Yarcombe & Stockland v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 27 Sep 2015 at 1.30pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 52 runs

Match report [There are some photos from this game in the photo galleries section of the website]

Lucky Bandhu reports

Yarcombe and Stockland, the latest addition in Erratics fixtures is yet another beautiful fixture, which epitomises village cricket for me. After a long drive through the narrow roads and bucolic beauty, we found the Stockland ground in a small village, where the lack of amenities is pushing people to migrate but not the cricketers. It was probably the first time I saw large cups defining the boundary on one side. The consensus was that they were just large party cups and not from McDonalds, which were filled with stones (or some coke perhaps) to prevent them from flying. The lovely tea was made interesting by Mark H’s insights on a bowler’s performance after eating cakes. I would advise all opening bowlers to hide their cakes when Mark H is captaining. I am not sure he finished his cake after Chris asked him to open the bowling though.

On the field, we put up 187 on the board and won comfortably by 52 runs. After losing the toss, we were asked to bat first on a green wicket. Martin Wright and Ben A started the innings cautiously and gave a solid start before Martin played on while trying to accelerate. I came in next but did not last very long. The slowness of the pitch lured me into an expansive drive that only went as far as short midwicket. Ben A batted flawlessly at the other end to complete his half century, which was studded with quick singles and glorious high-elbow cover drives. Ben’s immediate departure after his half century was followed by two quick wickets in Martin Weiler and Matt Crawford. Jonathan, at the other end, kept finding the gaps and unfurled his trademark cuts and pulls in the latter half of his innings. He remained unbeaten on 72. The burst in the final overs from Jonathan and Mark H meant that we got seven more than what our skipper would have been happy with.

Jonathan was forced to sit out for the second innings due to his hamstring injury, Gary kindly subbed for him. Ben Y and Mark H started the proceedings with an immaculate line and length, giving nothing away for the first three overs. Ben Y made early inroads when he got the opener caught splendidly by Wright at slips and topped that with a late outswinging yorker that bowled their no. 3 batsman. Ben A removed the other opener in his first over, caught by Mark Phillips, who would take another brilliant catch later in the innings. I chipped in with a couple of wickets in my first spell. A dangerous hard-hitter, who was dealing only in sixes, was removed by Chris. There was an interesting comment against this batsman in the scorebook, which I regret to be unaware of (may be Jonathan could tell you more about it). (Jonathan says: "comment = words uttered by batsman when Chris did him with a slower ball and he spooned a simple catch to cover. They were uttered in manner that made them entirely audible from afar.) The top six batsmen were back in the hut without scoring many. Our ground fielding and catching were quite sharp till this point. The counter-attack from the lower order with some audacious shot-making, from one of them in particular, entertained the home team. Meanwhile, we dropped catches, caught and tumbled over to the boundary, and missed run outs. The late surge form Stockland was too little too late though, Mark P took an excellent catch at deep midwicket to end this partnership. Mark H was eventually rewarded in his final over for his economic performance. We cruised to a comfortable victory in the end.

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 5 wickets
Ben Abrahams Caught  50
Martin Wright Bowled  11
Lucky Bandhu Caught  15
Jonathan Kirby Not Out  72
Martin Weiler Caught  1
Matt Crawford Bowled  6
Mark Hailwood Not Out  12
Chris Ferro  
Andrew Forrester  
Mark Phillips  
Ben Youngman  

Yarcombe & Stockland Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Yarcombe & Stockland Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
135 (40.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Mark Hailwood8.03818.001.00
Ben Youngman8.0126213.003.25
Ben Abrahams8.0324124.003.00
Lucky Bandhu8.031635.332.00
Chris Ferro7.0156156.008.00
Martin Weiler1.01000.000.00
Photos and video of Yarcombe & Stockland v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 27 Sep 2015 at 1.30pm


Left to right: Jonathan Kirby, Ben Youngman, Mark Phillips, Lucky Bandhu, Mark Hailwood and Matt Crawford (hidden) watch Ben Abrahams and Martin Wright make a good opening partnership at Stockland in 2015. Note the stone-filled paper cups marking the boundary.


Ben Abrahams flicks into the legside on his way to 50


The scene at Stockland during our match in 2015.


Left to right: Matt Crawford, Mark Hailwood, Lucky Bandhu, Mark Phillips and Ben Youngman watch the early action at Stockland in 2015.


A shady field at Stockland in 2015.


Left to right: Jonathan Kirby, Ben Youngman, Mark Phillips, Lucky Bandhu, Mark Hailwood and Matt Crawford warm their backs at Stockland in 2015. Jonathan would later make 72* in a winning total of 187 for 5.


The view from the Stockland loo.