Ewell CC vs Pyestock CC
Date: Sunday 12th May 2019
Weather: Sunny and Warm
Toss: Won by Ewell CC who elected to field.
Result: Pyestock CC won by 23 runs
Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, T. Threlfall (w), J. Bromley, D. Heath, C. Butler, P. Bright, J. Threlfall, S. Armes, P. Harris, E. Hapu.
How did thing start?
With Paul Bright partnering the in-form Tom Threlfall, Pyestock made a positive start to the match, on a dry pitch and large outfield. A couple of chances early on were not capitalised upon by the home side and the opening partnership provided 60 runs before Threlfall was bowled by Govin.
Did Pyestock capitalise on this good start?
Yes in fact, Bright fell for 41 in the 19th over, and further runs from Dan Heath (17) and Colin Butler (24) supported the main antagonist Jack Bromley who powered 53 from just 37 balls. A late flurry of wickets dampened the chase as Govin, Umar and Francis all ended with 2 wickets, and ended chances of a 200+ score. The target was set and Ewell required 180 to win.
So the important bit, how was tea?
Very nice indeed, chicken nugget and ketchup rolls were unusual but we’ll received and Victoria sponge to die for! Thank you to those involved.
So, the reply?
Chris Heath and Sam Armes worked hard to keep the early overs under control before a double change saw Jack Bromley and Jay Threlfall take up the reigns. Francis was caught behind for 4, whilst Hales contributed 3, but Umar held firm but couldnt break the shackles as the first 16 overs yielded just 57 runs. Now joined by Woolston, the pair looked composed, but unable to raise the run rate to the required level
Victory in sight then?
The match was in the balance with Ewell keeping Pyestock honest all the way through, and the visitors really needed to be on top form in the field to keep the hosts at bay. A first wicket of the season for Pete Harris broke the stubborn 48 run partnership. With 10 overs to play Ewell required 82 runs, but a mini collapse saw them lose Rehman and Sandeep also and Pyestock began to emerge as favourites.
A first victory of the season then?
The match was only just robbed of the grand stand finish everyone wanted. A further wicket of Malik in the 38th over seemed to deflate the home side who needed 38 from the remaining 14 balls. Chris Heath and Sam Armes saw the remaining overs out without any drama and despite Woolstons unbeaten 51, Ewell had fallen 23 runs short.
But a good game nonetheless?
Close games are something of a feature at Ewell and even though it was not as close as the tie a couple of seasons back, you couldnt take your eye off this one. both sides worked tirelessly for victory and this time it was Pyestock who just about sneaked home victorious. A good, evenly-matched game.
Any other Business:
Ducks: Chris was thrown in at a moments notice and Jay was run out, both without scoring trying in vain to scrape Pyestock to 200 in the dying overs.
Buckets: First ball from Sam Armes first over, the otherwise exemplory Tom Threlfall shelling the early chance.
Moment to Savour: Special mention to Paul Bright, who not only produced a full length diving stop, as well as 2 very smart catches and a run out to lay an early claim to the fielding prize, the moment to savour this week has to be the prolonged period (4 or 5 overs) where Jack Bromley bowled to opener Umar with a 9/0 offside field. Testament to both the bowlers accuracy and the batsman’s persistence to try and find a gap cutting the ball into a packed field.
Pivotal moment: The match ebbed and flowed fantastically, so a stand out moment isn’t easy to conjure. Perhaps Ewell will point to a moment when the usually fluent Woolston seemed to strain his back overstretching while playing a shot and was thereafter unable to quite time his drives, and push on quite as he would have liked.
Man of the Match: Jack Bromley bowled possibly his best spell in a Pyestock shirt as well as contributing a crucial 53, but he will have to share this weeks award with Paul Bright, who also contributed 41 at the top of the order, as well as taking 2 catches and a run out to cap off a fine all-round performance.
Next Week: Pyestock return to Grayswood CC keen to avenge last years 13 run defeat in a high-scoring encounter.