Rocking up less than fresh from their victory over Arreton CC the day previous, Pyestock arrived at Porchfield’s familiar surroundings hoping to avoid a crushing defeat.
Hopes were raised early on when it became obvious that however affected by the volumes of alcohol consumed the night previous they were not on the same scale as chief tormentor Toby Corbin who failed a fitness test (by some distance) before the start of play and was condemned to spending most of the afternoon sleeping off what must have been the Mother Theresa May of all hangovers, face down on the outfield. 10 penalty runs for hitting a drunk according to local rule.
As a one-off Pyestock decided that token northerner Jay Threlfall should captain the side following his contribution the day previous, which included maintaining his hair with the amount of passion Joe Hart would be proud of, catching a 7 year old for a duck yet feeling too sentimental to run out an opening batsman. Jay won the toss and Pyestock decided to field.
Pyestock were boosted with the fresh legs of Colin Butler and Scott Taylor replacing Ella Chandler and Paul Heath, but the second game in two days was taking its toll on the side as Morris and Pratt had no trouble claiming an easy 59 runs from Chris and Dan Heath opening 11 overs.
Threlfall, noting the positive stance taken by both openers, protected his own bowling figures and introduced Jack Bromley and Neil Butler to the attack. This did not have the desired effect as the runs piled on, not helped by some tired fielding all round.
By the 18th over, Porchfield had amassed 113 runs before a misjudgement from Morris saw his innings come to a close, caught by Glenn Taylor to give Bromley an expensive wicket.
However when, in the 21st over, Pratt chopped a catch to Chris McGovern at point, Porchfield were suddenly 125 for 2 with two new batsmen at the crease.
Riley and J.Oliver continued the good start as the runs continued to flow, as Scott Taylor was introduced to the attack, and the score looked to be an imposing one, before Taylor bowled Riley for 33 to open the floodgates for Pyestock as the innings fell away alarmingly.
Glenn Taylor replaced Butler at the pavilion end of the ground, and within 3 eventful overs, that contained just 3 dot balls, a crazy 5 wickets fell. The leg spinner bowled the dogged J.Oliver for 11 before great catches by Dan Heath in the deep, and wicket keeper Tom Threlfall saw J.Howlett join J.Heather at the crease facing a hattrick ball
Having survived the first ball,the Porchfield number 8 could only find Colin Butler with his fourth to condemn his side to their seventh wicket. The scoreboard read 209 for 7, and Taylor’s damage was completed three balls later as Capon was trapped LBW
With 8 of the 10 Porchfield wickets now taken Jay Threlfall finally introduced himself into the attack and wasted no time in claiming the final two wickets within 5 balls to close the home sides innings on 217.
Confident that they were back in the game, Pyestock set about chasing down the target, only one run greater than Arreton’s effort a day previous, but struggled immediately with Jack Bromley (4) and Tom Threlfall (0) falling in the third over as the tourists fell to 6 for 2.
Jay Threlfall and Chris Heath steadied the ship well against the bowling of firstly Capon and Ridley, before Howett and Pratt took over, but without the big hitting force of the usual top order occupants, the run rate was starting to slide.
The bowling of young Howlett was causing concern, with neither batsmen dealing with the straight, double bouncing deliveries and it came as no surprise when the partnership was broken as the skipper was dismissed, LBW for 13. The trick was almost repeated next ball as Jon Ford immediately became aware of the threat posed by the unorthodox bowling style.
Pyestock continued to try to up the scoring rate, without much success and again it was not a huge shock when Chris Heath’s innings came to an end, holing out to Ridley from the bowling of Spiers for 14. Pyestock were now 59 for 4 with 21.4 overs to reach their 218 target.
Dan Heath, who had been in good form prior to the tour, found himself on the end of a score of 5 for the second consecutive day as he also found the safe hands of Ridley before usual opener Glenn Taylor, teaming up with Jon Ford once more also departed for 7 thanks to the star fielders third catch in 6 overs.
Two of Pyestock’s main powerhouses were now back in the pavilion and the scoreline read only 85. The away side were thankful for the draw in these circumstances as Porchfield kept their bowling and fielding tight to avoid any fightback. Colin Butler and Scott Taylor perished in the evening sun as the overs ticked down, but the consistent Jon Ford brought up his second half century in as many innings on Porchfield turf to stabilise the charge for a draw.
Neil Butler was caught from the final ball of the innings as Pyestock finished a distant 139 for 9, but with a draw secured, could relax with a beer, barbecue and the pleasure of an unbeaten tour. In fact it is now 6 years and 5 games since Pyestock only defeat on the Island, an run defeat at Brading CC in 2013.
Pyestock revelled in the post match festivities as the bar and BBQ got into full swing, fully satisfied with a successful tour. One by one the players departed looking to recuperate for the final two matches of the season, the now annual double header at Peper Harow.