Welford Park Cricket Club is The Forrester & Allen Show, adopted club for the season.
Welford Park 1stXl had another frustrating afternoon at home to Chalfont St Giles in not quite getting to the total required. Chalfont elected to bat first with their top 4 C Cross (42) A Hardy (86) D Heaney (58) and J Plested (58) all in the runs as they posted 274-6 from 49 overs giving them 51 over to bowl Welford out.
Unlike the visitors none of Welford’s top five got going with Jake McManus’ 24 being the most significant. However, Will Herrington and Steve Yahia came together with the score on 84-5 and in the next 8 overs pushed the score to 155-6 before Herrington was caught on the boundary for 63. John Westbrook join Yahia and the runs still flowed as the next four overs took the score to 193-7 before Westbrook was caught for 27. 17 overs remained to get the required 81 runs but it was not to be as Yahia was caught for 47 and Welford were eventually all out for 240 with 3 overs remaining.
Welford Park 2ndXl (in 3rdplace) visited Warfield (in 4th) playing on an “interesting” strip. The home side batted first with Welford making a reasonable start as Warfield slipped to 25-2 from 9 overs. This however brought together Vatsa Kalli and Ashley Gander who turned the game around for the home side. Kalli was eventually caught by Ian Herrington off Andy Barr but the par had put on 94 for the 3rdwicket and there we still 20 overs remaining. Gander received support from Damian Atherton (23) and Takunda Pswarayi (25*) eventually being caught by Paturi for 104, with the score on 211-5 with 4 overs left. Unfortunately for Welford those last 4 overs yield 39 runs as the Warfield innings closed at 250-7.
Welford got off to a poor start losing Chadha on the 3rdover and Datta in the 5th both bowled by Pswarayi. Hendy Alleyne (21) and Uday Paturi (37) rebuilt a little but were then also both bowled within 3 balls of each other as Welford slipped to 68-4 from 19 overs. This brought together Pawan Sharma and Ian Herrington, both initially struggled but eventually started to dominate the bowling. They put on a new Welford 5thwicket record stand for the 2ndXl of 95 before Sharma was bowled behind his leg by a shooter. 11 overs were left to score 87 which was going to be tough especially when Griffith became the 6thbatsman to be bowled. Bandey was next in and he was run out after 8 balls as was Andy Barr after only 6 balls. There were 5 overs remaining and skipper Andy Cale was determined not to get out; which was achieved as he finished on 9 and Ian Herrington 63 not out as Welford reached 214-8 and importantly stay above Warfield in the table.
The Welford Sunday side made it 6 wins out of 6 with a 21 run win at East & West Hendred. Welford batted first losing Chadha in the first over but Mike Brook, who was to bat all the way through, and Uday Paturi put on 91 for the second wicket but there were only 16 over left. Gaurav Nayar only lasted 3 balls but then Will Herrington came in for a quick fire 105 from 47 balls before being caught in the deep with 1 over left with the score on 218. Ian Herrington scored 15 off the last over as Welford posted 233-4 with Mike Brook 47 not out.
Hendred got off to a cracking start with 93 on the board from only 12 overs but three wickets were down. Yasir Bandey and Ian Herrington pulled some control back and Hendred were on 110-4 at 20 overs. Runs and wickets kept coming as Bandey ended with 4-20 but Hendred were slipping behind the rate so that when they were eventually all out in the 39thover they had only reached 212 giving Welford a 21 wicket win.
Fixtures for next week sponsored by Weight Watchers.
Welford Park 1st away to Ruislip Victoria
Welford Park 2nd home to Sulhamstead 3rds
Welford Park Sunday away to Royal Ascot