Fernhurst CC vs Pyestock CC
Date: Sunday 28th July 2019
Weather: Warm and Sunny
Toss: Won by Fernhurst CC who elected to field.
Result: Pyestock CC won by 21 Runs
Team: C. Heath (C), C. Butler, P. Bright, S. Armes, P. Harris, D. Heath, T. Threlfall (w), J.Bromley, N.Butler, C.Eve, S.Matthews.
How did things start?
With a friendly welcome and beautiful surroundings. It seemed Pyestock fell in love with Fernhurst Cricket Club even before the match started. When proceedings did get underway, the visitors were rocked by opening bowlers Jade and Joe Unwin who kept a tight line and length. Tom Threlfall departed early, caught by Williams, (his first of an incredible 5 catches in the innings), before Dan Heath joined Paul Bright to lead the recovery.
On their way to a decent target then?
Not initially, the Unwin brothers conceded just 35 runs from the opening 10 overs, before Heath was caught at mid-off having been dropped at mid-on just two balls earlier. Further wickets of Bright and Neil Butler saw Pyestock wobbling on 86 for 4.
Suddenly, the mood changed and Jack Bromley and Colin Butler found their rhythm quickly and soon propelled the away side to a position of strength. Bowlers struggled to contain Bromley, while Butler seemed happy enough farming the youngster the strike, who bought up his 50 in just 32 balls.He wasnt finished there and went on the offensive as the overs ticked down in an attempt to register his 2nd century in a Pyestock shirt, but in the blink of an eye the perseverance of Dahl paid off. The young spinner claimed both key wickets as Pyestock somewhat stumbled over the line, first Butler for 35, then Bromley for 85, sandwiching further wickets of Sam Armes and debutant Sean Matthews.
Now in full on collapse mode, the tailenders who were only moments ago enjoying an afternoons cricket relaxing in front of the pavilion, were now scrambling for pads, bats and any other kit that may be required. reminiscent of the mayhem at Long Ditton CC earlier in the season Pyestock somehow moved from 201 for 4 for 223 for 9 at the end of the allotted 35 overs. 5 wickets lost in just 14 balls displaying a level of panic which hampers the side in the back end of innings during 2019.
So, the important bit, how was tea?
Fantastic, the army of tea ladies did themselves proud. Cake upon Cake upon Cake! No wonder our hosts wanted to field first 😉 thank you to all involved.
How did Pyestock defend the total?
Not as easily as captain Chris Heath would have hoped. Initially setting out with a defensive field, Sam Armes and Jack Bromley were given license to bowl aggressively with a boundary sweeper on each side to keep the boundary count down on what was a slow outfield, however Fernhurst had other ideas, despite losing catching sensation Williams early, Raymond and Westley took the chance to score wherever possible and raced the hosts to 34 inside 8 overs before Bromley bowled Raymond and brought Durrant to the crease.
Hopes Pyestock had of eating further into the batting order were rebuffed as both batsmen looked solid, and whilst Westley was the main aggressor, both were causing the Pyestock faithful headaches with runs easy to come by. a 44 ball half century, helped Fernhurst over the 100 mark in the 19th over and Pyestock needed to find a way back into a match where they were now 2nd favourites. Enter this seasons top wicket taker Pete Harris, who single handedly turned the match back into the visitors court by breaking the stubborn and problematic 85 run partnership as Durrant was bowled for a patient 14. Pyestock had a way in, but needed to get the wicket of Westley, and in the 23rd over the big moment came as a lofted drive from the bowling of Sean Matthews, was snaffled at long-on by Sam Armes. Harris then took over, bowling Vigar (1), trapping Freeman LBW (11) and taking a return catch to dismiss K.Durrant for 4 on his way to his best bowling figures of 4 for 49.
Enough done then?
Fernhurst were starting to fall behind the required rate, but Jude Unwin and Dahl ensured that the home tail wagged and kept Pyestock honest to the very end. There was late drama, with Chris Heath bowling the final over with the home side requiring 35 runs. A bizarre no ball call wrapped up in the ball somehow ending up over the boundary on two occasions saw the first ball of the over go for 9 runs as Fernhust saw a late chance with 26 needed off 5, before the skipper pulled up with a twisted ankle! The final balls delivered from a standing start saw Fernhurst actually bowled out for a more than respectable 202 with one ball remaining.
It was a fantastic day of village cricket enjoyed by all. Pyestock have a new favoured destination, and it is hoped that if allowed, many visits will follow in future seasons. Best of luck to Fernhurst CC, a proper club with a great spirit, playing Sunday cricket exactly as it should be.
Any Other Business:
Ducks: Tom, Sam (golden), Sean (without facing a ball), Charlie.
Pivotal Moment: The wicket of Westley via a superb catch by young Sam Armes potentially turned this result around. the Fernhurst number 3 was easily scoring at a rate that would have seen his side home.
Man of the Match: For his best figures and giving Pyestock the chance to keep the tailenders chances of keeping up with the run rate at bay, Pete Harris claims this weeks Man of the Match.