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CCC vs Grandes Ecoles

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CCC vs Grandes Ecoles

Posted by: webmaster on Wednesday October 09, 2013 (09:17:41)   (5673 Reads)
This was the 2nd attempt at this fixture in 2013, the first having been rained off back in May. A late change meant that Chantilly had to borrow a Grandes Ecoles player, Chan Basavaraj – thanks to him. But Grandes Ecoles had turned up with 13 – so we decided to play 12 against 12 with John Hardy ready to don pads for Chantilly if things got that desperate!

Chantilly won the toss and decided to bat, Heard and Sansbury getting things going. Unfortunately, Heard was caught at the end of the first over and it took quite an effort to get him to hang around for the rest of the afternoon.
Shaban Muhammad came in and runs were accumulated steadily over the next 10 overs or so.

Even when we arrived, it was obvious that this wasn’t going to be a high scoring game – the grass was thick and green. And it took a long time before the first 4 was hit – off the willow of Eddy Hoyle. Hoyle was the only batsman to build up a score of any significance, although Denzil Homer (16) provided critical support during the middle and latter stages to keep the innings intact.

Hoyle was run out with only a couple of overs to go – although he claimed he was in by a country mile – for a jug-avoiding 47. Jack Oakley and Kalim Fazal came and went quickly which left Robin Richardson and John Hardy holding the fort at the end of the prescribed 35 overs.

137 for 10 was the score at the tea break which was a very defendable score on this pitch.

Teas were a combined affair – sandwiches from the Hoyles, cakes from the Oakleys and beer from Patrick Heard – which all went down very nicely thank you. And what with some real organisational capability around, we even had hot tea (unlike the previous week!).

The start of the Grandes Ecoles innings saw Tyson and Raghuneer take on the pace of Hoyle and Richardson. Although it took a while to get a wicket, the bowlers had the better of this encounter. Line and length were tight and fielding was clean as well – limiting the tally to only 23 runs off the first 10 overs.

The change in bowling to Fazal broke the opening stand with Tyson caught behind by Homer – 1 of 5 catches today by Chantilly.

Raghuneer, having swished willow unsuccessfully outside his off stump for long enough, retired on 18 to give some of his colleagues a go. Raghuneer’s score however was to remain GE’s highest, other than for Wides of course, who scored an admirable 21.

The run rate was low and the bowling and fielding remained highly effective. With 10 overs to go the score had stuttered up to 78 leaving 6O runs required at twice the current scoring rate.

The pressure to score resulted in a clatter of wickets – 5 men down for only 6 runs scored over the course of the next 5 overs. Jack Oakley took a catch at short mid-wicket and threw to Homer for a smart run-out.

Now both Homer and Heard have accepted for quite a time that the combination “Stumped Homer; Bowler Heard” would cause senior batsmen to hang up their boots and call it a day. However, it’s such a shame when that happens to younger players. And yet they can’t stop themselves – Heard with his flight and guile; Homer with his cat-like reflexes – like men a quarter of their ages! This time the casualty was Radjon – his kit appeared on eBay a few hours later.

The week before, Chantilly had beaten the British Embassy, who, a week before that, had triumphed against Standard in the annual T20. Rob Oakley’s captaincy – he had not been part of the victory a week ago – was clearly under threat. This one was not going to slip away! So, in the increasing gloom of the evening (the sunset was firmly stuck behind a thick layer of clouds), he brought the openers back.

Romil provided some spirited rear guard action, making 13 not out as the 12th batter. But it was too little, too late, and Grandes Ecoles could only manage 104 at the end of the 35 overs.

Well done to Chantilly for a well-deserved and reasonably comfortable victory. Thanks to Grandes Ecoles for a sporting and enjoyable afternoon. Only 1 more week left this year to hear leather on willow.
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