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Wimbledon CC - 3rd XI
Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI
Sat 25 Aug 12:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 3rd XI Start time 12:00

Wimbledon cruise to Llama total 2 down

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Tame fielding performance after young batters graft to 184

A youthful 3s batting line-up put up a decent total against Wimbledon on Saturday but a lacklustre performance in the field led to a comprehensive defeat. Inserted on a green track with plenty in it for the bowlers, Jordan Bunyan nicked off to the less quick Anand twin (Eric) for 10 before Will Dahl (34) and Jonny Flanders (also 34) batted with good application to lift the Llamas to a well-earned 85-1.

But after an hour of diligence, concentration levels began to wobble, and Dahl soon spooned one up off young off-spinner Whipple.

The Llamas still sat pretty at 100-2 at drinks, but Ant Ireland was dismissed for 6 to a wonder-grab at short midwicket and Flanders inexplicably tried to hoik a straight one immediately after and got cleaned up, leaving the young pair of Jacob McLoughlin and Matt Crighton to begin a clean-up operation from 102-4.

The young guns again showed their potential, putting on 52 together, with Crighton demonstrating a fine mix of solid defence and sweetly timed boundaries in his, you guessed it, 34.

When he was nicked off at 154-5, the Llamas began to wobble. Bevan Lester hung around for an extended 0 before falling foul of the several decades age-gap between he and McLoughlin, run out by about 10 yards attempting a quick second.

Nick Gavigan was also run out for 5, this time thanks to a superb direct hit from fine leg, and when James Brickley generously planted his foot right in the way of a straight one for a golden duck, hopes of 200+ were beginning to fade.

McLoughlin soon followed for 22, leaving VI-Kings talisman (administratively at least) Chris Hudson (3*) and Elliot Lodge (6) to nurdle us up to a respectable but slightly below par 184. You rarely win when the top score is 34 (even x3).

With the pitch already looking much more batsman friendly and the outfield a little drier, the Llamas set about defending their total with a slightly depleted attack with the likes of Cross, Lohokare and Friend on National Service for the 5s.

Lodge (2-47 from 10) continued his good form with the ball, taking two in 9 tidy overs before his ankle began to resemble a dry scone and he called time on his opening spell. Flanders (0-32 from 6) struggled to find a consistent line and length and Brickers (0-45 from 5.4) was frankly obliterated by the talented but occasionally gobby Tom Cooper (74*) who seemed to take an unnatural liking to the 3s stalwart. Perhaps he had some catnip stuck in his beard.

McLoughlin (0-25 from 8) and Gavigan (0-22 from 7) wrested back some control, but the Dons were rarely anything but comfortable as they cruised past 100 two-down. Meanwhile, the Llama fielders were increasingly resembling lamp posts.

Despite the feeble efforts of the skipper to reanimate his band of mute zombies, we continued to offer very little in the way of energy, belief or fight, and soon defeat was a foregone conclusion, Wimbledon eventually knocking the runs off 2 down with a rather embarrassing 11 overs remaining.

Let’s hope the season finishes in less limp style with a win over Walton this week.

Scorecard

Wimbledon CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Jordan Bunyan
ct. T Cooper, b. E Anand
10
23
1
0
43.5
Will Dahl
ct. H Houlder, b. G Whipple
34
65
3
0
52.3
Jonny Flanders
b. H Houlder
34
52
6
0
65.4
Antony Ireland
ct. H Houlder, b. G Whipple
6
17
0
0
35.3
Jacob McLoughlin
ct. T Lloyd, b. V Bakker
22
42
2
0
52.4
Matthew Crighton
ct. T Cooper, b. V Bakker
34
46
6
0
73.9
Bevan Lester
ro. Unsure
0
17
0
0
0.0
Nick Gavigan
ro. Unsure
5
7
0
0
71.4
James Brickley
lb. E Anand
0
1
0
0
0.0
Chris Hudson
Not Out
3
6
0
0
50.0
Elliott Lodge
lb. P Khera
6
11
1
0
54.5
Extras
22w, 5b, 1lb, 2nb
30
Total
for 10 wickets 48.0 overs
184

Wimbledon CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Eric Anand
9.0
1
27
2
3.0
3w
Pranav Khera
7.0
3
12
1
1.7
Will Royall
5.0
0
40
0
8.0
3w
George Whipple
10.0
0
27
2
2.7
1nb, 3w
Harry Houlder
10.0
3
40
1
4.0
2w
Victor Bakker
7.0
1
32
2
4.6
1nb, 1w

Wimbledon CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ishaan Rajan
ct. W Dahl, b. E Lodge
9
6
2
0
150.0
Pranav Khera
ct. W Dahl, b. E Lodge
24
40
3
0
60.0
Victor Bakker
Not Out
70
113
8
0
61.9
Tom Cooper
Not Out
74
73
11
0
101.4
Adam Slater
Did Not Bat
 
Tim Lloyd
Did Not Bat
 
Eric Anand
Did Not Bat
 
Jack Hannaford
Did Not Bat
 
Harry Houlder
Did Not Bat
 
Will Royall
Did Not Bat
 
George Whipple
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
9w
9
Total
for 2 wickets 38.4 overs
186

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Elliott Lodge
10.0
1
47
2
4.7
2w
Jonny Flanders
6.0
0
32
0
5.3
1w
Jacob McLoughlin
8.0
2
25
0
3.1
2w
James Brickley
5.4
0
45
0
9.0
1w
Nick Gavigan
7.0
1
22
0
3.1
Jordan Bunyan
2.0
0
15
0
7.5
3w

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League round up

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150/1
147
Sutton CC, Surrey - 3rd XI
Old Whitgiftians CC - 3rd XI
98
99/8
Sunbury CC - 3rd XI
130/3
126
Weybridge CC - 3rd XI
Dulwich CC - 3rd XI
170
148

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# Team Pts
1. Wimbledon CC - 3rd XI 343
2. Dulwich CC - 3rd XI 281
3. Ashtead CC - 3rd XI 267
4. Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI 248
5. Spencer CC, Surrey - 3rd XI 220
6. Weybridge CC - 3rd XI 203
7. Sunbury CC - 3rd XI 180

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