Erratics Cricket Club Erratics v Bakers Cricket on Fri 31 May 2024 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 20 Runs

Match report Weiler Writes History as Cricket Returns to Lower Ashton

In a dramatic revival of an old rivalry, a packed capacity crowd of 25,000 welcomed the Erratics and the Bakers to the Teign Valley cricket ground. This long-anticipated fixture marked cricket's return to the Southwest after four seasons, with the Erratics emerging victorious and veteran Martin Weiler etching his name in the club's history.

"The wicket is rapid with the fastest outfield in the Southwest, all thanks to our amazing grounds team based in St. Thomas. Their hard work has made this much-anticipated fixture possible," said Mark Hailwood, 41, the director of cricketing operations at Erratics Cricket Club.

The Erratics, riding a red-hot winning streak of three matches, came into the game as clear favorites. The lineup boasted seasoned veterans including Rutherford, Hailwood, Crawford, Chave Jr., Kirby, Putman, Lindsey, and Weiler, alongside promising rookies Joseph and Goswami. The squad, brimming with talent in both batting and bowling, was captained by the formidable Chave Jr.

"The wicket looks decent as I rolled it for about seven hours over the week and might deteriorate later. There's no forecast of any dew in the outfield, so bowling second would be easier. Anything above 100 should be defendable with our formidable bowling attack," said Chave Jr. after winning the toss.

Lindsey, 24, and Putman, 34, opened the batting for the Erratics. Lindsey made light work of the Bakers' bowling, launching the ball in all directions, especially to the longest part of the field, the 50-yard mid-wicket boundary. He electrified the crowd with a rapid 35 off 20 balls, including three massive sixes and two fours. Putman held firm at one end, hitting a few stylish shots along the ground. The middle order, however, struggled as runs became harder to come by. Crawford chipped in with a useful 12, and he, along with Tiwari, ran a rare three through the third man region, a sight unheard of in these parts.

Chave Jr. had a brief stay at the crease, hitting his first ball for a boundary but falling to a full toss caught at mid-wicket. The tail-enders, Kirby, Weiler, and Rutherford, were all dismissed in the last over while trying to get Tiwari on strike, who spent the last eight balls of the innings admiring the crowd. Tristan Hughes was the pick of the Bakers' bowlers, claiming four Erratics veterans in a spell he'll remember for the rest of his life. The Erratics finished with 109 at the end of their 20 overs, much to the satisfaction of the crowd and their skipper.

Chave Jr. opened the bowling from the pavilion end, with Hailwood bringing the heat from the tree-house end. The Bakers' openers started steadily, edging closer to a 50-run opening stand, causing some concern among the 25,000 spectators. Bakers' opener Dan Lowe retired after reaching his 30, and his partner Willis was dismissed the very next ball by Rutherford, who looked unplayable from the off as he came on as the first change for Chave Jr. Rutherford made quick work of the top order, taking out three of the first four batsmen with precision.

Then came Weiler, a local hero and crowd favorite. Weiler, demonstrating his vast experience accumulated over 46 seasons, bowled with pinpoint accuracy. He frustrated the batsmen and eventually dismissed Andy Wills, thanks to a sharp catch by Chave Jr. at mid-off. This wicket marked Weiler's 100th, cementing his legacy in Erratics folklore. The valley echoed with chants of "There is only Martin Weiler" as the crowd celebrated his milestone.

Chave Jr. (3-14) and Tiwari (2-17) then wrapped up the game, bowling the Bakers out for 89.

“Everyone stuck to the game plan, and the wicket played its part. Massive congratulations to Martin on his achievement; we are all very pleased for him, and his bowling today shows why he is so loved and celebrated here. I'm also grateful to the ground staff and the crowd for their unwavering support. We hope to keep them entertained for the rest of the season,” said Chave Jr. in the post-match presentation, where he was awarded man-of-the-match for his stellar bowling and fielding performance.

Both teams then retired to The Teign House Inn to cool off and enjoy a lovely summer evening.


Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2w 2b  
for 8 wickets
Roger Putman ct R Court 21 41 3 51.22 1
Richard Lindsay Retired Not Out  35 20 2 3 175.00
Dhruba Jyoti Goswami b S Bassett 0 1 0
A.N. Other b S Bassett 9 11 2 81.82
Matt Crawford b T Hughes 12 14 1 85.71 1
Anuj Tiwari Not Out  19 18 2 1 105.56
Fraser Chave ct M Bassett 6 4 1 150.0 2
Jonathan Kirby ct T Hughes 3 7 42.86
Nigel Rutherford b T Hughes 0 2 0
Martin Weiler b T Hughes 0 1 0
Mark Hailwood Not Out  0 1 0

Bakers Cricket Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matt Bassett4.0015115.003.75
Tristan Hughes4.012947.257.25
Rob Court4.0110110.002.50
Mike Lloyd4.003000.007.50
Steve Bassett4.0023211.505.75

Bakers Cricket Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1w 1b  
for 10 wickets
89 (19.2 overs)
Willis b N Rutherford 16 25 1 64.00
Dan Lowe ct M Crawford B. F Chave 37 32 3 2 115.62
Chaz Greed b N Rutherford 2 7 28.57
Chris Shears b N Rutherford 0 1 0
Dan Lowton ct F Chave B. A Tiwari 6 7 1 85.71
Andy Wills ct F Chave B. M Weiler 4 16 25.00
Steve Bassett b A Tiwari 9 14 64.29
Rob Court b F Chave 6 5 1 120.0
Mike Lloyd Not Out  3 6 50.0
Tristan Hughes run out (R Putman) 1 1 100
Matt Bassett lbw F Chave 0 1 0

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Fraser Chave3.201434.674.20
Mark Hailwood4.002200.005.50
Nigel Rutherford4.011434.673.50
Martin Weiler4.0020120.005.00
Anuj Tiwari4.001728.504.25