Widmer End St. Margaret’s CC vs Pyestock CC
Date: Sunday 23rd June 2019
Weather: Overcast and Warm
Toss: Won by Widmer End St Margarets CC who elected to field.
Result: Pyestock CC won by 31 Runs.
Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, J. Bromley, C. Butler, P. Bright, D. Heath, S. Armes, P. Harris, M. Gillingham, N.Butler, J.Baldwin (w).
How did thing start?
Being forced to bat first against their initial wishes, Pyestock started in a little disarray with opening batsman Paul Bright stuck in traffic so opened with Jack Bromley partnering Jon Ford. The pair batted sensibly against the home bowling and saw off the openers Johnson and Beeby. The change of bowling looked to bring more of the same until the 19th over when skipper John Wyatt removed Bromley LBW and Dan Heath without scoring 2 balls later.
Another Pyestock collapse brewing?
Thankfully not, Bright had arrived by this point and belatedly took his place in the middle and Pyestock passed 100 in the 25th over, and were well placed for a big score, but Widmer End responded well and Wyatt removed Bright for 32, before Berry announced himself with 4 wickets claiming Ford (44) and both Butlers who were set and contributed 47 runs between them. Chris Heath and Pete Harris fell in the dying embers of the innings as Pyestock closed 201 for 8.
So, the important bit. How was tea?
Very very nice, tasty and plentiful, thank you to the those responsible. Went down very well while trying to teach Sam Armes what grows in the ocean. (calimari – yes, macaroni -no!)
And the response?
Walters and Berry went on the offensive early looking to put Pyestock on the back foot. The usually dependable Neil Butler struggling with his length and run up on the steep downward slope as the hosts raced to 36 before change bowler Dan Heath struck the first blow with his 4th ball taking a low return catch. Brother Chris bowled Oakford before Dan also rattled the timbers of Sandeep as Widmer End fell to 54 for 3. After the drinks break Pete Harris and debutant Mark Gillingham took over and both bowled very well as the run-rate was contained at a comfortable level for the visitors. Following a sharp run out by Jack Bromley to remove Hatt. Harris cleaned up opener Berry, thanks to a sharp catch from wicketkeeper Jake Baldwin as well as Simmons and Greenall. Widmer End needed 85 from the remaining 10 overs.
Whetherall and Wyatt battled hard to raise the run rate and both struck some lusty blows but were always one large over away from seriously challenging their target. Dan Heath returned for the 37th over and conceded just 1 run to effectively end the chase with 51 still required.
A comfortable win in the end then?
There was still time for some crazy fielding in the closing stages, with Armes and Gillingham dropping catches while each trying to outdo each other in the Swan-dive competition, whilst Baldwin did somehow manage to claim a run out in the chaos. All in all a very very enjoyable day and a 31 run victory. Widmer End are always superb hosts, and as always the Rebellion steals the headlines in the beer department. A nicer ale we will not taste all season.
Any other Business?
Ducks: Chris and Pete (golden), Dan (silver)
Buckets: Sam, Mark, and one other which escapes me.
Man of the Match: tough one this week as there were no stand out performers, Let’s go with a joint effort of Jon Ford for his top scoring 44 and Pete Harris for his 8 over spell taking 3 wickets.
Memorable moment: That final over, youll never see such mayhem on a cricket pitch, from run-outs, to missed run-outs. From one ridiculous unecessary dive to another. the Pyestock youth department has a lot to answer for!