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CCC vs Lille - 30 September

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CCC vs Lille - 30 September

Posted by: webmaster on Monday November 19, 2012 (19:05:22)   (21027 Reads)
A dejected captain
A dejected captain
Chantilly’s last day of cricket in 2012 was not particularly satisfying and it has taken several weeks to find the enthusiasm to write a match report. Not to write the report however would be to do a disservice to the excellent teas. And also you wouldn’t get to hear how we know that Patrick Heard has his mouth open when he runs in to bowl.

Part of the unhappiness on the day was due to confusion over the format – for which I take my share fair of the blame (if anyone is meant to understand the rules, it should be the captain!). We had agreed to play a T20 then a 10 over game. CCC thought this meant 2 games; Lille thought it meant 1 game with 2 innings, anyway…

And part of the problem was that maybe Chantilly CC was just ready for the end of the season. As they adjusted their pads, old-timers Sansbury and Pretsell looked out bemused at the Lille players whipping themselves into a fervour in preparation for the arrival of the batsmen. Someone suggested CCC responding with a haka, but we had only recently had lunch and half of our players were sitting down. Thank to young John, son of James from Lille, for being our 11th man and bringing our average age down below 40.

Back to the match: Sansbury was skittled out for only 2 runs bringing in Heard would go on to hold the innings together. The scoring rate was around 5-an-over and it was Heard who was scoring most of the runs. The unlucky demise of Pretsell for 13 (which would be Chantilly’s second highest score) brought in Powell who added 8 before being bowled by Charatta. Heard and Denzil Homer then put together a useful partnership of 33 before Homer was caught for 10. Nick Clarke enjoyed an impressive 6 over mid-on but was run out for 11 just after.

Heard did his averages some good by still being there at the end with 43 with the total on 107 for 8.

Opener Maxime Parent took great pleasure in the first over knocking ex-colleague Robin Richardson for 6 off the first ball of the Lille innings. Richardson had his revenge later in the over though, clean bowling him. The first 4 overs went very much Chantilly’s way as another wicket (that of Lataka) fell to Richardson to place Lille at 14 for 2. As with Chantilly’s innings, Lille’s was dominated by one batsman, Abdul who played with patience and aggression to claim a well-deserved 50 not out at the close.

Confusion reigned when Lille overtook Chantilly’s score and carried on batting. The Chantilly players had been building up to a cup of tea and the continuation did not go down well. Lille finished with 117 for 6 – a lead of 10 to take into the 10 over game after tea. In truth, the 20+10 innings is not a bad format – it just helps knowing in advance. A general rule for the future: Keep it Simple.

Bravo to the Clarkes for a wonderful spread. Particular highlights were the apple sponge cake (which disappeared very quickly), the lemon cake and all the wasps.

Lille had the pleasure of batting first in the 10 over game and they fairly raced away at 10-an-over. Powell took the wicket of Usman in his first over but at the other end Alfar was settled and went on to score freely against tired bowling and fielding to reach 31.

Heard took 2 wickets from his 2 overs, and it was during this spell that he had to pull up short on his way to the wicket, coughing and spluttering. We naturally thought that he just needed a cigarette, but no, he had swallowed a swarm of little flies. What is it about Patrick and flies?

Richardson did his best to keep things tight with his 2 overs at the end but a lot of the damage had already been done. Maxime (16) and Abdul (20) pushed Lille up to 87 off their 10 overs. Together with their lead from the first innings, this gave Chantilly a challenging target of 97.

Richardson and Clarke opened for Chantilly, scoring 8 and 13 respectively. As thanks for his earlier efforts for little reward, young John came in at number 3 and scored 4 singles, albeit with some assistance from his friends! Chantilly’s scoring rate was well below target though, putting more pressure on those that arrived at the crease.

All following Chantilly batsmen failed to impress and wickets started flowing quicker than runs. At the end of the 8th over only 3 wickets had fallen; by the end of the 10th Chantilly had collapsed to 44 for 8.

Despite the fine weather, this was a somewhat dispiriting end to a season that had started so positively. 5 or 6 months off should be sufficient to find that form again – physical and mental. Writing this report one month after the event, I can feel it dribbling back already.
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