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CCC vs Lille

Match Reports 2012

CCC vs Lille

Posted by: webmaster on Tuesday June 19, 2012 (13:58:10)   (2579 Reads)
 
We're all athletes!
We're all athletes!
It was from around about the time when Jimmy sent me a text message to say that he was ill, that I started to feel we could win this game. It happened that Patch Clarke was back in town and was keen to show us the results of his extensive and expensive English cricketing tuition, so he took Jimmy’s place.

Chantilly won the toss and put Lille in to bat in this 30-over game.

Parent and Wentworth junior opened up for Lille but the tight bowling of Hoyle took Wentworth’s wicket in only the 3rd over. Runs took a long time to come. By the time Hoyle finished his spell of 6 overs, he had only conceded 5 runs and the Lille total was on 28 off these first 12 overs.

Kalim Fazal took over from Richardson and had A. Jiffry caught behind (plucked a couple of inches off the floor by Jack Oakley) on only his second ball bowled. It was a useful wicket because Jiffry had previously displayed his intent by knocking Robin Richardson back over his head for 6.

Now it may have become apparent that cricket teas are a very important feature of the CCC ethos. It is only correct therefore that Robin Richardson should leave the field for 10 or 11 overs to ensure that everything was in its place. One has to ask after all, whether it will be our cricket or our cakes that will be remembered in 20 years’ time. Many good cricketers and observers of our game believe that it will be the cakes.

So whilst cakes were being iced and centred on plates, Based was equalling Lille’s top score of 16. The flight and guile of Captain Powell ended his fun, taking out his stumps as he gave it the charge.

Best figures of the day (please note the use of the plural) came from Patrick Heard with 4 for 24, effectively knocking the stuffing out of the Lille innings. Well done Patrick, you really showed us what you are made of. Now can you please get that split in your trousers sown up?

Top scorer for Lille was Wides with 28. And with 37 extras in total, it can’t be said that we didn’t do our bit to help.

Final score: 107 for 7.

 
Thanks to Robin for the tea – very enjoyable, right from the 20th over. The chocolate cupcakes went down especially well with younger members of the Dove family: a sure sign of future cricketing potential. And the sausage rolls went down well with, well, everyone.

Lee Pretsell and Patrick Heard opened for CCC. The score ticked along at a good pace until Pretsell was first to go with the score on 24 – and he wasn’t best pleased with the decision of caught behind (- who is though, to be honest).

Rob Oakley came in and prodded around for 16, but it was Heard that had the share of the runs with 31. Both of these wickets came courtesy of the speedy Based, a new discovery for Lille, who hadn’t opened the bowling today, but my guess is that in Lille’s next game, he probably will.

Eddy Hoyle ignored the sarcastic cheers when he got off the mark, and got his head down to improving that average. The partnership with Fazal got Chantilly within sight of the finish line when Fazal was bowled by Worstead.

Patrick Clarke (who’s been in training since January) stepped the crease. Well it wasn’t his day today – out for 1; a little late with the pull shot. Rumour has it that he’s been practising on that soggy, natural stuff they call grass. You need some real plastic to play on, Patch.

Could Powell bring us home in style, or could we somehow contrive defeat out of this situation. As a slow hand clap took hold among the spectators, Powell pulled majestically for 4 and CCC were there, winning by 5 wickets and with 3 and a bit overs to spare.

To round things off, Lee and Rob enjoyed the small, nifty, red sweets that were left by Lille on the scoring table. They certainly were long-lasting, if a little tasteless. And then it was revealed they were counting stones for the umpire. Still, you live and learn.
We're all athletes!
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