading the way. Mike was superb as keeper with some great catches and two lovely stumpings. Klossy came into the fray late and took the final 3 wickets, a tight spell of bowling there. The hoodoo lived on until the very last wicket when Aftab and Keith collided going for the same catch, fortunately no serious injuries (although Keith got a bit of a bruised nose, apologies!) and Aftab managed to hang onto the catch. The Wash rolled into tea needing 170 off 35...

Remember we are two players down so a bit light on ye olde batting front! A positive start from Cragoe and Kripps before they fell. Aftab went cheaply, as did Mike unluckily bowled off a semi-grubber. Keith went for 13, and then Max played some good shots before being dismissed for 18. Up stepped Pete and Luke who batted the overs though, finishing on 28 and 22 not out respectively, and managing to salvage a level of respect for the Wash in the process. Champagne moment when Luke cracked an immaculate square cut for 4.

And so, sadly, another loss for the Wash. General consensus was that a couple of extra batsmen would have made the difference, but given the quality of the oppo and the setting, these things are soon forgotten. It was classic Washington indeed, a great day was had by all, and we are looking forward to a repeat fixture.

Man of the match - Klossy.

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Player Runs How out
Matthew Cragoe 1 Caught
Nick Kripps 6 Caught
Keith Williams 13 Caught
Aftab Akram 1 Caught
Mike Turner 2 Bowled
Max Murrain 18 Bowled
Peter Kloss 28* 
Luke Mitchell 22* 
Did Not Bat
Richard Creed
Wkt Runs Batsmen
1 9 Matthew Cragoe  &  Nick Kripps
2 1 Matthew Cragoe  &  Keith Williams
3 1 Keith Williams  &  Aftab Akram
4 10 Keith Williams  &  Mike Turner
5 13 Keith Williams  &  Max Murrain
6 28 Max Murrain  &  Peter Kloss
7 58 * Peter Kloss  &  Luke Mitchell

Player Cts Wkt Cts Stmps
Aftab Akram 2 - -
Mike Turner - 3 2
Player Overs Mdns Runs Wkts
Peter Kloss 5.4 0 29 3
Max Murrain 7.0 0 29 0
Luke Mitchell 5.0 0 23 0
Aftab Akram 7.0 1 13 3
Nick Kripps 5.0 0 21 4
Richard Creed 5.0 0 40 0