CF Mini-league (vs Yeoford) v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Thu 04 May 2017 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 4 wickets

Match report The Erratics kicked off their Cheriton Fitzpaine Big Bash campaign with a rematch of last year's final against Yeoford. We weren't able to avenge that defeat to the overall 2016 champions on this occasion, but we did run them pretty close on a pleasant evening up at Venn Lane.

We stuck to our unique but oddly effective brand of low-scoring T20 cricket. (Perhaps we should adopt The Duckworth Lewis Method's 'Nudging and Nurdling' as our official anthem: Batting first, we posted a politely unimposing 102. Fraser was imposing, continuing his fine early season form to cruise to the retirement score of 30, a feat also achieved by Tom Bennett-Hughes, who had to grind a little bit harder for his runs but did unleash several top quality sweep shots along the way. Tom also made history, becoming the first Erratics batsman to retire twice in the course of an inning. With a score of 23 to his name Tom mistakenly thought he heard someone call him in from the scorers' box and left the field. This occurred at the same time as a fall of wicket, and in the bustle of the change over between batsmen no-one noticed Tom had erroneously left the crease until the next ball was about to be bowled. A hurried search found him in the dressing room, pads already removed. Yeoford were graciously patient in allowing him to re-pad and resume his knock. Despite returning to the middle rather embarrassed and without any batting gloves, Tom kept his composure and scored the requisite runs to allow him to retire again. I think we can close the book on this season's Cook-Up Award already…

Our two openers had thus set a solid platform for some middle order acceleration and an un-Erraticly imposing total. Of course, it didn't work out that way, and Yeoford's approach of taking the pace off and bowling tight succeeded in stifling our big-hitting trio of Krups, Nigel and Danny, and we only managed to eke out 102. Still, we had defended 92 against the same opposition in the league stage last year, so we retained some hope.

What ensued was a familiar story, with disciplined bowling (especially from Nigel, who conceded just 2 runs from his 3 overs) and committed fielding forcing our opponents to work extremely hard to reach what looked on paper like a very modest total. Wickets also tumbled regularly, and when we had Yeoford 6-down we started to look like favourites. But not unlike last year's final their lower-middle-order batsmen kept their cool, knowing one good over would swing it back their way. It eventually came in the 18th, breaking our resolve, and the job was complete with just 5 balls to spare.

Over chips and sarnies at the Half Moon we took heart from the fact that we had pushed last year's winners hard, despite losing our talismanic captain and field-placing maestro Matt Cook to the German computer gaming industry in the off season. Don't write off our chances just yet.

Summary by Mark Hailwood

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets
Fraser Chave Retired Not Out  30 3
Tom Bennett-Hughes Retired Not Out  30 4
Jayakrupakar Nallala Bowled  11 2 1
Nigel Rutherford Bowled  19 3
Danny Williamson Bowled  1 1
Mark Hailwood Run out  2
Rob Scott Not Out  1
Daniel Thistlethwaite  
Matt Crawford  
Ben Youngman  
Jeff Haynes  

CF Mini-league (vs Yeoford) Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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CF Mini-league (vs Yeoford) Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 6 wickets
103 (19.1 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Youngman3.0015115.005.00
Mark Hailwood3.0024212.008.00
Jeff Haynes3.001100.003.67
Nigel Rutherford3.01212.000.67
Rob Scott2.101500.006.92
Fraser Chave3.0023123.007.67
Danny Williamson2.001100.005.50