Heads & Tails v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Wed 26 Aug 2015 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 15 runs
HEADS OR TAILS … toss a coin and see what you get.
Heads?: you’ve got the long-awaited explanation of how Jeff’s ‘light-enhancing’ shades work, and lots more about sports eyeware.
Tails?: you may never know the benefits of the Norville SRX 02, but you can jump straight to the short account of how the Erratics mirrored their T20 losing ways in this E18 encounter.
HEADS IT IS
There are some grounds, and this applies especially to Newton St Cyres, where the light conditions can vary considerably. Very bright evening sunshine can have a dazzling effect, (necessitating both general and UV protection), but as the sun drops behind banks of heavy grey cloud the scene can quickly change to one of murky backgrounds and a preponderance of blue, hazy light. Transition or photochromic glasses will adjust automatically to light levels, but they won’t ‘go yellow’ to deal with low light conditions. This is where the Norville SRX 02 eyeware comes into its own. This is a wrap shield with a difference! The flip-up, lightweight and shatter-resistant, polycarbonate shield (17% LTF – UV400) blocks an incredible 99% of all damaging UVA and UVB rays. For most athletes, contrast enhancement is the most desired feature for activities such as viewing a ball against the sky, or picking up the rotation of a ball. In order to enhance contrast a brown tint is often best, and this is what you get as standard. Behind the shield you will find the polycarbonate RX (prescription) lenses required – at least by me – to bring everything into focus. These very comfortable, one size, adult fit glasses are also supplied with a sports case as standard, but cricketers will love the fact that clear and yellow shields are separately available. The yellow shields are often loosely described as ‘light enhancing’, but you may ask, (Gareth), how do they work? Contrary to what some people might suggest, (no names mentioned), they do not contain mini-spotlights to illuminate the scene ahead of them! Basically, in overcast, hazy or low-light conditions, yellow lenses are the best for heightening contrast. This is because the yellow colour filters out the predominantly blue wavelength light. So, the next time you wonder why Jeff seems to be spending most of a match changing his clear shields for his yellow shields and then changing back to his tinted shields, you know it is because he believes all the advertising hype … sports sunglasses give an edge to athletes at all levels, looking for ways to improve their performance in the sports they love!
TAILS IT IS
It was ‘heads you win – tails we lose’ for the Erratics as we came up against the Heads and Tails. In a match of an agreed 18 overs each, the Erratics restricted Heads and Tails to 99-6 through a very respectable bowling performance, and good keeping by Penny Price. Ben Youngman, who took a splendid catch to secure the first wicket, was the only bowler unlucky enough not to take a wicket … and he would have had one had all the other catches been held. Carpenter was hitting the ball especially hard when Dan Thistlethwaite’s brave attempt to catch him on the boundary depleted the Erratics to ten players for the remainder of the match. Dan spent three hours in casualty only to discover that the x-ray of his finger, (which the doctor was convinced was broken), actually showed no sign of a fracture, … though this hasn’t made it hurt any less. An early highpoint of the innings was a direct hit from Chris Ferro to run out Quicke, which was celebrated by an immediate flypast from the Red Arrows.
Guy Clarke and Sophie Florides got the Erratics off to a steady start, and when Matt Cook replaced Guy the scoreboard inevitably speeded up, so much so that after nine overs we were almost half way, at 44-1. Matt’s retirement at 30 triggered a slow-down and an Erraticollapse: four wickets fell (two to Colman) with Sophie remaining the only other player to make double figures. As the 18th over ended we had only mustered 84-5. It was somewhat cruelly suggested that if Matt had only got his whirlwind 30 even more quickly, it might have given sufficient time for all the rest of the team to get in, and out, and so allow Matt to come back in and win it for us!
And what is the origin of the Heads and Tails?
In the end, the difference between the sides in this match came down to the brute force of marginally lustier hitting by the Heads and Tails, rather than to any greater tactical thinking on either side … strange perhaps when you consider that the roots of the Erratics club lie in University academia, and the roots of the Heads and Tails Club also lie in education, … the founding “Heads” being school headmasters, to which hangers-on (the “Tails”) were subsequently added. I don’t know what ‘school dinner campaigner’ Jamie Oliver would have made of the chips, sausages and onion rings served up in the pavilion after the match, but we thoroughly enjoyed them!
Heads & Tails Batting
4nb 8w 2b 2lb
for 6 wickets
99 (18.0 overs)
ct Youngman b Oughton
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
for 5 wickets
Retired Not Out
Heads & Tails Bowling
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