Depleted Welwyn Garden City suffer trophy defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:31 27 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009
Don Anderson Memorial Trophy Welwyn Garden City 86 Winchmore Hill 90-1 A DEPLETED WGC lost to Winchmore Hill by nine wickets in their annual Don Anderson Memorial Trophy match. In the game to commemorate Don Anderson, who was a member of both clubs, Mart
Don Anderson Memorial Trophy
Welwyn Garden City 86 Winchmore Hill 90-1
A DEPLETED WGC lost to Winchmore Hill by nine wickets in their annual Don Anderson Memorial Trophy match.
In the game to commemorate Don Anderson, who was a member of both clubs, Martin James took a severely weakened WGC side to face the Middlesex Premier League opposition of Winchmore Hill.
Seven county call-ups and two with University commitments left WGC short of their usual players.
Only the skipper himself and Ray Hodge were in the side from those who featured regularly last year.
Perversely Winchmore Hill, who were similarly weakened last year in this match and were subsequently overwhelmed, were at full strength this year.
Due to the squad situations the result of the trophy match was almost a forgone conclusion.
Opening the bowling, with the pacy duo of Jamie Thorpe and the ex-Middlesex quickie David Burton, the home side soon claimed four WGC wickets.
James, opening up instead of his usually number 10 role in the side, Dileep Rudraswarmy, James MacDonald and Andy Nolan all back in the pavilion with only 25 runs on the board.
Combining a little aggression with some good fortune Alex Chalker 17 and Hodge 24 added 35 runs in the only stand of note.
This was before Hodge was caught off a rare bad ball from the home side's impressive spinner Dan Amedee.
With the latter claiming another couple of wickets to end with 3-26 the rest of the wickets fell quite quickly to leave a small target of 87 for the home side.
Alex Chalker claimed the one wicket to fall in his opening over trapping Matthew Bowen lbw for two.
He was then within a few inches of getting Oli Adamson out the same way, but was to be denied.
Andrew Moscrop also had a very good appeal for a catch turned down against Adamson.
However, the Winchmore Hill skipper rode his luck.
He raced to 72 not out on a good pitch with nine fours and two sixes.
Simon Bridgewater and Liam Mitchell bowled four overs each without luck and the match was over in only 16.1 overs.
On Saturday before the league season begins in earnest on May 9 James will take a full strength XI to county rivals Bishop's Stortford for a friendly encounter.
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