Outcasts Tour Of Dorset
30th June - 3rd July 2017

The Outcasts circus rolled into the quiet Dorset village of Puncknowle on Friday, 30th June, with the squad meeting up for their traditional evening meal at the Crown Inn, which was under new, friendlier, ownership. They were joined in the pub by old mate Peter White and wife Amanda. While Roger, Jackie, Paul, Geraldine and Colin were staying in the village, the rest of the gang were in the rambling manor house, a mile or so distant.

Dorset Dinosaurs v Outcasts C.C.
Saturday, 1st July 2017

Dorset Dinosaurs 118-6 off 30 overs
Outcasts C.C. 122-7 off 29.5 overs

Outcasts win by 3 wickets with one ball to spare.

The first of two games was played the following day, a 30-overs per side match-up against Phil Sterling's Dorset Dinosaurs. Father and son combo David and Alasdair Buckle were appearing together for the first time for about 10 years for the visitors. The game was scheduled to start at 2.00 pm at Winfrith Newburgh east of Weymouth. Outcasts won the toss in glorious sunshine and captain for the day, Dave Buckle, elected to insert the opposition.

Outcasts opening bowlers, Paul Chick and Paul Mooney, made early inroads into the Dorset top order, both openers being dismissed with only 14 runs on the board. Creedon and Ellis then came together for the home side and gave some stability to the innings. They advanced the score to 54 before Creedon was well caught at deep square leg by Ant Hobbs off the bowling of Peter Taylor for a very creditable 29. Lloyd joined Ellis at the crease, and the two of them put on a further 33 runs before Ellis departed to a catch that Colin made several attempts at before finally securing it while flat on his back. The incident greatly amused both sets of players, though probably not Mr. Ellis. Ellis's 23 runs were made up entirely of singles, a statistic that Colin himself would die for!

There were further contributions from Kerr and Rees before the Dorset innings closed on 118 for 6 wickets. Creedon top scored with his 29, while Outcasts wicket takers were spread around, with Chick, Mooney, Taylor, Hobbs and D. Buckle taking one apiece, and the other a run-out. The Outcasts bowling attack had done well to restrict the hosts to fractionally under 4 an over, giving the visitors more than a fighting chance of knocking off the target.

Steve Potter and Dave Buckle opened Outcasts' reply and put on a first wicket partnership of 35 before Dave was spectacularly caught and bowled by Dixon for 9. Colin came and went, played on for 2 before Roger joined Steve at the crease and the pair of them put on 21 runs before Roger was out, adjudged LBW off the bowling of Ellis for 9. By then Outcasts were 65-3 off just over half their allotted overs, and all seemed set fair for a comfortable victory. However, there followed a flurry of wickets that saw Alasdair, Ant and Paul Mooney come and go without much troubling the scorers, and when Eric came to the crease to join the still undefeated Steve, the visitors were starting to struggle a bit on 72-6.

Tension mounted on the sidelines as Outcasts found themselves on 104-6 with only two overs remaining and another 15 runs required to secure the win that at one stage looked in the bag. Things took an even more ominous turn as Steve Potter finally succumbed after a splendid innings of 62, caught by Ellis off the bowling of Stevens, having put on an invaluable 34 runs with Eric. The pressure was ratcheted up still further as the last over arrived with Outcasts still requiring 9 runs. We need not have worried. A scampered two by Paul Chick off an overthrow had given Eric the strike, and he proceeded to launch a four and then a six off the fourth and fifth balls of the final over to win the match with just one ball to spare!

Dixon and Phil Sterling took two wickets apiece, and Stevens, Ellis and Rees bagged one each, as the Dinosaurs did their very best to deny Outcasts.

A wonderful game of cricket, played in the best of spirit by two well-matched teams, had gone right down to the wire as Outcasts finally secured their first win of the season by 3 wickets and with a ball to spare.

MOTM: Although everyone chipped in with a contribution, there was little doubt about the Man Of The Match. It had to be Steve Potter, who followed up a tidy bowling spell with a match winning knock of 62.

