Lustleigh v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 12 Sep 2021 at 1.00pm
Match was Drawn
Matches between The Erratics and Lustleigh have been played since the 1930s, but has not been played since 2018 when the Erratics regained the John Lloyd Trophy for the first time since 2012. However, the gap between matches had meant that the trophy had to be searched for in the Chave household and Duncan had spent his Saturday polishing the bowler that sits atop the trophy (Fraser told me that this can’t be John Lloyd since his action was left armed – and my thoughts were that he looks far too overstretched for an Erratic, he has surely strained a thigh muscle or groin!).
With a Lustleigh team being represented by three Wright brothers and supporters who recalled the long tradition of this fixture, The Erratics fielded first in a timed game, meaning that a draw would be enough to retain the Trophy. Mark Hailwood and Oscar Cammack opened the bowling and although they were unable to make a breakthrough against the openers who gave few chances away, they successfully managed to keep scoring under control at a ground where scoring can easily reach 6 an over and where the pitch was flat and gave the bowlers little to work with. Although Lustleigh didn’t lose a wicket in the opening hour, the umpire very nearly lost a flip-flop downstream while retrieving the ball from stream at the boundary.
The opening partnership was finally broken when Ben Youngman trapped one Wright brother LBW for 88, ending the opening partnership of 126. The second partnership continued to accumulate runs for Lustleigh until some impressive work by Andrew Forrester in stumping the other opener off the bowling of Nigel Rutherford. The difficulty of standing up to the wicket against Nigel’s pace was certainly appreciated by the other three wicket keepers on the Erratics’ side! This wicket came much to the relief of Richard Lindsay, who swore a little bit too much after missing out on a simple run-out chance. Andrew’s tidy keeping continued in the third dismissal of the innings where he appeared to both catch and stump the same batsman, unfortunately this only counted for one wicket though. The Robinson father and son combination for Lustleigh was swiftly ended by a captaincy masterpiece(!) from Mark Hailwood, who nudged Alex Thomas a bit squarer at mid-wicket before Ellis Robinson (8 years old) chipped the ball up for Alex to catch, ending the debate amongst Erratics fielders about the etiquette of whether we were supposed to try to get the youngster out. The Erratics showed commitment in the field throughout, not least by Kyle Wedgewood who almost lost a nipple while diving to prevent a boundary, and yelped with surprise as he managed to clutch onto a diving catch when he had recovered impressively after being wrong-footed by a mistimed, looping shot. Lustleigh set the Erratics a target of 238 for victory at tea.
The Erratics’ openers, Fraser Chave and Richard Lindsay, made a measured and watchful start to the run chase but began to accelerate the run rate going into the second half of the session before drinks. Fraser reached his fifty before the break as they reached 92-0 as the game reached the final 20 overs. This left the match nicely poised for a T20-style chase with the Erratics needing 146 with 10 wickets in hand. The opening partnership was eventually broken at 116 when Richard was caught and bowled M. Wright just one run short of his 50, while Fraser went on to make 70, his season’s best so far. Useful middle order contributions were made by Nigel Rutherford (24) and Paul Molins (14) but three late wickets for just 7 runs left slight anxiety surrounding an Erratics collapse. When Mark Hailwood came into bat with the Erratics 7-down, he jokingly requested the umpire to check the light meter as the light began to fade in the early-autumn evening, although he successfully saw out the final few balls of the innings.
The draw meant that The Erratics retained the John Lloyd Trophy (it’s coming home!), which was celebrated by helping Lustleigh empty their drinks fridge after what would be their final home match of the season.
Report by Richard Lindsay (that’s enough of referring to myself in the 3rd person!).
1nb 14w 2b 1lb
for 5 wickets
237 (42.0 overs)
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for 7 wickets
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