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CCC vs Thoiry

Match Reports 2012

CCC vs Thoiry

Posted by: webmaster on Monday June 04, 2012 (16:42:04)   (3675 Reads)
 
Surveying the wreckage
Surveying the wreckage
Our second meeting against Thoiry in 2012 took place at Chantilly’s picturesque new pitch. So pretty, you could almost imagine using it in a film scene…

Rob Oakley won the toss (will this winning streak never end?) and decided to bat. Given the sunny weather we went for a 40-over format, somewhat optimistically as it turned out.

Sansbury and Oakley opened for Chantilly and fended off some tight pace bowling from Thoiry new boy Stringer and Habib Khan. Cue collapse. Sansbury was bowled with the score on 11, followed swiftly by Hoyle, playing on. The score nudged up to 14 before 3 more wickets fell. Chantilly’s hopes of lasting out the 40 overs, and scoring a defendable 160+ runs with this weekend’s faster outfield, were being severely tested, to say the least.

The collapse continued with ducks of all colours liberally sprinkled through the team. With Chantilly at 21 for 8, it was time for a recovery. Cometh the hour, cometh the batsman. Warren “cheque’s in the post” Pretsell started hitting the ball around the field in a manner that the rest of us had just imagined. He was not out at the end for 28, ably supported by Regan with 8 – CCC’s second highest scorer. The last 2 wickets had tripled the Chantilly total and we headed for tea with the score on 65 having survived a paltry 20 overs.

All credit to Habib Khan with bowling figures of 5 for 5 off 3.2 overs. And commiserations to Denzil who had the “shooter of the year” to bowl him out.

In fact, we didn’t stop for tea, because it was still a bit early. So the Thoiry openers put their pads on, surely with the expectation of serving up a full innings stuffing, with extra gravy.

 


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Jimmy Regan however, had other ideas, claiming the wickets Harvey and Khan in his first over. So with Thoiry on 3 for 2, the game started to look interesting again. Could 65 actually be defendable over 40 overs?

Thoiry began to get their heads down and build up a few runs. To his credit, Regan continued to bowl like a man possessed, finishing with 5 for 24. And, after checking the club records, we can confirm that this performance equals Chantilly’s best bowling figures: 5 for 24 from Nick Shepherd back in 2008. If only his captain had taken him off a couple of overs earlier when he was on 5 for 17…

Eddy Hoyle picked up the other Thoiry wicket. Greaves and Taylor brought the visitors home with 6 wickets down and 14 overs spent.

So we went for tea for the second time, this time successfully – thanks to Lee and Jo. The coconut and Malibu cake proved to be the highlight of the day for most of the Chantilly players. Some say that it was better than Denzil’s coffee and walnut. As a member of the cake sub-committee, I cannot be swayed by this disrespectful tittle-tattle, but it was damned good. Blimey, it was good.

Ok, one game down, one to play. Thoiry started with the bat to see what they could do with 20 overs.

Regan had slipped away having had his fill of wickets, tea and cake, and a couple of the Thoiry team also called it a day.

Oddly, the second game saw the runs flow far more freely (was it the Malibu?). Having said that, Warren Pretsell, who opened Chantilly’s bowling with his dad brother, Lee, picked up the wicket of Taylor in his first over.

Moodley, for ever Chantilly’s nemesis, started building up some runs, but looked uncomfortable against Lee Pretsell’s variety of balls. The straight ones had him particularly confused. But it was Powell who took this valuable wicket, caught by Homer.

Thoiry started to put their foot on the accelerator. This is particularly true of Habib Khan, who tries to smack every ball a very long way. But he was undone by bowler Lee Pretsell, stumped by “The Cat” Homer. Honestly, you can only appreciate the skill of this man on the slow motion replay: unbelievable.

Hoyle kept things tight, as did Heard, until the last couple of overs when Hardy (44 no) and Stringer (25) got into top gear.

Thoiry finished on 135 for 8 – a very decent target given Chantilly’s first attempt to score runs.

Chantilly opened with Nick Sansbury and Warren Pretsell and immediately things looked better than first time around. The opening stand took CCC to 40, at a good rate too, with Sansbury first to go for 16. This brought in Heard, who was obviously still upset at the disrespect shown to his bowling a little earlier. Runs ticked along with some fine shots and good running between the wickets, until… a second run was called and Heard thought, “If I start running, I won’t make it. You can do what you like…”; exit Pretsell.

The next partnership was a little one-sided. The stand of 54 included Ripoche’s single run – talk about hogging the bowling, Patrick. “Look at the result”, I can hear him saying… Heard went on to a fine 56, bowled Hardy. The most important aspect of his innings though, was the run rate. The Chantilly total was up to 116 and we were only in the 14th over. Oakley senior came in and continued to push things along with Ripoche until the latter was caught by Sharon.

Eddy Hoyle was now at the crease and facing the bowling. This was a big moment given previous appearances so far this season. The ball was short and comfortably outside off stump. As Hoyle guided the ball to deep point for 4, a huge cheer erupted from the side lines. Hoyle raised his bat in recognition – these runs the reward for toil and sweat (well not much sweat, to be honest) over the last few innings. Well done Eddy for reaching this important milestone.

Oakley pushed into the covers to bring things to a close with 3½ overs to spare – a nice turn-around. Played 2, lost 1, won 1.

Thanks to Jack Oakley for fielding for Thoiry in the 2nd game – 3 sessions in the field deserved the extra beer at the end.

And there is one further news-worthy event. Chantilly has got to the end of its first scorebook. Raise your glasses, if you would, to many more.
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