Esher attack proves too strong for Trinity

By - Monday 5th August, 2013

Kurham Irshad returned figures of 6 for 35 as runaway leaders Esher brought Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian’s six-match unbeaten run to a juddering halt with an emphatic 93-run victory on Saturday

ESHER  220-9 (R Mutucumarana 56, P Scott 51)


Esher won by 93 runs

Mids won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket which offered some assistance to the seamers and Mike Brugnoli made an early breakthrough as Jamie Abbott edged behind to Jesse James. A stand of 49 between Ed Lowe and Sohail Ahmed gave the hosts a foothold in the match as Mids failed to switch on properly in the field.

An outstanding spell from young seamer Ben Ives, a late replacement for the injured Matt Winter, put Mids back on top.  Ives troubled a strong batting line-up and captured the coveted wickets of Sohail and John Mason as he returned figures of 3 for 22 from a twelve-over stint to help reduce Esher to 93 for 5.

However, depth of batting is the mark of a good team and a stand of 104 for the sixth wicket between Robert Mutucumarana and Peter Scott ultimately proved decisive. Having rebuilt carefully, the pair gradually began to assert themselves, targeting spinner Raj Chatwal who struggled to derive much turn from the pitch.

As the field became increasingly defensive the batsmen both helped themselves to half-centuries before losing their wickets in a frenetic finale. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala picked up three late wickets as the lower order swung merrily before Esher declared on 220 for 9.

A stand of 37 between the impressive Kunal Patel and Seb Miles raised hopes of salvaging of draw

Richard Piggin timed the ball nicely as Mids made a promising start to their reply but the loss of their three main batsmen in quick succession to the bowling of Irshad all but ended their chances of victory. Piggin was the first to fall, lbw to Irshad before Jhunjhunwala played a poor shot into the hands of Lane at second slip.  A lack of footwork from Stewart Sales left him trapped lbw as Mids were reduced to 57 for 3. Robert Warne was also out cheaply lbw to spinner Peter Scott but a stand of 37 between the impressive Kunal Patel and Seb Miles raised hopes of salvaging of draw with fifteen overs still remaining.

However, the re-introduction of Irshad had the desired effect for Esher as Seb Miles and Jesse James were dismissed in his first over before the division’s best seamer completed his six-wicket haul by ending Patel’s two-hour stay at the crease for a hard-fought 42. Scott then wrapped up the tail to finish with 4 for 44 as Mids were bowled out for a disappointing 127 with five overs remaining.

The Championship now reverts to limited-overs cricket for the remainder of the season with Mids knowing that two wins from five matches should be sufficient to guarantee survival in Division 2 for next season.

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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