Ide v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Wed 19 Jul 2017 at 6.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 13 runs

Match report Lightning and heavy rain from the previous night were the prelude to our evening fixture at Ide with wet and damp conditions persistent throughout. This was your correspondent’s first endeavour at the ground and the experience will not be quickly forgotten. The newly-walled pavilion, a straight edge boundary along the slightly swollen stream (which Tom insisted he could jump across if requested), and short boundaries to both salivate at and scorn, depending on which side of the ball you find yourself on, will stay long in the mind.

On with the action and having lost the toss we were put in the field. Our Skipper for the evening, Andrew, turned to N. Walding and J. Haynes to start off proceedings with a mixture of away swing and spin bowling. Both started well keeping things relatively tight considering the short boundaries and opportunities where certainly there in the field. Jeff made the breakthrough with the batsmen driving upishly to G. Cockburn at cover who took a very good catch. The first bowling change saw M. Crawford come on for a short spell of deceptively looping deliveries, which considering the conditions and short boundaries was a canny tactical decision to deny the batsmen pace on the ball. The second bowling change saw N. Rutherford and F. Chave proving troublesome for the batsmen with both bowlers finding good bounce on this rather soggy pitch. Nigel was unlucky in his first overs not to get a wicket as the batsmen were swiping wildly just outside of off either fortunately skewing the ball over gully or just missing the desired edge into Andrew’s gloves. Fraser, continuing his run of form with the ball, was finding good purchase for his deliveries. Turning the ball up the slope with ease he was rewarded for his efforts with the wicket of J. Wells, clean bowled. Saving Nigel for the death, G. Cockburn was brought into the bowling attack with some economic bowling considering the point in the innings and the batsmen Ide still had in the Pavilion.

Despite our current run of form in the T20 format, the death bowling on this occasion was well negotiated with Walding and Rutherford brought back on at the end. Tight, aggressive bowling led to wickets falling, literally, with the leg stump being progressively loosened by Walding until Nigel ripped it clean out of the ground in the final over bringing the innings to an end. Andrew’s one-handed take of a leading edge off of Nigel in the final over was the highlight of the innings which saw dedicated boundary-saving fielding rewarded with a competitive 128 to chase.

Whilst discussing the opposition’s liberal use of nicknames, the innings started with the strong and correct batting style one would of expect of such a mathematically suited opening partnership of Chris Ferro and Danny Williamson. Danny was unlucky to fall for 4 after some very nice shots which on a drier outfield would have yielded more reward. JK was next to the crease, and with Chris, the run rate began to creep up with some very fine hitting. Flashbacks of a certain late cut shot to the pavilion boundary springing to mind.

With Chris retiring on 30, and JK falling for 20, the middle order were called upon to kick on in the final 10 overs. However with the conditions worsening; more rain and even less light, this was proving difficult. Tom, Fraser, Matt, and Nigel, all fell cheaply, done by a combination of bounce and pace in the darkening conditions. Walding provided a spirited rear-guard effort but fell to a cunning slow ball delivery. With time and light running thin, we finished agonisingly close, just 13 short, with Chris’ on-drives unable find the boundary. A special mention to Andrew though who skippered the evening very well, juggling both the responsibility of wicket keeping and the difficult conditions as the game drew to a close.

To end the evening, a fine BBQ was laid on at the Poacher’s Inn and a much need pint enjoyed.

By Nick Walding.

Ide Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
7w 2b 3lb 
for 6 wickets
128 (20.0 overs)
J Sharman Retired Not Out  35
J Rutherford ct  Cockburn b Haynes 1
J Wells b  Chave 24
A. Barnes Retired Not Out  34
R Sharman b  Walding 11
K Lewis b  Walding 1
A Ashe Not Out  7
R Cloke ct  Forrester b Rutherford 3
Somebody b  Rutherford 0

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nick Walding4.001929.504.75
Jeff Haynes2.0022122.0011.00
Matt Crawford2.001500.007.50
Nigel Rutherford4.001728.504.25
George Cockburn4.002700.006.75
Fraser Chave4.0022122.005.50

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
4nb 4w 4b  
for 9 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Chris Ferro Not Out  36 3 1
Danny Williamson b  Rutherford 4
Jonathan Kirby b  Sharman 20 2
Tom Bennett-Hughes b  Sharman 0
Fraser Chave ct  Sharman 9 1
Matt Crawford b  Ash 4
Nigel Rutherford ct  Sharman 0
Nick Walding b  Ash 27 2 3
George Cockburn Run out  0 1
Andrew Forrester Run out  2 1
Jeff Haynes Not Out  1

Ide Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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