Jhunjhunwala ton lights up derby draw

By - Monday 1st July, 2013

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala announced his arrival in the Surrey Championship with a brilliant hundred as Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian drew with Purley at Lime Meadow on Saturday

TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN  272-7 (A Jhunjhunwala 133,  S Sales 53; R Khan 5-69)

PURLEY  197-6 (S Lara 68*)

Winning Draw to Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian

The Indian all-rounder blitzed the Purley attack to score 133 and propel Mids to their highest total of the season after the hosts had been put in to bat.

Tish Wanigaratne, returning to the club where he spent last season, bowled an excellent opening spell in unfavourable conditions to pick up two early wickets as Graham Cobbett was caught behind off the thumb and Richard Piggin was trapped lbw. Jhunjhunwala made the most of a little early good fortune to provide the impetus that Mids have been lacking in their batting this season. After reaching 50, he began to take the Purley spinners apart with his second 50 arriving in just 28 balls as Mids plundered 100 runs in just 11 overs.

His presence also gave Stewart Sales and Kunal Patel the freedom to express themselves. Sales survived an early dropped catch to power his way to a half-century while Patel continued his good season to score 33 as Mids piled on the runs against a Purley side that was left to regret some dropped catches and untidy ground fielding.

It came as a huge relief to the visitors when Jhunjhunwala was finally caught by Adam Windley on the mid-wicket boundary and they managed to obtain a degree of control thereafter. Spinner Razi Khan was the most successful of the bowlers, recovering well to finish with 5 for 69 before Mids declared on 272 for 7.

A sixth-wicket stand between Savion Lara and Nathan Harris thwarted Mids’ hopes of forcing a victory

Openers Stuart Glassington and Shane Patel provided Purley with the platform they needed for an assault on the TMW total with a solid opening stand, as the TMW bowlers also struggled to derive any assistance from a flat Lime Meadow pitch. It took 22 overs for Mids to find a breakthrough when Glassington was tempted out of his crease by Jhunjhunwala and was stumped by Jesse James.

With the help of some committed fielding the spinners gradually started to turn the screw as Sales took a sharp chance at slip to dismiss Patel before Chatwal picked up the wickets of Scott and Windley cheaply to reduce Purley to 116 for 4.

However, the visitors showed little inclination to attack thereafter and a sixth-wicket stand between Savion Lara and Nathan Harris, spanning thirteen overs, thwarted Mids’ hopes of forcing a victory. Piggin continued to set attacking fields and Mids were rewarded with two further wickets, but Lara batted very responsibly to finish unbeaten on 68 and ensure that Purley were able to save the game comfortably.

Mids now embark on a run of fixtures against three of the top four clubs beginning with Saturday’s trip to leaders Chessington.

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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