A hugely impressive performance from Kings Cricket Club, reformed for this one-off match sprung a heavy defeat on Neil Butler’s Pyestock side.
At the pinnacle of the home side dominating display was 5 wickets for Paddy Daye, completely denying Pyestock any chance of chasing down the imposing 212 for 3 set earlier in the day.
With Pyestock bowling first, the first 3 names on the Kings batting order of Miller-Perry-Evans, will have struck fear into the more experienced Pyestock campaigners as the trio have in the past terrorised many bowling attacks including their current visitors, and it was no surprise that the first overs passed by without a wicket as Richard Eynon and Billy Leader toiled.
The double bowling change of Jack Bromley and Dan Heath did the trick as the latter found the edge of Dave Miller’s bat and Neil Butler took a sharp catch at first slip.
This brought Richard “Laces” Evans to the crease, who had flown in especially from South Africa to take part in the match, and the batsmen got straight to work and looked as if he had never been away from the middle. It was a shame that the legendary battles between Laces and left arm bowler Chris Heath could not be re-kindled, the Pyestock bowler sidelined by injury, however the fluency of Perry and Evans were giving the away side more than enough to think about as the score passed 100 in the 23rd over.
Neil Butler and Jay Threlfall were introduced to the attack and both claimed a wicket in consecutive overs as Evans was trapped LBW for an otherwise untroubled 42 before Perry was bowled for 65 to end an entertaining innings.
This brought together Joel and Ellis Miah and any thoughts of Pyestock pressing home any advantage gained by their double strike, were quickly dampened by a quality display of hitting as Kings took full advantage of the closing overs. Joel finished 36 not out from just 25 balls whilst Ellis smashed 35 from only 22. Pyestock’s bowlers were shown no mercy with Threlfall’s 4 overs for 43 and Leader’s 6 overs for 42 taking the most damage. Richard Eynon finished with a respectable 0-21 from his 6 begging the question why he wasn’t afforded a seventh over. Pyestock were set a daunting 213 to win from 35 overs.
Missing Glenn Taylor at the top of the innings was always to be a absence strongly felt, but the start that the visitors needed sadly eluded them as Paddy Daye ripped the heart out of the Pyestock top order. Within 2 overs Chris McGovern (3) and Jack Bromley (0) were back in the hutch with Daye claiming both to reduce the chase to 4 for 2.
A promising partnership of 37 between Jon Ford (unusually re-placed at number 2) and Dan Heath looked to bring some pride to the away sides innings, but Daye struck again to remove them both thanks to catches by wicket-keeper Dave Perry and Joel Miah and once the medium-pacer had also trapped Colin Butler LBW first ball, he had his five-fer with Pyestock in tatters at 41 for 5.
At the other end James Melligan who had bowled tightly whilst watching his team mate claim all the glory, finally got in the action as Billy Leader became Pyestock’s third “bhooner” of the afternoon as he was caught behind by Dave Perry. Neil Butler steadied the ship with Pete Harris, but with the match gone (Pyestock required 167 runs from 145 balls with only 4 wickets left), the pair were only playing for pride and hoisted the score to 73 before Paul Bygrave bowled the long serving skipper for 18.
Jay and Tom Threlfall offered little resistance as Jaemie Gale claimed both wickets, before the stubborn Harris was ousted by Bygrave for 19. Paddy Daye however claiming the post match plaudits with a superb spell resulting in figures of 5 for 22 truly turning the match in his sides favour.
Pyestock had folded embarrassingly for just 84 runs, handing Kings CC a huge 128 run win. Fully deserved as it was, it was good to reacquaint with friendly faces and good to see that the quality never leaves certain individuals even if the club is currently dormant.
Pyestock CC wish all those associated with Kings CC the very best, and hope that a similar match up can be arranged in the not too distant future.
Kings CC: 212 for 3: Dave Miller (8), Dave Perry+ (9), Richard Evans (8), Joel Miah (8) Ellis Miah (8), Jaemie Gale (8), James Melligan (8), Owen Mears (7), Paul Bygrave (8), Paddy Daye (9), Rob Young* (7)
Pyestock CC: 84 All Out: Chris McGovern (5), Jon Ford (5), Jack Bromley (5), Dan Heath (6), Pete Harris (6), Colin Butler (5), Billy Leader (5) Neil Butler* (6), Jay Threlfall (5), Tom Threlfall+ (5) Richard Eynon (6)
Umpires Gordon Young (7), Richard Warne (7)
Scorer: Steve Brown (6) – first inning didn’t add up!
Barman: Steve Smith (10)
Frustrated: Chris Heath.