Yarcombe & Stockland v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Sat 19 Sep 2020 at 1.00pm
Erratics Cricket Club Won by 3 Wickets

Match report
In this Covid-shortened season we have been blessed with some fine weather, with, to my knowledge, only one scheduled fixture cancelled due to rain. This match against Yarcombe & Stockland was no exception, with hazy sunshine greeting us as we arrived at the ground, although a stiff breeze kept the temperature down and meant that Annie spent much of the afternoon cloaked in a picnic blanket.

Captain Duncan Chave seemed utterly bewildered at having won the toss (after the coin almost landed on his head), asking the onlooking Erratics whether they wanted to bat or field. Upon receiving no encouragement one way or the other, he eventually opted to bowl on a very green pitch, surrounded by an extremely thick, slow outfield which did little to encourage shots along the ground.

We started the innings a player short, so Duncan decided to begin with no fine leg, a decision he may have briefly regretted when opening bowler Lee Grant fired his first ball down the leg side for five wides. After this, though, Lee quickly found his line and length and together he and fellow opening bowler Matt Crawford made runs hard to come by (including a run of four maidens in a row between them). Two wickets fell before the mid-innings drinks break, one of them to Lee (bowled) and one run out by Fraser from the deep, but despite the lack of wickets, the run rate remained low.

The rest of the overs were shared between Fraser, John Curtis (playing his first game of the season, surely one of the latest ever?), Duncan and Nigel Rutherford. For the second time this season I find myself having to write that I dropped a chance in the deep off Fraser’s bowling. In a way I made up for this a short while later by taking a sharp chance in the gully off Nigel’s bowling (not much consolation for Fraser, I know), leading to Fraser questioning what he’s done wrong – it’s nothing personal, honest..! He ended with two wickets from his seven overs and there were three wickets for Nigel, as Y&S ended on 162/8 from their 35 overs.

The highlight of the tea packed lunch interval was undoubtedly Martin Wright asking Jonathan Kirby whether or not he went on the Oxford tour, to be informed that Jonathan had kept wicket in every tour match. Clearly Jonathan’s performances had left a lasting impression on Martin!

Duncan and forgetful Martin then began the Erratics reply. Duncan perished early on, caught off an upper cut, but then Martin and Lee enjoyed an excellent partnership of 108, during which Lee brought up his maiden half century for the Erratics – a fine innings. Just when those of us waiting to bat were beginning to think that our services wouldn’t be required, the traditional collapse began. First, both set batsmen were dismissed within the space of six balls – Lee for 58 and Martin for 45 (his 3,978th run for the Erratics). Alex Thomas, myself, Jonathan Kirby and Penny Price came and went without adding much to the score, to leave us suddenly reeling on 145/7, with 18 runs still needed from 13 balls. Nigel and Fraser kept their cool though, and, with beautiful symmetry, the game ended as it had begun, with five wides in the final over sending the Erratics to victory.

Jon Beverley

Yarcombe & Stockland Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
12w 1b  
for 8 wickets
162 (35.0 overs)

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Lee Grant7.0221121.003.00
Matt Crawford7.023200.004.57
Fraser Chave7.0144222.006.29
John Curtis2.002400.0012.00
Duncan Chave5.002000.004.00
Nigel Rutherford7.012036.672.86

Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
7nb 10w 4b  
for 7 wickets

(34.2 overs)
Duncan Chave Caught  13 2
Martin Wright Lbw  45 7 1
Lee Grant Bowled  58 8 1 1
Alex Thomas Caught  0
Jonathan Beverley Caught  9 1 1
Jonathan Kirby Caught  0
Fraser Chave Not Out  14 2 1 1
Penny Price Run out  1
Nigel Rutherford Not Out  5 1 1
John Curtis  
Matt Crawford  

Yarcombe & Stockland Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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