Chulmleigh v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 13 Jun 2021 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 10 wickets
Alex Thomas reports...
A second visit to Chulmleigh in two weeks yielded another positive result, albeit in strange circumstances.
Both Chulmleigh’s game against Broadclyst and the Erratics fixture vs Kenn fell victim to suspected football-related cancellations at the last minute. How anyone can not be aware of the Euros is baffling to me as it was to everyone involved but we are grateful to everyone adjusting on short notice. Special kudos to Fraser who sorted this out when Kenn cancelled at 7pm (!) on Saturday.
The game itself was played in blazing sunshine and clear skies. Even the usual Chulmleigh breeze was noticeably absent. It was a truly beautiful day. Helpfully, the pitch was fully coiffed so there was no stopping any certain fours within unkempt grass at the boundary fence. Beyond the fence remained a treacherous jungle.
Chulmleigh batted first and would probably be disappointed to only reach 185-7 but it was a disciplined bowling performance. Ben (1-24) started well on the slope while the first three batsmen took more of a liking to Mark (1-38) as he toiled upwards. The star of the show came in on the first change, with Oscar taking a brilliant 4-38. I saw that he was described in the South Brent report as menacing and it’s quite a brilliant choice of words. Here, he adapted to the downhill slope with style, his intense pace & a tight line causing as much entertainment for teammates as it did consternation for the opposition.
Captain Jonathan tried to hold him back, breaking up his spell to save young legs in pulsating heat but he caused wickets to fall at regular intervals. He simply didn't falter and provided a real impetus. Oscar ended with 4-38 and really deserved to get five-for.
A swift tea break saw Chave Junior & Senior open and the rest of us just enjoyed it. They put on 69 & 93 respectively in imperious fashion. Chulmleigh couldn't lay a glove on them, giving up only one chance of note late in the chase. This unbeaten 189 was the highest opening partnership for the Erratics and the fourth highest overall partnership overall. It was a pair of decisive and consistent batting performances. It was really special to watch. Congratulations to Fraser (69) and Duncan (93) for achieving that remarkable milestone.
The traditional post-match debrief to the throwback that is The Old Court House was a celebratory one, where we celebrated two most memorable performances in buoyant mood.
One of the most spirited points of discussion was brought up by Andrew; whether the word tidy was an apt description of the average Erratics wicket-keeping performance. We all agreed that his impressive stumping for the final wicket off Oscar’s bowling deserved a much more suitable adjective. On the drive back to Exeter, I resolved that I would not enter that discussion and allow future reporters to venture their own conclusions.
1nb 3w 2b 2lb
for 7 wickets
185 (35.0 overs)
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4nb 16w 5b 5lb
for 0 wickets
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