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Lille vs CCC

Match Reports 2012

Lille vs CCC

Posted by: webmaster on Thursday July 12, 2012 (19:15:04)   (5415 Reads)
It’s been a while since CCC players went up the road to play at Lille – to assist with Lille’s inaugural match back in August 2007. So it was high time to go back, especially after 2 postponements of the fixture earlier in the season.

The reception committee (Lawrence Foster’s wife) offered the early arrivals a drink, toilets and a changing room – thank you for that!

The ground was a short walk from the friterie, nestled between the houses of Mérignies and its school. Laurence Foster himself was chief groundsman for the week leading up to the game, and he’d had a lot to do! The school, of course, was out of bounds at the weekend and there were strict instructions not to hit it! The pitch was rather oddly shaped with 1 or 2 short boundaries and the rolling downland nature of the wicket had both captains looking to field first, just to see how it played.

Getting back onto familiar ground, Rob Oakley lost the toss for Chantilly and Nick Sansbury turned up late, so Oakley opened alongside Heard.

Although the day had started beautifully, rain was due for later in the afternoon, so we agreed to play a T20.

Heard went early, bowled Smith but Oakley hung around, benefitting from the short distance to the red piping boundary markers and some leg-happy bowling, working his way to 48. Sansbury joined the fray and scored 10 before guiding the ball to slip. Hoyle, still on his comeback tour, added 23 and the score up to 90 before the 3rd wicket fell.

Welcome back to Joshua Pursey, who was hoping to celebrate his return with a few runs – not this time Josh. So enter Regan, who apparently woke with a spring in his step and a mean glint in his eye. Nice 6 mate! Jimmy helped push CCC up to 130 for 6 at the end of the 20.

And welcome to the club to James and Alex Bond (don’t tell me you didn’t know James Bond had a brother called Alex…) who haven’t played a lot of cricket in the past, and weren’t too unhappy not to go into bat.

Due to the looming black cloud just behind the friterie, we put the sandwiches on hold and went straight into the Lille innings.

Maxime Parent and Abdul opened up, Abdul hitting 3 sixes before getting bowled by Regan – careful with that roof, Abdul!. Parent and Jiffrey A. both had stumps removed by Hoyle in the same over, who was once again the pick of the Chantilly bowlers with 2 for 14 off his 4 overs.

The 6th over saw the fall of the 3rd wicket and the start of a partnership between Smith and Collins that would last to the end of the match. Smith top scored with 45 with Collins at 40. CCC tried everything to get them out including the blatant purchasing strategy of most of the bowlers – to no avail. With the football goals positioned around the edge of the pitch, it was more like a penalty shoot-out towards the end.

When it rains up north, it really rains. We came off twice, the second time with the scores tied at 130. But there was a desire to play the game to a conclusion, this first match on a new ground. So after waiting under cover for 15 minutes until the rain lightened we went out to allow Smith the thump the ball to the boundary.

The funny thing was that we didn’t need to wait all that time to finish the match. After the scorebook was checked in the evening it was noticed that CCC had only scored 129 – and Lille had actually won on the last ball of the previous over – 3 wickets down and with 3 overs to spare. But what’s a little dampness between friends? (Please don’t answer that).

Third half: Some fine sandwiches and a sprinkling of beer back in Lawrence’s pub conversion.

On the Chantilly side, thanks to our stand-in players, called in at the last moment. And of course, thanks to Jimmy for staying till the end.

Thanks to Lille once again for all the work that they put into the ground to make this into a competitive game and a fun day out. Some photos are on the following link: http://www.merignies.fr/du-cricket-a-merignies-.html
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