The 1s welcomed Wallington to an unfathomably warm Putney Heath on Saturday, looking to improve on their batting performance from last week's nervy win over Ewhurst.
The 1s won the toss and Dharms opted to bat with the outfield looking fast and a track that might offer something to the dynamic spin bros later in the day.
Phil Dorsett, who was brave enough to step out into the daylight on the hottest day of the year, opened alongside Dave Mackay. Wallington's openers bowled tightly but began to tire, allowing Phil to pick the gaps more frequently. Dave was the second 1st XI batsman in a week to fall to a freakish caught and bowled. Numbers 3 (Ross) and 4 (H Purnell) succumbed to the intense heat and gave Dorsett no support.
Phil was ably supported by Ron (20ish), hitting an excellent 96 considering the conditions. Phil was eventually caught spectacularly by deep extra cover, though VAR may have had something to say about that. Further runs from Vish (28) helped the 1s to 188, certainly a defendable target considering the excellent bowling performances from recent weeks.
Fuchsy and Jonno opened the bowling on a dusty track for RCC and found themselves under attack from the Wallington opener. Whilst they were able to keep the other opener at bay, the more aggressive opener raced to 50*. Their other opener had been unable to score and fell to thanks to some good bowling from Umer.
Despite an early dropped chance to remove the aggressive opener, batsmen 3 followed batsmen 2 back to the pavilion thanks to Mo putting the pressure on. RCC were, at this point, very much in the game.
However, Wallington's number one continued to bat aggressively and finished not out with a century. Their number 4 seemed unfazed by low full tosses and finished not out with a half century. Wickets had dried up and catches began to drop and defeat was confirmed for RCC as Wallington knocked our total off after 33 overs.
Had Phil been better supported by the top order and the opener not dropped early on, the result might have been very different. The 1s must now focus on next week to return to winning ways.