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Mogador Wanderers v Reigate Priory (25/07/2019)    

Mogador Wanderers Drew .  Final Scores: Reigate Priory - 276 for 9. MWCC - 264 for 8

MOGS vs Reigate Priory
25th July 2019

It was the first day of tour and a number of excited MOGS woke up to the BBC weather report. The irritatingly bubbly Scottish weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood, said it was going to be the hottest day in July history.

At the ground, Tharpy’s army turned up for an 11.30 am start. Senior Pro’s Eggson and Tina did the customary walk to inspect a typical Priory track. Whilst consulting over 4 different weather apps to find out how blinkin’ hot it was going to be during the day, the Priory skipper came out to do the toss. The consensus was to lose the toss and absolve all responsibility for causing Mogador sweat and tears with the prospect of 60 overs in the Indian summer.

Tharpy called tails and tails came in. Shit.

Deciding that the best strategy was to bat in the hottest part of the day, our MOGS skipper decided to field first and take advantage of a slightly cooler morning.

Coops brought along a guest player to bring some welcome pace and firepower to open the bowling. The Chertsey overseas player Koby Allison opened from the pavilion end. Ash Bhat’s keeping gloves received a thud not seen for a number of years since Messrs Plumb and Abbott opened for the MOGS, back in the 1990’s.

At the other end, James ‘Lego’ Brooker took the new nut and whilst he didn’t have the pace of Allison, bowled well and snaffled 2 cheap wickets supported by some great catching (Alex Hay taking 3 sharp catches throughout the day). After 10 overs, Priory were 2 down. Both bowlers feeling the heat and taking a well-deserved cool drink.

Coops then took 1st change and Tharpy the other end. Coops hit a length straight away and was getting the ball to turn. Tharp was also dangerous from the off - getting his dibbly-dobblers to bounce no higher than ‘middle of shin’ and at the pace equivalent to a herd of snails travelling through peanut butter.

By lunch the Priory were 4 down and everyone was happy to come in from the searing heat. Honours even.

Whilst the pints of orange squash were soon replaced by cold fizzy lager – a spread of cooked chicken drum sticks, salad, cheese and quiche; and French bread was made available to anyone with an appetite. Our skipper provided the Port for both teams and we were back out after a 40 mins break.

Coops and Tharp finished off their spells – Coops taking 2 wickets for his 12 over spell, and Tharpy one wicket for his 10 over spell (both going for 43 runs). More spin was introduced with both Murali and Rhod bowling terrific length and turn. Whilst each were going for 5 an over, this was great bowling as the Priory opened up. A wicket each for the spin twins, followed by 4 overs of tight bowling by Ahson Bukhari (taking a wicket) and a run out from Allison was a great 1st half performance for the MOGS.

Priory declaring on 276 for 9 off 50 overs.

There was no rest for the wicked and Bukhari and Turner donned the pads and went straight out to set a platform for the big run chase. The afternoon was now reaching maximum heat – the internal temperature of Tina’s batting helmet was measured hotter than the Carolina Reaper chilli (which delivers an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units).

Ahson was given out LBW by Umpire Briggs for 16. Ash Bhat joined Turner and they both knuckled down to take the MOGS safely to tea. It is fair to say that due to the heat, there was no appetite for any food at this point. However a tea of sandwiches and strangely a hot crumble were served. Thanks must go to the Priory tea ladies for a lovely lunch and tea – cooking in such extreme conditions in the clubhouse kitchen.

After tea, it was time to press forward - Turner and Bhat put on over 50 for the 2nd wicket. Bhat was out for 30 and Tombs came to the wicket. Inspired by the opening line of her great anthem ‘Simply the best’ and muttering the appropriate meteorological line ‘I call you when I need you, my heart’s on fire’ Tina hit a six that bounced into the pavilion car park, much to the surprise of all MOGS. 3 more fours followed in the same over off the Priory captain and a 4 from Bunyon’s 1st ball led to a weary loose shot from Tina who simply run out of gas, having been on the park all day. Out for 41.

Allison, Hay and Murali came and went very quickly – but the introduction of Rhod James was the perfect tonic for the MOGS. Teeing off immediately with exquisite shots through extra cover, James timed the ball better than anyone from both side. Tombsy and James accelerated MOGS to a possible sniff of victory – Tombsy particularly looking very comfortable and knocking it all round the ground. James then got out for one shot too many making a terrific 39. Coops then replaced him.

The last 45 mins was tense stuff.

Tombs and Coops were always in line with the run rate until an accounting tragedy struck – sadly the scoreboard could not keep up with the ‘Overs Required to Bowl’ section. Not knowing that they had 2 less overs than were advertised, there was an awful surprise when 4 overs to bowl was suddenly dropped to 2 overs to bowl and the run rate shot from 11 required per over to 17.

This was too much and despite some heroic batting from the pair, the MOGS fell 13 runs short, reaching 264 for 8. Tombs not out 68, Cooper not out 36.

Packers presented the Peter Martin trophy to the Priory who retained it by virtue of winning last year. A special mention must be made to the Priory team who played in great spirit and also gave the MOGS a similar number of overs back.

Curry was brilliantly organised by Ali Lee – with the Spice Guru delivering to the Priory. It took most players 4 hours for all the players’ body temperature to cool down after the game. The curry was the perfect tonic and everyone sat outside the clubhouse drinking cold beer and wine and regaling a great day –with the thought of more tour cricket to come that weekend.

Author: Richard ‘Tina’ Turner


 
Batting        
Ahson Bukhari  
16
 
Richard Turner  
41
 
Ash Bhat  
30
 
James Tombs  
68
*
 
Alex Hay  
11
 
Murali Bhat  
0
 
Rhod James  
39
 
Will Cooper  
36
*
 
James Brooker  
 
Koby Allison  
0
 
Andy Tharp  
 
  Bowling
O
M
R
W
 
  Koby Allison
5
0
23
 
0
 
  James Brooker
5
0
33
 
2
 
  Will Cooper
12
1
43
 
2
 
  Andy Tharp
10
2
43
 
1
 
  Rhod James
6
0
53
 
1
 
  Murali Bhat
8
0
55
 
1
 
  Ahson Bukhari
4
0
12
 
1
 
  Catches    
       
  Ash Bhat   1
  James Tombs   1
  Alex Hay   3
  Murali Bhat   1

  Run Outs    
       
  Koby Allison   1

  Stumpings    
       
  None