Scorecard

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics v Denbury on Sun 22 May 2011 at 2:40 PM
Match was Drawn

Match report by Jeff Haynes

Judgement Day?

Simple job, I thought, when I landed the task of reporting Sunday’s game. Doomsday evangelist Harold Camping had confidently predicted ‘the end of the world’ occurring on Saturday 21 May 2011 at 6pm local time in Oakland, California … which converts to 2am on Sunday morning in Dunsford. Not so! Though Mr Camping and his Christian radio stations have quite a following in the States, it turns out he has been predicting the final Day of Judgement quite regularly since 1994, and he got it wrong again. So, the day did dawn, with sunshine and blustery winds.

In last year’s corresponding game the Erratics, chasing 276, and needing 44 off the last four overs, came up only 8 runs short, so losing under limited overs rules. In the return match, the Erratics fought a rearguard action to achieve a draw. Would today provide revenge for the Erratics? Would it be Judgement Day for Denbury?

Gareth Oughton won the toss and elected to bat. Duncan Chave took a single off the first ball and then he and Chris Ferro took their time to assess the dry and dusty pitch. A tight opening spell from Saunders and Weaver yielded only 29 runs off the first 11 overs, but then both openers started playing their strokes. Six overs later the score was 64-0, with Duncan and Chris level-pegging at 31 each. Drinks were taken 6 overs later, with the opening partnership then 95, and Chris on 49. Runs were coming every other ball, and the scoreboard was really ticking over, with young Greta eagerly updating it after every run. Her grandfather had taught her well, … though her commitment was suddenly thrown into question as preparations for tea approached and Greta was heard to say “washing up is more important [than the scoreboard] now”!

The hundred partnership came up with Chris looking the fitter, a round of laughter echoing around the pavilion on one occasion as he appeared to be in danger of lapping Duncan while running between the wickets. On 63 Duncan snicked a ball to the keeper and the first wicket fell at 134. Al Brunt survived a loud LBW appeal first ball but fell the following over to Fraser. Chris was finally caught in the deep for 64 and the Erratics had slipped from 134-0 to 144-3 in five overs. Two more wickets fell at 156, but Matt Cook (39 not out) led an Erratics rally, to close the innings on 193-6. For Denbury, Hickey and Fraser shared the wickets equally. The score looked defensible on a slightly unpredictable track.

There was a great family turnout and the children, (who had worked up an appetite through swimming and wheelbarrow racing), made light work of the remains of another tasty tea.

Gareth Oughton and Dominic Prosser caused Denbury immediate problems with some mean and penetrating bowling. The visitors were reeling at 1-2 and wickets continued to fall regularly thereafter. Apart from a fourth wicket stand of 29, no other partnership exceeded 15. The innings was punctuated by some eventful moments: a run out which the batsman seemed prepared to watch without attempting to make his ground, and another’s survival of a confident LBW appeal, despite being given out.

Denbury chose to play for the draw, ultimately taking only 17 runs off the last 20 overs. Gareth made some inspired bowling changes, using seven bowlers, all of whom bowled tidily. Gareth, Matt Cook and Phil Power each took 2 wickets, Paul Molins and I picked up one each. Perhaps had I held on to a difficult, but very real chance from Samri (who was eventually dismissed for 21) we might have got into Denbury’s tail just a little earlier … but it was not to be. Gamble held on for 20 not out, surviving the final few overs of Oughton and Ferro bowling at speed to a grand arc of seven catching behind the bat, and two in close in front. Denbury ended on 80-9. Match drawn, and another Day of Judgement had failed to arrive.


Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
extras
TOTAL :
1nb 7w 6b 3lb 
for 6 wickets
17
193

(41.0 overs)
    
Duncan Chave Caught  63
Chris Ferro Caught  64
Al Brunt Bowled  1
Matt Cook Not Out  36
Paul Molins Bowled  1
Sid Thomson Stumped  0
Gareth Oughton Stumped  9
Phil Power Not Out  2
Dominic Prosser  
Jeff Haynes  
Andrew Forrester  

Denbury Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Denbury Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
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TOTAL :
8nb 10w  
for 9 wickets
18
80 (37.0 overs)
     
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Oughton10.061226.001.20
Dominic Prosser4.001200.003.00
Matt Cook6.0121210.503.50
Paul Molins5.0021121.004.20
Phil Power6.04422.000.67
Jeff Haynes4.01616.001.50
Chris Ferro2.01400.002.00
 
Photos and video of Erratics Cricket Club Erratics v Denbury on Sun 22 May 2011 at 2:40 PM

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Chris Ferro put on 134 with Duncan Chave for the first wicket against Denbury at Dunsford in 2011. Jim Peck is the Denbury wicket keeper. Unusually, Chris is using a bat from the club kit-bag.

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Duncan Chave put on 134 with Chris Ferro for the first wicket against Denbury at Dunsford in 2011. Jim Peck is the Denbury wicket keeper.

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'There was a great family turnout and the children, (who had worked up an appetite through swimming and wheelbarrow racing), made light work of the remains of another tasty tea' at Dunsford in 2011

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Greta Squire keeps up with the opening partnership of 134 between Chris Ferro and Duncan Chave against Denbury at Dunsford in 2011.