Marldon v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 26 Jul 2020 at 1.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 8 runs

Match report In the Beginning

Captain Kirby (a late appointment) was on good form for the game against Marldon. Full of encouragement and warnings for the Erratics if they didn’t do likewise. ‘It’s so quiet out here I can hear the grass grow’ and ‘same field as in the beginning’. This religious fervour worked as from a strong start the Erratics slowed down the Marldon scorecard to give us a reasonable chance of getting the 143 score, at 4 an over.

Marldon’s score included a 50 not out by their captain - not out, as he retired. This would prove a challenging point later for our captain. Our reply started slowly with Marldon’s opening bowler’s figures showing 6 maidens from his seven overs. Martin and Duncan, however brought the game back towards us. The pair took control of the situation, both looking likely to not get a century today (source M. Wright). Martin fell 7 short of his half-century, Rithvik joining Duncan and kept us up with the rate.

Here was the captain’s dilemma, there hadn’t been a discussion/agreement about a batsman retiring on reaching their 50. Should we call Duncan in, should we just play on? Honesty won and although Duncan didn’t know his score, he guessed something was afoot when Jonathan came onto the field to talk with Marldon's captain. Duncan now on 53 attempted a ‘scoop’ over the wicketkeeper's (a svelte Martin Pragnell, courtesy of the lockdown, apparently) left shoulder. Fraser with his new lens and tripod didn’t capture this moment but suffice it to say it was the only ball Duncan missed.

This was probably where the chance to win the match for the Erratics ended, particularly when Fraser was run out. Marldon continued to bowl accurately and field feverishly and we fell two boundaries short.

Sadly, there was a rumour that the parish will force a change of use for the Marldon ground, to allow fetes to take place or worse to use the land to build on. I am reminded of Douglas Adams writing in ‘Life, the Universe, and Everything’. Could we step in and save this wonderful game? Adams discusses a Krkkit warship carrying deadly white robots escaping to rearrange the Wikkit Gate composed partly of Marvin the android’s artificial leg. The Krikketers are described ‘as humanoid aliens who are charming and polite (Erratics), despite their cosmocidal tendencies (Erratics again). They are capable of composing incredibly moving and poetic music (listening to the grass grow!). Some of the younger? Krikketers are interested in developing sporting links with the rest of the Universe (definitely Erratics) rather than destroying it’. Of course, there is the small bit that Arthur Dent, the protagonist, and his mate Ford Prefect, landed in the middle of the pitch at Lord’s Cricket Ground riding a Chesterfield sofa amidst great cheer during an Ashes Test, with England needing 28 runs to win. This surely resembles a fete or even a house?

I suppose the moral is do remember the golden words: Don’t Panic.

Apologies for the meme but it is fun.

Marldon Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1w 4b 1lb 
for 7 wickets
142 (35.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Youngman7.0024124.003.43
Fraser Chave7.0125212.503.57
Jayakrupakar Nallala3.001800.006.00
Rithvik Gutha7.0023211.503.29
Matt Crawford5.002900.005.80
Phil Power6.0016116.002.67

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 1w  
for 8 wickets

(35.0 overs)
Richard Lindsay Bowled  0
Jayakrupakar Nallala Caught  0
Matt Crawford Bowled  14 3
Martin Wright Caught  43 8
Duncan Chave Bowled  53 10
Rithvik Gutha Bowled  14 2 2
Fraser Chave Run out  0 1
Jonathan Kirby Bowled  1
Phil Power Not Out  5
Paul Molins Not Out  1
Ben Youngman  

Marldon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Photos and video of Marldon v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 26 Jul 2020 at 1.00pm

Martin Guides

Martin Wright at Marldon 2020

Wilf Bowls

Marldon's Wilf bowls, Paul Molins is the umpire

Richard Before Batting

Richard Lindsay prepares to open the batting at Marldon 2020

Martin and Washy Snr

Martin Wright observes the field at Marldon in 2020

The Martins

Martin Wright and Marldon's Martin Pragnell leave the field.

Paul Tries to Hit Big

Paul Molins misses a big hit at Marldon 2020

John Bowls at Duncan

Marldon's John Roberts bowls at Duncan in 2020

Phil and Paul

Phil and Paul leave the field after our unsuccessful run chase against Marldon

Duncan Hits to Third Man

Duncan hits the ball down to third man

Duncan and Krups

At Marldon 2020

Duncan Sweeps

At Marldon 2020

Duncan Hits Over the Top

For four at Marldon 2020