Chulmleigh v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 03 Jun 2007 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost 7 wickets
by Matt Turner
The team arrived for the second match of the season against Chulmleigh with full intent on reversing the defeat from the first game of the season. With the weather being very overcast and with signs of rain in the air, skipper Molins won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch that looked like it could be hard work.
The pitch lived up to expectations with the bounce not being as high as expected, and with the odd ball keeping very low. The Erratics innings started off slowly with openers Turner (2) and J Pearson (10) departing pretty swiftly.
Birbeck and Knappett offered some resistance before Birbeck (14) was caught behind off the faintest of edges. The main partnership of the innings between Knappett and Horne then put the Erratics into a better position with some fine stroke play. Knappett who was given a life on 12 the finally departed for 34 after being very well caught by a Chulmleigh fielder whose hands were definitely warmed up by the catch.
Molins (9) played some nice shots in his brief innings before Horne, who was chancing his arm a bit at this point, was finally bowled for 35. The Erratics tail offered some resistance with Ellis (8) and Davies (12) both looking to play shots and debutant Ferro (14 not out) looking like he has held a bat many times before, which of course is not always necessary for an Erratics debut.
But when D.Pearson and Keedwell (also on debut) went in quick succession the Erratics were finally all out for 159.
The tea prepared by the Erratics was well received during the interval and the talk of bowling tactics started. I myself on the other hand was more interested in eating the lovely mini cheesecakes that had appeared at tea. A big thank you must go to Emma and Tracy (the cricket WAGs) for helping do the tea, as it gave us more time to talk about how we were going to bowl out Chulmleigh.
By the time the Erratics took the field, it was much colder and darker than at the start of the game, and the scent of rain was in the air. The Erratics opening bowlers bowled very well early on, and the Chulmleigh openers were finding runs hard to come across.
The Erratics fielding surprised everyone and was excellent up to this point, with fellow Erratics commenting that people were running like gazelles and other animals. At one point I think we had a whole safari out there, along with one self proclaimed `old stag’!
The opening bowlers continued to bowl tightly and Ellis was rewarded with the first wicket as Molins took at good catch at mid-off. Knappett (1-28) then removed the number 3 when he edged behind and when Ellis (2-25) struck again to remove the young number 4 lbw, the Erratics could sense a victory.
However then the drinks break came and this put paid to the Erratics’ great fielding display. The bowling remained tight, but the erratic fielding gave away too many runs, and the Chulmleigh batsmen began to look comfortable. The other bowlers Keedwell, D.Pearson and Ferro all bowled well and were unlucky not to take wickets.
The Pearson household is not the place to be right now after Pearson senior dropped a catch off Pearson junior and then followed that up with a couple of misfields too. Ferro found the edge a few times in his spell, but none went to hand.
As the rain started to come down gently the ball became wet and greasy, Chulmleigh were offered the bad light with their score on 159-3 but they declined it to hit the winning run with 6 overs remaining.
It was a good Erratics performance on the whole despite the defeat and so it must only be a matter of time before we record the first win of the season.
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1nb 5w 8b 5lb
for 10 wickets
for 3 wickets
160 (38.0 overs)
ct Molins bowled Ellis
ct Turner bowled Knappett
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