1s Struggle on Hot Day at Leatherhead
By Matt Nichols
Swans struggle with the bat but Singh and Monk add respectability to the scorecard
The film Jaws 2 was launched with the strap line of “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water”. A week after the trauma of the Valley End game I thought I could face the prospect of another Walton 1st XI game, after all I like watching cricket.
Things started well. Dan Roberts won the toss and elected to bat on a very hot day with a very flat looking wicket – what could go wrong? For four overs things went really well with scoring at six an over. Losing the first wicket at 28 was not too bad but wickets then fell all too quickly at 36, 53, 58, 77, 77, 79 and arriving at 82 for 8 in the 29th over. Resistance then stiffened led by Amandeep Singh (36*) aided by Ben Monk (20) allowing Walton to reach a final total of 130 all out.
It should be stressed that there was some first class bowling from Leatherhead with the left arm spinner Adam Dyson returning figures of 10 overs, five maidens, 3 wickets for 7 runs and the opener Andrew Barker taking 4 for 27. Great bowling but the pitch wasn’t exactly a nest of vipers and 130 was well below a par score.
Walton approached the task positively and put pressure on the Leatherhead batsmen reducing them to 67 for 4 after 15 overs. To win Walton had to take wickets, but plain old sensible batting from Leatherhead meant they accumulated the required runs steadily until deciding to finish with a flurry of boundaries, completing the job in just under 30 overs. Ben Monk did his best to emulate the Leatherhead spinner ending with figures of 3 for 23 off 9.2 overs.
This game was somewhat depressing because Leatherhead were in the driving seat from very early in the first innings. Walton spent most of the game trying to find a way back into the game but it never really looked like happening. All in all not a good day at the office.