Newton Poppleford v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Thu 28 Jun 2007 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report by Matt Cook...


i. Beginning – Anon – Ethics.

“Newton Nitro” began with powerful hefting, West Indies style, to their straight boundary. With everyone due to bowl two, violent onslaught seemed possible.

Our skipper was Professor Carl Knappett, before imminent departure to the heat of the Greek Mediterranean. It is there he is to study the delicate fruits of recent archaeological digs, which we believe to be but a brief hiccough in his cricketing career. Nevertheless he seemed determined. Progenitor of Hope he was to us Erratics, who stood in a field at one moment of summer neutral, to the sounds of splintering ash.
by Matt Cook

Golfing, they say, no good for the gentleman’s game. “Yes Indeed!” chimed the opposition at the pub after our own gentleman’s game. “Beautiful scenery you have” I said, “a shame it eclipsed your batting” – a little rash perhaps.

Erratic Wright made debut. It was a loving effort. Generous dedications of energy he offered at the altar of run conservatism. This was a sacrifice matched by others, adorned in white robes and pink blush of ceremonial unicorn. Come on! What an unusual feeling, the bowling brilliant and seldom wayward. Perhaps in 40, we should employ 4 a bowler. What fun!


ii. Middle – The return of Robertshaw – Time.

It was then that Robertshaw bowled, faster and faster. Deep square cut pull of ball to leg rope. 76, 77, 78 but no more.



A fisherman in Erratic ether. Robertshaw compares old with new. Old Gray-Nicholls Versus kit bat. Old Gray-Nicholls.

Cook lepers hand renewed; tries his hand. Lo stake/Hi.

Kirby-Ferro bulk in style. Ferro wheel glows in dark. Kirby bob’s yer uncle. Ellis fire. Backing-man - Turner overdrive.

Victory nigh. Knappett due.


iii. End – No really you’ll be glad to hear!

Good afternoon, Frank Mundane here. Welcome to the Newton Poppleford ground where we see the finale of the Erratic Unicorns versus Newton Nitro. Knappett needs just one run to take the Unicorns to victory in the cold here. First ball – oh and that’s a splendid off drive well stopped. Could very easily have pierced the infield but for the quality of the Nitro fielding. Ball two – oh elegance of cricket coming to the fore, as Knappett clean strike to mid cover no run. It's take your pick for Knappett as he absorbs the atmosphere here, the fans look to him, the torch bearer, to dig in. What a time he has had with this team, through thick and thin, and what better platform for a bow than this.

Ball three – Oh golly it’s a wide. Righto.

Newton Poppleford Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
6w 1b  
for 8 wickets
78 (20.0 overs)
M.Raistrick b  Knappett 10
A.Raistrick b  M.Cook 11
J.Burton b  J.Pearson 0
J.Stott b  M.Cook 3
J.Morrison b  Wright 13
R.Coombes Run out  4
A.Cardwell st  M.Ellis (Phil's son) 6
J.Pattinson Not Out  10
J.Last b  Kirby 0
E.Thomas Not Out  14

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
John Pearson2.0016116.008.00
Carl Knappett2.00616.003.00
Matt Cook2.00221.001.00
Phil Ellis2.00200.001.00
Ollie Creighton2.00400.002.00
Martin Wright2.0018118.009.00
A.N. Other2.00515.002.50
Jonathan Kirby2.00414.002.00
Chris Ferro2.00700.003.50
Alan Robertshaw2.001300.006.50

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 7w 2b  
for 4 wickets
Martin Wright ct  Marsh 1
Alan Robertshaw lbw  Marsh 1
Matt Cook ct  Raistrick 7
Jonathan Kirby b  Coombes 29
Chris Ferro Retired Not Out  31
Phil Ellis Not Out  0
Carl Knappett Not Out  0
Matt Turner  
Ollie Creighton  
John Pearson  
A.N. Other  

Newton Poppleford Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy