Trinity outclassed by Walton wonders


By - Monday 12th August, 2013

Storm Green’s second consecutive league century paved the way for Walton-on-Thames to comfortably defeat a disappointing Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian side by 90 runs on Saturday


WALTON-ON-THAMES  276-8 (S Green 103, M Haddow 53)

TRINITY MID-WHITGIFTIAN  186 (R Piggin 50) 

Walton-on-Thames won by 90 runs

A TMW side deprived of the services of both Mark Roberts and Matt Winter gave themselves little chance as an indisciplined display with the ball helped the visitors to amass a daunting 276 for 8.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Walton’s batsmen applied pressure in the field from the start with opener Sam Gorvin hitting 38 from as many balls to put his side in the ascendancy. They suffered a double setback when Gorvin was caught by Mike Brugnoli and Paul Bainbridge was caught behind off the impressive Ben Ives, but after playing second fiddle in the early stages Green began to exert his authority over the change bowlers who showed a worrying lack of control.

Green shared partnerships of 79 with Shaun Cox and 118 with Walton captain Matt Haddow as the visitors took advantage of some very poor Trinity bowling in the middle overs to dominate the match and a score in excess of 300 looked highly probable. Haddow made 53 while Green batted superbly for 103 before both batsmen fell in quick succession in the final overs of the innings. Brugnoli and Jhunjhunwala managed to stem the flow of runs to a degree in the closing stages to ensure that the score did not spiral completely out of reach but Walton nonetheless finished with an imposing total.

Piggin and Sales guided TMW to 113 for 2 at the mid-way point of the innings at which stage they were still firmly in contention

Richard Piggin and Kunal Patel gave Mids a promising start in reply although Patel enjoyed a large slice of luck, being dropped three times before eventually being caught by Gorvin for 45. Mids’ chances of victory suffered a major blow moments later when potential match-winner Abhishek Jhunjhunwala was caught behind cheaply down the leg side off the bowling of youngster Rory Annandale.

Nonetheless, Piggin and Sales guided them to 113 for 2 at the mid-way point of the innings at which stage they were still firmly in contention. However, on a pitch which turned more as the game went on the miserly off-spin of Paul Bainbridge strangled the TMW batsmen and turn the game firmly in Walton’s favour.

Bainbridge gave away just eight runs from his first five overs to leave Mids languishing too far behind the required run-rate. The pressure eventually told as Piggin was run out at the non-striker’s end moments after reaching his half-century, before Will Page was caught at point by Bilal Khan, whose agility saved numerous runs in the field throughout. Stewart Sales battled on to score 49 but Mids then lost their last five wickets in just fourteen balls as they threw caution to the wind, enabling young seamer Chris Williams to pick up four cheap wickets at the death.

In truth, Mids were outplayed in all areas of the game and now face an important game against bottom club Ashford on Saturday which they must win if they are to avoid a potentially anxious finish to the 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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