Trinity batsmen earn draw in Cranleigh run fest

By - Monday 22nd July, 2013

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian extended their unbeaten run to five matches after holding leaders Cranleigh to an entertaining draw

CRANLEIGH  268-2 (M Wagh 110, S Waters 101*)

TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN  253-4 (A Jhunjhunwala 64,  S Sales 91*)  

Winning Draw to Cranleigh

Former Nottinghamshire batsman Mark Wagh and Kenyan international Seren Waters both hit centuries for Cranleigh while Stewart Sales and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala made half-centuries for Mids as both sets of batsmen feasted on an easy wicket, in a game notable for some outstanding batting from both sides.

Mids captain Richard Piggin’s decision to bowl first initially appeared questionable as openers Wagh and Jack Scriven gave Cranleigh a solid start. Scriven’s dismissal, lbw to Mark Roberts, was the solitary moment of joy for Mids in the first 36 overs of the match as Wagh and Waters laid on a batting masterclass. It was a faultless innings from Wagh who hit an effortless 110 from 117 balls including 15 fours. His eventual dismissal was born of fatigue more than anything as Chatwal took a straight-forward catch at backward square leg off the bowling of Jhunjhunwala.

Waters took considerable time to settle and was dropped expensively behind the stumps before reaching double figures but survived to dominate the remainder of the innings. Having shared a stand of 157 with Wagh, he took on the lead role in the latter part of the innings to add a further 79 with Australian Ronnie McKendry, reaching his hundred moments before Cranleigh declared on 268 for 2.

Sales was the true linchpin of the TMW reply, producing his finest innings of the season

Mids’ reply began in the worst possible fashion as Graham Cobbett was bowled by an in-swinger from Matt Crump in the second over. Piggin also departed cheaply, edging Crump behind a few overs later but Sales and Jhunjhunwala led a stirring recovery. Runs flowed freely for both batsmen who kept on top of the run rate to guide Mids past the three-figure mark.

It was another innings of supreme quality from Jhunjhunwala who made 64 before he was bowled by impressive young seamer Will Rollings. Will Page made an instant impact on his return to the TMW side to keep their challenge alive with a vibrant 40, the highlight being an audacious hook shot for six off the bowling of Cranleigh skipper Crump.

Yet Sales was the true linchpin of the TMW reply, producing his finest innings of the season to lay the platform for a late assault on the target as Mids left themselves requiring 75 from the last ten overs. However, they lost a little momentum either side of Page’s dismissal and although Christian Bond, promoted up the order to increase the run-rate, delivered an unbeaten 34 from just 32 balls, Cranleigh managed to deny Mids enough big-scoring overs to pull off a win. Sales finished unbeaten on 91 as Mids ended a valiant run chase sixteen runs short of victory.

Mids now face an important home match against struggling Pyrford on Saturday which will go a long way towards shaping the final weeks of their season.

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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