Erratics Cricket Club Erratics v Tipton St John on Sun 19 Jun 2011 at Unknown
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 2 wickets
Match Report: Mark Phillips
This match turned out to be a bit of a dark horse. At the beginning of Tipton’s innings, which was slow scoring and in uninspiring weather, it looked like it might not prove very interesting as a game. Again, at the start of Erratics’ innings an early collapse made it look as though there would be little to say about it all. However, it eventually proved able to deliver a nail-biting (for both sides) finish.
Erratics were short of players and the team was made up by some guest player support from Nomads.
Tipton scored slowly on a difficult wicket struggling through to a total of 98 after 34.4 overs, with Extras top scoring on 38, of which Wides made 24. Unusually, the first innings was over at 1635 hours, meaning that Erratics began their innings before tea. Of note during Tipton’s innings were excellent figures by guest players Webb 10-4-16-3 and Hooper 7-3-14-4. James Burrows deserved a wicket or two, but nevertheless came away with 7-1-17-0 and Phil Ellis took two wickets in a brief concentrated spell of two overs.
The required target for Erratics looked quite feasible, but as is often the case, the contest soon had a different feel when our progress altered from 21 for 1 to 27 for 5 between overs 11 and 17! This was despite some steady early score building from Shepherd, Phillips and Forrester. (Mark Phillips, batting at No.3 decided to go easy on the food as he was already in before we broke for tea. However, resuming his innings after the tea break he was soon returning to the pavilion and able to top up with some leftovers.) The innings re-established itself with the incoming of Chris Ferro at No.7, who with Andrew Forrester had a good sixth wicket partnership. From then on the excitement mounted as steady but slow progress was made towards the required total, with Chris reaching 45 not out.
The result was never certain, what with Erratics potentially running out of time (overs) and batsmen and Chris dropped at square leg when there were still several runs needed.
With some relief the winning run was struck by Erratics at the end of their 49th over. Up to that point the result was uncertain, with Erratics having only one more batsman to come in and Tipton’s fielders ever hopeful that they could still get those final two wickets before the total was slowly gained.
As ever, this match showed how cricket has the potential to deliver a fascinating contest, even when the scores are low.
Tipton St John Batting
for 10 wickets
98 (40.0 overs)
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
for 8 wickets
Tipton St John Bowling
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