Stokeinteignhead v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sat 07 May 2011 at 2 PM
Erratics Cricket Club Lost 8 wickets

Match report Match Report by: Andrew Forrester

A match that looked as though it would be rain interrupted was completed - as it transpired - without the divine intervention needed to rescue us from a ’larruping’(? as Peter commented afterwards – whatever a larruping means Etymological elucidation please?).

Peter must have seen the omens when at the start he said ‘What no pencil! How can we play a game of cricket then?!’ Said graceful exit was blocked when the aforesaid implement was found and the 2 Andrews – McRae and Forrester – went out to bat. As the reporter I shall pass modestly over the opening partnership which we accumulated steadily against not too taxing bowling before pushing too hard at a ball offered a simple catch to cover. A double bowling switch brought on what seemed more front line bowlers. Mark Hailwood a newcomer with headband and flowing locks came to the wicket and played some pushes with a nice upright stance before he too pushed too hard to cover.

Meantime Andrew Mc. was proceeding with a mix of dabs and pulls. He and J.Kirby started to latch on to some short pitched bowling which as the day wore on sat up nicely to be pulled. Confidence was shaken - as was Jonathan’s cranium – when Taylor bounced him. The sound from square leg appeared identical to the previous pull shot but when J got to the far end having taken a single he put a glove to his forehead and said he thought he would take a breather – this delivered with true sang-froid (spectators seeing him arrive at the pavilion did though liken his eyes to the proverbial rabbit in a headlight.)

Power joined McRae at the wicket twirling his bat energetically and before long it seemed the likelihood of losing another wicket became more and more remote .Both batsman latched on to the helpings of longhops that bowler after bowler served .McRae reached his fifty and then seemed to become becalmed – he had taken a few blows on the body and his energy was ebbing .Power was striking the ball as someone of his name might be expected to do and he was soon approaching his fifty and the total passed 150 when McRae was bowled off his legs after an innings of great concentration.

Kirby returned briefly bowled off his legs on the 7th ball of the over – quiet cursings in the scorer’s box. And now the rot truly set in as 5 wickets fell in the 160’s – certainly a worse decade than the 60’s for those of us on the boundary edge who lived through but didn’t remember them. The damage was done by the smallest player on the ground by a foot – a tiny 14 year old called Rew (I kid thee not). Spread across two overs he took a hat trick removing Price, Kothmachu and Burrows to shots that none of them will struggle to revisit.Orpen in the meantime had run himself out – to be fair we were running out of time before tea. Curtis became Rew’s 4th victim and tea and showers closed our innings.

Over tea as the rain hammered on the galvanized roof of the pavilion our captain explained his policy which in the case of heavy showers decisiveness was called for so that drinking time was not lost in the foolhardy pursuit of onoffonoff cricket. To our great surprise the weather cleared almost instantly and full of a very good tea we took the field wondering whether this was a defendable total......we didn’t have to wonder very long.

I won’t drag out the painful details of the larruping as no one on the field distinguished themselves – though Price in one over and Burrows when he changed ends got some assistance from the wind deserve some credit. Suffice it to say that the brief hope that we gained from the first wicket going cheaply – pouched by Burrows at long leg off Price – was soon dashed. Taylor – on his return after 7 years – was joined by Britcliffe who once he got the measure of the bowling made the boundaries look ridiculously short. The ball was sitting up nicely from all our bowlers and he powered his way to his century before just before the death he spooned the ball for Orpen to perform an immaculate swallow dive to catch him off his own bowling. The remaining runs were struck casually with 8 wickets and 15 overs remaining. Nuff said.

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 3w 12b 5lb 
for 9 wickets

(38.0 overs)
Andrew McRae Bowled  60 7
Andrew Forrester Caught  23 3
Mark Hailwood Caught  3
Jonathan Kirby Bowled  12 2
Phil Power Bowled  52 8
Simon Orpen Run out  2
Varun Kothamachu Bowled  0
James Burrows Caught  0
Penny Price Not Out  0
John Curtis Bowled  4 1
Peter Thomson Not Out  1

Stokeinteignhead Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Stokeinteignhead Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1w 1b 3lb 
for 2 wickets
170 (22.4 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Burrows6.003200.005.33
Penny Price5.0128128.005.60
John Curtis5.005700.0011.40
Simon Orpen4.4026126.005.57
Varun Kothamachu2.002300.0011.50