While the England cricket team has a promising start to a challenging year, our man with a whiff of linseed oil tells us about a team of just six chasing a run target of 160.
He writes: “The first leagueÂ gamesÂ of the season saw all Wanstead’s senior sides unbeaten.Â However, this weekend it was very much a different story; only the 4th and 5th XIs were victorious.Â The 4s were thankful to Dev Patel (4-29) and Abhay Bygott (71*) whilst Asif Khan impressed with 4 wickets for the 5th team.
The 1st and 3rd Teams were on the receiving end of tough defeats against Brentwood and Upminster.Â Â The 2nd XI drew once again, with David Richardson the star performer with a fifty and 5 wickets.
SundayÂ saw the U13s and U15s in cup action.Â The U13s defeated Harlow by 7 wicketsÂ in the Peter Coe Cup with Aman Ali scoring 57*Â whilst the U15s started their Cox & Kings Cup campaign with a win against Barking.
The most remarkable performance of the weekend wasÂ saved for the WansteadÂ U16Â Team at Newham CC.Â Despite playing with only 6 playersÂ because of GCSEs the team not only managed to restrict Newham to 160 but thenÂ chased it down!Â Admirable mentions go to the 6 players who wereÂ Reece Cooper, Nicholas Baker, Louis Hanley, Ryan La Croix, Bilal Patel and Dieonte George.
ThisÂ coming SaturdayÂ sees the Wanstead 1st XI in league action against South Woodford CC at Overton Drive and then travelling to Sawbridgeworth CCÂ on SundayÂ for the next round of the CCC Club Knockout Cup.”