Longhorns (Tour) v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sat 05 Sep 2009 at 14.00
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 127 runs

Match report [Photos not yet uploaded; Jim Thomson Capt, Jonathan Kirby WK]

Match Report: Simon Orpen

And so to Longney for our annual match against the Longhorns. This is for many of us the high point of our annual Gloucester tour and we have all come to look forward to playing on its wonderful little ground with attendant railway carriage pavilion! Shock news was that the Longhorns are being forced to leave this rural paradise and move to a new ground about a mile away. This then, would be our final game against them at this venue. We needed to make it a game to remember!

Jim Thomson captained the Erratics for I believe the first time. We batted first and our opening pair was the father and son duo John and David Pearson. John soon bowed out but David was joined by Chris Ferro who took an immense liking to the Longhorns bowling. David scored an excellent 41 before being bowled by the younger Taylor (‘He’s inherited my competitive streak’ Andy Taylor was heard to say at one point!)

Chris Ferro moves elegantly to another century.

Chris Ferro scored a majestic 120 before being stumped. It is suspected that Chris Ferro being stumped is tantamount to him falling on his sword as it seems to happen regularly after he has made a massive contribution! Sam Cook scored a quickfire 16 and Jonathan Kirby added a tense 50. I say tense because for a while it looked like he would run out of overs before he reached the milestone.

Jonathan Kirby flashes to 50...

A little prompting from the boundary sent him into overdrive and he was able to raise his bat to the railway carriage! It’s worth mentioning also that for a brief while Jonathan batted with Oliver Kirby. Three sets of father/son pairings in one game! A record?

One of three father-son batting combinations in this match.

The Erratics made 273 for 6, a formidable total even for this small ground. The Longhorns bowlers toiled well but were hampered by Andy Taylor being injured and only being able to send down two overs before deciding against more. Tea was had and celebratory photos of the teams were taken for the archive. The Longhorns then went out to try and chase down the total.

Jim opened the bowling with Ian Lisk and James Burrows. Ian is a popular tourist and his cries of ‘Shine a light’ are much anticipated by all. He bowled six fantastically tight overs with little luck and James bowled beautifully to take two for twenty one. Penny picked up three and David Pearson, Sam Cook and myself one a piece, although at some cost as far as my figures are concerned! The Longhorns mustered 146 all out and their two main contributions were from Foyle with an excellent 61 and Taylor with 48 not out. Our score was never really under threat but for a while when those two were blazing away there were just a few worries.

The two teams and umpires for the last-ever Erratics v Longhorns game on this ground...

After the game there were drinks and presentations of ninja knitting by Linda. This year the novelty woollens were superhero masks-see photos! Penny won player of the match and late arrival on tour Sam Cook was tempted out to the nightspots of Stroud at about 1 am. Rather him than me!

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 14w 14b 7lb 
for 6 wickets
David Pearson Caught  41
John Pearson Bowled  0
Chris Ferro Stumped  120
Jonathan Kirby Not Out  50
Sam Cook Caught  16
Oliver Kirby Bowled  0
Simon Orpen Bowled  8
Penny Price Not Out  0
Ian Lisk  
James Burrows  
Jim Thomson  

Longhorns (Tour) Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Longhorns (Tour) Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2w 4b  
for 10 wickets
146 (34.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ian Lisk6.02800.001.33
James Burrows7.0121210.503.00
Simon Orpen7.0059159.008.43
Penny Price6.012036.673.33
Jim Thomson3.002300.007.67
David Pearson3.01818.002.67
Sam Cook2.00313.001.50
Photos and video of Longhorns (Tour) v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sat 05 Sep 2009 at 14.00


Oliver Kirby (on strike) briefly keeps his father company at Longney in 2009


'Chris Ferro took an immense liking to the Longhorns bowling' in scoring 120 in 2009


'Jonathan Kirby flashes to 50' at Longney in 2009