Midwives dig deep to hold Worcester Park

By - Monday 24th June, 2013

A batsman’s paradise of a wicket ultimately proved the winner as Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian comfortably denied Worcester Park maximum points at Green Lane on Saturday, reports Robert Keenan

WORCESTER PARK  252-6 (S Ganguly 72, J Hill 67)


 Winning Draw to Worcester Park

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, half-centuries from Sandeep Ganguly (72) and Joe Hill (67) helped the hosts power their way to 252 for 6. Hard-hitting opener Dexter Smith set the tempo with 36 from 42 balls as the hosts began positively against Trinity’s all-seam attack, which performed respectably enough but derived little assistance from the pitch. Ganguly and Hill batted exquisitely at times in a second wicket stand of 123 which looked to have put Worcester Park on course for a massive total as Mids toiled with the ball and became guilty of some sloppy ground fielding.

Out of nowhere, the hosts then lost three wickets in consecutive balls as some questionable running saw Joe Hill and Waite dismissed by direct hits before Mark Roberts, making a welcome return to the TMW attack after injury, trapped Rob Hill lbw. Rob Bell restored order with a quickfire unbeaten 35 which afforded Worcester Park the luxury of an early declaration after 49 overs.

Graham Cobbett and Richard Piggin comfortably withstood 20 overs of pressure from the Worcester Park spinners but scoring proved difficult

With a batting line-up lacking in both confidence and firepower, and carrying a lengthy tail, Mids never seriously threatened to overhaul the home side’s total but showed plenty of determination to end their losing sequence. Graham Cobbett and Richard Piggin comfortably withstood 20 overs of pressure from the Worcester Park spinners but scoring proved difficult as they mustered only 36 runs. With the spinners proving unable to extract much turn from the pitch Worcester Park captain Rob Waite’s decision to take the new ball finally brought a breakthrough as Piggin was caught superbly at slip by Ganguly before Harrison trapped Pritchard lbw.

Cobbett applied himself impressively once more to score 45 before edging to the ‘keeper but Sales built on his good work to bat fluently for 34 before he was bowled by Grant Helm. Waite continued to rotate his bowlers in search of further wickets but watchful batting from Seb Miles (29 not out) ensured that the tail was not exposed while Mike Brugnoli exploited an attacking field to hit 43 from just 30 balls as the match fizzled out into a tame draw.

Mids expect to be boosted by the return of Abishek Jhunjhunwala, Kunal Patel and Raj Chatwal for Saturday’s local derby at home to Purley.

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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