Lustleigh v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 10 Jun 2018 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 6 Wickets
On a day that started muggy and progressed to a glorious sunny evening, two matches were taking place –one in this most bucolic of settings; the other in your reporter’s head. This may be an existential truth but for yours truly seldom has it been so obvious.
My match started with the thought ‘Will my leg stand 40 overs of wicket keeping?’ – answer yes. But – a sizeable but- Squatting 250 ish times caused me dizziness – hence the several calls for liquids...
Meantime the Erratics bowlers put on a display of line and length bowling that has seldom been bettered. (Sadly the only exception was Ben who seemed to have caught my dizziness). The wickets of several dangerous batsmen fell as a result of good discipline, some seam movement and a pitch that was a little on the low side. Mark and Fraser bowled an immaculate spell in the middle of the innings that was a joy to watch. Yours truly excepted, we held our catches – Chris making his 3 in the deep look easy even the 3rd one tumbling to his left. We had a range of bowling to turn to – Nick dropped many hints in the outfield but Duncan decided to keep him fresh for an early onslaught with the bat when it was our turn to go in. Tea was taken with a chase able target on the board.
Back in my head – I was downing tea and topping up my blood sugar – yes that 2nd strawberry scone was for medicinal purposes – asked where would I like to bat I said until I’ve had a net I don’t know if I can bat without falling over. Whilst our innings got under way Fraser gave me the chance to reassure myself that batting – I like to stay in the vertical plane whilst wielding a bat – produced no ill effects.
Opening, Chris and Matt showed there were no demons in the pitch or in the bowling. If anything there seemed a bit more bounce. After Matt edged a catch Nick came in and buckled his swash for 16 entertaining runs before having a brainstorm – he called for a suicidal single (even for Chris) got sent back and was run out – afterwards he said that having given up gluten this week he should have given up singles full stop. Mark P came in next and misjudged the pace of the ball pushing too hard and giving a catch in the covers. Duncan strode to the wicket to join Chris and from the word go the game looked like it was in the bag. The nearest thing to a mishap was Duncan calling for a change of helmet – fortunately father and son have the same size head and Duncan could continue helmeted.
On the boundary I was waiting to go in – a strange calmness had now spread to my psyche – since tea and net practice my head was clear – I was happy if I did or if I didn’t go into bat – the main cognitive challenge was updating the digital scoreboard – which was also fending off incipient stiffness in my lower back.
Chris and Duncan passed their 50’s without alarums even against the young springbok who was turning his off breaks extravagantly. When Duncan was out 20 runs short of the total it came as a surprise. Oh I am called on to go out bat – at the square Chris told me to be watchful against the off spinner and I told Chris no quick singles. We scored the remaining runs comfortably and the John Lloyd Cup was ours for the first time in 6 years.
The next day my back seized up – but playing for the Erratics calls for some sacrifices – or alternatively taking on board fluids and net practices.
for 10 wickets
183 (40.5 overs)
Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling
Roshan Kumar Singh
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for 4 wickets
Roshan Kumar Singh
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