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CCC vs Hermits at Apremont - 6th September 2009

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CCC vs Hermits at Apremont - 6th September 2009

Posted by: webmaster on Thursday September 24, 2009 (20:26:37)   (5262 Reads)
CCC vs Hemingford Hermits
CCC vs Hemingford Hermits
Chantilly's second match following the summer break (does any other cricket club in the world have a break over summer?) was against the Hemingford Hermits - brought over at the behest of Chris Curtis. The Hermits are a nomadic bunch, centered on the Hemingford Arms in London. Captained by Terry Blake of ECB fame the Hermits presented an eclectic mix of young and old; the baton is truly being passed down the generations well. In front of the biggest crowd of the season, well into double figures at times, the Hermits got the match under way with the bat, with the sun smiling in true indian-summer stylie.


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Congreve and Headly C opened the bowling for Chantilly, not presenting too many scoring opportunities to Blake and Walters at the crease. Charlie has been a revelation this season - it's especially nice to seeing him playing for Chantilly this match, not ringing for the oppostion as last week! His second over saw Blake caught well by 'Safe Hands' Sansbury for just 3 followed by another couple of great catches, 3 out of 3 chances reducing the Hermits to 27-3 off 11 overs. Hopes of constraining the visitors to a low score were dealt a blow with Hobbs tucking in to anything loose, and we all knew the sticky fingers wouldn't last a whole innings as a series of catches were dropped. Hobbs was to retire (as agreed) on reaching his half century and Chantilly didn't take another wicket until 71 was on the board. Even at that stage, with Craig 'Justin Langer' Whittington and Patch 'Patch' Clarke in good form with the ball, CCC hoped to have a realistic target to aim for at the end of the match. Wickets tumbled regularly, with poor Squires shown no mercy - out to a ferocious delivery from Whittington - and Whittington also produced the catch of the match, a flashy one-handed effort to dismiss Palmer off Clarke P (9 out of 10 for style). But some meaty aerial deliveries from Iain 'Handsome' Hanson that got landing clearance a little late were smashed to all parts of the ground and some slack boundary fielding meant that the Hermits posted a total of 153 from their 35 overs. Congreve ended with tidy figures of 3 for 22 off 5 overs whilst Headley C and Clarke P both took a wicket each.

Tea was taken in between innings. Most of the tea is but a distant memory but Cheryl's lemon cake did and still does stand out in my mind. The cake itself was impossibly moist, as result of Nick's extra lemon juice whilst Cheryl wasn't looking. The frosting was just the right side of sour to counter the sweetness of the cake and was generously drizzled over the top. Apparently Cheryl hand-picked her lemons from the lemon groves on the Amalfi coast, flying them back specially before squeezing them between her [*enough of the cake - ed].

Chantilly's reply was kicked off my Sansbury and Oakley R, and got off to a flying start. As always Sansbury provided the base upon which his partner can build an innings and 37 were scored from the first 8 overs before he fell lbw to Brook. Playing Powell at number 3 was never going to work (give me a third/fourth change bowler any day) and he departed very soon after arriving at the crease. The next over captain Oakley fell for 27 to a magnificent catch by Hobbs, diving backwards as the ball swirled over his shoulder from a top-edge. A couple of quick wickets fell - Patch will always either score a half century or about 5 - before Jones and Whittington came together to steady the ship. Some cracking shots, especially from Whittington kept CCC in the chase, with both players merciless against anything short or, in Jones' case, on the leg side being despatched straight to the boundary. By the time Whittington fell, caught by Blake for 40, the pair had put on 72 together and taken CCC to the brink of an unlikely victory, at 146-7 off 33 overs, just 10 short. But when Jones was run out in the next over with the score on 154 the last three had to contrive 2 between them to win. The Hermits had cunningly saved Palmer, their best bowler for the last over, so it was going to have Anderson/Panesar style heroics to get CCC accross the line. Congreve was unlucky to be run out first ball, with the decision having to go to the TV umpire for a ruling, which left the Headley father and son combo at the crease. Some comedy run calls ensued but then, on the final ball of the match Headley junior managed to squeeze the ball away for a quick single. The match was drawn!

Palmer finished with figures of 3 for 24 off 7 with Brook and Hobbs chipping in with a couple of wickets each.

As the teams filed off the pitch CCC tried to claim that one ball remained (or was it that the last one was a no-ball - anything really), but in the end it was the game of cricket that won. Two well matched teams had enjoyed a great game of cricket that had ebbed and flowed to favour both teams at times and the result meant that both teams could hold their heads high. Beers were shared and photos taken and reflections were made on a fantastic way to spend a sunday afternoon. Hopefully the Hermits will be back next year for a rematch!

Thanks must go, as always to Sue for scoring once again, and to Roy for giving up his afternoon to umpire - without too many contentious decisions. Also thanks to the ladies for the tea and cakes, especially the [enough! - ed]
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