Erratics Cricket Club Erratics v Mystics and Magicians on Sat 03 Aug 2019 at 2.30pm
Match was Drawn

Match report Mark Hailwood reports...

This was an occasion so steeped in Erraticism that even an apparitional appearance from the club’s legendary founder John Lloyd seemed entirely possible. Lustleigh was, after all, his favourite ground, and had his spirit drifted down to Wreylands on this afternoon it would surely have taken delight at the sight of so many of the club’s stalwart’s, past and present, gathered in the arboreal amphitheatre, the backdrop of so many of the club’s great occasions over the eight and half decades since he founded it.

Was this 2019, or 1989? It wasn’t always easy to tell. Proceedings kicked off, as they must have done so often over the years, in The Cleave, with a pre-match pint for Thomson, Cook, Searle, Berry, Somers, Parker, Hitchcock, Fox et al. Actually, the echoes of Erratics’ tradition had started earlier than that, with Tamsin Cammack (nee Parker) and family camping in Mrs Amery’s field the night before – rumoured to be the site of conception of a good number of second generation Erratics. Tamsin’s son Oscar would take to the field for the Erratics, joining a select list of third generation Rampant Unicorns. Mark Searle kept the historical associations coming, agreeing at late notice to make his first appearance for the Erratics since 2002. In the nets beforehand he looked every bit as handy with the bat as the match reports from the annals tell.

The annual Erratics v Mystics tussle for the Chairman’s Cup has a rich history of its own of course, dating back to 1984, in which the opposition – led by a second generation, and the third longest-serving currently-active Erratic, with a second generation Erratic keeping wicket, and a second generation Erratic by marriage opening the batting, and a third generation Erratic leading the bowling attack, and a pair of sibling second generation Erratics in their middle order, and a host of occasional and one-time Erratics in their ranks – were attempting to reclaim the Cup from an Erratics side that fielded, in addition to Cammack and Searle, the Erratic of the Millenium (1000 A.D. to 2000 A.D.) who also sits second in the list of both Mystic batting and bowling averages, and is father of two Mystics/Erratics, and had two occasional Mystics opening the bowling and another the batting. If the whole occasion had a strong air of history, the waft of cricketing incest was more pungent still.

The game itself was also in keeping with many of the best traditions of the two clubs: it was a good game of well fought cricket, conducted in the best of spirits, and remained a live contest deep into the evening – with ten overs to go all three results were neck-a-neck. In large part that was due to that most timeless of Erratics occurrences – a cool, classy innings from Chris Cook – which fell agonisingly 2 runs short of becoming his 46th century for the club. It had been compiled as the Erratics set about pursuing the Mystics total of 208, about par for Lustleigh and the perfect set up for a well-balanced second half. Young Cammack, in particular, had pleased the crowd with 7 fine overs of his upright action and consistent seamers. The run chase had then looked very much on for the Erratics, but when Cook fell – caught at long on by son Matt, of course – the wind was knocked out of our sails, and as the winning line receded a few stately blocks saw us through to a draw: arguably the most fitting result for such a perfect day of friendly cricket.

Mystics and Magicians Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
7nb 8w 8b 3lb 
for 6 wickets
208 (37.0 overs)
D.Chave Caught  5
Healey Caught  63
M.Cook Caught  40
S.Thomson Not Out  36
Squire Caught  1
S.Cook Caught  2
F.Chave Run out  1
Weatherhead Bowled  37

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Mark Hailwood7.022300.003.29
Ben Youngman3.003700.0012.33
Connor Johnson-Goodier5.0116116.003.20
Nick Walding3.002600.008.67
Rithvik Gutha4.0025212.506.25
Chris Cook6.011829.003.00
Oscar Cammack7.023500.005.00
Mark Searle2.001700.008.50

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 4w 8b  
for 8 wickets
Ian Hooper Bowled  9 2
Sivaraman Subramanian Bowled  0 2 1
Ben Youngman Caught  27 6
Mark Searle Caught  0
Chris Cook Caught  98 17 1 1
Oscar Cammack Caught  0
Rithvik Gutha Bowled  11 2
Nick Walding Lbw  0
Connor Johnson-Goodier Not Out  4 1
Andrew Forrester Not Out  5 1
Mark Hailwood   2

Mystics and Magicians Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy