On the final day of the season and with promotion secured, Claygate enjoyed an excellent 139 run victory against Merton.
Claygate won the toss deciding to bat first on a pitch that was slightly soft on top but lost the early wickets of Jamie Henderson and Ashley Thorpe to some excellent bowling from the Merton openers.
A solid partnership between Sanjeewa Wijetunga and Chris Howe moved the score past 100 before Wijetunga fell for a well constructed 59. Claygate continued to push for runs in the middle period of the innings losing wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Howe just missed out on his second century in two games eventually being out for 94. Some late order hitting pushed Claygate to 210-9 from 45 overs.
In reply, Rajindu Rod rigo continued his excellent form taking 2-11 from 6 overs and Merton struggled to get any momentum in their innings as wickets fell at regular intervals. Peter Knight, Vikram Prabhakar and Scott Labacik each took two. The game finished spectacularly when Rajindu Rodrigo producing a brilliant direct hit from the boundary running out Merton’s last man. Merton made just 71 from 23 overs.
Claygate 1st XI finished 2nd this year, securing promotion to the Fullers League Division 2 for next season.
Well done Claygate Cricket Club!