MATCH REPORT: CHORLEY HOSPITALS C.C. v OUTCASTS C.C.

WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE 2019, AT BOLTON SCHOOL

Fresh from their first win of the season at Bakewell last week, Outcasts made the somewhat shorter trip up to the august surroundings of Bolton School to take on old rivals Chorley Hospitals on an unseasonably cool and cloudy June evening. At least the rain was keeping away, and David Walsh, having triumphed on his captaincy debut in the Peak District, had the chance to chalk up back-to-back wins - a distinct rarity these days for Outcasts.

David called incorrectly but home skipper Pete Labbett inserted the visitors anyway, and a promising-looking opening pair of Jeff Stanton and Rakesh headed for the middle. There certainly wouldn’t be any hanging about with this pair and sure enough, against the familiar opening attack of Brian Chapple and Colin Smith, the runs were soon flowing, with 45 on the board after just six overs. With the usual ’25 and retire’ rule in force, Jeff was first to the mark, having eased his way in his customary untroubled manner to 26, including four boundaries.

Chapple and Smith both bowled their full four over quota, but between them conceded 52 runs; much less economical than we’ve come to expect from them over the years. Replacing them were Leonard and the evergreen Jeff Taylor, and between them they did exert something of a brake on the scoring rate, though Outcasts never became totally becalmed, a common failing in recent seasons. Pavan’s stay was a brief one this week, as was Paul Kidd’s, and with Rakesh also having retired by this time, there was something of a lull for a few overs. Ted Noone, having chalked up one lusty boundary, succumbed to a well taken catch in the covers, and Harvey Hunting became Leonard’s third victim. Andy Broadhurst couldn’t repeat last week’s heroics, providing Leonard with a notable ‘four for’, which brought together Jon Gibson and skipper David, whereupon the scoring rate perked up again nicely.

With Leonard and Taylor also having completed their four overs apiece, conceding only 29 between them, the batsmen found Howard Gray and Steve Toulmin’s bowling offerings more to their taste. David smashed Gray’s first ball for the only six of the innings; helping himself to two more fours in the same over, and with Jon showing similar aggressive intent, the hundred mark was passed in the eighteenth over. David reached the retirement mark in just 17 balls, leaving Raj Vij to join in the fun and see Outcasts up to a competitive total of 117 for 5 at the end of their twenty overs. Excellent batting, then, from Jeff, Rakesh and David, but mention should also be made of Jon’s supporting effort; ending up on an unbeaten 16.

Would it be enough?

Outcasts’ opening attack of Les Cooper and Raj Vij wouldn’t be giving runs away cheaply; that much was certain, and sure enough, Pete Labbett and Mick Dears weren’t finding life too easy out there. Les made the breakthrough in the third over when he found a good ‘un to rattle Pete’s timbers, and although the incoming Howard Gray showed commendable intent, by and large he was kept in check by the visitors’ accurate attack. With Les and Raj also bowling straight through, they had done a fine job by the end of the eighth over, when Chorley Hospitals had accumulated just 28 runs; 24 short of Outcasts’ total at the same stage.

Jeff then struck almost immediately, taking a cool caught and bowled with just his second ball to dismiss Dears. At the other end, Harvey Hunting was also settling into a nice rhythm, and accounted for both Graham Nuttall and the dangerous Brian Chapple. Jeff struck again to bring an end to Fernside’s innings; Pavan pouching calmly at mid-off. By this stage, we had the unusual luxury of a worry-free run-in - Chorley never looked likely to muster the serious degree of acceleration needed to get close to Outcasts’ total, despite a nice partnership between Leonard and Jeff Taylor. With 52 needed from the final four overs, the game was up for the hosts and David could bask in the glow of his second win on the trot. A little bit of a late flourish, with Rakesh coming in for a wee bit of punishment, was too little, too late, and Outcasts had won it by a comfortable margin of 25 runs.

It was a contented bunch of Outcasts who then gathered on the balcony of the pavilion to enjoy beer, pasties and butties supplied by our ever-amenable hosts. Very good to welcome back Harvey and Paul Kidd, and let’s hope we see more of them over the course of the season.
 

Outcasts
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 J. Stanton not out (retired) 26 4 1 8 0 1 1 52 3
2 Rakesh not out (retired) 27 5 2 15 0 2 2 59 4
3 Pavan bowled Leonard 2 3 18 0 1 3 65 5
4 Paul Kidd bowled Taylor 2 4 32 0 2 4 72 6
5 T. Noone caught Taylor Leonard 7 1 5 39 0 1 5 72 8
6 H. Hunting bowled Leonard 2 6 45 0 2 6
7 J. Gibson not out 16 1 7 49 0 1 7
8 A. Broadhurst bowled Leonard 0 8 52 0 2 8
9 D. Walsh not out (retired) 25 4 1 9 53 1 3 9
10 R. Vij not out 5 10 59 2 4 10
11 L. Cooper 11 66 3 3
Extras 12 71 3 4
Byes 5 13 72 5 3
Leg Byes 0 14 77 5 4
Wides 0 15 81 5 3
No Balls 0 16 84 5 4
Total Extras 5 17 99 5 5
18 107 5 6
TOTAL 117 For 5 Wickets 19 111 5 5
Bowling 20 117 5 6
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21
22
1 Chapple 4 0 22 0 23
2 Smith 4 0 29 0 24
3 Leonard 4 0 13 4 25
4 Taylor 4 0 16 1 26
5 Gray 2 0 18 0 27
6 Toulmin 2 0 14 0 28
7 29
8 30
Chorley Hospitals
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 Labbett bowled Cooper 2 1 1 0 1 1 5 1
2 Dears caught & bowled J. Stanton 8 2 4 0 2 2 30 2
3 Gray not out (retired) 25 4 3 5 1 1 3 43 4
4 Nuttall bowled Hunting 3 4 8 1 2 4 58 6
5 Chapple bowled Hunting 11 1 5 15 1 1 5 66 5
6 Fernside caught Pavan J. Stanton 7 1 6 22 1 2 6 88 8
7 Taylor not out 9 7 23 1 1 7
8 Leonard bowled Kidd 15 1 1 8 28 1 2 8
9 Smith not out 2 9 31 2 3 9
10 Toulmin 10 33 2 4 10
11 11 43 2 3
Extras 12 45 3 4
Byes 4 13 51 3 3
Leg Byes 1 14 58 3 4
Wides 5 15 62 4 3
No Balls 0 16 66 5 4
Total Extras 10 17 74 5 5
18 78 5 6
TOTAL 92 For 6 Wickets 19 87 5 5
Bowling 20 92 6 6
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21
22
1 Cooper 4 0 10 1 23
2 Vij 4 0 16 0 3 24
3 J. Stanton 4 0 23 2 25
4 Hunting 4 0 14 2 26
5 Rakesh 2 0 15 0 27
6 Kidd 2 0 9 1 2 28
7 29
8 30

 
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