Ipplepen v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sat 12 Sep 2009 at 13.30
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 6 wickets

Match report [Peter Thomson Capt and WK]

Match Report: Chris Mellett

A perfect day for cricket – warm, bright and sunny. The only clue we were nearing the end of the season was the football match taking place on the adjacent pitch. Ipplepen is a league club with good facilities. The playing area is large with a quick outfield and a distinctive slope that some may find reminiscent of Lords.

The Erratics batted first. The home team, having chosen to use a wicket on the edge of the square, sensibly placed the keen youngsters on the long boundary side with the more experienced players defending the shorter boundary. Chris Ferro and Andrew McRae opened the batting, finding it difficult to pierce the ring of fielders. Andrew was bowled in classic ‘top of off stump’ fashion bringing Martin Wright to the crease. Chris and Martin began to accumulate runs until Martin suffered a hamstring twinge. A runner was called for. This opened up a debate. Someone said the runner had to be someone who has already batted meaning that the only candidate was Andrew. The consensus was that Andrew’s running leaves a little to be desired however we appeared to have no choice. Andrew gamely helped Martin to add a few runs to his score before being bowled for 21. Duncan Chave was next in and had hardly got going when he edged to slip where the fielder entertained us with his juggling before finally clinging on to the catch. Sid Thomson joined Chris at the wicket where Chris was scoring freely and had reached 32 before hitting a bad ball straight down square leg’s throat. Chris Mellett was next in, ensuring we kept a Chris at the wicket. Sid departed lbw and then Jim Myton did not last long before being caught. Phil Ellis hit a couple of lusty blows before he was bowled. James Burrows managed to push the score on a bit and regain confidence after an uncomfortable previous outing against Jam & Marmalade. James was out lbw for 13 to bring a cider-infused Sean Webb to the crease on his Erratics debut. Sean claims to be not much of a batsmen but looked assured and was certainly the more aggressive of the pair. Sean and Chris then batted on to tea to help the Erratics post 151 for 8, Sean and Chris finishing not out with 25 and 24 respectively.

A lovely tea was laid on by Ipplepen, there was a Subway-style design your own sandwich element to it, but obviously the quality was much higher than the ubiquitous retailer. Chris Ferro was heard to say it was the best tea he’d had all season, but perhaps he was just chatting up the tea ladies.

The Erratics were concerned that their total may be insufficient, but with Jim alongside James and Chris Ferro there was a distinctly pacy element to the bowling attack. Jim and Sean opened the bowling, Jim using the slope to gain extra momentum. The first few overs were tight and gave us some hope, especially when Jim took a catch off his own bowling. However the Ipplepen batsmen then made serene progress, annoyingly hitting the ball just over our fielders a number of times. After clubbing a few boundaries, numbers 2 and 3 both retired after reaching their half-centuries. The scores were tied when the Ipplepen number 5 walked to the crease and the game looked all but over. This was just the start of an amazing sequence of events. Canny captain Peter Thomson brought the field in, with all saving one except for a roving Duncan. The batsman hit the ball cleanly through the ring of fielders and thought about running. So did his partner. And they ran and stopped and eventually decided that they would attempt the single after all. By this time it was too late and Duncan had swooped and fired the ball back into the wicket where the run-out was easily completed by Sid. Celebrations ensued but it seemed a mere consolation. Chris Ferro had other ideas. Steaming in down the hill Chris bowled the nervous number 6. As we waited for the next batsman it occurred to us that Ipplepen may not have been prepared for this and the 2 minute countdown began. With only a few seconds remaining a young batsman entered the field and then confessed that he had neglected to grab his box in the haste to get ready. This did not deter him from taking guard. As he shuffled forward to defend his wicket the ball bounced off his pad and brushed his bat before looping into the hands of short midwicket. Ipplepen 151 for 6 and exhibiting a degree of panic; Chris Ferro on a hat-trick. Could it happen? Chris steamed in again and the new, more experienced, batsmen steered the ball through the off-side field for the winning runs. The dream was over. Still it was an exciting end to what had been a rather one-sided innings and restored a little bit of Erratics pride.

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
7nb 6w 3b 4lb 
for 8 wickets

(46.0 overs)
Chris Ferro Caught  32
Andrew McRae Bowled  0
Martin Wright Bowled  21
Duncan Chave Caught  2
Sid Thomson Lbw  2
Chris Mellett Not Out  24
A.N. Other Caught  3
Phil Ellis Bowled  8
James Burrows Lbw  13
Sean Webb Not Out  25
Peter Thomson  

Ipplepen Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Ipplepen Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 3w 1b 3lb 
for 4 wickets
155 (22.5 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A.N. Other17.0032132.004.57
Sean Webb7.013900.005.57
James Burrows3.002300.007.67
Phil Ellis2.002300.0011.50
Andrew McRae2.001700.008.50
Chris Ferro1.501728.509.27