Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club v Kingshill on Sun 29 Sep 2013 at 1230
Aldenham Cricket Club Won by 39 runs

Match report Aldenham ended the 2013 season with a comprehensive victory over Kings Hill in a match featuring personal milestones for Lebanese batting sensation Tanios Watfa and mouthy seam bowler Charlie Munroe.

Hummus-eating Watfa smashed 104* to edge past Aldenham maestro Karan Barot in the chase for the most runs of the season – a total of more than 1,300.

And Munroe capped an outstanding year, taking five wickets that took him past 80 for the season to accompany his 800 plus runs.

Watfa’s innings, along with strong support from skipper Munroe (32*) and an opening 26 from chairman Simon Letts, took the home side to an unassailable 234-4 declared at tea.

‘The Lip’ from the Middle East needed 103 runs to defeat Barot before the game, with a £50 wager between the pair piling the pressure on the former bowler.

But through the wobbly knees and sweat-drenched helmet, Watfa got over the line with five minutes to spare in just 79 balls.

The nervy innings, which no doubt worsened his usual haggard and downtrodden appearance, prompted wild scenes in the pavilion and moderate gestures of affection towards his peers from the world-weary Watfa.

Gobby Charlie Munroe and injury-prone ladies man Chris Hewett opened the bowling and got off to a fine start from the young Munners, who made early breakthroughs by bowling the two openers cheaply.

Hewett continued his indifferent form with a wild spell up the hill, eventually making way for young James Bazeley, who produced some fine shape into the right handers that bamboozled several of the visiting batsmen.

The Colonel’s son later picked up two deserved wickets coming down the hill to finish on a tidy 2-35 from 6.

Itty Haque, playing for the nine-man opposition, was in no mood for joking with his Aldenham team mates as he smashed consecutive sixes soon after reaching the wicket.

The A’s brought on visiting legend Paul Hudson to contain the onslaught but the US-based off-spinner was unable to dampen the on-fire Haque, who reached 58 before being bowled by Charlie Munroe’s deadly slower ball.

Kings Hill attempted to play out for the draw but second-spell wickets from Hewett and Munroe ended the defence and gifted Aldenham a positive end to another fantastic season.

I should also mention the superb catch from Hudders at gulley that produced the unlikely line in the scorebook: Caught Hudson, Bowled Hewett.

Well worth coming all the way across the pond to produce that Hudders!! It hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity but it stuck in the hands, even with no mit!

by Chris Hewett

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
18w 7b 11lb 
for 4 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Simon Letts Run out  26 71 3 36.62
Lee Burrows ct Ibby 18 45 1 40.0
Tanios Watfa Not Out  103 79 17 1 130.38
Sachin Sanghvi b Abeel 10 13 1 76.92
Michael Glover b Hazeev 9 15 1 60.0
Charlie Munroe Not Out  32 44 2 72.73 1
Paul Hudson   1
Pete Munroe  
Chris Hewett  
Mayuren Bala  
James Bazeley   1
Itty Haque b Munroe 58 40 6 4 145.00 1

Kingshill Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Kingshill Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
195 (32.1 overs)
Ali b Munroe 0
Adeel b Munroe 6
Mushtag b Munroe 14
Haque b Munroe 58
Saj ct Bazeley 1
Dad Not Out  28
Aby ct Bazeley 36
Ibby ct Hewett 24
Awais b Munroe 0

Aldenham Cricket Club Aldenham Cricket Club Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Charlie Munroe12.1254510.804.44
Chris Hewett8.0044144.005.50
James Bazeley6.0035217.505.83
Paul Hudson3.003100.0010.33
Mayuren Bala3.001500.005.00