2019 Match 17 – Ripley CC

The Match:

Ripley CC vs Pyestock CC

Date: Sunday 11th August 2019

Weather: Mainly overcast but with sunny spells. Very Breezy.

Toss: Won by Pyestock CC who elected to field.

Result: Ripley CC won by 63 Runs.

Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, J. Bromley, C. Butler, N. Butler, S. Armes, P. Harris, D. Heath, J. Baldwin(w), C.Eve, K.Ambroziak.

How did things start?

Ripley’s opening batsmen started positively against the bowling of Dan Heath and Sam Armes, although an early dropped chance allowed Tom Clover the chance to make Pyestock pay. Thankfully the punishment wasn’t too severe as Armes bowled both openers to reduce the home side to 27 for 2.

Did Pyestock manage to capitalise on this good start?

Not really, no, some wayward bowling, and average fielding combined with some strong power hitting by number 3 Knight marched the score on. A short boundary and lacklustre performances not up to Pyestock’s usual high standard meant easy pickings for Knight in particular as Ripley surged to 132 for 3. The introduction of skipper Chris Heath curtailed the run rate slightly, but other than 1 difficult high catch in the swirling wind, Pyestock had no answer to the brute force of the Ripley wicket-keeper/batsmen. With the score on 163, and with 101 to his own name, Knight retired himself out, satisfied with his afternoons work.

Pyestock now needed to ensure the freedom afforded to the other batsmen did not result in a further loss of control and to their credit, fought back well, Jack Bromley claimed 3 wickets in a 6 over spell and last man Gibbons was run out by the quick thinking of Jake Baldwin from the final ball off the innings as Ripley were dismissed for 230.

So, the important bit, how was tea?

Ripley never disappoint in the tea department, and this year was no different. Superb spread of sandwiches, cake, pasta and nibbles. Fantastic. Many thanks to all who worked to provide such a feast.

And so to the reply?

Pyestock once again opted to open with Dan Heath this time partnering Jon Ford on his return and in Paul Bright’s absence. Ford did not look his usually composed self on the lively wicket and soon departed for 3. Heath looked in slightly better nick but fell the same way, caught behind for 21, bringing the Butler brothers together at 41 for 2.

Both dealt with the threat of the impressive Ripley bowling attack well and added 48 to the score before Neil Butler was superbly caught in the covers for 33. Colin was joined by Jack Bromley with Pyestock firmly in the game, but with 142 runs still required, it was felt that one of these two would need to “go big” and match Knights earlier century if Pyestock were to get close.

Did the grandstand finish materialise?

For once in this incredible season filled with close finishes, no. The disciplined Ripley attack kept knocking on the door and 117 for 3 became 155 for 9 with Colin run out for 35 before Sam Armes, Charlie Eve and Bromley himself all falling in quick succession. The match was up and, when a mix up between last pairing Jake Baldwin and Chris Heath culminated in the former being run out, the game was over with Pyestock 63 runs short. An excellent game nonetheless in always picturesque surroundings. The visit to Ripley is always a favoured match in the Pyestock calendar.

Any other Business:

Ducks: Just Kirah this week, after a good catch at point.

Buckets: Charlie early on, Kirah with a high spinning swirler.

Memorable Moment: Poignantly pausing between innings for a brief service on the pitch before tea to remember a former Ripley player. His ashes brought by his family from his native New Zealand to be scattered where he loved his cricket the most. A nice touch and well respected and observed by both clubs.

Man of the Match: Tough one this week after many performances had good and bad moments. For probably his best wicketkeeping performance in a Pyestock shirt, conceding no byes, while standing up to the Pyestock attack and taking a sharp stumping and composed run out, this week’s award goes to Jake Baldwin.

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