Purley powers to derby victory


By - Monday 2nd September, 2013

An impressive run chase from the top order saw Purley take the derby honours with a five-wicket victory over Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian at The Ridge on Saturday


TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN  265-5 (W Page 121, J James 77)

PURLEY  266-5 (S Patel 68, K Bala 77)

Purley won by 5 wickets

Both sides came into the game needing a win to guarantee safety but Ashford’s defeat to Worcester Park means that Mids can also look forward to playing their cricket in Division 2 of the Surrey Championship next season.

The outcome of this high-scoring encounter was ultimately defined by the first fifteen overs of each innings, which saw Purley bowl and field with far greater purpose and discipline than their TMW opponents. Having been put in to bat, TMW openers Will Page and Kunal Patel were put under pressure by fine bowling spells from Tish Wanigaratne and Nav Chaudhry and some eager fielding. The pressure saw Patel run out in the fifth over as the batsmen scampered for a single.

Page and Jesse James saw off the new ball diligently and gradually started to assert themselves against support bowlers who struggled to find any assistance from another flat Ridge wicket. James played with the responsibility that his elevation to number three required, hitting 12 fours in an innings of 77 as the pair added 138 runs for the second wicket to set up a competitive total. Mids suffered a mini-collapse after James’s dismissal as Asif Ali followed up with the wickets of Stewart Sales and Matt Kember cheaply to return figures of 3 for 59.

However, Page deserved the majority of the plaudits, batting magnificently over a three-hour period for his first hundred in senior cricket, and he was desperately unlucky to finish on the losing side. He hit twelve fours and four sixes in his 121 including some superlative hook shots into the tennis courts and his performance bodes extremely well for the future. He was finally bowled out in the 48th over but an unbeaten 29 from Seb Miles, who provided him with excellent support in the last fifteen overs, guided Mids to 265 for 5 when their innings closed.

A change in bowling brought Mids a much-needed breakthrough as Chatwal trapped Windley lbw

Purley’s batsmen came out firing from the outset, with Adam Windley crashing six early boundaries as Mark Roberts and Ben Ives struggled to find any consistency. A change in bowling brought Mids a much-needed breakthrough as Chatwal trapped Windley lbw but they could not stem the tide as the home side continued to score at more than six runs per over.

Savion Lara looked a real threat, scoring 20 from just 17 balls until he was well caught by Matt Kember at backward point off a thick edge. A stand of 103 between Shane Patel and Kapilan Balasubramaniam all but settled the match as Mike Brugnoli, captaining Mids against his former club, rotated his bowlers without being able to find a formula to turn the match around.

Despite injuring his finger keeping wicket, Jesse James took two excellent catches on the boundary to dismiss Patel for 68 and Balasubramaniam for 77 while Mark Roberts took the wicket of Purley skipper James Scott. However, the wickets came far too late to save Mids from defeat as Nav Chaudhry and Nathan Harris easily knocked off the remaining runs to seal a comfortable victory for Purley with more than six overs to spare.

Mids finish their campaign at home to Chessington on Saturday while Purley entertain relegated Ashford.

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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