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Wanderers look good before the rain

Many questioned the wisdom of starting the league season on the 13th April but the sunniest April ever has meant that the league administrators have either (a) made a great decision or (b) got very lucky. Not so lucky, however, are the Wanderers 1st XI who had their away game cancelled on a  Palm Sunday  that was hot enough for a donkey ride (on the beach at WSM though, rather than triumphantly through the streets of Jerusalem) and then managed to find the only wet day since February with their home game on Easter Sunday - a day which, in the end, had many considering Ark-building it rained so much. (That's 2 Biblical references in the opening paragraph!) Whilst the game a Finchley only proved that the players were able to give and receive text messages effectively, at least the game at North Parade gave a few the chance to have a bat and to get to know new groundsman, Stuart Antell, and the newest covers the club have purchased.

After passing her British citizenship exams, club legend Elwyn Campbell embarked on a world tour before deciding that she would spend the forseeable future back in her (original) home of Perth, Western Australia. Whilst her loss to the club is great, there should be much rejoicing about the return of Izzy Westbury after a frustrating couple of years when a serious knee injury has curtailed her involvement. IMGW showed more than a passing resemblance to E.P. Campbell yesterday, with a couple of straight drives in her innings of 42 being particularly "Elwynesque" (definition : a drive which seems to gather speed as it moves towards the boundary making mid-on and mid-off fielders look particularly inept.) Luff entered the fray and looked as busy as ever, whilst Wilson came in and immediately put pressure on the bowlers with her unique brand of dabs, cuts, sweeps,reverse-sweeps and even got the "Dilfran" out on one occasion.

The highlight of this much-curtailed game, however, came when Wilson was joined by Shrubsole (Major). The two who rarely seem to bat together (and rarely seem to bat when in England colours) enjoyed a quick-fire stand of 57, appropriately enough containing a wide variety of shot-making. Wilson was (as has been mentioned) a mixture of subtlety and power, with her runs coming at all sorts of wierd and wonderful angles. Wicket-keeper (yes, that's right!) Shrubsole meanwhile, was all booming drives and powerful pick-ups into the car park before she was dismissed by the experienced Walker. Wilson was still going strong on 45 when the floods arrived and the home team were set up very nicely on 192-6 with somewhere between 13 and 19 overs left to bat.

As ever, the Wanderers have a strong line-up when all players are available in 2014 and should- at the very least - be in the shake-up for title honours when the season ends in September. The key, however, will clearly be getting something resembling their strongest team on the park and/or the contributions that many up-and-coming young players can make in the 1st team. The biggest hope, however, at the moment is just to get a whole game under their belts - starting with Hursley Park at home next week.

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