Whiteditch Rams CC vs Pyestock CC
Date: Sunday 14th July 2019
Weather: Warm and overcast, with Sunny spells
Toss: Won by Whiteditch Rams CC who elected to bat.
Result: Pyestock CC won by 7 Wickets.
Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, J. Bromley, C. Butler, P. Bright, J. Threlfall, S. Armes, P. Harris, D. Heath, T. Threlfall (w).
How did thing start?
Slowly. As has often been the case this season, Pyestock’s opening bowlers have hit their spots immediately and only 1 run was conceded from the first four overs. Unfortunately this coincided with Dan Heath feeling unwell and was immediately withdrawn from the attack. Jack Bromley continued the hard work, but despite the low run rate, both Abbott and Barrett looked comfortable, the only scare was a strong shout for caught behind, waved away by the umpire.
So, even Stevens then?
The game plodded on with low risk cricket seemingly the order of the day. Abbott was happy to take the aggressor role and attacked the bad balls well. Pyestock rotated their bowlers but were hampered in this and the fielding department as the teams fitness appeared to unravel. Jay Threlfall reaggrivating a side strain and Colin Butler jarring the knee which forced him out of much of last season joining the unwell Heath in the walking wounded. The innings reached the half way point with the Rams 71 without loss and Pyestock juggling their 4 available bowlers.
A good platform set for a big total…
The drinks break reinvigorated the visitors and captain Chris Heath shaved Bennett’s off stump for the first wicket of the day, and his 500th since his debut as a fresh faced youngster at Weybourne CC in 1998. 2 overs later and a sharp piece of footwork from the skipper also removed Chambers courtesy of a run out. Pete Harris then highlighted an untidy second over by claiming opener Abbott who had moved on well to score 64 before holing out to Paul Bright at point.
Harris repeated the trick in his next over as Monger drove high to Colin Butler, unusually placed at mid-off due to the aforementioned injuries as the hosts slumped to 110 for 4 after their good start.
Dan Heath, now feeling better resumed his spell and and took 4 wickets in 5 overs to add to his 5-21 the week before, the highlight certainly a one-handed catch by Colin Butler, this time stationed at slip.
Whiteditch Rams were eventually dismissed for 156 in the 37th over.
So, the important bit, how was tea!
One word, sensational. Cricket teas as they should be, 10+/10. Thank you to the Ramsdell tea ladies who provided such a feast.
Well, most Pyestock players were firmly glued to the TV in the clubhouse as the drama at Lords unfolded ball by ball, but almost forgotten in the middle were John Ford and Tom Threlfall who initially looked solid against the opening pairing of Morley and Prickett.
In the 4th over the breakthrough came as Threlfall failed to spot mid on drop back following an earlier lofted drive to the boundary. A similar shot brought disaster for the young wicketkeeper as the catch was easily taken. It looked as if Prickett, who took 3 quick Pyestock wickets last season, might strike again.
Paul Bright joined Ford at the crease and both carefully negotiated the remaking overs from the openers and advanced the score to 56 for 1 in the 15th over and continued their solid progress up to the drinks break which heralded the start of the final 20 overs.
All set up for an exciting finale?
Ford cleverly managed to bring up his 50, along with Pyestock’s 100 and his 4,000th career run for Pyestock all in the same shot in the 23rd over as Pyestock seemed to be cruising to victory. Events at Lords however started to overshadow events and play was temporarily suspended to give all players the chance the see if England could claim a historic first World Cup. Once play resumed Bright was bowled by Monger for 27 and Pyestock required 33 runs from 59 balls.
Chris Heath joined the well set Ford at the crease and the pair managed to keep the runs ticking as Monger and Bradley desperately tried to find further inroads, but the score moved on and Pyestock moved closer to the win
With just 3 runs required at the start of the 33rd over. Heath drove Monger down the ground for four and Pyestock had completed the win with 23 balls remaining. It was a pleasing victory given the injury and illness issues earler in the day along with the fact that the visitors arguably most destructive batsmen Jack Bromley and Dan Heath remained in the pavilion.
Any other business?
No ducks or buckets
Man of the match: Jon Ford for an elegant unbeaten 82 from 113 balls.
Milestones: J.Ford 4,000 runs, C.Heath 500 Wickets
Memorable moment: The huge cheer from the pavilion that greeted a mundane dot ball. England had won the world cup! Alternatively, Sam Armes being no-balled for blatantly throwing, or Jon Fords one man mission to kill the umpires repeatedly with throws from the outfield.