Fixture Report

Mogador Wanderers v Leigh (25/04/2021)    

Mogador Wanderers Lost by 4 wickets.
Final Scores:  - Leigh 200 for 6. MWCC - 199 for 6

Debut: Ben Stacey. Format: 40 overs.

The Mogs were hosted by Leigh on a sunny but fresh April day. After enjoying a lovely batting ‘road’ at Oxted the previous week, the Mogs were tested on a green top which resembled more like the Serengeti than the hard aforementioned Paris peripherique. The wicket did not deter the captain's decision to win the toss however and bat first. Masai chiefs always back their warriors right?

J. Bellars and P. Furner opened up and got the Mogs off to a steady start with some tight bowling from their two openers. The green wicket, with low bounce and ringed field, made runs difficult to come by. After losing Bellars caught behind with the score at 25 this brought R. James to the crease. Furner and James ticked things along nicely for a bit before Furner departed for 18. R. James continued things and was well supported throughout the innings by some great middle order contributions. Some excellent hitting from P. Riddy over the top and B. Stacey, managing to find the gaps, frustrated Leigh at times. At drinks break, however, there was a need to accelerate. With the score at 59 for 2 after 20 overs, the Mogs could only dream of an Oxted ‘fly in’ wicket in the hope of helping to push the runs along. Thankfully, the runs started to flow a bit more easily with James finding the gaps and the ‘engine room’ of J. Lewis and A. Tharp bludgeoning some boundaries to up the run rate considerably. At one point 160 looked a good score but some excellent partnerships from the middle/lower order meant the Mogs enjoyed a healthy total of 199. James scoring his maiden 104 not out [PF: 88 balls] with two sixes in the final over.

Going into the field the Mogs felt confident to defend 199, but knew that with the relatively short boundary one side and fast outfield they had to bowl and field well. A. Hoad made early inroads with a caught and bowled in the first over giving the Mogs a superb start. Leigh recovered well from this early set back with their opener and number 3 undeterred and managing to tick their score along until their second wicket fell at the score of 68. The wicket allowed no room for error with anything short being easily put away. J. Lewis picked up their destructive number 3 who was caught at point and W. Cooper bowled a tight set of overs to slow the run rate.

With Leigh needing about 5 an over from the last 10 overs an exciting and close finish was on the cards. Mogs knew they had to take wickets to keep building the pressure and whilst they managed to pick up one or two of their destructive hitters, Leigh managed to get over the line with about an over to spare. It was a shame the Mogs couldn’t quite defend their 199 score but the players enjoyed a cold drink afterwards and chewed the cud for ‘Line of Duty’ that evening.

Jack Bellars 12
Peter Furner 18
Rhod James 104 *
Pete Riddy 18
Will Cooper 5
Ben Stacey 13
Joseph Lewis 9
Andy Tharp 9 *
Charlie Lee
Andy Hoad
William Parker
Bowling O M R W
Andy Hoad 5 1 38 1
Joseph Lewis 8 1 40 1
Will Cooper 8 3 17 0
Rhod James 5 0 42 2
Andy Tharp 7 1 37 0
Jack Bellars 6 2 17 2
Rhod James 1
Pete Riddy 1
Andy Hoad 1
Run Outs