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Walton on Thames CC - 3rd XI
Sat 22 Jun 12:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 3rd XI Drawn

Walton cling on despite Ireland ton and Brewis five

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By Steve Cross

The Llamas welcomed Walton on Thames to St Albans Road on Saturday, with both teams in the lower half of the league and needing a win to get their season back on track during the timed games. It was Walton that won the toss and immediately inserted Reigate to bat first on what looked a green wicket following all the rain that had been around for most of the week.

Srikanth Vuppala & chris mallows opened the batting for Reigate, and got the team off to a quick start with Srikanth in particular playing in his typical aggressive way looking to cut any wide deliveries and hit the Walton skipper Ed Hougasian back over his head for a boundary. Unfortunately, Vuppala (19) looked to play the same shot the following over and it proved his downfall and as he was caught at mid-off which gave Walton there first wicket and left Reigate 25-1.

This brought Simon Brewis to the crease who managed to start to build a partnership with Mallows (8) before he was caught and bowled by the Walton captain. After the fall of second wicket leaving Reigate 45-2, enter the llama skipper Antony Ireland with still plenty to do to get Reigate to any reasonable total, he knew he would have to bat long and get this tricky period. After the loss of a couple of quick wickets S Brewis (18) trapped LBW and Cross (1) bowled, all the pressure was now on the skipper who played brilliantly initially getting through a tough period, and then looking to up the run rate with shots all-around the wicket including a couple of trade mark extra-cover drives.

The Llamas finally declared on 218-8, after 51 overs with skipper Ireland seeing it through to end with a fabulous 107*, well supported with some excellent contributions from William Brewis (27), Jake Pearce (8) and Craig Johnson (8) getting them through to very competitive score and leaving themselves 49 overs to try to bowl Walton out, or so they thought….

After a good performance with the bat lead by the skipper, it was James Brickley and Elliott Lodge that opened the bowling for Reigate as they looked to try and bowl out Walton, and hopefully secure a much needed 24 points! But it was hard going for a large part of the Walton Innings with both openers valuing there wickets and showing little signs they were intending to chase this total down.

Both Brickley (11-0-16-0) and Lodge (14-0-27-2) bowled well in their opening spell but just couldn’t get the break through. They were well supported by Vuppala, Craig Johnson and Wilbur Tiley, but it wasn’t until Reigate introduced Will Brewis that Reigate finally got the break through with Jon Greet out for a well-played 43 caught at cover. There were further contributions from some of Walton top order, but Will Brewis (8-0-36-5) continued to take wickets finally finishing with his first 5 -wicket hall for Reigate 3s and suddenly the llamas thought they might have a chance, especially with both sides getting through there overs quickly.

Walton had gone from being 116-2, to suddenly being 133-5 and with the re-introduction of Lodge who quickly accounted for Matt Bailey & Daniel O’Connell both for ducks it was just a question of whether there was enough time. Then there was a run-out with Walton captain keen to keep the strike, Lodge was quick to gather the ball and return it to the keepers end for Jake Pearce to do the rest. Then with W Tiley coming back, he quickly removed Edward Thorn and with none of the last 4 batsman scoring a run Reigate required one final wicket for victory.

Unfortunately, the last man Clarke supported the Walton skipper Hougasian (20*) well and between them they were negotiate the remaining overs, with Reigate finally getting through 63 overs in return but were unable to get the final wicket they deserved. There were man of match performances from Captain Antony Ireland with his unbeaten hundred and Will Brewis with his 5-wicket Hall. Walton finishing on 171-9, which meant 10 points for Reigate who will play Weybridge next week hoping to continue this good form….

Scorecard

Walton on Thames CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Srikanth Vuppala
ct. K Clarke, b. E Hougasian
19
18
4
105.6
Chris Mallows
ct. E Hougasian, b. E Hougasian
8
25
1
32.0
Simon Brewis
lb. D O'Connell
18
24
3
75.0
Antony Ireland
 
107
126
17
84.9
Steven Cross
b. K Clarke
1
10
10.0
William Brewis
b. A Minshull
27
35
5
77.1
Craig Johnson
b. A Minshull
8
15
53.3
Jake Pearce
b. S Wilde
8
9
1
88.9
Wilbur Tiley
ct. M Bailey, b. A Minshull
1
4
25.0
James Brickley
 
4
3
133.3
Elliott Lodge
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
10w, 3b, 4lb
17
Total
for 8 wickets 51 overs
218

Walton on Thames CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Simon Duke
7
0
37
0
5.3
Ed Hougasian
6
1
23
2
3.8
Daniel O'Connell
11
2
29
1
2.6
Kurtis Clarke
7
0
23
1
3.3
Alex Minshull
12
1
52
3
4.3
Sachin Wilde
8
0
47
1
5.9

Walton on Thames CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Jon Greet
ct. S Brewis, b. W Brewis
43
 
Sachin Wilde
b. W Brewis
26
 
Patrick Haddow
ct. S Cross, b. W Brewis
30
 
Simon Duke
ct. A Ireland, b. W Brewis
13
 
Ed Hougasian
 
20
 
E Hussein
ct. S Cross, b. W Brewis
3
 
Matt Bailey
lb. E Lodge
0
 
Daniel O'Connell
b. E Lodge
0
 
Alex Minshull
 
0
 
Edward Thom
ct. E Lodge, b. W Tiley
0
 
Kurtis Clarke
 
7
 
Extras
8w, 16b, 3lb, 2nb
29
Total
for 9 wickets 63 overs
171

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Elliott Lodge
14
6
27
2
1.9
James Brickley
11
5
16
0
1.5
Srikanth Vuppala
14
8
19
0
1.4
Craig Johnson
4
0
20
0
5.0
Wilbur Tiley
11
6
30
1
2.7
William Brewis
8
1
36
5
4.5
Antony Ireland
1
0
4
0
4.0

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# Team Pts
1. Wimbledon CC 247
2. Spencer CC, Surrey 223
3. Dulwich CC 198
4. Weybridge CC 162
5. Walton on Thames CC 150
6. Reigate Priory CC 145
7. Ashtead CC 124

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