14 Oct 2020
The Wykeham Hundred - Week 2

The Wykeham Hundred

On Tuesday afternoon, the Amateurs beat the Tigers on Meads to secure their place in the final. Runs from Batt (Vth) and Howman (VI:1) helped post 116-7 whilst Will Whitehead (Vth) was the pick of the bowlers with 2-9 from his 20 balls. A particularly miserly spell from Dom Hall (Vth, 1-5 from 20), and a well-set field, made the run chase hard for the Tigers, who fell 24 runs short.

On Lords, the Dons’ charge gathered further momentum as 3 wickets apiece for Captain Tall (VI:1) and vice-captain Whillock (Vth) held the Theorists to 101-9. Seb Morgan (JP) top scored with 22. Whillock then partnered Malik (Vth) in an opening stand of 94 in reply, with the latter falling for 55 shortly before his team secured a 9-wicket victory with 18 balls to spare.

The Theorists needed a big win on Thursday, against the Tigers, to stand any hope of reaching the final (their poor rate in the field already having cost them 4 points). All of the top 5 contributed as they set the Tigers 138 to win. Again, Morgan (JP) top scored with 35 from 25 balls. Senior leaders, Heyworth (VI:2) and Batten (Vth) set a good foundation with their opening stand of 60 from 53 balls, however, they struggled to up the rate from there due to tight bowling from Roberts (VI:2) and Cresswell (VI:1) in the third phase of the innings. The Tigers eventually finished 17 runs adrift.

There were a number of personnel changes for the Amateurs side as football matches approached at the weekend and senior soccer players were required to prepare for those. It was nice to see boys step-up from the Junior 7-a-side team to fill their places on this occasion. Doggart’s Dons posted 117-3 on a slow Meads track; Gardiner (Vth, 47*) providing the stability for the rest of the team to bat around. Tall and Whillock again began with early wickets, reducing Mason’s Amateurs to 17-4 in the powerplay. Further pressure from all supporting bowlers tightened the screw further and even Nicholls’ (MP) 39* was not enough for them to find victory. The big margin of victory helped the Dons secure top spot going into the final.

Despite the good weather on Thursday 1st October, we succumbed to the inevitable rain that produced over 100mm from Thursday evening into Sunday morning and the Finals were washed out. This was a disappointing end to what has otherwise been a very enjoyable tournament for all involved. We hope the competition can become a feature of the summer term in future years and that cricket in September may continue, in some format, too.

Leading performers were:

Batting – Casper Byers (MA) – 216 runs from 119 balls, including 13 sixes.

Batting – Zain Malik (DD) – 144 runs from 151 balls.

Bowling – Callum Whillock (DD) – 12 wickets for 81 runs from 120 balls.

Bowling – Sam Tall (DD) – 12 wickets for 94 runs from 120 balls.

W

L

A

BaP

BoP

Extras

Deductions

Total

Dons

4

2

0

11

15

7

0

81

Amateurs

4

2

0

13

10

5

0

76

Theorists

3

3

0

16

9

8

4

65

Tigers

1

5

0

9

12

4

0

37