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Cricket: Season kicks of with a win against the Wombats from London

London visitors no match for local opposition.

The London Wombats played two matches over the Easter week-end, losing both by substantial margins. Highlights of Friday’s game were centuries by Steven Gonzalez and Christian Rocca, amazing figures of 4/1 by veteran Rudi Phillips and three victims for Kabir Mirpuri. Saturday saw local bowlers go to town as the visitors were dismissed for under 50.

GCA post big total.

GCA batted first on Friday and seemed to be heading for trouble as both openers were dismissed with only ten runs on the board. Gonzalez and Mirpuri then retrieved the situation with a second wicket partnership of 76 before the latter was bowled for 25. There followed the really big stand of the innings as Rocca joined Gonzalez and a further 145 runs accrued, both batsmen racing to individual three figure scores. The eventual departure of Gonzalez for 121 brought no respite to the London Wombats’s bowlers as Mirpuri kept Rocca company till the end of the allotted 45 overs, Rocca ending on 111 and Mirpuri on 42, in a final total of 327/4.

The London Wombats lost an early wicket before Bumper (35) and Edmonds (34) put on 58 for the second wicket. However, once these two departed the rest of the order had little resistance to offer as the side was dismissed for 142 in 33.4 overs.

Visitors collapse on Saturday.

London Wombats batted first on the Saturday and were dismissed for 47 in 25.2 overs, only Tulsi reaching double figures with 21. The GCA bowlers had a field day with Roy Rodgers returning figures of 2/8, Ross Harkins 2/6, Bob Brooks 3/9 and Sebastian Suarez 1/5. GCA lost two wickets before passing this modest total in just 6.5 overs.

Just back from Antwerp is GCA committee member and local umpire co-ordinator, Bob Lomax, where he attended a European CricketCouncil Championship Umpires’ Seminar, whilst Mark Bacarese had been selected to take part in the European Cricket Academy at La Manga Sports Club from the 17th. to the 24th. April. Sixteen players were selected from a large number of nominations, and the squad will be subsequently trimmed to thirteen who will represent the European Cricket Council in fixtures against the England U17’s and Warwickshire’s U19’s at the end of June. Click here: to view the players selected so far.

Wiggins/Benrimoj Shield.

The Wiggins/Benrimoj Shield competition gets under way on Saturday 29th. April with a fixture between Grammarians and GCC. Before that the Annual General Meeting and Registration night have to be announced.

Article written by -TJF

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