Tiverton v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Mon 01 May 2006 at 2pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 102 runs
by Paul Molins
WOEFUL BATTING EMBARRASSES ERRATICS
Well this headline is almost (but not quite) all there is to say about this rather sad performance against Tiverton. There were some positives for the Erratics in their bowling and fielding performance, but, alas, no saving graces whatsoever regards their batting.
We took the field on a rather cold afternoon, with James Burrows and Frank Pike opening the bowling. Adam Thomas failed to turn up, he may still be in bed as I write this, so Harry Molins performed admirably as a substitute fielder until the arrival of Tim Mileham who was contacted by phone and told to get his kit and get to the ground asap. And what a lovely ground Knightshayes is, shame to spoil its beauty with ugly cricket.
James bowled well in his opening spell, claiming two wickets. Frank was replaced by myself, and I had a rather successful day with the ball, taking 4 wickets for 49 off 13 overs. Steve Berry also bowled exceedingly well with figures of 6 overs, 4 maidens, 0 wickets, 2 runs. A more miserly spell of bowling I don’t think I have ever seen. Anyway, Steve was taken off, as we would like him to bowl again this year. Ken Horne got a wicket with his first ball, a rank full toss, which surprised Stuart, the opposing captain and unlucky batsman. This may have been just reward for Ken, who at some point in the afternoon, tried to catch a full blooded shot with his throat. Thankfully, his inability to breathe only lasted a few seconds. Tiverton went for it in the final few overs and finished with 185 runs with 7 wickets down.
Captain Peter Thomson was heard to remark at the end of their innings, that maybe we had let them get 30 runs too many. As it turned out, we let them get 130 runs too many. The Erratics were bowled out for 53, probably not the lowest ever score but must be close. I cant go into the whys and wherefores of such a spineless display, but all were guilty. There is no satisfaction in being top scorer with 13, and I am sure Frank will agree. The only other noteworthy, if not intriguing event, was seeing Nick Birbeck walking on an LBW, sort of left the umpire no choice. Strange but true.
It remains for me to name the Man of the Match, and it must surely go to someone who did not bat (in a way this could be said of all of us). So take your pick…Harry Molins or Adam Thomas.
3nb 10w 3b
for 7 wickets
185 (43.0 overs)
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
for 10 wickets
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Knightshayes in 2006 (before the new pavilion) saw the Erratics bowled out for 53.
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