2019 Match 1 – Shepperton CC

The Match:

Shepperton CC vs Pyestock CC

Date: Sunday 28th April 2019

Weather: Cloudy but dry with the exception of 1 shower

Toss: Won by Pyestock CC who elected to field.

Result: Shepperton CC won by 13 runs

Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, T. Threlfall (w), J. Bromley, D. Heath, C. Eve, C. Butler, J. Threlfall, S. Armes, P. Harris, K. Threlfall.

How did things start?

With a bang actually! First ball of the season almost produced a wicket with the pace and swing of Dan Heath immediately finding the edge of Catchpole, but Colin Butler was unable to cling on at slip, Heath and Sam Armes kept things tight and put the pressure on the Shepperton openers.

And then?

Chris Heath rotated his bowlers early with 6 used before the halfway mark. None disappointed with the run rate kept mainly under control 2 wickets each for the captain himself, Armes, Jay Threlfall and 1 for Jack Bromley helped restrict the hosts to 145 for 7 at tea. The pick of the bowlers, Dan Heath, was desperately unfortunate not to pick up a wicket. Tom Threlfall took 3 impressive catches from behind the stumps.

So the important bit, how was tea?

Very impressive! A mixture of hot and cold with Sausage rolls, chicken nuggets accompanying the usual array of sandwiches and cake, bonus points as always for scones with jam and cream. The bar has been immediately set high in 2019. Thank you Shepperton. Speaking of the bar – it was open all day! Top marks!

So, the reply?

Jon Ford and Tom Threlfall started very solidly with Ford playing the supportive role to Threlfall’s expansive shots. Pyestock raced to 38 without loss and looked comfortable.

Victory in sight then?

With Pyestock? Never! 2 wickets in as many balls saw both openers back in the hutch and a crazy run out of Dan Heath for a duck, (albeit from a great piece of fielding from Moy) suddenly saw the score 41 for 3. Jack Bromley tried to rebuild but lost partners regularly as Pyestock somewhat stumbled to their target.

Did they make it to the finish line?

Sadly not. The impressive captain Leo Peacey picked up 5 wickets including the prized scalp of Bromley for 52 as Pyestock required 31 runs with 3 wickets and 10 overs remaining. Unfortunately, despite the heroic efforts of Jay Threlfall who mustered 16, he was the last wicket to fall, with the visitors 13 runs short.

But a good game nonetheless?

Very enjoyable, and Shepperton are always fantastic hosts, it was nice to blow off the winter cobwebs in a gentle friendly, and a beer or two sunk during and after the match. It is hoped we are allowed to return.

Any other Business:

Ducks: Dan, Chris and Sam all failed to trouble Steve in the scorers chair this week

Buckets: Colin 1st ball, otherwise everything seemed to stick nicely.

Golden Glove: Captain Chris for avoiding a caught and bowled chance despite calling for it. This brought much stick the captain’s way.

Pivotal moment: Could have been the wicket of the fluent Cole-Morgan who fell LBW to Chris, as he looked to push the hosts score on in the 38th over, but for the effect it had on the reply, the pivotal moment came when Moy spectacularly ran out Dan Heath with a direct hit, that swung the match in the favour of the home side.

Man of the Match: Several candidates for this award with Jack Bromley scoring a half century, whilst 3 bowlers took 2 wickets in impressive spells, but for a entertaining display of attacking, swashbuckling strokes, and 3 very sharp catches, man of the match is Tom Threlfall. Well done Tom.

Next Week: Familiar friends Concorde CC welcome Pyestock CC to Sendholme, We will be looking for our first win since 2016.

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