Mids hit rock bottom after Ashford defeat

By - Monday 17th June, 2013

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian sank to the bottom of the Division 2 table following a damaging three-wicket defeat at home to fellow strugglers Ashford, reports Robert Keenan

ASHFORD  183-7 (N Khan 55, M Winter 5-47)

Ashford won by 3 wickets

Mids had only themselves to blame after posting another inadequate total, bowling with too much width and dropping a succession of catches in the field.

Mids won the toss and elected to bat first on another good Lime Meadow wicket and Piggin began strongly, with three boundaries through mid-wicket off Trevor Langworth, before he was caught behind in bizarre fashion off the back of his bat. Thereafter, the innings never really got out of first gear against an Ashford attack which posed little genuine threat but delivered a consistent line and length. Batsmen repeatedly established themselves at the crease only to get themselves out, with Warne flicking to mid-wicket for 21, Sales hitting Khan to mid-off and Miles edging to slip.

Opener Graham Cobbett showed the sort of application that was lacking elsewhere with a hard-fought and determined 60, but progress remained slow with only 140 runs coming from the first 43 overs of the innings. Mike Brugnoli’s 22 from just 16 balls added some much needed tempo but he was unable to bat through to the end of the innings, becoming the first of four late victims for Richard Mansfield. Mansfield mopped up the tail to finish with 4 for 28 as Mids were bowled out for 182 in the 52nd over.

Naveed Khan was dropped in the slips without scoring and made the most of his reprieve to produce the match-winning innings

An Ashford side short on confidence with the bat after a series of collective failures made an uncertain start in reply as James Berressem was bowled around his legs by Matt Winter, who then trapped Richard Mansfield lbw three balls later. Having seen off good opening spells from Winter and Mike Brugnoli, the father and son partnership of Chris and Trevor Evans restored some stability and looked comfortable at the crease until the latter swung wildly at a delivery from left-arm spinner Chatwal and was bowled.

Winter struck twice more, dismissing Chris Evans (34) with a fine yorker before Langworth was given out lbw at which stage Mids looked to be favourites to win the match with Ashford struggling on 84 for 5. Number seven Naveed Khan was dropped in the slips without scoring and made the most of his reprieve to produce the match-winning innings.

The unorthodox Khan transformed the match striking 55 from 53 balls as a Mids side showing signs of complacency, lost discipline with the ball and in the field while Ashford captain Paul Frost (33), dropped twice in the same over when on 3, played the anchor role at the other end. The pair added 83 in 15 overs to take Ashford to within 16 of victory before Khan was bowled by Gunjal Patel attempting one swing too many. Frost was then bowled out in the next over as Winter completed a deserved five-wicket haul (5-47) but Lee Cousens and Robert Evans showed no sign of nerves in the closing stages as they knocked off the remaining runs required for victory with five balls of the match to spare.

With some daunting fixtures ahead in the next month Mids need to show a drastic improvement if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

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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