Cavendish Cavaliers v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 07 May 2017 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 55 runs

Match report ‘Birthday celebrations for whole Chave family’

This match will be remembered (and no doubt large parts of the evening that followed forgotten) for being A. Chave’s 27th 21st birthday. Ben Youngman had made her a badge disclosing the true number, the first of 3 `drops’ he would make that afternoon…

In light of the occasion, the full Chave clan and half of Rivermead road had made the drive down to Torquay to witness the captaincy debut/difficult second album (depending on whether selector G. Oughton is to be believed) of F. Chave. For the birthday celebrators, there was joy aplenty to be had in the sunshine and lush daisy covered outfield. The Erratics, however, would come to curse those hateful white flowers.

Fraser, opening with himself, and his opening partner Matt Crawford, quickly found that the pretty daisies were pretty good at slowing the ball and preventing boundaries. Ever attacking this season, Fraser decided to go the aerial route in pursuit of strike rate and perished to one that went straight up in the air. Matt then played across a ball that pitched on a good length and never got up, castling him before he got going.

Enter Guy Clarke and Dan Thistlethwaite, who would begin to rebuild the innings and slowly tick the score up towards something we could defend. Dan, in particular, hit a pair of fine leg glances, only for the daisies to deny 4. It was easy to get bogged down (or daisied) and so it was that the run rate crept along until Dan could take it no longer, going the aerial route, but finding the man at extra cover. Chris Squire got a Matt Crawford, before your reporter went in and built a 50 partnership (and my highest Erratics score) with the sturdy Guy at the other end. The first 3 of 5 4’s of the Erratics innings came early from my bat until the other side worked out my main attacking shot and put a man on the square leg boundary, and we got the rest in daisy-driven 1’s and 2’s. A hack across the line ended my stay and brought Duncan to get the other 2 4’s of the innings, eventually running out Guy, who had just about `run out’ of energy anyway in a 31 made almost exclusively of singles in the hot sun. Phil Power and Paul Molins added a couple of 2’s as we managed a respectable 123 for 7.

Tea was a glorious outdoor affair, with do-it-yourself scones allowing those with a fondness for clotted cream to go nuts! Fraser was quietly confident that we had enough given the daisies, but had the field dried out in the sun…?

I opened the bowling with Ben, whose miserly spell of 5 overs for 9 runs with 1 maiden deserved a wicket, but didn't get one. He did get to drop 2 off of my bowling from his position at square leg, something that Phil claimed made me “angry” and added enough pace to the final ball of my spell to clatter the off stump. You can’t win the wobbler two years in a row I’m told.

The day was to belong to the spinners with Jim Thomson’s long spell drawing 4 wickets for only 12 runs a highlight, and with Phil Power turning it both ways and snaring 2. With the home side needing 57 to win for their final wicket, Matt Crawford handed his cap to the umpire looking to take his first wicket for the erratics. He finished with immaculate figures of 1 ball for 0 runs as Ben, fielding at cover, threw down the stumps to a clip to the leg-side off his first ball.

It was a convincing win and the birthday celebrations could continue in the sunshine outside the bar behind the ground. As 1 drink turned into 2, we learned that Annie would be working for Paul at Glastonbury this year, but that she would be taking food orders and handing them to Paul’s chefs, and not serving up her own vegetarian pasta dishes. We also learned that Paul counts his money in the shower (or was it that Annie wasn’t allowed to shower when Paul was counting the money?). I’m sure that, of the 27 21st birthdays Annie had had before, this was one of them.

Danny Williamson

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets
Fraser Chave Caught  4 1
Matt Crawford Bowled  4 1
Guy Clarke Run out  31
Daniel Thistlethwaite Caught  6 1
Chris Squire Bowled  0
Danny Williamson Bowled  28 3
Duncan Chave Not Out  15 2 1
Phil Power Bowled  2
Paul Molins Not Out  2 1
Ben Youngman   1
Jim Thomson  

Cavendish Cavaliers Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Cavendish Cavaliers Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
67 (23.1 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Danny Williamson7.0029214.504.14
Ben Youngman5.01900.001.80
Jim Thomson6.021243.002.00
Phil Power5.021527.503.00
Matt Crawford0.10000.000.00