Bowling crisis leaves Trinity in danger


By - Monday 19th August, 2013

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian’s shortage of bowling resources brought about their downfall as Ashford made up important ground on their rivals in the battle for survival with a tense one-wicket victory on Saturday


TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN  179-5 (K Patel 65)

ASHFORD  180-9 (N Khan 61*)

Ashford won by 1 wicket

Having posted a perfectly defensible 179 for 5, Mids reduced Ashford to 61 for 6 but Naveed Khan exposed the lack of depth in the TMW bowling unit to score an unbeaten 61 and win his side the match.

Mids’ total with the bat represented a gutsy effort on a pitch which provided plenty of demons to keep the batsmen on their toes throughout. Young openers Will Page (26) and Kunal Patel acquitted themselves extremely well against some accurate bowling to put 63 runs on the board before Mids lost their first wicket.

Jhunjhunwala survived a spectacular dropped catch from Langworth but the reprieve was only temporary as he was deceived by an in-swinger from Khan moments later. Sales was then undone by the variable bounce, given out lbw to a ball which kept low, but Warne (25 not out) and Patel added a further 36 for the fourth wicket to keep Mids on top. Patel has prospered since being promoted to opening the innings and his diligent 65 was another example of his growing maturity with the bat.

Following his eventual dismissal, a valuable 32 off 30 balls from Robert Mugridge either side of a rain interruption ensured that Mids finished with what appeared to be a competitive total.

Khan and Doggett seized on the opportunity to turn the game around, adding 68 for the seventh wicket to set up an exciting finish

It looked better still for the visitors as two wickets from Mark Roberts helped reduce Ashford to 13 for 3. ‘Keeper James Berressem was bowled by Jhunjhunwala before Roberts struck to remove Waqas Ahmed (caught behind) and Frost who top edged a short ball to slip. Mansfield and Evans consolidated for a time but Ashford suffered a further double setback when Evans and Waseen Ahmed were dismissed by Jhunjhunwala in the space of four balls. When Mansfield (22) was then caught behind off the bowling of Chatwal, Mids looked destined to return to Croydon with the points.

However, an attack missing Matt Winter, Mike Brugnoli, Ben Ives and Christian Bond among others lacked the firepower to kill the game off. Mids were relying on Kunal Patel to bowl a 10-over spell but the TMW all-rounder was overcome by a serious case of the ‘yips’, sending down 10 wides in sixteen balls and had to be removed from the attack, leaving part-timers Stewart Sales and Robert Warne to bowl the majority of the remaining overs. Khan and Doggett seized on the opportunity to turn the game around, adding 68 for the seventh wicket to set up an exciting finish.

Roberts returned to the attack and trapped Doggett lbw but was unable to make his final over count. Ashford number nine Trevor Langworth looked capable of getting himself out at any time and it came as little surprise when he was caught behind for 18. Sales then struck to dismiss Ben Smith and leave Ashford’s last pair needing a further fifteen runs to win.

However, by this time Mids’ front-line bowlers had already exhausted their allocation of overs and some sensible running and rotation of the strike from Khan and Tippell saw Ashford to their target.

Having lost an excellent opportunity to secure the victory they need to survive in Division 2 for next season, Mids now face a tricky final trio of fixtures starting with Saturday’s home game with Worcester Park.

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Cricket Club

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Cricket Club

The Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Cricket Club was formed in 1908 by the old boys of what is now named Trinity School, Croydon, but was then called Whitgift Middle School. The Club runs 4 Saturday sides and sometimes 5, 2 Sunday sides and a successful Colts Section. The top 4 Saturday sides play league cricket in the Surrey Championship and the Sunday 1st XI compete in cup competitions, the Griffin Sunday Cricket League and Surrey Trust League.

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