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Match Reports 2012

CCC vs Embassy

Posted by: webmaster on Wednesday July 18, 2012 (12:35:12)   (5640 Reads)
Some of you may have noticed that the weather hasn’t been too good this year. Some of you may have started planting rice in your vegetable patches as a more reliable source of nutrition. And 1 or 2 of you may have seen Nick the Vic out in the fields north of Chantilly, training his pet dove to carry sprigs of olive. (Nick, if there’s something you want to tell us, we can take it).

So on the morning of the 8th, we were still debating whether to play or not. Given that the egg sandwiches had just been prepared, there was no alternative but to go ahead.

A little later than scheduled Hollins called wrong and Chantilly decided to bat: 35 overs.

Oakley started with Sansbury but left shortly later for 3, bowled Praneeth. Nick Clarke came in and played with purpose and timing until he drove over the top of a full pitched delivery, and he was bowled for 14 in the 8th over.

A Chantilly mid-order collapse then ensued with Patrick Heard, then Patrick Clarke, then Nick Sansbury all out over the next 16 balls.

With the score at 29 for 5 the task of regrouping and building a defendable total was now in the hands of Denzil Homer and Jack Oakley. Chantilly stabilised for 3 overs or so until Jack found himself called for a 3rd run that he could not make. Fazal came in and played well for Chantilly’s second highest score of 13.

The Chantilly tail resisted for a while – a nice 4 from Ripoche and Joshua Pursey emerging from the duck pond onto dry land with 1 not out. But the final score of 65 off 23 overs was going to be tricky to defend, to say the least.

As we had done for our game at Apremont against Thoiry, we decided to carry straight on into the opposition innings. And as with Thoiry, the run chase towards a low total was not as straightforward as it should have been. With the help of Chantilly’s opening bowler Robin Richardson, the Embassy found themselves 2 wickets down without a run on the board. Batsman number 4 however, was Greaves who has a habit of spoiling Chantilly’s fun.

The Embassy recovered their stride with Arun scoring 10 before being hit on the pad in front. Greaves and Hollins brought the victory to the Embassy off 21 overs with Greaves on 30 not out. A special mention for Kit, an American who was playing the sport for the first time and who kept the ball from his hitting his wicket for a frustratingly long time. Hopefully, he will have gone away, believing like we do, that cricket is more fun than pulling wet grass from your lawnmower blade.

Time for tea, prepared by the scorer Sue – with a cake or 2 slipped in from Jack. As always they went down very well, notably the lemon sponge cake which disappeared literally seconds after it had been brought out from the car.

As the weather was improving (and we had finished proceedings a little earlier than planned) it was agreed to play another 12 over game – Embassy batting first – 9 against 9 this time.

Jack Oakley took the wicky gloves as Homer was drafted into the bowling attack. Praneeth and new Embassy signing Kevin opened and built a quick-fire partnership of 25 before Kevin was bowled by Patrick Clarke. Praneeth went on to get the Embassy’s highest score of 38, out LBW by Nick Clarke. The other notable batsman was Abichek who was caught by Patch Clarke off Richardson for 27.

The Embassy runs had flowed relatively freely and the tally of 87 for 3 would require more than 7 an over for Chantilly to win.

Fazal and Patrick Clarke opened for CCC. Unfortunately, the top order was shaky for Chantilly and didn’t allow them to get away to the positive start that was needed: Kalim caught in the 1st over; Nick Clarke LBW to Hardy at the start of the 2nd over. (Luckily, Nick is a nice chap and doesn’t throw his bat around when the decision goes against him. But the ball did look a little high from where we were sitting). Patch Clarke went on to get 9 before being bowled by Hardy.

Richardson and Rob Oakley settled things and put on 30 for the 4th wicket partnership, but the run rate was getting difficult to maintain – 10-an-over required from the last 4 overs. Heard came in with Patch as a runner who scampered a useful 11. But Hollins, the Embassy captain, dealt a couple of decisive blows with the wickets of Heard and Richardson in his first over.

Despite the best efforts of Homer, Ripoche and Jack Oakley, a Chantilly win slipped out of reach and we finished with 1 wicket remaining on 71 – 2:0 down on the day.

CCC is now taking a mid-season break as its members head off in search of some warmth. Please bear in mind a couple of things as you head off. Firstly, we can lose just as well when Jimmy isn’t there. Secondly, please, along with your sun cream, remember to take your bat and a ball to the beach this year – I think you’d agree, we all need the practice.

And as you’re improving your batting and catching, don’t forget that there are still some prize categories for the end-of-season bash, which are still very much up for grabs - silliest run-out, injury of the year, worst umpiring decision, as a few examples. CCC is counting on all of you to put some effort in when you come back!
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