Jhunjhunwala stars again in thrilling Trinity win

By - Monday 8th July, 2013

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala produced a virtuoso performance as Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian snatched a dramatic one-wicket victory over leaders Chessington on Saturday

CHESSINGTON  196          

TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN  199-9 (A Jhunjhunwala 126)        

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian won by 1 wicket


Jhunjhunwala hit his second consecutive century and also took 4 for 61 to help settle an enthralling match which ebbed and flowed from the start.

Mids looked set for a tough afternoon after being asked to field first in stifling heat, as the Chessington batsmen recovered from the early loss of opener Andy White to set a brisk early pace against the new ball attack. Sam Robinson made 26 before he was bowled by Mark Roberts but wicketkeeper Matt Alldis, who had scored a century against Mids in a Surrey Trust League match only last month, played exquisitely and looked capable of another big score until he was caught by Winter on the long-on boundary for 48.

Brugnoli, Chatwal, and Jhunjhunwala all bowled economically to bring Mids back into the match and although the Chessington middle order all made solid starts to their innings, none of them were able to post the big score that was needed. Jhunjhunwala’s four-wicket haul helped to reduce the hosts to 163 for 8, but tail-enders Robson and Woutersz contributed usefully to help lift the total to 196 before Chessington was bowled out in the final over.

Captain Richard Piggin was caught in the covers in only the second over of what turned out to be an extraordinary TMW reply. That paved the way for Jhunjhunwala to take centre stage and carry on from where he left off in last week’s match against Purley. He raced to 50 in just 26 balls at the start of an innings which was possibly even superior in quality to his previous effort.

With 32 runs still needed for victory and only tail-enders at the crease, the odds appeared to be stacked firmly in Chessington’s favour

Meanwhile, batsmen tumbled like dominos at the other end as the rest of the top seven mustered only twelve runs between them. Cobbett was given out lbw to spinner Dan Yarnley who picked up his second wicket straight away when Stewart Sales took a wild swing and was out bowled in a senseless piece of cricket. Patel was caught at silly mid-off without scoring, Miles fell lbw to Singleton before Mike Brugnoli was caught out at short leg as Mids slumped to 96 for 6 of which, remarkably, Jhunjhunwala had scored 82.

Christian Bond, often criticised for a lack of application, batted extremely responsibly alongside Jhunjhunwala in a stand of 58 which put Mids back in contention. With the batsmen looking increasingly comfortable, Yarnley opted to take the new ball and the decision paid off as Bond was caught out by Woutersz off the bowling of Australian James Binney for 22. Four overs later, Chessington finally captured the wicket they desperately wanted when Jhunjhunwala was controversially given out caught behind for a magnificent 126 which included 10 fours and 5 sixes.

With 32 runs still needed for victory and only tail-enders at the crease, the odds appeared to be stacked firmly in Chessington’s favour but Matt Winter, Mark Roberts, and Raj Chatwal showed enormous character to guide Mids home under considerable pressure from a fired-up Chessington team.

Chatwal and Winter cleverly picked out the gaps as Mids closed in on their target before Winter was caught at slip in another dramatic twist with thirteen runs still needed for victory. Last man Roberts defended competently at one end while Chatwal patiently knocked off the remaining runs, finishing the match with a boundary through square leg to the delight of his team-mates.

This unexpected win provides Mids with some healthy breathing space above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s match with Horsley and Send.

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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