A sunny day in south Wimbledon saw a thrilling, low-scoring encounter against the Thesps. The badgers' opponents had won both previous match ups earlier in the summer in convincing fashion so a win was required to avoid the whitewash and salvage some pride.

Having been put in to bat on what looked like a decent wicket the Thespians started brightly before Foord  produced an absolute pearler to remove Robertshaw in the 5th over. Tight bowling from all concerned prevented the Thespians from getting any momentum to their innings. The pitch started misbehaving: one in-swinger from Morse looked to be going down the leg side before pitching, only to end up 6 inches outside the off stump (a leg break a another aussie would even have been proud of). Wickets fell with regularity and Mackrell finished things off in spectacular fashion with the first ever badger hat-trick. All three victims were clean bowled to leave the visitors 112 all out from 28 overs.

The Thespians, on an eleven match winning streak, took the field still confident they could use the tricky pitch to their advantage and get stuck in to their opponents. The Badgers responded with a top-order collapse to match any they had suffered in seasons past. Marchand fell for a duck in the first over, Cloke departed in the third, Warman in the sixth, Dickinson in the seventh, and Jinks in the eleventh to leave the hosts on 25 for 5 with a mountain to climb. Luckily for the Badgers, Blaiklock must have had his weetabix that morning, and clearly fancied a spot of mountain climbing. A steadying partnership with Morse came to an end with the score on 45 to bring Foord to the crease. The left-hander counter-attacked in style, finding the boundary with a regularity that every other batsman on both sides had found nearly impossible to do. Blaiklock's fine innings came to an end with the Badgers still needing 28 runs for victory, but Mackrell and Foord saw the team home to seal a memorable win.

Saturday 18th September 2010 Badgers Battersea Badgers vs Thesps Thespian Thunderers

Thespian Thunderers 112 for 10 (28 overs)

  • Unknown 31 (0)
  • Unknown 30 (0)
  • Mackrell 3/15 (5.3)
  • Foord 3/26 (8)

Battersea Badgers 113 for 7 (33 overs)

  • Foord 36 (56)
  • Blaiklock 21 (64)
  • Unknown 4/19 (8)
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