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CCC vs Standard - 29th June 2008

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CCC vs Standard - 29th June 2008

Posted by: webmaster on Monday June 30, 2008 (23:00:43)   (4185 Reads)
Writing fast to keep up with the scoring!
Writing fast to keep up with the scoring!
We were delighted to welcome an experienced Standard side to Apremont on a warm but overcast Sunday afternoon. We were not so delighted to find that CCSB95 had also re-scheduled a league match on the ground for the same time. Thanks to a very accommodating position taken by the Standard skipper,Paul Goring, a true diplomatic solution was found to the satisfaction of all concerned. We agreed to shorten our match to a 20/20 format.

This was clearly our first mistake, since the run-hungry opening pair of Hellawell and Zaidi set about our bowlers from the off. Tris’s first delivery got clearance from Air Traffic Control at Roissy before dropping on the full to be despatched for four. A sign of things to come. In fact it took a perfect double act from the Hedley brothers to claim the first wicket, just one run short of an opening 50 partnership. Charlie prompted a square slash from the batsman which was taken superbly at shoulder height by his brother Nicky at cover point.

Nick Shepherd slowed down the run rate by blatantly body checking their star batsman, Hellawell and would have got a red card or sin-binned in any other sport. Thankfully, Roy Newman, our resident umpire, thought that the ice-hockey tactics brought a refreshing change to the humid afternoon.


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Nick Clarke, having finished his Sunday job a little late, plugged away at the aggressive batting and finally got his man, caught and bowled, but the 100 was already up. Glen Campbell, our Australian signing for the match, turned in some useful overs and shone like a rhinestone cowboy (sorry couldn’t resist that one).

Having got his eye well and truly in, with 3 direct hits throwing to the bowlers end from deep mid-on, Tris returned for the penultimate over and proved that he had got his bearings sorted out, clean bowling the impressive Hellawell for 81. Nick Clarke followed suit in the last over taking the fourth and final wicket of the Standard innings before our visitors closed on 145.

This would normally have been the time to savour Cherry Clarke’s tasty tea, but we had agreed to turn straight round to allow the Saint Brice league match to start earlier. The added pressure of a 7.25 runs per over target, and the fact that we were all hankering for those sandwiches, tea and cake, meant that we were more than a little disoriented. Nick Sansbury fell lbw for 2 in the first over, and headed straight for the egg and cress. The body sugar low caused Nick Shepherd to spoon a catch to square leg and Michael immediately bore the brunt of an on-fire bowler, known menacingly as V.

Other Nicks rallied, and messrs Clarke and Jones gave us some hope as some fine shots brought a succession of boundaries. However sensing that Cherry would be cross if he was late for his tea, Nick Clarke finally succumbed, having reached 16. Nick Jones, fuelled entirely on Margharitas, sent several blows to the boundary and beyond in amassing our top score of 26. A skied drive to mid-on signalled the end of a brave knock, and made way for Denzil. Some nicely timed shots moved the score into the “respectable” bracket before Denzil fell to a corker for 13. Unlucky for some, but his wicket contributed to the day’s best bowling performance with Zaidi (probably known menacingly as Z) who finished with 3 for 2, yes 3 wickets for 2 runs !

They had broken the back of our batting order, and the tail wafted rather than wagged. Max Shepherd defended well and added a single before looping a catch back to the bowler Gwen, and that was the run which took us to a respectable total of 77, when Ben Ross was caught for a duck ending our innings, much to the dismay of his adoring fan club on the sidelines.

Rather than bemoan our growing injury list, (Adrian, Simon H and Patrick, get well soon), or cite the absence of our inspirational captain, Rob, it just remains to thank our players, our visitors, and Cherry and Anna-Karina for their great contribution to yet another fine, sporting afternoon at Chantilly Cricket Club. Our fixtures resume in earnest on Friday the 8th of August, and net practice will continue throughout the summer, so we have plenty of time to prepare for the return match at Standard in September.

Nick S
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