A Six and Two Pies

Rammy Dads v Outcasts 1st August 2018 played at Brooksbottom C.C.

Match Summary

Brooksbottom C.C. is one of the most picturesque cricket grounds Outcasts visit during the season – arguably the best with the tree lined boundaries on 3 sides and the attractive cottages at one end. However, with its huge slope, all-weather track and short boundary on the pavilion side, it’s a daunting task for the bowlers.

So with the prospect of chasing down a not so inconsiderable target would Outcasts crumble under the pressure to score quickly and hit boundaries – against their natural tendency to accumulate runs rather than smash it to all corners? Chris won the toss and clearly thought we had the fire power to match whatever target the Dads set when he elected to field first.

Les Cooper opened the attack from the cottages end with the slope and short boundary on the leg-side for right handed batsmen. Paul Lucas with his left arm round from the ‘field’ end – an age old combination not only in the years this attack has started a match but also an aggregate 127 years! Les bowled his allotted 12 deliveries all of which pitched outside of off stump but only three shots were played to the off-side – both batsmen stepping outside the line of off in an attempt to hoick the ball over the pavilion. So to concede only 1 boundary 4 was a success in the context of things to come. Home conditions meant all the Dads batters know how to use the wicket and slope and they did just that. Paul bowled his two overs tidily without a wicket, but perhaps 5 dot balls should be considered a success. Outcasts were a man short so had a sub fielder from the opposition. The first real chance went to him at deep long off from Paul, but the chance of a catch was put down and promptly spilled over the boundary. Paul wasn’t best pleased! David W replaced Les and Jon Gibson replaced Paul. And so the pattern was set as balls were dispatched with regularity over the pavilion and beyond never to be seen again. Bob Sproat made a welcome return and bowled his two overs, and Tony W slowed the rate down with his deceptive line and length and was rewarded with a stumping in the twelfth over – Ethan Stanton behind the stumps. Jeff and Chris were also treated to some ‘tap’ and the only other wicket fell in the nineteenth over courtesy of a run-out as the innings closed with James Donnelly and Ethan bowling their overs. Four batsmen retired their innings after surpassing the 25 retirement target and a fifth not out just short. Dads score at the close of innings was 166 for 2.

Could Outcasts chase down the formidable target? Will they take advantage of the short boundary – just as Dads did? Well we didn’t get off to the best of starts – Jeff and Jon Gibson opening and only 3 off the first over. Jon was dismissed second ball to a caught and bowled in the second over, off his second delivery and after the first two overs we were behind. James joined Jeff and the pair started to attack and accumulate runs at a steady pace. Jeff was first to retire on 28 for the in-coming skipper Chris, whose season with the bat has been going very nicely. He quickly advanced to 25 with five boundaries to be replaced by Ethan. Dads’ bowling was more disciplined than ours which you would expect as they were more accustomed to bowling two overs each on their home pitch. James retired reaching his 25 with a fine cover drive and David W was never going to hang around – he has the armoury in his locker just for such occasions and run chases and quickly accelerated the score with 3 maximums and 2 boundaries to a top score of 29 to take his turn to retire. Meanwhile, Ethan was doing his best to find some form against determined defensive bowling, but frustration got the better of him as he advanced down to the pitch in the 16th over and was promptly stumped, bringing in Tony W to join Les who was at the other end and with the target now within reach at 132 for two with 4.3 overs left. The tension was mounting.

Alas it was this 16th over that was decisive in the context of the match for Tony was Chris’ second victim in the over (I hate it when the score book only records first names – I think Chris on this occasion was their skipper), Tony spooning the third ball he faced behind leg for the wicket keeper to take a diving catch. 2 wickets and only 4 runs conceded in one over was a killer blow but Les (with his first recorded six for Outcasts in 84 innings) and Paul wasn’t going to give it up with a whimper. The bowling however continued to be disciplined in fading light and the pair made a determined effort to dominate, scoring with virtually every ball, running quick singles and twos, but finding the fielders on the boundaries and some excellent keeping behind the stumps throughout Outcasts innings proved the difference between the two teams as Outcasts were just four runs short of the target at the close.

The Analysis.

328 runs scored in 40 overs

Both sides had 4 players who retired on 25 or more

Dads had 20 boundary fours and 4 maximus, Outcasts 17 fours and 5 sixes

Dads took 3 wickets, Outcasts 2

Outcasts lost 5 balls (again at this ground!) and never to be seen again, Dads didn’t lose any

Outcasts 2nd wicket stand of 129 – (J Stanton, Donnelly, Truesdale, E Stanton, Walsh, Cooper) is the second highest partnership for the second wicket. One for Ted and Peter to analyse perhaps.

Man of the Match – Jeff 28 retired, James 25 retired, Chris 25 retired, David 29 retired, the bowlers toiled, but Tony W had very respectable figures of 1 for 9. On balance, I think David takes it for his knock which accelerated the score with 3 maximums and a couple of fours.

Champagne Moment – I’m too modest, although I still to this day contest the fact that my innings all those years ago at Bickershaw included 3 maximums despite what the scorebook records. Perhaps the Champagne Moment goes to when the ball was deposited into the woods and straight into a deposit left by a dog!

And the two pies? Well it’d be rude not to wouldn’t it? Thanks to the opposition for the after match hospitality.

Match Result

Rammy Dads 166 for 2

Outcasts 162 for 3

Rammy Dads won by 4 runs.

Match Score Sheet
(Rammy Dads batting figures not available)

 

Bowling
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Cooper 2 0 13 0
2 Lucas 2 0 20 0
3 Walsh 2 0 18 0 1
4 Gibson 2 0 32 0
5 Sproat 2 0 16 0
6 Williams 2 0 9 1*
7 J. Stanton 2 0 19 0
8 C. Truesdale 2 0 11 0
9 Donnelly 2 0 16 0
10 E. Stanton 2 0 9 0
* Stumping by Ethan S
Outcasts
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 J. Stanton not out (retired) 28 4 1 1 3 0 1 1 4 2
2 J. Gibson caught & bowled Taylor 0 2 7 1 2 2 131 5
3 J. Donnelly not out (retired) 25 4 3 13 1 1 3 131 8
4 C. Truesdale not out (retired) 25 5 4 20 1 2 4
5 E. Stanton stumped Chris 13 1 5 30 1 3 5
6 D. Walsh not out (retired) 29 2 3 6 47 1 4 6
7 L. Cooper not out 17 1 1 7 51 1 3 7
8 T. Williams caught Chris 0 8 56 1 4 8
9 P. Lucas not out 10 9 60 1 5 9
10 R. Sproat 10 65 1 6 10
11 11 74 1 5
Extras 12 90 1 6
Byes 6 13 107 1 7
Leg Byes 1 14 112 1 8
Wides 4 15 127 1 7
No Balls 4 16 131 3 8
Total Extras 15 17 135 3 9
18 141 3 10
TOTAL 162 For 3 Wickets 19 153 3 9
Bowling 20 162 3 10
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21
22
1 Mike 2 0 8 0 23
2 Taylor 2 0 11 1 24
3 Tom 2 0 14 0 25
4 Roe 2 0 18 0 26
5 Shaun 2 0 12 0 1 27
6 Bernard 2 0 21 0 2 28
7 Bowler No. 7 2 0 32 0 2 29
8 Chris 2 0 9 2 30
9 Bowler No. 9 2 0 16 0 2
10 Bowler No. 10 2 0 14 0 1

 

 
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