Here, we’ll bring you the Wexford Wanderers Cricket action from the past week…
WWCC 3 v Sandyford Saturday 30/7
The third team took to the field with a strong lineup featuring near legendary names like Herbie Honohan in their midst. The 3rd team thus featured a blend of youth with Eoin and Aaron Sheridan Pope, Liam and Aidan Jayne. While also including the “very youthful” skipper Athol Henwick.
With the promise of rain in the evening, Wexford lost the toss.
An excellent solid bowling performance from young Eoin Sheridan Pope saw the run rate steady at under 4rpo.
Unfortunately, it seems that the players had been watching the South African fielding performance in the first t20 and a few catches were dropped. To be fair they were the kind of steepling catches where every fielder is saying “I’m glad it’s not me”.
Anyhow, onward and upward, Freddie Matfield bowled with venom. Eoin was steady but it was ‘Ferocious Freddie’ with the first wicket.
The Sandyford opening batters made the Wanderers pay for the dropped catch and the afternoon was spent with a fair bit of chasing of leather. Sharma finished on 124 after being bowled by Akhil.
The real drama was not the 242 that Sandyford scored though….
The Wanderers started briskly enough under very trying conditions.
The Sandyford opening bowler swung the ball quite prodigiously and an appeal every 2 or 3 balls rang out across the otherwise tranquil evening.
Wexford debutant Nick struck a few good blows but was unfortunately given out lbw after several appeals. Ferocious Freddie continued to play the edge of his bat to a great number of deliveries. He middled a couple which flew for some flat sixes and fours.
After some completely unfounded doubts about what a score like 242 meant for the chasing team, the elegant Reni and Matfield set about smiting the ball with gusto.
Enter the rain, stage left.
With the forecast worsening and rain starting to come down in a steady drizzle the players left the field It continued steadily for a while. After 22 overs Wexford were 102 for 2. With Reni, unfortunately, hitting a full toss straight back to the bowler. And then the game ended, not with a bang but with a whimper.
Following the game, we caught up with team captain, Athol Henwick, who stated:
“So no result, but a number of great things happened. We fielded 4 players under 20. We looked good in chasing the big total that was set for us.”
WWCC 2 v Adamstown 5 Sunday 31/7
With the bad weather over the bank holiday weekend looming, there was always a risk that a second no result of the weekend may occur.
However, these doubts were quickly shattered. Much like the Adamstown batting lineup. The opening bowling partnership, of Tony Murray and Steve Vuyk for the Wanderers, took five scalps between them. With the fifth wicket falling with just 13 runs on the board. There is often an opinion in the game that once the opening partnership finishes their spell it gets easier for the batters. On this occasion, it got worse for the batting side. Skipper Attila Stahlut brought himself on and combined with young Matty Vuyk they combined for a further four wickets. With Stahlhut taking an impressive three wickets for four runs. Abban Moran chipped in with the final wicket of the innings.
This wrapped up awful innings for Adamstown as they finished up 48 all out in 32nd over.
Continuing on from his innings against Sandyford, Freddie Matfield opened the batting for the seconds and posted a game-high 20 runs. Murray contributed 11 not-out at the end of the innings to seal the win for the Wanderers.
They won the game in thirteen overs and strengthens Wexford’s claim for promotion. They currently sit third, with the top two sides going up to Division 13.
WWCC1 v Adamstown 1 Monday ⅛
Unfortunately, only 10 overs were possible on Bank Holiday Monday for the Wanderers 1st XI.
In that time a very quick 77 runs were put on by Adamstown as everyone knew the rain would come into play eventually.
The game was abandoned in quick time and was chalked down as a No Result.