Vale Vikings V Outcasts C.C. 27th April, 2016.
Played at Bowden Vale C.C.

Vale Vikings won by 38 Runs.

EVEN THE WEST INDIES WOULDN’T HAVE FANCIED THIS...

 

 

Question: How many sweaters can the average cricketer wear at the same time and still be capable of meaningful movement? An answer seemed sure to emerge on a truly perishing evening at Bowdon Vale as the Outcasts assembled at this tidy little ground in one of Trafford’s more affluent enclaves. A truly remarkable temperature drop of 10C in little more than a couple of  hours caught everyone on the hop, as hail showers peppered the suburbs of Altrincham. Not the most welcoming weather, then, to greet the start of another season; officially Outcasts’ thirty-first. So, a new ground and new opponents - Vale Vikings, whom we learned play competitively in an over-40s league, which sounded somewhat ominous, though they seemed a friendly enough bunch and were happy to lend us two players: Steve Bottomley and Gareth Roberts, in order to ensure a full 11-a-side match.

 

Les called incorrectly and Vikings chose (predictably) to bat, with Ollier and Webb getting things under way. Les and Paul set about their bowling business tidily, with just six runs coming from the first three overs, for the wicket of Ollier, who hit one from Paul straight at Gareth Roberts in the covers, who with minimal fuss held the catch. Dean, replacing Ollier, was looking to attack and the scoring rate accelerated as he and Webb began to punish the odd loose delivery.

 

Chris T. and Gareth took over bowling duties, with Chris the first to strike as Webb again picked out the lurking Gareth; in the following over Gareth got his reward when Jessop found Bob Sproat who made good ground in from the mid-wicket boundary to cling on to a far from easy chance. That, however, proved to be Outcasts’ last success until the final over of the innings, as Dean and Hunter made steady progress; a succession of boundaries keeping the score ticking along effectively. Dean’s enforced retirement, having reached a pleasing 30, didn’t slow things down, as Gandy joined Hunter in a supporting role, easing the total towards the three figure mark.

 

Les managed to have the last word, however, returning to bowl the final over, and dismissing the impressive Hunter for a well-crafted 29; Gareth completing a fine hat-trick of catches. Vikings finished on 102 for 4 - would this prove to be gettable for Outcasts’ notoriously brittle batting?

 

It’s fair to say that things didn’t start well, with Ted Noone succumbing in the first over, struggling to pick out the decidedly sharpish line of Gandy against a backdrop of a low setting sun. Bob and Derek Molyneux then steadied the ship, but found scoring hard work; one Aziz over apart, where Derek helped himself to thirteen runs. By the halfway mark, the pair were still there, but had only managed to advance the score to 27, against some tight bowling and a well-placed field. Bob then fell lbw to Aziz; followed by Steve Bottomley who overstretched himself against the wily and economical Hutton and became the victim of a neat stumping.

Derek, however, was looking secure and went serenely on his way, eventually reaching the retirement mark of 30; the only Outcast batsman who looked generally comfortable against some accurate bowling. Thereafter, however,

wickets continued to fall rather too quickly as first Paul and then Les departed to successive balls, by which time the run chase - which if truth be told never really got going - had petered out, with Tony T. and Chris seeing out the overs. Outcasts’ final total of 64 for 5 was well short of the target and once again highlighted the batting deficiencies after a decent enough bowling and fielding performance.

 

Although the evening had improved markedly; the match ending in sunny conditions, the temperature remained stubbornly in Arctic territory, and the rather excellent pie and peas provided by our hospitable hosts were most welcome.   

 

 

   

                                                            P.T.   28 May 2016

 

 


Vale Vikings
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 Ollier caught Roberts Mooney 1     1 2 0 1 1 3 1
2 Webb caught Roberts C. Truesdale 13 1   2 3 1 2 2 30 2
3 Dean not  out (retired) 30 3 1 3 6 1 1 3 33 4
4 Jessop caught Sproat Roberts 1     4 16 1 2 4 99 5
5 Hunter caught Roberts Cooper 29 5   5 21 1 1 5    
6 Gandy not out   12 1   6 26 1 3 6    
7 Drape not out   2     7 29 1 4 7    
8 Crouch             8 33 2 3 8    
9 Aziz             9 39 3 4 9    
10 Higson             10 45 3 3 10    
11 Hutton             11 53 3 4
Extras   12 62 3 3
Byes 2 13 64 3 4
Leg Byes 7 14 72 3 2
Wides 5 15 83 3 5
No Balls 0 16 89 3 2
Total Extras 14 17 97 3 5
18 102 4 1
TOTAL 102 For 4 Wickets 19      
Bowling 20      
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21      
22      
1 Cooper 4 0 15 1     23      
2 Mooney 4 0 23 1 1   24      
3 C. Truesdale 4 0 22 1 1   25      
4 Roberts 4 0 16 1 1   26      
5 Molyneux 2 0 17 0 2   27      
6               28      
7               29      
8               30      
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Outcasts
How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Over Score For Bowler Wicket Score Batsman
1 T. Noone bowled   Gandy 0     1 0 1 1 1 0 1
2 R. Sproat lbw   Aziz 7 1   2 0 1 2 2 35 2
3 D. Molyneux not out (retired) 30 2 1 3 2 1 1 3 43 4
4 S, Bottomley stumped   Hutton 5     4 4 1 2 4 50 6
5 A. Threlfall not out   10 1   5 9 1 3 5 50 7
6 P. Mooney caught   Hunter 4     6 10 1 2 6    
7 L. Cooper run out   0     7 23 1 3 7    
8 C. Truesdale not out   4     8 24 1 2 8    
9 C. Wood             9 27 1 3 9    
10 P. Taylor             10 35 1 4 10    
11 G. Roberts             11 37 2 3
Extras   12 39 2 4
Byes 3 13 43 3 2
Leg Byes 1 14 47 3 5
Wides 0 15 50 4 6
No Balls 0 16 53 5 5
Total Extras 4 17 56 5 6
18 64 5 5
TOTAL 64 For 5 Wickets 19      
Bowling 20      
Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls 21      
22      
1 Gandy 2 1 2 1     23      
2 Hutton 5 1 8 1     24      
3 Aziz 4 0 23 1     25      
4 Higson 2 0 8 0     26      
5 Crouch 3 0 14 0     27      
6 Hunter 2 0 5 1     28      
7               29      
8               30      

 
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