Surrey Indoor League: Central league under way!
Matches in the Surrey Men's Indoor Cricket League are now coming thick and fast. The Outer London, Central and South Divisions have now kicked off. And it is clear we have another competitive league in ahead.
The Central League was the final division to begin, on Sunday evening. And general standard of play was high throughout the evening from all 4 clubs (a 5th club will play their first match next week).
Game 1: Egham CC v Cheam CC
The first match seemed to be drifting to an obvious conclusion....until Billy Herbert's individual heroics sent Cheam's blood pressure - momentarily at least - through the roof. His 39 came in quick time, and he scored two-thirds of his runs as "last man standing" (the final batsman can bat by himself, aided by a runner). Throwing his hands at anything outside off, and swivelling to delfect any other balls to the back corner, he barely missed out on any delivery. This strategy took Egham to within 17 runs, before luck ran out....David Wishart backtracking to pouch a lofted drive, inches in front of the boundary line.
Had that ball been six runs, Egham would have been favorites to snatch a shock victory. They will will rue their highly disappointing first 6 overs with the ball. A huge number of no-balls and wides were gifted to the opposition. This respite allowed Cheam's openers to bed in, and coast to double figures. One of them, Safeer, battled through an early leg injury, to hold the innings together.
The first indoor game of the season is especially tough. Now Egham have grown used to the arena, expect a very strong showing next week. Congratulations to Cheam, however. After collecting the wooden spoon last season, this could be their year to sh