Met Office v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Tue 13 Jul 2010 at 18.00
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 1 wicket

Match report Erratics: 136-6
Matt Cook 40 not out, Jonathan Kirby 36, Al Brunt 14
Mr. A Green 2-1-3-2

Met Office 139-9
Jeff Haynes 4-0-23-1, Gareth Oughton 4-0-16-1, Alan Peacock 3-0-31-1, Phil Power 3-0-19-2, Matt Cook 4-0-25-2, Greg Richmond 1-0-8-1, Phil Ellis 1-0-8-0
Mr. A Green 45

Match Report: Phil Ellis (who took a blinding catch at gulley)
For the second Erratics' game in succession, the match came down to the end of the last over. Unfortunately, on Tuesday night against the Met Office we weren't the winning team this time.

It was touch and go whether the game was going to be on at all following the rain, but Gareth didn't need to find a lady to the ring the BBC as he had a direct line to Aiden at the Met Office, who confidently declared that the rain had passed.

And so, skipper Matt Cook lost the toss and we were put in to bat in a light drizzle ... Jonathan Kirby and Jan Heaton opened solidly until Jan fell but she was replaced by Chris Fear who also batted with confidence. Chris did display a habit of reaching to hit very wide balls, noted by Jonathan to the umpire. The umpire affirmed the waste of the 'wide' run and extra ball and Jonathan added, 'Yes, and he might edge it.' So, when Chris was caught edging a wide one, Matt Cook came to the wicket.
Meanwhile, Jonathan had been steadily building a decent score and was unfortunate to be out on 36, just short of the 'retiring' score of 40, to which Matt had cannily negotiated an upgrade from 25. The reason for this soon became clear as he seemed to be trying to retire in single-figure balls faced. Indeed, a de-padding Jonathan was taking bets on whether one particular over would go for 24 (it went for 20). There were some great and typical Matt Cook shots in that over including a straight six that cleared the boundary (but not the van in the car park), bouncing back to be lost for ever in the dense undergrowth. Matt eventually retired on 40.

Other batting of note came from Al Brunt who carried on where he left off at Tedburn, hitting a couple of glorious drives, technique as much as power, before being out for 14. The other thing worth mentioning is that the Met Office skipper had forgotten that he had his best bowler on the field. T hey certainly were enjoying their cricket and were still laughing and joking as a bowler prepared to bowl the third to last over. A fielder was crossing the square and politely said to the wicket-keeping skipper, 'Skip, I think you've forgotten to bowl me.' The skipper apologised and asked him to bowl this (and therefore the last) over. I don't know quite how you forget that you have a quick in-swinging, in-cutting (think Nigel Rutherford) seamer in your team. In his 12 balls, Mr. A Green took a couple of us for not many runs. The innings ended on 136-6. There are probably not too many Erratics' innings where Phil Power was a 'Did not Bat'. Phil (and spectator and umpire Richard Hitchcock) had begun the match at the Coaver Club. I nearly went there too ...

Jeff Haynes was making his Erratics debut (after a 6 year gap from cricket) and bowled his 4 overs of off-spin excellently, thoroughly deserving his first wicket, caught by Phil Ellis in the gully. Unfortunately, their skipper hadn't forgotten that Mr A. Green could also bat, as this wicket brought him to the crease. Gareth bowled very well from the other end and was very unlucky not to pick up more wickets than just the one. Phil Power mixed it up as usual and bowled a couple of their batsmen which was a rarity as most of our wickets were catches at long on-ish. This reflected both the shortish boundaries and the 'agricultural' nature of some of the shot choices. The net result was that Mr. Green was soon retiring on 40 and they were getting close to our total, despite losing wickets.

Matt bowled well and picked up a couple and Alan Peacock also was unfortunate until he finally got a wicket. Greg Richmond came on to bowl the penultimate over and bowled very well, taking the 8th wicket, leaving 6 or 7 needed from one over. A rather reluctant, recently chiropractically-manipulated Phil Ellis was asked to bowl the last over. A couple of wides didn't help and neither did the run out as it brought back Mr. Green who hit a four from the last ball when they needed one to draw and two to win. Sorry everyone!

Hot dogs and chips in the bar upstairs afterwards and nice for a change to be in town (Chris Fear cycled in his whites) at the Civil Service ... or Coaver Club.

v Met Office @ Civil Service Club

Matt Cook (Captain)
Al Brunt?
Phil Ellis (Report)
Jeff Haynes
Jan Heaton
Jonathan Kirby (Wicket-keeper)
Gareth Oughton
Alan Peacock
Phil Power
Greg Richmond
Nigel Rutherford

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 16w 2b 5lb 
for 7 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Jan Heaton Run out  2
Jonathan Kirby Caught  36
Christopher Fear Bowled  7
Matt Cook Retired Not Out  40
Al Brunt Caught  14
Greg Richmond Bowled  2
Phil Ellis Caught  6
Alan Peacock Bowled  1
Jeff Haynes Not Out  2
Phil Power  
Gareth Oughton  

Met Office Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Met Office Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
12w 5b 1lb 
for 9 wickets
138 (20.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Oughton4.0016116.004.00
Jeff Haynes4.0023123.005.75
Alan Peacock3.0031131.0010.33
Phil Power3.001929.506.33
Matt Cook4.0025212.506.25
Greg Richmond2.0018118.009.00