Tipton St John v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Thu 09 May 2024 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 58 Runs

Match report Reporting? by Matt Crawford

Rust is caused by exposure of a metal to air and moisture in the atmosphere.

Unchecked rust can spread rapidly. In certain scenarios this can compromise structural integrity.

Delamination is the most severe form of corrosion in steel. Delamination is the separation of steel into individual layers, caused by high levels of corrosion. A loss of cohesion between the layers causes the steel to break apart and "flake" off, resulting in a loss of section size. This can have devastating consequences.

On the 9th of May 2024, the Erratics played Tipton St. John. It was a rather one sided affair. It was your correspondent's first game of the season, one in which he felt extremely rusty, perhaps from an extreme exposure to moisture in the preceding months which felt like endless rain.

Having allowed a ball to run through his legs in comedic fashion in the field, and a general feeling of unpreparedness, this rustiness began to spread to his teammates.

In the last two T20 games against Tipton, 88 was enough to win in 2022 and coincidently exactly the same was scored to tie the game in 2018. On this installment however, particularly with the help of Lewis Davies who smashed his way to retirement from 30 off 10 balls, Tipton managed a mighty 131.

Full delamination was just about prevented, the layers of the Erratics were held together by the batting of Fraser Chave. With 8 Erratics scoring 3 or fewer, and no one else reaching double figures (except wides), Chave Junior mustered 29 to prevent full structural failure. Accompanied by our defiant debutant Matthew Hewson, the final total of 73 gave the Erratics a slight aesthetic patina.

The 2023 fixture was a day game, where Tipton beat the Erratics by 158 runs. While corrosion usually builds up slowly over time, buckling is a phenomenon which occurs suddenly, often with extreme consequences such as a catastrophic collapse of a structure.

There is no way back from buckling. However corrosion can be repaired by removing visible rust and applying protective coatings. Or in this instance, getting back on the field and blowing the cobwebs away!

Tipton St John Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
14nb 3w 1b  
for 2 wickets
131 (20.0 overs)
John Buckland ct  & B. D Chave 3 6 50.0
Matt Brewster Retired Not Out  34 38 1 2 89.47
David Thayre b  P Carr 25 29 1 86.21
Brendan Coles Not Out  19 35 2 54.29
Lewis Davies Retired Not Out  30 10 1 4 300
Ameila Tolley Not Out  2 9 22.22

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Duncan Chave2.00818.004.00
Lee Grant4.001800.004.50
Paul Carr4.0025125.006.25
Tom Joshi-Cale4.002800.007.00
Fraser Chave4.003300.008.25
Tim Fawcett2.001800.009.00

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 10w 3b 2lb 
for 9 wickets
Duncan Chave b  D Birch 8 8 1 100 1
Tim Fawcett b  D Alford 3 10 30.0
Richard Lindsay ct  J Buckland B. D Alford 2 8 25.00
Mark Phillips run out  (J Buckland) 0 5 0
Matt Crawford b  D Birch 2 9 22.22
Lee Grant ct  M Brewster B. R Stirling 3 7 42.86
Fraser Chave Retired Not Out  29 37 4 78.38
Matthew Hewson b  B Coles 5 25 20.0
Jonathan Kirby Not Out  3 4 75.00
Tom Joshi-Cale b  J Buckland 0 1 0
Paul Carr b  B Coles 2 6 33.33

Tipton St John Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
David Birch4.001326.503.25
David Alford4.01623.001.50
Robert Stirling4.0032132.008.00
Phil Wright4.01500.001.25
John Buckland2.00515.002.50
Brendan Coles2.00723.503.50