Broadclyst v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sun 21 Jul 2019 at 2.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Lost by 121 Runs

Match report Mark Phillips reports...

This was a match which spotlighted three different father and son duos. And they in turn shone back!

The match was also momentous in that Broadclyst informed us that we had the dubious privilege of being the team against which they had scored their highest ever total.

Broadclyst batted first and, although at the outset we had no idea that they were heading for that record breaking innings, looking back on our time out in the field it certainly felt like a run fest was well underway. They scored 90 in their first 10 overs. Admittedly, after that there was a slowdown in the mid section of their innings, but then the third phase continued from where the first phase had left off. I seem to recall that, because it was such a hot day, we had two drinks breaks. So by the first one, after 15 or so overs, I was thinking that they might easily reach 200. By the second break, I was thinking more like predicting 250 and at the finish they had accelerated to a total of 295 runs. (I may have made that up, about two drinks breaks, but the reader will get the gist.) They showed a great batting lineup, but what stood out was a marvellous chanceless century by a player whose name I have regrettably not recorded. [Ed- Ian Hooper has since confirmed it was David Grant]. However, his father umpired throughout the innings and, fielding at square leg as I did, your reporter had the opportunity for interesting conversation. (Captain, I did pay attention as each ball was delivered.) For one thing, this paternally proud umpire told me that because his son was in the ambulance service he rarely had chance to play cricket. But what a performance his son put in on his off duty day - a real pleasure to watch and to attempt to field against!

And so we paused for a welcome and excellent tea, but during which we heard the perhaps less than welcome news of the record breaking innings that we had allowed to materialise.

In fact, the tea itself was so good that an uninvited wasp got itself between a slice of Victoria sponge cake and Jack Heslop's lip, which was rewarded with a sting. Whilst we are on the subject of Jack a little known fact emerged, which may or may not be of use or interest to the reader. Jack is actually a pseudonym. Whilst his parents planned to and did actually name him Frederick, "Jack's" older sister, two years old at the time, insisted on calling the pregnancy bump 'Jack' and after his birth would not allow his proper name to be used in the family. And Jack it has been ever since. So, there you are. If you are ever in the midst of a game of cricket with Jack and you feel a need to shout out the name "Fred", this news will enable you to now do so.

Our reply to the challenge of the opposition's massive total commenced well and with some optimism. The next father and son highlight of the match was a splendid opening partnership by the Chaves, with Duncan scoring a solid 63 and Fraser on 20, which, aided by a substantial haul of extras, gave an opening partnership of 121. This seemed an excellent start, but it was followed by the fall of five wickets in quick succession with only 6 further runs being added to the score before the next father/son partnership took to the wicket. This time it was the clan of Molins who rose to the need to rescue Erratics from an almost certain defeat. Harry scored a powerful innings of 31 with father Paul (10) assisting over the course of many overs. It was good to watch and no doubt raised our spirits for one last time. However, we did eventually succumb to the winning side, being all out for 174. The Broadclyst bowling had been certainly a challenge for some of us. One memorable player has the disconcerting action of running up slowly and then turning his head to face towards the midwicket boundary as he delivers the ball! I'm sure this subtle technique with its unnerving effect captures many wickets.

Broadclyst Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 23w 7b 2lb 
for 9 wickets
295 (40.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Harry Molins8.0074174.009.25
Ben Youngman8.0052152.006.50
Fraser Chave8.0036136.004.50
Phil Power8.0053226.506.63
Ian Hooper4.0036136.009.00
Paul Molins4.0035217.508.75

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 38w 4b  
for 10 wickets

(37.5 overs)
Duncan Chave Bowled  63 11 1
Fraser Chave Lbw  20 3 1
Ian Hooper Run out  2
Martin Wright Caught  2 1
Jack Heslop Caught  0
Mark Phillips Stumped  0
Phil Power Caught  0 1
Harry Molins Bowled  31 4 1 1
Paul Molins Caught  10 1
Andrew Forrester Caught  4
Ben Youngman Not Out  1

Broadclyst Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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