Forest Green CC vs Pyestock CC
Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019
Weather: Sunny, with a breeze. Overcast later
Toss: Won by Forest Green CC who elected to bat.
Result: Pyestock CC won by 3 Wickets.
Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, J. Bromley, C. Butler, P. Bright, J. Threlfall, S. Armes, P. Harris, C.Eve, T. Threlfall , J.Baldwin.
How did thing start?
Pyestock sensed early that they were facing a jumbled batting line up with the more formidable batsmen not inmediately emerging from the pavilion. Wanting to keep his options open with bowlers facing limits on the number of overs, early r changes were made. Captain Chris Heath himself coming off after a solitary maiden over. Four bowlers were used inside the opening 10 overs as both sides got a good feel of each others strengths. Riggins and Dixon struggled to get the ball away with only 18 runs scored in this period.
Did Pyestock manage to keep it tight?
Yes, and before long the wickets began to tumble as the pressure on the hosts increased. Both openers departed along with Bennett and Shahid as the home side fell to 29 for 4. Jay Threlfall helping himself to 3 wickets and Pete Harris the other.
Did Forest Green recover with their strong middle order?
A little, the dangerous Yogesh Bhanushali looked dangerous and positive and tried to push the game along with some strong shots on the front foot into the offside. The returning Chris Heath countered this with a 3 ball spell around the wicket which paid immediate dividends, Bhanushali punching the ball powerfully down the ground where Threlfall took his second (and most valuable) catch of the afternoon.
Kahn and Burgess both made double figures as the tail wagged for Forest Green, but further wickets for Heath, Harris and Young wicket-keeper (turned bowler for the day) Jake Baldwin regularly pinned Forest Green back. It was down to man of the match Jay Threlfall to claim a deserved 5-for by taking the last 2 wickets as the innings closed on 127 in the 38th over. Threlfall finished with 5 for 30 and 4 catches which in his own words was “******* awesome!”… (Not to mention modest! 😉”
So, the important bit, how was tea?
Superb, mixture of hot and cold with sandwiches bhajis and cakes. Tea in bespoke Forest Green Village mugs. Up there with the best. Thank you all!
For the first time this season, Pyestock opted not to open with top scorer Tom Threlfall, instead fancying the combination of Paul Bright (who scored 93 on debut on this ground 12 months previous) and Jon Ford. Both were ticking along nicely, until the main threat Bhanushali found the edge of Brights bat and wheeled away in celebration. This prompted a mini collapse with Threlfall (15) and Charlie Eve (4) also departing as Pyestock moved to 60 for 3 in 15 overs.
The main threat to Pyestock’s victory appeared to be the gathering dark clouds in the distance and with this in mind Colin Butler and then Jack Bromley tried to increase the scoring rate whilst Ford played a supportive role at the other end. Butler was dismissed in bizarre fashion in the 21st over, when he was run out by the wicket-keeper, whilst in dialogue over whether he had edged the ball through.
Did Pyestock make it to the finish line?
Yes, further wickets for Khan and Burgess, provided a tense finale, if not in time remaining in the game, rather wickets and the threatening weather situation, Pete Harris provided more than adequate back up for Bromley to score a maximum with the first ball of the 30th over to bring Pyestock home with 3 wickets remaining.
Any other Business?
Ducks: Little Jakey, but he did get a wicket so we will let him off 🙂
Buckets: Can only remember Jon Ford spilling an early chance,
Moment to Savour: The giant six from Jack Bromley to win the match much to the relief of the visitors.
Pivotal Moment: Jay Threlfall’s smart (2nd) catch to remove the positive and dangerous Bhanushali. The Forest Green number 4 was looking to rectify the slow start and was seemingly in good nick. Threlfall’s catch, which almost cut him in half, saved Pyestock vital runs.
Man of the Match: Close one this week,…not really, only one contender, Jay Threlfall had a full day out with his career best figures of 5 for 30 and 4 catches. Not bad for a player who didn’t seem keen on playing at 5 minutes to two.
Next Week: Still a relatively new fixture, but already a firm favourite amongst the Pyestock faithful. A 1pm start against the Vagabonds. A draw and a phenomenal tie means neither side have yet to register a win over the other as yet, will this change next week?