Date: Sunday 9th June 2019
Weather: Overcast and Cool. Occasional drizzle and random Hailstones
Toss: Won by Pyestock CC who elected to bat.
Result: Match Drawn
Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, T. Threlfall, J. Bromley, C. Butler, P. Bright, J. Threlfall, S. Armes, P. Harris, C.Eve, J.Baldwin (w).
How did things start?
Vagabonds opening bowlers Perton and Kinelly certainly looked to make Pyestock regret their decision to bat first, and claimed a wicket each in the opening 9 overs as Pyestock struggled to 27 for 2, but the combination of Jon Ford and Jack Bromley added a monstrous 173 for the third wicket as the home side had no answer to the pair. Bromley in particular marching through the gears as the ball started disappearing to all parts of the village.
A strong position then and a good target set?
Yes, although both batsmen will be disappointed not to convert their innings into respective milestones as Bromley fell for 91 and Ford 49 within 3 balls of each other. Chris Heath and Pete Harris also succumbed in a frantic last few overs but some late fireworks from Jay Threlfall pulled Pyestock to a respectable 216 for 6 at tea. The home side might look at the incredible 52 extras that more than played a part in the elevated total.
So the important bit, how was tea?
Very impressive, Vagabonds have never let us down on the cake side of things and this year was no exception. Thank you to all involved.
Pyestock knew they needed 10 wickets to win the match, but it became clear very early that this was to prove almost impossible against a solid, conservative, Vagabonds batting performance. Just 13 runs were scored in the first 10 overs as the risk of losing the game quickly diminished. Chris Heath rattled off 4 consecutive maidens but could not find a breakthrough. Harding and Hutchins batted admirably and with Pyestock trying various other bowlers to try and find the elusive wicket, all were found wanting.
Time running out then?
Very much so. Pyestock seemed to be lacking variety in the bowling department and were crying out for a spinner to mix things up. In the end it was Pete Harris who eventually broke the partnership worth 88 in the 28th over, as he took a return catch to dismiss Hutchins, but with only 9 overs remaining, the dye was cast on this match.
Home skipper Richard Boote added some late fireworks in a flamboyant 18 before being caught smartly by Colin Butler at square leg, but in the end the hosts finished a respectable 163 for 3 from their 37 overs in the middle.
Not the most edge of your seat contest, but as always incredibly enjoyable. Vagabonds are superb hosts and always good company in the pub after the game. This one remains one of Pyestock’s favourites.
Any other Business:
Man of the Match: Jack Bromley for his 91 including 11 fours and 4 sixes.
Memorable moment: The British summer taking hold for a few minutes while Pyestock were in the field and Hailstones started falling from the sky.