Bridford v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 05 Jun 2022 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 48 Runs

Match report So we were back at Bridford, hoping for drier cricket than our previous visit on 1 May. See Phil Power’s report on a match played throughout in rain, not drizzle, rain! Well, the skies did look a bit ominous this time also and some may have been wondering whether this was to be a repeating pattern for games at this location. (Hope not, as our new ground just down the valley must have the same micro climate!) Anyway, the rain did, apart from a brief shower, hold off for this outing.

Erratics batted first this time, with a very solid opening partnership in the care of Duncan Chave and Richard Lindsay, the partnership only being broken when Duncan chose to retire at the unusual score of 41 – maybe there was a special reason, but I didn’t manage to enquire what that might have been. Next in was a cricketer of much experience, Hugh Sheridan, here playing in only his second game for Erratics, came in to join Richard and showed us what he could do. Hugh built a steady innings of 31 over much of the innings, being joined by various batsmen for brief visits to the crease. Of these, special mention should be made of Oscar Cammack, taking 17 off only 8 balls. Erratics finished on 194 for 6, with extras at 34 being one of the higher scorers, although at a slow rate. I have just noticed for the first time the Scoring Rate (SR) statistics for each batsman shown in the figures table and now intend to apply it to a use not expected by its devisors. Extras’ figure was 13.44. Oscar’s was 212.50.

It is good to note that cricket teas are beginning to return at most clubs that we visit, now that the pandemic has subsided. So we were grateful to our hosts in being able to provide a selection of sandwiches, crisps and cakes and even hot tea at their restricted facilities.

Back out into the fray, and opening bowler Anuj Tiwari looked as though he was starting as he meant to continue. The first ball he delivered had Bridford’s No. 1 turning back to the “pavilion” almost as we were settling into our fielding positions. And Anuj did continue as he had indicated he would, conceding only 6 runs in his five overs, of which three were maidens, and taking two wickets in the process. From the other end, Oscar delivered his very fast, economic and accurate bowling, one result of which was a brilliant one handed catch by wicket-keeper Richard Lindsay off an outside edge.

Other notable features of Erratics fielding performance were great catches by Duncan, again one-handed to pluck it from the sky, another by Oscar, a caught and bowled by John Curtis and a spectacular direct hit run out by Jon Perkin from deep, wide mid-on.

Modesty should prevent your reporter from mentioning two rather stunning catches that he took. Nevertheless, he will mention them, the justification for doing so being twofold. Firstly, because if this match report had been delegated to another reporter, the catches would surely have been included in the interests of preserving the accuracy of the wonderful Erratics archives, without censorship. The second reason is to allow me to include a related anecdote.

Your reporter was placed at mid-on of one bowling end for virtually the whole innings. There he took the two aforementioned catches, to much acclaim by his team mates. He also failed to take two other "catches". One of these was more like a ballastic missile than a catch. A flat handed stop prevented a boundary, but it was too fast to get the hands folded round it. The other one was of an unusual and long trajectory. With insufficient time to review any possible parabolic equations at his disposal, he only managed to judge the ball's landfall position and move closely enough to get some fingertips to it.

So, now to the anecdote. There was some allusion in the pub afterwards that perhaps yours truly had deliberately missed two of the four catches for "jug avoidance" reasons. This then led to a discussion as to whether there exists a jug penalty for achieving three or more catches in an innings or whether there is a penalty for getting two catches and then missing a third one. Perhaps those in the Erratics fold with a wide knowledge of the forfeit rules in use could enlighten us. Or, if no such forfeit exists, perhaps one needs to be defined and inaugurated?

Mark Phillips

A.N.Other was Paul Carr

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 10w 14b 7lb 
for 6 wickets
Duncan Chave Retired Not Out  41 63 8 65.08 1
Richard Lindsay b Stubbs 39 50 7 78.00 1
Hugh Sheridan ct Robinson 31 58 6 53.45
Mark Phillips b Lydo 3 30 10.0 2
Jon Perkin ct Lydo 4 16 25.00 1
Fraser Chave ct Reed 7 6 1 116.67
Anuj Tiwari b Reed 9 8 2 112.50
Matt Crawford Not Out  7 7 1 100
Oscar Cammack Not Out  17 8 2 1 212.50 1
Paul Carr  
John Curtis   1

Bridford Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
D Buckley8.013600.004.50
S Reed8.0039219.504.88
L Dore6.013000.005.00
C Stubbs5.0017117.003.40
H Lydo6.04321.500.50
M Wilson2.001900.009.50
M Robinson5.0029129.005.80

Bridford Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
5nb 9w 2b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
146 (29.2 overs)
L Dore b Tiwari 0
N Robinson ct Chave B. Curtis 17
C Stubbs ct Phillips B. Tiwari 0
M Walker ct Lindsay B. Cammack 6
J Sanders b Perkin 64
H Lygo ct Cammack B. Carr 1
M Wilson ct & B. Curtis 0
J Lockwood b Chave 31
S Watmore ct Phillips B. Chave 4
D Buckley run out Perkin 5
S Reed  

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Anuj Tiwari5.03623.001.20
Oscar Cammack5.0116116.003.20
Paul Carr6.0049149.008.17
John Curtis5.0025212.505.00
Matt Crawford4.002600.006.50
Fraser Chave4.001929.504.75
Jon Perkin0.20010.000.00