Newton St Cyres (mini-league) v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Wed 22 Jun 2016 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 34 runs

Match report Matt Crawford reports...

‘Watch the Erratics; sensible batting, and bowling in the right areas.’

On the eve of the biggest political event our nation has faced since the pasty tax, two groups of cricketers spent the evening apparently oblivious of the world around them.

Wednesday evening saw a young(ish) Erratics side take on Newton St. Cyres, back at a damp Cheriton Fitzpaine, the scene of the last Erractics victory as far back as May. Rumours had flown around the week before that St. Cyres had stacked up 200+ in a recent evening game. Not on our watch.

The world’s smallest teamsheet declared messrs Ferro and Williamson as the openers, though some questioned if Mark could actually read the text, and had if fact made it up.

A composed start from Chris and some good shots from Danny saw the Erratics reach around 30 for no loss.

After Danny departed for a swashbuckling 14, Jonathon was unlucky in his run out, but this saw Krups to the crease. Could you wish for a better pair in the middle than Ferro and Krupaker? The number 5 batsman knew he could put his feet up. Sure enough, both found their way to 30 and retirement, and on 80-2, it was up to the middle order to crash some boundaries in the remaining few overs.

Instead, the team fancied some exercise, and scampered a couple of dozen runs, with just one or two fours in the final few overs. The crowd(?) had earlier speculated that 80 would be a competitive score on this wicket- a mighty total of 110 posted in the end, the highest mini-league score from this team.

The St. Cyres innings started suspiciously well from an Erratic’s perspective. Two wickets from the first Oughton over, quickly followed by a third. In typical Erratic fashion, with a skittling on the cards, the next partnership stuck around. A young Newton St. Cyres batsman played some fine shorts scoring a number of boundaries, before thankfully retiring.

Not that he mentioned it, Guy was in fact on a hat-trick following his success at Ide the Friday previous. Guy and the team were deprived of the celebrations, but his over could have easily have found wickets, with a number of shots heading skywards.

Some sharp fielding in the covers from a showboating Chris, and some good stops in the outfield in general, combined with regular wickets prevented the runs from flowing and the batsmen from getting in. Krups collected a wicket which is worth a mention just for the scene of the crime following the delivery: on and off stump lay untouched, but middle was relaxing at 45 degrees in a particularly pleasing manner.

I considered briefly mentioning 'a couple of reasonable run outs', but thought those who didn't attend would want to hear more, having been promised in the intro before this report came online. The first: a late cut guided the ball to backward point, the batsmen set off, and yours truly sent in the ball, which hit off stump- would 35 yards be an exaggeration? A couple of overs later, the ball was scooped up at cover, maybe 15 yards out this time, and again the batsman was sent packing. I can now look forward to complaints every time I miss the stumps.

But glory should really go to the bowlers. Gareth conceded just a single run off the bat in his 4 overs for 4, including 3 wickets, and Chris also took his 2 for just 5 runs. Mr Youngman was also miserly, going for 9 in his 3 overs.

It all culminated in Captain Mark eagerly selecting himself to bowl, gobbling up the final wicket.

And that was that! A first win for June, by 34 runs. We might have to consider changing our name- steady batting, fine bowling and some could say excellent fielding; ‘The Consistents’? Expect a competitive advertising campaign next summer, much like Somerset selling the likes of Gayle and Jayawardene, but instead with the inviting strapline: ‘Watch the Erratics; sensible batting, and bowling in the right areas.’ They’ll come in their hordes.

On to Finals Day!

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 3 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Chris Ferro Retired Not Out  30
Danny Williamson Bowled  14
Jonathan Kirby Run out  0
Jayakrupakar Nallala Retired Not Out  31
Matt Crawford Not Out  17
Guy Clarke Caught  4
Gareth Oughton Run out  1
Fraser Chave  
Ben Youngman  
Mark Phillips  
Mark Hailwood  

Newton St Cyres (mini-league) Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Newton St Cyres (mini-league) Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
75 (17.5 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Oughton3.00431.331.33
Fraser Chave3.001100.003.67
Danny Williamson3.003000.0010.00
Ben Youngman3.00900.003.00
Guy Clarke1.00600.006.00
Jayakrupakar Nallala2.00414.002.00
Chris Ferro2.00522.502.50
Mark Hailwood0.50010.000.00