Peak Park Planners v Outcasts CC At Bakewell Tuesday 28th May 2019
Peak Park 80-5 off 20 overs
Outcasts 84-3 off 20 overs
Outcasts win by 7 wickets
Andy B Clinches Cliff-Hanger Off The Very Last Ball!

 
It was a somewhat depleted and strange looking Outcasts squad that made their way over the Derbyshire hills for their annual confrontation with Peak Park Planners at the delightfully situated cricket ground by the side of the River Wye at Bakewell. Several regulars had cried off due to holiday commitments, and the visitors had to call on one of Les's mates, Martin, and his mate Alan, to help boost the numbers. Rakesh, in charge of the kit, got lost en route, and although Outcasts won the toss they elected to insert the hosts as their bats and pads were still on the way to the ground in the back of Rakesh's car. He eventually arrived, hot and bothered, 5 overs into Peak Park's innings. The weather was perfect despite mixed forecasts and the threat of showers. Swifts wheeled overhead, a family of ducks patrolled the river behind the pavilion, and a dipper was spotted flitting from stone to stone across the water.
It soon became obvious that scoring was going to be no easy matter, with the ball coming through at various heights from a similar length. One would fly through at shoulder height while the next would scuttle through without hardly bouncing at all. Taylor and Knebel opened for Peak Park and Knebel was the first to depart, run out by a smart bit of fielding from the alert Raj at mid on. Les then accounted for the new batsman, Shipston, neatly pouched at slip by Pavan. Addis came and went for 6, caught by Jon off the bowling of David Walsh and after 10 overs and halfway through their inning Peak Park had struggled to 33-3. Although wickets were falling at the other end opener Taylor continued to defy the Outcasts' attack, and despite the difficult wicket managed to reach the 25 run retirement maximum - a hugely creditable performance.
At the three quarter mark of the innings Peak Park were 62-3. Raj now embarked on an effective and economical spell of bowling for the Outcasts, accounting for Cooke and Nash, both clean bowled. Shiels and Fullilove added late runs for the Planners and the home team completed their 20 overs with 80 runs on the board. Taylor was the star for the home team with an undefeated 26, while Raj with 2 wickets for 18 runs off 4 overs, and Rakesh with a miserly 5 runs conceded off two, were the pick of Outcasts' attack. Raj could easily have had a 'five for', as he just failed to hold on to two very difficult caught-and-bowled chances, and saw another catch put down late in the game. Normally a target of 81 would not provide much of an obstacle for Outcasts, even allowing for their somewhat suspect batting. But on this pitch with its unpredictable bounce no run chase was going to be a formality.
David Walsh and Rakesh opened for the visitors and the difficulty of scoring was highlighted by the number of dot balls accredited to the normally free-flowing Walsh in the first few overs. Having hit an impressive maximum over the covers and into the pavilion, however, he departed caught off a skier by the keeper off the bowling of Nash. This brought Pavan to join Rakesh at the wicket and the pair sensibly got their heads down to try and accumulate the runs needed for victory. Hitting boundaries anywhere other than towards the river was not an easy proposition, and both batsmen were relying for the most part on sharply taken singles to keep the scoreboard moving. Eventually both had to retire having reached the 25 maximum agreed by the captains beforehand. Incoming batsmen were finding it difficult to adjust to the awkward conditions, though, and both Jon and Raj fell to Cooke. Still, only 10 runs were needed off the final 3 overs, so a much needed win for Outcasts looked to be very much on the cards.
The 18th over yielded a further 6 runs, making the visitors task seem that much easier, but the penultimate over added only one run so there was still work to do as the game moved towards the last 6 balls. By this stage, Andy Broadhurst had arrived at the crease, unwittingly jumping the gun on new boy Alan who was down to be next in. A couple of singles were added to the total, bringing the scores level with one ball left. The tension was unbearable as Andy faced the final delivery knowing that one more run was required to secure victory. The last ball was in the slot, and the swinging arc of Andy's bat made perfect contact. The ball sailed high back over the bowler's head on its way towards one of the longest boundaries. A four off the final ball had secured Outcasts' first win of the season.
The record books will show that Outcasts won by 7 wickets which is a gross misrepresentation of the closeness of the contest. "Winning off the last ball" would be a much more accurate account.
After the match both teams retired to the Queens Arms for much needed refreshment.


MOTM: there were several contenders on the Outcasts' side for man of the match. Pavan's excellent batting, and Raj's run out, two wickets, and generally tight bowling were both noteworthy. But for his undefeated maximum with the bat and for conceding only 5 runs off his two overs, Rakesh wins the award on this occasion.
Champagne Moment: there really can be only one result here: Andy's glorious boundary off the final ball.

 
Peak Park
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 Knebel run out 3 1 3 0 1 1 3 1
2 Taylor not out (retired) 26 2 2 4 2 2 2 4 3
3 Shipston caught Kumar Cooper 0 3 7 2 1 3 22 4
4 Addis caught Gibson Walsh 6 1 4 12 2 2 4 64 5
5 Cook bowled Vij 7 5 16 2 1 5 69 6
6 Nash bowled Vij 12 6 18 2 2 6
7 Shiels not out 5 7 22 3 1 7
8 Fullilove not out 8 1 8 27 3 2 8
9 Croney 9 31 3 3 9
10 Shepherd 10 33 3 4 10
11 Coombes 11 35 3 3
Extras 12 43 3 4
Byes 6 13 50 3 3
Leg Byes 3 14 53 3 5
Wides 4 15 62 3 3
No Balls 0 16 64 4 5
Total Extras 13 17 68 4 6
18 69 5 5
TOTAL 80 For 5 Wickets 19 71 5 6
Bowling 20 80 5 5
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21
22
1 Walsh 4 0 14 1 23
2 Cooper 4 0 12 1 24
3 Kumar 4 0 19 0 3 25
4 Baskerville 2 0 9 0 1 26
5 Vij 4 1 12 2 27
6 Kansara 2 0 5 0 28
7 29
8 30
Outcasts
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 D. Walsh caught Nash 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 14 1
2 R. Kansara not out (retired) 24 2 2 2 0 2 2 67 5
3 P. Kumar not out (retired) 26 2 3 10 0 1 3 77 6
4 M. Spencer not out 7 4 14 0 2 4
5 R. Vij caught Cook 3 5 14 1 1 5
6 J. Gibson caught Cook 4 6 20 1 2 6
7 A. Broadhurst not out 6 1 7 21 1 1 7
8 A. Baskerville 8 26 1 2 8
9 L. Cooper 9 33 1 3 9
10 10 36 1 4 10
11 11 40 1 3
Extras 12 47 1 4
Byes 0 13 49 1 3
Leg Byes 1 14 54 1 4
Wides 5 15 59 1 3
No Balls 0 16 65 1 4
Total Extras 6 17 71 2 5
18 77 2 6
TOTAL 84 For 3 Wickets 19 78 3 5
Bowling 20 84 3 7
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21
22
1 Nash 4 2 9 1 23
2 Fullilove 4 0 17 0 24
3 Knebel 4 0 18 0 25
4 Croney 4 0 20 0 26
5 Cook 2 0 7 2 1 27
6 Shiels 1 0 6 0 4 28
7 Taylor 1 0 6 0 29
8 30


 
 
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