Brentwood 3s bowled over by Wapping 5s
The 5s defy their age to make it 28 wins from 28.
It had been a long day in the field when the Wapping M5s jogged out through the long room tunnel for the evening session against Brentwood 3s. There have been many battles between these two sides over recent years, and Wapping were determined to extend their outstanding run of 27 successive one day international victories.
With more than 200 years’ experience at the back, Wapping’s defence, led by Gus Fraser and Birthday Bay Bobby Boycott (how did he get away with this? – ed) were holding firm, driving the opening attacks through the covers to long on and long off where Sachin Perez, Dale Stain and Matt Hadlee were fielding the ball brilliantly, but failing to take any wickets. As has often happened this season, and indeed throughout this run of victories, Wapping were first to lose a wicket. Boycott was left lying on his backside as Brentwood’s young centre forward bowled an in-swinger which deflected off Boyd Ran-King’s left boot and past Phil O’Russell’s outstretched glove and into the goal.
This was exactly the incentive that Wapping needed to start targeting the stumps with their bowling. A delightful drive over the top from Asif Bopara was expertly fielded on the boundary by Wally Hammond who slammed the ball into the wickets and Wapping were back level. With 12th men substituting onto the pitch at regular intervals, the opposition were struggling to pick out the Wapping fielders, and after some great work by Dale Stain through the middle, Graham Charlesworth was there to bowl a yorker straight into the stumps. 2 – 1 to Wapping. Wapping proceeded to build pressure and it was only a matter of time before their captain Joel Garner expertly finished a shirt corner routine with a wicket to take Wapping into teas 3-1 up.
Garner had made it perfectly clear during the interval that he was not going to accept anything other than all-out attack in the second period. With many of the usually defensive batsmen fancying some wickets, an early short corner enabled all-rounder Beefy Gould to knock Brentwood’s off stump out of the ground. This early breakthrough would surely lead to a collapse?
And so it was. After Charlesworth announced the supporters that that was how to shoot from the edge of the D, he was immediately substituted and his replacement Hammond struck again. Barely 5 minutes had passed before Wapping had another short corner, this time Phil Hedmunds finding some turn outside leg to score another wicket.
Eric Stewart, despite having never bowled before fancied a go. After taking a delightful pass from Sachin Perez, the shortest player with the most expensive haircut on the pitch, Eric bowled a full toss straight to square leg. And left the field in disgust! Time for a change. The New Zealand strike partnership were back into the attack and fowling Matt Hadlee’s mazy run down the right, Charlie Vettori was there to score another wicket for the hosts.
Brentwood started to struggle with injuries, and their lack of 12th men was proving costly. With pressure from Stain and Hadlee building at one end, it was only a matter of time before Charlesworth was there to score another wicket, doubling his tally for the day. However, this upset Wally Hammond. Having refused to shower for a sixth week in a row, it was no surprise when the opposition stood aside to let him run through to complete his hat-trick.
With 10 wickets falling in the session, the final score was a 9-1 win for Wapping. MoM was split between Hammond and Hadlee. DoD was Eric Stewart. The winning streak extends to 28 games, but next week sees the return to the National Stadium of the oldest rivalry in the game. Be sure to watch the first Ashes test with Wapping 5s vs East London 2s at 11am on 1st November.
Goalscorers: Tom Hammond (3), David Charlesworth (2), Joel Marsden, Phil Hitchell, Jeremy Gould, Charlie Ballentine
MoM Matt Patterson