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CCC vs Embassy

Posted by: webmaster on Thursday September 15, 2011 (15:43:00)   (6213 Reads)
Early September saw a close to full strength Chantilly side take on the Embassy team once again, a team who seem to reappear at Apremont with all the regularity of a winter cold. Once again they had their regulars, with the odd ‘ringer’ whose prowess would only be discovered on the pitch. Embassy won the toss and elected to bat – the weather promising to hold fair to allow a contest of 35 overs a side.

Chantilly’s bowling, whilst missing Robin Richardson’s unerring line following his thumb injury (pah, call that an injury – ed), still managed to keep a lid on Embassy’s scoring rate. Eddy ‘Glen McGrath’ Hoyle in particular was almost unplayable, bowling 2 wicket maidens and a maiden in a devastating opening salvo of 4-14, with all 4 wickets clean bowled. Patrick ‘Hammy’ Heard deputised manfully from the other end, proving equally tough to get away, taking a wicket and giving away only 15 runs in his opening 4 over spell.

We now have a very good first change bowler in Jimmy ‘Fritzl’ Regan. However his nickname may take some explaining. It was Jimmy’s turn to do the teas this weekend and what normally happens is that the person doing the teas comes along early to drop off all the sandwichs and drinks, so that there is not a huge gap in play at the interval. Jimmy however decided to turn up late, meaning we had to borrow a fielder from the opposition for the first few overs, whilst watching Jimmy, when he eventually turned up, dashing from car to table carrying trays of food. To draw comparison between him and Manuel from Fawlty Towers at this stage would have been cruel (‘Si, si, we have, we have!’). What was really funny was a phone call he received after about 25 overs from his wife! Apparently Jimmy had managed to lock both her and their very small infant in the house – that is doors, windows, the lot. And he’d taken all the keys! Now far be it from us to judge someone else but Jimmy’s main concern was being able to finish his spell of bowling before going to rescue them. In fact, it could have been implied that his main concern was how they managed to free themselves from the cellar to reach the phone! Hence the new nickname. But I digress...
What bowling Jimmy did manage to get through was as accurate as we have come to expect now from Chantilly’s opening bowlers. One wicket and 13 runs from an opening 4 over spell. Perhaps the most surprising thing was this wicket was caught, not only that it was caught in the slips, and not only that it was Powell who caught it!

The middle overs saw the Sutton-Shearer combo of ‘Brett’ Lee Pretsell and Adrian 'Swanny' Powell brought in. Pretsell didn’t fall for the reverse psychology sledge from the slips not to bowl a beamer first ball and managed to get one about 10’ above the batsman’s head while Powell, for the first over at least managed to bamboozle the batters with his cunning slower balls (all of them). What should be pointed out is that by the time these two came to bowl the Embassy had unleashed their ringer, who just happened to play for France Cricket. Zica played superbly, albeit at a time when Chantilly were dropping catches like Abi Titmuss drops her drawers, and he raced to finish on 63 not out. Powell and Pretsell did manage to finish with a wicket a-piece, whilst Jimmy was left to clean bowl the tail to finish with 3-13. The Embassy were all out for 132 after only 31 overs, with Chantilly only conceding 13 extras – surely our best bowling performance of the season.

So Fritzl’s tea was polished off by all (chocolate you have to break with a hammer??) and Chantilly’s reply could begin. With a fairly strong batting line-up the total was eminently achievable at under 4 an over. Praneeth and Jon opened the bowling and the former proved that anything Eddy could do he could do better. Nick ‘Safe Hands’ Sansbury struggled to hit him at all, as did Pretsell at the other end. After 4 overs Chantilly had only managed to score off Jon’s bowling, and in the 5th over Praneeth got his first wicket, tempting Pretsell into offering a dolly catch to depart for 1. Rob Oakley’s miserable season departing after scoring only 2 and Praneeth took the wicket of Sansbury in his next over to leave Chantilly teetering on 26 for 3.

At this point Chantilly’s opening bowlers came together at the crease and, following their heroics in the first inning they managed to steady the ship in the second. Heard was even seen running a 3, surely something that has never been seen before! The two lasted for 10 overs, advancing the score to 55 before Heard departed clean bowled. Regan was then sent in to bat, proving that our tail does indeed begin at number 6, and he and Hoyle put on another 23 before Hoyle was caught of Zica, continuing his first innings heroics too. Hoyle had scored 28 and was to be Chantilly’s highest scorer on the day.

Chantilly’s tail did prove to be very long, with the last 5 batters contributing only 13 runs between them, leaving Homer stranded at the end on 5 (doing wonders for his average) and Chantilly all out for just 91 runs in 27 overs, Stuart proving to be the pick of the bowling cleaning up with 3-9 off 2.4 overs.

So what had gone wrong for Chantilly this time? I think it was a combination of missing a couple of batsmen (the Nicks to name but three!) and some dreadful catching (at least 5 dropped catches, none of them difficult). Some blame must also go to a newly relaid pitch which seems to have developed holes just in front of the popping crease. Only 3 batters on each side got into double figures which is not a good return. Still, we look forward to Embassy’s next visit, and thank them for the making the journey up to Apremont so regularly. And thanks to Jimmy (with help from Tris and Sue) for the tea.
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