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Around The Grounds - Week 8

Around The Grounds - Week 8

Joe Lynch27 Jun 2023 - 15:49
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Read here for a round up of all the results and notable performances from Saturday 24th June.

Saturday was another good day for the Moles.

The 1st Xl travelled to Weybridge and piled on the runs in the first innings. Captain Nick Stevens, Napoleonic in both stature and leadership capabilities, scored a superb 156. Tom Phillippe made 110 as the Moles declared at 363 for 6 off 62 overs. In response, Weybridge had a strong batting performance scoring 341 in the remaining 58 overs. Weybridge were nine down when the overs ran out, Andrew Westphal picked up 5fer, but the Moles were unable to secure victory and this high scoring thriller ended in a draw.

The 2nd Xl played bottom of the league Esher at Graburn Way. Esher made 225 in the first innings, the Moles chased the total with five wickets to spare. Dylan Marx, armed with his cattle grid rig and alluring South African accent, made 86* and James Smith scored 42. The 2nd Xl remain top of the league.

The 3rd Xl played Wimbledon on a difficult pitch. Wimbledon were bowled out for 126 with Max Tomlinson picking up 4fer. In response, the Moles had to dig deep but emerged victorious with Max finishing 32*. The 3s sit just six points off the top of the league.

The 4th Xl came up against Ashford 3rd Xl. Batting first, Ashford were bowled out for 170 with Rangana De Silva and Dillan Mel picking up 3fer. In response, the 4s fell short. They were bowled out for 113 despite a resilient 51 from number 9 Damith Rajakulathunga.

It’s taken some time for the 5th Xl to get the ball rolling this year but, on Saturday, the team put a fat W on the board. The Moles were bowled out for 180 in the first innings with Ben Byrne scoring 58. Chertsey 4th Xl fell to 108 all out thanks to 3fers from Ben Byrne, George Eggleton and Nigel Lee. I now predict a Moneyball-style winning streak for our mighty 5s.

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