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CCC vs Embassy (the sequel)

Posted by: webmaster on Sunday September 23, 2012 (09:37:26)   (23783 Reads)
Finally this summer we’ve been granted some perfect weather for cricket. The Embassy team joined us at Apremont for the 3rd and final time this year for a 35-over match.
Embassy captain Stuart Hollins won the toss and decided to bat and sent out Ritzena and Baldwin to open.

Nick Clarke tried out his sore calf muscle, bowling for 1 over whilst Hoyle was parking his car. 12 runs later, we thought it best to give the ball back to Eddy. 6 of those runs came courtesy of Jimmy Regan who, at fine leg, stylishly tipped Ritzina’s hook over to the wrong side of the boundary marker.

The Chantilly opening bowlers didn’t make the breakthrough and we had to wait for the first change of Warren Pretsell and Patrick Clarke. The Embassy’s steady start ended when Baldwin was caught behind by Jack Oakley (1 of 2 for Jack, today) off the bowling of Clarke with the score on 47.
Catch of the Match came from Patch running back (stop that - ed). Ok. Patrick Clarke took a great catch off Praneeth’s top edge running back from gully, over his shoulder, just as Praneeth was looking seriously comfortable at 26.

Meanwhile at the other end Warren Pretsell dropped a bit of a dolly – firmly hit, maybe – but a drop nevertheless. The bang on the thumb seemed to be quite painful, but we’ll need photographic or X-ray evidence if this is to qualify for Injury of the Year. Other than that little blip, Pretsell’s bowling produced some highly valuable wickets including those of Praneeth and captain Hollins. He finished with figures of 4 for 26 off 7.

The Embassy run rate was increasing though. The departure of Hollins brought Greaves to the crease, who with Ian Roux added 76 for the 6th wicket. The strategy of bringing Hoyle and Jimmy Regan to clamp down the runs didn’t work so well as the Embassy clocked up 221. Greaves reached his 50 in double-quick time in Heard’s last over which went for 19. The last 3 balls of the final over gave some belated cheer to Chantilly as Regan took the wickets of Greaves and Roux. No hat trick for Jimmy this time, but truth be said, the rest of the team were pretty happy to settle for a dot ball.

Excellent teas were provided by the all the Sansburys. The flapjacks were very good: warmed and softened further under the sun! Good to see Nick Shepherd there as well, looking wistfully out towards the wicket…

The 2 Nicks (Sansbury and Clarke) opened for Chantilly. Sansbury went early for a couple bringing Rob Oakley in. The partnership with Clarke was worth 42 until Oakley, out for 24, was caught off the gloves from the bowling of Praneeth.

Chantilly’s middle order progressed well: Lee Pretsell also hit 24 and put on 62 with Hoyle whose return to batting form continued with an excellent 47. He was eventually bowled by Greaves in the 25th over with the score on 149 for 5. The target of 221 was in sight – at a not unrealistic rate of 7 an-over. And for the next 4 or 5 overs, Chantilly remained pretty much up with that rate thanks to the perseverance of Patrick Heard.

Unfortunately though, neither Patrick Clarke nor Jimmy Regan could keep Heard company for long. Heard scored 32 in the end. Although he didn’t hit much of the bowling in the last few overs, it wasn’t for lack of effort. And he did kill a large number of flies, for which we’re grateful.

By the last couple of overs the run chase had become rather academic. The scorebook shows that Embassy bowling provided us with 35 wides, but it had certainly tightened up now and Chantilly seized to a halt at 198 for 8.

For a couple of valuable wickets and those runs, Greaves probably gets man of the match. Again (- bit boring that…).
The hot, sunny afternoon slid into a perfect late summer’s evening. Chantilly’s cricketing fortunes need to be reversed somehow, but the weather can stay exactly as it is for another few weeks.
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