May 18th vs Wolvercote (A)- lost by 47 runs
With two wins from the opening two games, it was a confident Westcott team that headed over to Cutteslowe Park for what was always going to be a tough match. Batting first on a sunny day on a white track, the two Wolvercote batsmen made an impressive start, scoring freely and eased past 50 without losing their first wicket. Westcott needed to remain patient and kept plugging away, with Waqas bowling an excellent spell without success.
At 115 without loss, the second and third change bowling of Tanveer and skipper Strongy brought a change of fortune and Wolvercote lost eight wickets for 25 runs in just a few overs, with some good catches being taken along the way. With a change in the weather and with rain coming down heavily now (it had started out sunny), the umpires eventually called the sodden players off with the score on 140-9 after 40 overs and an early tea was taken, albeit after the covers had been (slowly) applied. More rain led to the reduction of overs and eventually the sky brightened up and the umpires decided to resume play in now drying conditions. The once white wicket was now a lovely shade of light green, which made batting awkward and Westcott lost their first four batsmen cheaply, all clean bowled. With two quick LBW decisions going against the skip and vice skip, only Alimar had offered any resistance to a now confident Wolvercote side, who were taking full advantage of the change in conditions.
Nick Solway added some sensible batting technique to support Alimar, but after they were both out caught in quick succession, the game was pretty much up and Westcott slumped to a rather inadequate 93 all out.
# I must state at this point that we did not apply ourselves properly to chase down a modest total and ultimately paid the penalty. We must take on personal responsibility and be accountable for our performance, if we are to put in a serious challenge this season (~vice skip).
That said, let’s move on to next week and focus on the visit of Oxenford to Westcott, which should be another tough, challenging match.