Crediton Inn v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 7 Wickets

Match report A beautiful summer’s evening at Newton St Cyres was the setting for this midweek matchup against Crediton Inn. As appears to be the norm at most games, practically the whole Erratics team had arrived at the ground and were ready to go before any of the home team turned up. Eventually they started trickling in about 10 minutes before we were due to start, and perhaps if we had started timing them out from the scheduled start time of 6pm then we might have had a chance of winning the game.

As it was, though, Crediton Inn won the toss and elected to field first. Opening batsmen Rick Lindsay and Martin Wright, on a king pair having been dismissed for a golden duck the previous evening, made a steady start, with the score at 14/0 after 3 overs, before Rick was bowled attempting to up the run rate. This brought me to the crease, also on a king pair from the same game, and I very nearly achieved this rare feat, with a miscued pull landing just short of the square leg fielder. Martin and I then enjoyed a slightly disjointed but steady partnership, with runs coming in bursts but with groups of dots in between. I eventually passed the compulsory retirement score of 25 with a six, parried over the rope by the deep midwicket fielder. Martin then also retired shortly afterwards (not before the “other Martin” (Weiler) was bowled first ball) to complete a possibly unique situation of two batsmen who had both been dismissed on the first ball of their previous innings going on to retire in their next.

This brought together skipper Nallala and Duncan Chave, who Erratics statto Fraser Chave informed us required 18 runs to reach 6,000 runs for the club, and he duly reached this impressive landmark after teasing us with a succession of singles and some excellent running from the two of them. At the other end, Nallala played some fine strokes on his way to retirement from 19 balls, which was followed up by a couple of well-placed boundaries from Matt Crawford. Fraser Chave was then caught on the boundary from the penultimate delivery of the innings, giving Lee Grant the unenviable task of being at the non-striker’s end for one ball. Fortunately for him, it didn’t end with a diamond duck, but instead Duncan ran himself out at the other end, giving us what appeared to be a reasonable total of 125 on a relatively large ground. Looks can be deceiving though!

Youngman and Grant started off for the Erratics with some tight bowling, conceding only three boundaries in the first four overs, and Lee struck at the end of his second over to dismiss one of the openers LBW. At the first sanitisation break they were slightly ahead of the required run rate at 41/1, however from this point on they really started to accelerate. With a little more luck (or perhaps skill) things could have been different for the Erratics, with Duncan putting down a tough chance at slip (and narrowly missing the resulting run out chance) and Crawford not quite able to cling on to a tricky caught and bowled chance. Matt did then get a caught and bowled shortly after, and there was also a wicket for Rithvik with a well-taken catch by the skipper at mid-off, but it wasn’t enough to stem the flow of runs. Fraser was particularly unlucky to go wicketless, with Martin Wright and myself both putting down chances at long on and off, respectively, resulting in a rather bruised finger for me (remember kids, it hurts less if you catch it).

The game was brought to a close by some brutal hitting from the Crediton Inn number 6 batsman who deposited the luminous pink ball to all corners of the ground, including a monstrous hit onto the tennis courts, on his way to 26 from 9 balls. After the game the opposition admitted that he is too good for them, and definitely for us, as it turned out. The disappointment of defeat was soon forgotten though as we headed to the nearby Italian restaurant for some excellent pizza, and the early finish meant that I even had time to run up to the Newton St Cyres request stop in time to flag down the slightly earlier train (which, fortunately for me, did see my frantic waving in time to stop)

A Jonathan Beverley match report.

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 3w 4b 1lb 
for 5 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Martin Wright Retired Not Out  25 3
Richard Lindsay Bowled  3
Jonathan Beverley Retired Not Out  27 3 1
Martin Weiler Bowled  0
Duncan Chave Run out  24 1
Jayakrupakar Nallala Retired Not Out  25 3 1
Matt Crawford Bowled  10 2 1
Fraser Chave Caught  2
Lee Grant Not Out  0
Rithvik Gutha  
Ben Youngman  

Crediton Inn Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Crediton Inn Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
4w 1b  
for 3 wickets
127 (14.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Youngman3.002200.007.33
Lee Grant3.0019119.006.33
Matt Crawford2.0022122.0011.00
Fraser Chave4.004500.0011.25
Rithvik Gutha2.0018118.009.00