Broadclyst v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 18 Jul 2021 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 8 Wickets
The cricket match played by The Erratics and Broadclyst C.C. at Killerton on 18th July was unusual in more ways than one. It was unusually hot; there was an unusual range of bowling styles on display; and the Erratics were unusually competent – even, it would only be a small exaggeration to say, brilliant – in the field.
The Erratics lost the toss and were asked to field. Opening bowler Ben Youngman cast off the Saharan heat as though it were a mere gossamer negligee, taking four wickets for no runs in three overs of jagging off-cutters. Whereupon he was taken off and replaced by the other Ben (a.k.a., he gathers, 'Yardie') who could be relied upon to stem the panic in the ranks of the opposition. So it proved, and Broadclyst ticked up to a respectable score of 70 odd (despite Walker Sr. showing a marked reluctance to take the quick, medium or indeed slow single) for the loss of just three further wickets. One of these was a spectacular catch in the slips by Richard Lindsay, whose towering stature helped him on this occasion yet would ‘ironically' prove his downfall later in the afternoon.
Just as hope was dawning anew in the breasts of the Broadclystians, Captain F. Chave brought Youngman back. In short order he took three more wickets, among them a smart catch in the slips by Chave Sr. and an extraordinary take at mid-off by the junior version, the ball coming both from out of the sun and from over his shoulder. Five catches held, none(?) dropped... It wasn't an obviously erratic performance. And yet it deviated so spectacularly from standard practice that I think it deserves the adjective anyway.
So: Broadclyst finished with 109 all out, and Youngman with figures of 7 for 9.
After a few minutes spent panting in the shade like Serengeti lions in a David Attenborough documentary, Broadclyst took to the field and Messrs. Ferro and Lindsay strode into the infernal middle to open the batting. After some stylish hitting, Lindsay was controversially given out by umpire 'Yardie', having mistimed a ball that, en route to him, reached a height of approximately 80 feet. Was it a No Ball? In spirit, undoubtedly. In fact? Well, luckily there's no VAR system at Killerton so nobody will ever know. [Oh yes there is! https://youtu.be/zAnZttszzLQ?t=3755 - Ed.]
Next in was J. Kirby, who played some handsome shots off the back foot before nicking one to the keeper, while at the other end Ferro showed off his soft hands and balletic footwork (in a manly way). With one bowler releasing the ball while disconcertingly showing the batsman the back of his head, and the other slinging (amazingly accurately) with his arm almost horizontal, Ferro and Wright took the Erratics to an easy, if not comfortable, victory.
4nb 9w 6b 1lb
for 10 wickets
109 (39.0 overs)
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2nb 8w 2b 1lb
for 2 wickets
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