Marldon v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 21 Aug 2022 at 1.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 4 wickets
A.N. Other1 was Christina Sharp (married to Rithvik)
The Erratics returned to the “Meadow ground” at Marldon on a fine day with sunny periods.
Five members of the Erratics team came blinking into the light like “Moley” in “The Wind in the Willows” after a thrashing at Dartington on a dark, drizzly evening two days before.
As a newcomer to the steeply sloping ground with relatively short off an on side boundaries I
was warned of the complex local rules. Apparently, partly as a potential way of reducing the
number of lost balls, sixes hit out of the ground laterally were scored as dot balls and sixes
remaining within the ground were scored as fours. At each end was an arc within which it was
possible to score a six. However, the arc did not seem to be clearly marked and I reckoned that
discovering where and what it was might be a journey similar to my sex education and ultimate
loss of virginity.
Mark Hailwood won the toss and elected to field. Rithvik Gutha opened the bowling from the
upper village hall end of the ground and Marldon’s opening bat, J. Gay immediately looked
threatening playing some powerful shots. The other opener gave a nick in the first over which
was safely taken by keeper Andrew Forrester. The second over was bowled by Oscar Cammack
at a good pace up the hill and he immediately struck when Gay edged a ball to gully where I
somehow held on to the ball like an arcade claw machine. 11 for 2 after two overs.
Batter Waugh stayed for a while but was eventually bowled by Rithvik. At times there was fierce
bounce obtained bowling down the hill. Rithvik closed his spell with figures of 7-0-25-2 and Oscar
finished with an extremely economical 5-2-10-1.
Anuj Tiwari and Mark Hailwood were the third and fourth bowlers, Anuj bowling a mixture of
medium pace and spin at his usual brisk over rate that seems to unsettle batters. Mark’s stint from the village hall end was accurate and initially economical but ultimately spoilt by Singh’s later
aggressive batting. Claridge resisted for seven overs for his 21 before being trapped Lbw by Anuj.
Simcox was also out Lbw to Anuj for 4 and Lovell was spectacularly run out for 0 by Oscar
throwing down the single stump he could see from 15 yards +. Kirkup edged another catch to
Andrew Forrester behind the stumps off Tiwari. Andy Singh then set about the bowling with a
rapid 52 not out ( 40 in boundaries) and it looked like he might have been able to ramp the score up to more than 150 at one stage but he ran out of partners. Thompson fell to Anuj for 0 and James Smart came on to efficiently dismiss Denega and Bennett cheaply.
Marldon 123 all out with 27 extras.
Tea was taken by those well prepared who brought their own picnics and refreshments.
I took photographs.
Oscar Cammack and Richard Lindsay opened the batting for Erratics. Bowling the second over up the hill Thompson claimed Richard’s wicket with his first ball. Andrew Forrester came in and
helped to see some shine off the ball. Oscar was unlucky to be Lbw to Denega for 6 runs. My
short term memory loss (caused by a cricket ball induced severe concussion in 2006) led to my
accidentally usurping Martin Weller’s position at number 4. Sincere apologies to Martin who had to wait two overs before Andrew succumbed to Thompson. Martin played an entertaining innings including an extra cover drive which was a candidate for shot of the day. After my slowish start we
reached a partnership of 54 before Martin fell to Gay for 30. Gay went on to claim the
wickets of Paul Molins and James Smart for ducks when the score was 90 for 6 wickets.
Anuj came in meaning business and dispatched a ball out of the ground to mid wicket only to be
disappointed when told this was a dot ball according to the local rules. I enjoyed the entertainment from the non-receiver’s end as Anuj hit 30 not out off 17 balls. I played
a few square cuts and was delighted to find myself 37 not out when we reached the winning target of 125 for the loss of 6 wickets.
We adjourned to the delightful Church House Inn across the road (Devon’s Dining Pub of the Year 2013) where we enjoyed some excellent company and drinks in the pretty beer garden.
1nb 20w 3b 3lb
for 10 wickets
123 (27.5 overs)
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
7w 9b 2lb
for 6 wickets
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