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CCC v. British Embassy - 10th June 2007

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CCC v. British Embassy - 10th June 2007

Posted by: webmaster on Saturday September 01, 2007 (00:32:33)   (5700 Reads)
Smarting from defeat in their first match Chantilly Cricket Club took to the field at Apremont on a bright, sunny afternoon. It was kind of the Polo club to lay on a great afternoon show of matches just in case the cricketing action failed to stimulate.

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Winning the toss Chantilly put the visitors in to bat who soon found themselves in all sorts of trouble from Ketan Patel's opening spell. However, Rob Oakley, perhaps making a bid for a career in the diplomatic corps, withdrew Ketan after two overs. Within a short space of time the Embassy had lost 4 wickets and runs were not flowing from the bat. Nick Shepherd and Nick Clarke continued to pile on the pressure in the bowling department, surprising the visiting batsmen with the occasional straight delivery!

To their credit the Embassy found some strength in reserve and began to build a more healthy looking score. In fact as the bowling became playable so the visitors launched a few lusty blows and the fielding side was made to work. Chantilly's fielding responded to the challenge. Messrs Hedley, Oakley. Congreve et al looked 'panther like' in the field and enthusiastically chased any shot that made its way to the boundary edge. To make the fielding look even better a spectacular catch was taken by Clarke Junior taken low to his right, athletically holding on as he tumbled over on the ground. (That's my boy!!!). At the end of 30 overs the visitors managed to accumulate 128 for 8.

Chantilly's innings began nervously against some tight, moderately quick bowling but once a foundation was laid so it looked as though Chantilly would coast to victory. If only it were that simple. Three quick wickets left us with a mid-innings crisis. Cometh the hour, cometh the man or men. Nick Shepherd and Tristram Congreve took Chantilly to victory with an excellent mix of caution and aggression. The 'good Shepherd' guided us home; 'good' he most certainly was but one doubts whether he would lay down his life for the team! Meanwhile the sheep grazed safely on the boundary edge recalling the golden age when cricket refreshments between innings meant sandwiches, a Victoria sponge and at least two cups of tea! We can only hope.

So it was that Chantilly Cricket Club was able to celebrate their first victory, achieving the run target with 5 wickets to spare. It was time to celebrate with champagne provided by our friends from St. Brice and a short speech from our illustrious captain, Rob. Thanks, guys.
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