Ashburton v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Wed 05 Jul 2017 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost 59 Runs

Match report ‘Tantalisingly Close’ by Phil Power

The game details are already listed and shows wickets for Ben and Nigel and two for Nick, who also hit two sixes in a valiant effort to challenge a powerful and what became a formidable, winning Ashbuton score. Fraser was well on his way to being ‘retired’, with 21 but forgot to check his crease. Nigel was our one retiree, Ashburton on the other hand seemed to be in a hurry and managed a few. Nick and Matt were our other able batting fighters. Nick particularly not giving up and hitting consecutive sixes. Cricket provides plenty of circumstances, complications, characters and chaos. Fact is often stranger than fiction, but fiction is still grand nonetheless. This game showed once again it needs, no it is about these moments. I know from past experience how Jonathan can accurately suggest a needed or achieved score, but this time Captain Kirby established another cricket field placing: ‘Tantalisingly Close’. Matt took up the new position and almost immediately took a catch nearly two. So, sport, at the most exalted level, approaches alchemy. Two opponents or teams are locked in battle, apparently wrestling for dominance in a highly bounded and limited sphere, while in fact raising the possibility of creating something much more important. The tricky bit, of course, is that the participants have to remain, to a large degree, locked on to the narrow task at hand. The task this time proved too much. And I am reminded of one of my favourite pieces of cricketing analysis courtesy of ex England spinner John Emburey: "The f…king f…ker is f…king f…ked." We were well beaten!

Ashburton Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 4 wickets
161 (20.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben Youngman4.0035135.008.75
Mark Hailwood2.002200.0011.00
Nigel Rutherford4.0030130.007.50
Fraser Chave2.001000.005.00
Phil Power2.001600.008.00
Nick Walding4.0026213.006.50
Jeff Haynes2.001900.009.50

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 6 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Fraser Chave Stumped  21 4
Nigel Rutherford Retired Not Out  32 5
Peter Colclough Bowled  2
Phil Power Caught  1
Nick Walding ct  & Bowled 18 1 2
Matt Crawford Not Out  13 2 1
Mark Hailwood Bowled  0
Jonathan Kirby Bowled  1
Andrew Forrester Not Out  1 1
Ben Youngman  
Jeff Haynes  

Ashburton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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