A disappointing 5 wicket defeat on Saturday to Weybridge has left the Llamas title chances hanging by a thread as we move into the final week of the season. Weybride visit Sutton this Saturday needing just 2 bonus points to secure the title, but stranger things have happened, and Reigate now must just focus on beating Banstead at home this week.
After winning the toss and batting first on a slow surface, Reigate found themselves in trouble early against a good opening attack including Surrey paceman Tom Curran. However, it was Jack Winslade who caused most trouble at the other end, claiming the wickets of Sam Hall (8), and Brad Scriven (0), both dismissed by balls nipping back through the gate.
Oliver and Delmont began to repair the innings by putting on 27 for the third wicket, before Weybridge skipper Phil Mann had Oliver bowled for 11. Murtagh (3), and Dahl (6) soon followed to the bowling of Brent Kay as Reigate stuttered to 60/5. Ben Shoare (29) and Delmont (38) began to give the llama supporters hope as they put on 39 for the sixth wicket but yet again wickets tumbled quickly and the Lamas were bundled out for just 119 in 40.2 overs. Jack Winslade finishing with figures of 5-31 from his allotted 10 overs.
As the second innings resumed the Llamas knew they needed early wickets to have any chance, and that’s just what happened. In the blink of an eye Weybridge found themselves 21/4 with Cripps, both Currans, and Surrey’s Will Jacks back in the hutch. Luke Beaven and Will Hodson had two wickets a piece and the llamas on the field and around the ground started to believe it was possible.
However, the next hour in the match was the defining partnership between Tom Bruce and Andrew Curtis. The pair put on 80 for the fifth wicket which ultimately took the game completely away from the home side. Andrew Curtis made a gutsy 24, but the match winning innings came from Tom Bruce Weybridge’s overseas players who scored 63 not out from as many balls.
Michael Munday did pick up Curtis just before the end of the game which earnt Priory a bonus point in the match, but Oliver Mills short cameo of 9 not out from just 4 balls was enough to see Weybridge to victory.
Updated 18:42 - 31 Aug 2018 by Antony Ireland