It’s a Morjaria world and we’re just living in it

Date: 10/08/2019
Opposition: Kempton CC 4s
Venue: Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club
Man of the match: Alex Morjaria
Prat of the match: The wind

This weekend’s opponent was Kempton and the game took place at a very blustery King’s Field. The pitch was very soft due to heavy evening rain on Friday. Ben won the toss and stuck the oppo in the field.

Dan and Dipesh opened up for us and started well. They ran hard between the wickets and had an opening stand of 31 before Dan Kemp (7) was caught behind. Dipesh departed not long after for (21), chipping to mid-off. The score went from 31-0 to 32-2 and one Morjaria replaced the other to keep Imran company at the crease. The two enjoyed a solid partnership which took the game away from Kempton in a very short space of time. Both batsmen collected runs well, opting to take singles and twos when boundary options were not available. Imran was bowled for (38), a useful knock, sharing a 75-run partnership with Alex. Next in the middle was Tim McMullan who accelerated the scoring rate, hitting some nice powerful drives down the ground for 4 on a very slow outfield. Tim however was dismissed for an important cameo (23). With the score 153-4, Connor Hewitt was sent out to pinch hit. He however fell for (9) after a high-looking LBW was given. Ben Houghton was then run out for (5) trying to push for an extra run. The same happened to Alex Morjaria in the final over who was run out for a brilliant (61) which only included 1 boundary. His running between the wicket was exemplary and should be used as an example to all. Kempton were set 194 to win.

Second ball of the reply, Kiran removed the opener after Connor took a stunning slip catch. Kempton were squeezed and not allowed to score runs off the bat. Kiran took two more wickets in an 8 over spell with Connor taking another good slip catch and the other wicket the batsman dragged the ball onto his stumps. Kiran finished his spell with (8-4-7-3), very impressive figures. Ross Cathcart once again bowled superbly up the hill giving the batsmen absolutely nothing to work with. Ross got in amongst the wickets with one victim being bowled and the second leaving a beautiful late in swinging Yorker that struck him on the boot. You don’t get more plumb than that. Ross only conceded 3 runs from his 5 overs, 2 being maidens, and took 2 wickets! Kempton were in a spot of bother with 28 runs on the board but 6 batsmen back in shed. Tim McMullan (8-3-16-1) added to his first innings runs with a wicket in the second during an economical 8 over spell down the hill. Ollie Morjaria bowled his spin up the hill, replacing Cathcart. Ollie bowled some excellent deliveries which were too good for the batsmen without reward before he took a wicket finishing his 7 overs with 1-21. Ben Houghton took two exceptional catches behind the stumps off the bowling of Povah. Hewitt finished off the game removing their last batsman. A late order resurgence came too little too late and Kempton were all out for 78. A crushing 115 run victory for the Wick who play Thames Ditton away next weekend.