Watson in top form as rain gets better of hosting Worly

Cricket.
Cricket.

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Worlington 190-7 Mistley 17-1

(match abandoned)

Worlington’s home tie against Mistley on Saturday was abandoned due to heavy rain shortly after the tea interval, but not before Jimmy Watson had put on one of the best batting displays seen at the ground in recent seasons.

With a delayed start owing to the wet conditions, the match was reduced to 40 overs per side.

Winning the toss, the visitors inserted Worlington to bat on a damp track and were soon in trouble as both openers fell inside the opening eight overs.

The middle order came and went as Tim Scott (3-22) and Ian Morton (2-37) reduced the home side to 69-6.

The growing crowd, boosted in numbers by the returning 2nd XI following their own abandoned fixture away at Harwich, then played witness to Worlington’s recovery spearheaded by Watson, who played with ease as he and Daren Hayward (19) pushed their side beyond 100 before the latter departed, caught off the bowling of skipper Daniel Goff.

This brought Jonno Peachey to the crease and together with Watson, the pair added an unbeaten 70 runs for the eighth wicket, with Watson bringing up his century in the process.

It was century number 10 for the club for Watson, but more importantly his first at Division One level, remaining unbeaten on 108.

Worlington closed on 190-7 to bring up the final batting bonus point, based on the overs reduction, and left the field on a high especially given the earlier collapse.

After the break, only 6.5 overs of Mistley’s run chase was played before the rain came.

Nathan Twiddy (1-9) was able to pick up the early wicket of Graeme Butcher without scoring, as the visitors were 17-1 when the umpires called time on the game with no further play deemed possible.