On a gloomy day at King George V playing fields, the 4th XI looked to be packed with batting as Captain Phil Wilson had some difficult selections to make. Rav Gill joined the 4ths batting line up at the top of the order, Matt Scorey and Scott Spearing returned to the side after a week long venture into the 3rds.
The wicket and weather looked bowler friendly, so winning the toss would be essential. However, Phil lost the toss and the visitors opted to bowl. The pitch played as we expected, very bowler friendly. Simon Copland was bowled for a duck and Scorey was victim to a stunning catch at square leg, leaving the hosts 1 for 2 off of 3.
Gaz came to the crease on his Compton league debut and delivered a quick 12 before being bowled. Things got worse for the batting side as Will Weynberg was bowled for 7. Nick Spearing and Rav Gill tried to keep the score ticking over, accumulating singles and extras. After the drinks break, Nick missed out on a rank long hop and hit the ball down the throat of mid off.
James Copland and Scott Spearing delivered stereotypical innings, hitting some shots before both being trapped lbw. The tail wagged as Phil, James Hake and Manny Dulay added a good 30 runs to take Compton to 117 all out.
Rain looked threatening over the tea break, but Compton took to the field despite drizzle in the air. Compton were going to need early breakthroughs if they were to defend a below par total.
Scott removed one of the openers, with James Hake providing a solid catch. Manny joined the party as he dismissed the new man the very next over. Putting pressure on Whitchurch’s 10 man batting line up, Phil bowled tight lines and got his rewards. He removed the dangerous opener lbw and proceeded to get another two trapped in front of their wickets.
James Hake castled Bignold for 1 and Compton began to believe that this total was defendable. And when Phil got his 4th of the game, Compton needed just two more wickets. However, a fifty run brace for the 8th wicket guided Whitchurch home. Compton’s chances were slightly hindered by dropped chances behind the stumps and in the deep.
The 4ths next game is away to local rivals Otterbourne at Twyford.