Mids Undone by Bainbridge Brothers

By - Monday 10th June, 2013

Robert Keenan reports on Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian’s narrow defeat to Walton-on-Thames on Saturday 7th June


TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN               149           R Piggin 52, M Bainbridge 5-18             

WALTON-ON-THAMES                       150-9        P Bainbridge 82, R Chatwal 6-64       

Walton-on-Thames won by 1 wicket


Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian spinner Raj Chatwal returned club best figures of 6 for 64, but it was not quite enough to engineer a repeat of last week’s dramatic comeback as a nervous Walton-on-Thames prevailed by one wicket in another nail-biter at Ashley Park.

It was a valiant effort by the TMW bowlers, but they couldn’t bail out their batsmen on this occasion after another desperately poor display had seen Mids bowled out for just 149 thanks to a superb spell of bowling from Mark Bainbridge. After Tom James was caught behind in the second over, Richard Piggin and Kunal Patel began brightly against the new-ball attack on an excellent surface which had yielded more than 1000 runs in two previous matches.

Piggin in particular found the boundary with regularity in the first dozen overs bit the introduction of spinner Mark Bainbridge altered the complexion of the game completely. He caught and bowled Patel in the second over of an extraordinary spell which opened with nine consecutive maidens and forced the batsmen into a negative mindset. Piggin looked capable of a big score but moments after reaching his half-century, he gave his wicket away cheaply, caught at mid-wicket by Mark Bainbridge who then dismissed Stewart Sales in the very next over.

Mids appeared to have left their bowlers with too much to do

Seb Miles (25) and Mike Brugnoli (17) ground out an important stand of 42 to raise hopes of posting a competitive total but the innings stalled completely after Miles hit a full toss from Paul Bainbridge straight back to the bowler. Brugnoli, Mugridge and Chatwal all fell lbw to brother Mark as Mids lost four wickets without addition to the score. Gavin Piper provided some late resistance, hitting three late boundaries before Mids were bowled out in the 51st over.  Mark Bainbridge finished with figures of 5 for 18 from a 19-over spell.

Once again, Mids appeared to have left their bowlers with too much to do but they continue to thrive on the challenging of defending small totals and four early wickets from Chatwal with the old ball brought the match to life.

Powerful opener Sam Gorvin pulled the ball ferociously into the hands of Gavin Piper at backward square leg before Chatwal trapped Walton captain Matt Haddow lbw first ball. Shaun Cox was caught by Bond at point before Chatwal struck for the fourth time in seven overs to dismiss Green lbw and reduce Walton to 33 for 4.

Fielders crowded around the bat in a tense, long drawn out finale

Paul Bainbridge, dropped expensively on the boundary in the third over, punished Mids in a crucial stand of 94 with Alastair Stanley spanning more than 30 overs which looked to have all but won Walton the game. They nudged the ball around and applied themselves extremely well against good bowling from Chatwal and Piper who went unrewarded for twelve excellent overs before pulling up injured. Stanley’s first real mistake cost him his wicket as Piggin took a tricky catch off the bowling of Patel and moments later Mids captured the wicket they desperately needed  as Bainbridge was out stumped for 82.

Patel then blew the match wide open, dismissing Houghton and Mark Bainbridge lbw in the space of three balls before Piper took a sharp chance at slip to remove Monk and leave Walton’s last pair needing seven runs to win. They survived a number of near misses as fielders crowded around the bat in a tense, long drawn out finale which lasted more than six overs but the experienced Ian Collis held his nerve to see the home side through to their target.

Saturday’s game at home to struggling Ashford now takes on added significance as Mids seek to climb the table.

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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