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CCC vs British Embassy pt III

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CCC vs British Embassy pt III

Posted by: webmaster on Wednesday October 09, 2013 (09:14:26)   (4745 Reads)
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

Before this game, these two teams had met twice already during the 2013 season. Honors in the first match went to Chantilly, the second to the Embassy. Who would win the decider? Who would keep wicket with Denzil and Jack away? Who would open the batting now that Lee has left the country? And with Rob and Patrick unavailable, who would supply the lipstick? Read on to find out……

With the absence of Captain Rob Oakley, Vice-captain Nick Clarke’s first task of the day was to select a wicket keeper. Thankfully, Nick Sansbury put his soon-to-be-gloved hand up for the job. Chantilly’s opening pair of Richardson and Hoyle put the Embassy under a lot of pressure early on with some very tight bowling. Combined with an outfield as slow as the périphérique on a Friday evening, the Embassy couldn’t get their scoring above 2 runs an over during the opening spell.

With neither bowler able to break through with a wicket however, Regan took it upon himself to start removing the Embassy batsmen. Firstly with a direct-hit run out, and then by coming into the bowling attack to oust the other opener with a good old fashioned Yorker. Realising that he’d definitely woken up on the correct side of bed earlier that morning, Regan decided to go for another run out, and because it felt so good the first time, he decided to make it another direct hit too.

At this point, the Embassy team was doing it tough. Their slow start meant that they would have to start piling on the runs during the middle overs. Luckily for Chantilly, Kalim and Adrian had other plans. Kalim’s swing proved to be rather unplayable, as he clean bowled two of the Embassy’s key batsmen. Not wanting to be left out of the party, Adrian put on a spell of bowling that Shane Warne would have been proud of. Taking three wickets (all caught by various fielders), Adrian ripped the heart out of the Embassy innings, and along with a wicket each from Richardson and Hoyle, allowed the Chantilly players to head back to the pavilion for an early tea break. The British Embassy finishing with 107 from 30 overs.

Having made a sound decision by handing Nick Sansbury the keeping gloves, Captain Clarke made another bold choice by promoting Regan to open the batting for the first time in….well…his life. Sansbury and Regan survived the opening bowlers, and started to get comfortable working together for the first time. They made a solid start, reaching 21, before Sansbury was caught for 8. This brought an in-form Hoyle to the crease to continue the run chase with Regan. Both batsmen put their heads down and got on with the task of collecting singles, while hitting the loose balls to the boundary (or somewhere near the boundary to rest in the long grass). This approach worked well, as the Chantilly total eventually reached 98. Only 10 runs were needed for victory, and 9 wickets were still left in hand. Easy right???

At this point, the bookies had stopped taking bets, the Embassy players had started thinking back to happier times just a couple of weeks earlier when they had won the 20/20 tournament in Paris, and the Chantilly players were looking for the chilly bin (that’s a cooler in this part of the world) that contained their well deserved beers. The loss of Hoyle’s wicket, for a classy 37, was a slight glitch, but surely even Dean Barker could win this match from here, so there was still a calm feel in the air as Nick Clarke strode out to finish the game off with Regan. They managed to get to 104, just 4 short of victory, before the calm feel was quickly replaced by slight anxiety, as Nick was caught behind for 1. Regan’s advice to the next batsman Prana, was to take his time and gather the winning runs as they came. Prana’s reply of “I’m just going to hit it” seemed a fair approach too, but getting out LBW first ball probably didn’t quite do his bold statement any justice.

With several of Chantilly’s key batsmen off duty for this match, Regan realised that the rest might be up to him. He’d made it to 35. Surely four more runs, with no time pressure, was an easy enough task. Well, he would have to save being the hero for another day, as he was bowled next ball, and the bookies started opening their doors again, the Embassy players snapped their attention back into the present, and the Chantilly players screwed the lids back on their warm beers (no chilly bin/cooler could be found).

The score was stuck on 104, and CCC were now 5 batsmen down. The score soon reached 106 (luckily they were picking up extras here and there, as the batsmen had stopped scoring altogether) before Kalim became the next victim, out for 1. CCC were now six down and the stress was becoming, well….stressful. Another wide ball played into Chantilly’s sweaty hands and the scores were tied. Powell and Pursey were the two new batsmen out in the middle, and as the senior player, Powell stepped up to finish the game off with the most important single of his career.

So, it was a slightly-too-tight end to a very enjoyable game, but CCC could be pleased with themselves for knocking over the recently crowned 20/20 champions, and for notching up their second win of the season against them. And although they didn’t beat them in every match this season, two out of three ain’t bad!
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