Marldon v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sat 18 Jun 2005 at 2pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by six wickets

Match report

What a strange game! It started late, because the man with the key was being questioned by the police in a Sainsbury’s car-park. James Burrows, at the time, was waiting for a lift at Exeter St. David’s station, having slipped from Jonathan Kirby’s birthday-burdened mind. He would later be picked up at Paignton, but his absence had already contributed to skipper Weiler’s decision to bat first.

Molins and Carpenter at the crease, Paul with his customary mixture of slash and grace, Brian with the most polished forward defensive shot south of Trevor Bailey (more often than not it even meets the ball). They put on 40 in reasonable time, runs which included (I said it was a strange game) a blow to leg from Carpenter that carried the ball way over the trees into the village car-park: his first six for the Erratics -– ironic that it counts as only four at Marldon, because it would have been a six at any ground we play on. To be sure Brian was bowled shortly afterwards when trying to do it again, and here I have to break into italics. Brian was the first of all ten Erratics to be out bowled: I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before. Three more of us had gone by the time the score reached 43, and the fifth wicket fell at 51.

Ridiculous, of course, as Knappett and the skipper soon showed. I was looking for a lost ball in a tangle of nettles and brambles when Carl hit his straight six, but I’m told it was a fine blow. Most of the time I was watching, he was hitting fielders as often as the boundary. But this was a fine stand, in excess of 70. Then it happened again. Carl was bowled and three others immediately copied him. It was left to John Pearson, batting at number eleven, to carry the score past 150 with a succession of square cuts. We were all out with an over to go, and off to a splendid tea capped by a Kirby birthday cake.

The problem now was the restriction of bowlers to a maximum of eight overs each. That meant we needed five and we had three. (I’m being unfair there: Paul Molins is a lovely adventurer with the ball, but the Marldon track does nothing unseemly, and they opened with a slogger.) And for our fielding, maidenly at the best of times, this was not the best of times. At least Kirby rewarded his son with a wicket by taking a catch in the outfield (a favour which Oliver Kirby signally failed to return in his father’s only over), and Burrows startled the batsmen with a couple of groin-splitting sideways lunges. But basically, we concede runs with uncommon gentility. The facts are that we needed wickets and didn’t get them, that John Pearson bowled steadily and that the London Pride in the pub over the road was excellent.

Match Report by Peter Thomson.

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
12w 10b 2lb 
for 10 wickets

(35.5 overs)
Paul Molins Bowled  23 3
Brian Carpenter Bowled  14 2
Sid Thomson Bowled  0
Ken Horne Bowled  0
Carl Knappett Bowled  39 6 1
Jonathan Kirby Bowled  8 2
Martin Weiler Bowled  20 2
Oliver Kirby Bowled  1
James Burrows Bowled  0
Peter Thomson Bowled  6 1
John Pearson Not Out  18 3

Marldon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Marldon Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 4 wickets
154 (33.2 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Carl Knappett8.0226126.003.25
Paul Molins6.004200.007.00
John Pearson8.0023211.502.88
James Burrows8.003600.004.50
Oliver Kirby2.2012112.005.14
Jonathan Kirby1.001100.0011.00