2019 Match 20 – Worcester Park CC

The Match:

Worcester Park CC vs Pyestock CC

Date: Sunday 1st September 2019

Weather: Sunny Spells and warm

Toss: Won by Worcester Park CC who elected to bat

Result: Match Drawn

Team: C. Heath (C), J. Ford, J. Bromley, S. Armes, P. Harris, D. Heath, C.Eve, J. Threlfall, T. Threlfall (w), D. Uddin, P. Bright.

How did things start?

With the best shot of the day! A crisp cover drive from Maloney from the opening ball of the game. It looked to signal a long afternoon in the field for the hosts. Thankfully in the 4th over, Sam Armes bowled Maloney for 10 as Pyestock made an early breakthrough, however the Worcester Park pitch is well known for offering little for the bowlers and so it proved as the hosts raced to 48 for 1 inside 8 overs.

A double change did little initially to put the brakes on as the two Dan’s (Uddin and Heath) toiled. Paul Bright took a sharp catch at backward square-leg to remove Iqbal Jan for 29, but the home side otherwise continued their assault and brought up the 100 in the 18th over.

A huge score on the cards then?

It did look that way, but to their credit, Pyestock tightened up their bowling and fielding and the boundaries started to dry up. Heath producing a mammoth 13 over spell that also claimed the wicket of Sachdeva on the midwicket boundary as Bright took another catch that thudded into the fielders chest like a bullet, a good catch and saving a 6 at the same time.

Wicket-machine Pete Harris also collected 2 wickets including the dangerous left hander James Cameron for 62 as Pyestock continued to trudge through the strong batting line up. There efforts were rewarded as the tail was exposed and could not find the same level of potency as the top order and the run rate began to fall. Tea arrived after 44 overs and the score an imposing 230 for 7.

So, a get table target?

Given the wicket and the quick outfield, captain Chris Heath thought s and produced a strong batting line up to chase the game. Jon Ford and Paul Bright looked comfortable early on, but an injury to opening bowler Crawley in the 5th over forced an early change as the talented Maloney was introduced to the attack. Conceding just 8 runs from 4 overs and 3 balls meant Pyestock fell below the run rate, but with 10 wickets in hand, could continue to chase without much fear of defeat. Both Ford Tom Threlfall were caught as Pyestock fell to 62 for 2 with just 20 overs remaining, it seemed as a draw was the only possible result.

Did the game drift away then?

There was still time for a lot of entertaining cricket, as both sides refused to let the game die a death. Pyestock were still unlikely to lose so tried to launch a late assault on the target, Bright scored 58 and Dan Heath a quickfire 43 to raise the score to 160 for 4, but the quick wickets of fellow power hitters Dan Uddin and Jack Bromley seemed to end the chase with Pyestock requiring 52 from 13 balls.

Worcester Park by now were using the opportunity to mix up their bowling attack as the game seemed to be burning out, but this nearly backfired as Sam Armes took a liking to the bowling of Stemp and Lilley and helped himself to 41 incredibly entertaining runs in the closing overs. This somehow hoisted Pyestock’s final score to 212 for 6, just 18 short of the target.

Another draw at the home of Worcester Park with 442 runs falling for 13 wickets. A familiar tale at this venue, with bat dominating ball once again. Thank you to Worcester Park for their excellent hospitality again this season, and we look forward to next year’s match up and seeing if one side can break the deadlock against the other.

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