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Thoiry vs CCC

Match Reports 2011

Thoiry vs CCC

Posted by: webmaster on Monday June 06, 2011 (16:35:04)   (5391 Reads)
CCC in action against Thoiry
CCC in action against Thoiry
The start of the season has been tough for Chantilly, without a win and little incentive to write match reports. Would we be inspired by our performance against Thoiry on the 4th June? Very obviously the answer is "yes" - this game deserved a match report.

Thoiry won the toss, as is customary, and decided to bat letting Chantilly field in the sultry air of the afternoon, which is also customary. New boys Richardson and Heard opened the bowling for Chantilly, Richardson getting the early breakthrough of Greave's wicket. The next wicket however took a long, long time to come.

Chantilly's bowlers struggled with their line and length in the heat, giving away a generous 20 wides, with Denzil Homer athletically preventing more leakage of runs from behind the stumps. Richardson was the pick of the bowlers, unlucky to come away with only 1 wicket for 35 runs off his 7 overs. Patrick Clarke and Lee Pretsell picked up 2 wickets each.

A special mention to Mark Hunter in his first game, who, for little reward, did a fine job of patrolling the lower boundary. This area of the ground was very popular with the Thoiry batsmen, who, together with the dry, fast outfield, led to a busy, hot afternoon.

Run scoring slowed a little at the end of the Thoiry innings, but the total off their 35 overs was high at 279 for 6.

Tea was accompanied by thunder and some heavy drops of rain to slow up the outfield a little. It has to be said that Thoiry have certainly got their match day organisation optimised!

Sansbury and Clarke senior opened the Chantilly innings, knowing that they needed an average rate of almost 8 runs per over to win. Sansbury went after 9 runs, quickly followed by Oakley for a duck. This brought the 2 Clarkes together with Patrick taking lead role for a while for his 30 runs which included a couple of impressive 6's.

Today's variation in the rules was to allow a free hit, as in T20s, following a no ball. Full records of this game are not available, but I believe that Chantilly did not bowl a single no ball (displaying excellent discipline and a strong preference to concentrate on wides). To make things interesting, Thoiry bowled 4 or 5 no balls, but could we hit the following ball? No.

Patrick was bowled and replaced by Lee Pretsell who has struggled to hang around at the crease this year. Maybe motivated by facing up to some of his buddies, he also provided a useful 30 and stability for Nick Clarke who had now advanced beyond the 50 barrier.

Everyone gets cramp now and then, but when Nick Clarke gets cramp he really makes a meal of it - first, having a team mate provide some spa treatment on his legs whilst relaxing on his back in the middle of the wicket, and then having his son come on as a runner.

After the quick demise of Heard, Adrian Powell came to the crease, only a few hours after having touched down at CDG. Powell provided excellent support for Clarke and helped maintain the run rate - out for 33, caught off Sharon who finished with 3 for 13.

By the 28th over the asking rate was around 14 runs per over. This level of scoring was achieved for several overs but it was too much to maintain.

The last over came and, although the game was now out of reach, there was one further goal within sight: Nick Clarke facing the bowling and needing 8 to reach his century.
First ball: 2 runs.
Second ball: 2 runs.
Third ball 2 runs and 3 figures appeared to be within his reach with only 2 runs now needed off 3 balls...
Fourth ball: 1 run (ahhhrr). Robin Richardson was now on strike with the Thoiry fielders closing in to prevent the single.
Fifth ball: 1 scampered run. (Robin, I think Nick owes you a beer at some point).
Sixth ball: 1 run required.
It had taken Nick Clarke about 20 overs before his timing was really working, by which time he was dispatching the ball to the boundary regularly in a very un-Christian manner. This ball was heading for leg stump... no need to force it. He placed the bat on the ball and guided it gently to short mid-wicket and the single was a formality.

Chantilly had scored 223 for 8 - still 59 short of the target but very respectable nevertheless.

What can you say about centuries? At our level of cricket, occasions such as these occur, with luck, once or twice in a batsman's lifetime. This was Nick's first (- may it not be his last) and the first century for any Chantilly player. Congratulations Nick: it was seriously well deserved.

And Nick, don't worry. I checked and double-checked the scorebook and I can confirm that it does really add up to 100.
CCC in action against Thoiry
Nick C sneaks a run off the last ball for a century
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