Champagne Moments: Although Colin took the official award (and the bottle of prosecco that went with it, later put to good use for evening cocktails) for his juggling catch, Eric's match winning 6 was surely the real winner.

cw
05 July 2017

                                     
                                     
    Dorset Dinosaurs                                
      How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s     Over Score For Bowler   Wicket Score Batsman
                                     
  1 Stevens caught A. Buckle Chick 1         1 2 1 1   1 2 1
  2 Nicholson caught Wood Mooney 7         2 3 1 2   2 14 2
  3 Creedon caught Hobbs Taylor 29 3 1     3 8 1 1   3 54 3
  4 Ellis caught Wood Hobbs 23         4 9 1 2   4 87 4
  5 Lloyd caught Potter D. Buckle 19         5 14 1 1   5 102 5
  6 Kerr run out   11         6 15 2 2   6 107 6
  7 Rees not out   11 1       7 16 2 3   7    
  8 Dixon not out   1         8 23 2 4   8    
  9 King                 9 24 2 3   9    
  10 Beavan                 10 36 2 4   10    
  11 P. Sterling                 11 38 2 3        
    Extras                 12 43 2 4        
    Byes       1         13 45 2 3        
    Leg Byes       1         14 50 2 5        
    Wides       12         15 51 2 6        
    No Balls       2         16 55 3 5        
          Total Extras 16         17 57 3 6        
                      18 61 3 5        
          TOTAL 118 For 6 Wickets   19 63 3 6        
    Bowling                 20 75 3 7        
      Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls     21 80 3 8        
                      22 83 3 9        
  1 Chick 3 0 12 1 1 1     23 87 4 8        
  2 Mooney 4 0 9 1         24 89 4 9        
  3 Potter 4 0 6 0         25 93 4 8        
  4 Williams 3 0 24 0 2       26 96 4 10        
  5 Taylor 3 0 13 1 1       27 102 5 9        
  6 Dewhurst 3 0 4 0 1       28 107 6 10        
  7 A. Buckle 1 0 12 0 7 1     29 113 6 2        
  8 Hobbs 3 0 12 1         30 118 6 10        
  9 D. Buckle 3 0 11 1                        
  10 Shufflebotham 3 0 13 0                        
                                     
    Outcasts                                
      How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s     Over Score For Bowler   Wicket Score Batsman
                                     
  1 S. Potter caught Ellis Stevens 62 6       1 9 0 1   1 35 2
  2 D. Buckle caught & bowled Dixon 9         2 10 0 2   2 44 3
  3 C. Wood bowled   Dixon 2         3 14 0 1   3 65 4
  4 R. Dewhurst lbw   Ellis 9 1       4 16 0 2   4 66 5
  5 A. Buckle caught King P. Sterling 0         5 16 0 1   5 70 6
  6 A. Hobbs caught Ellis P. Sterling 1         6 17 0 2   6 72 7
  7 P. Mooney caught & bowled Rees 0         7 20 0 3   7 106 1
  8 E. Shufflebotham not out   27 1 1     8 24 0 4   8    
  9 P. Chick not out   2         9 29 0 3   9    
  10 T. Williams                 10 35 1 4   10    
  11 P. Taylor                 11 38 1 3        
    Extras                 12 44 2 4        
    Byes       5         13 48 2 5        
    Leg Byes       1         14 49 2 6        
    Wides       4         15 52 2 5        
    No Balls       0         16 58 2 6        
          Total Extras 10         17 64 2 5        
                      18 65 3 6        
          TOTAL 122 For 7 Wickets   19 66 4 7        
    Bowling                 20 67 4 8        
      Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls     21 70 5 7        
                      22 72 6 8        
  1 Kerr 3.5 1 23 0         23 78 6 7        
  2 Creedon 3 0 4 0         24 82 6 8        
  3 Stevens 5 0 22 1         25 91 6 7        
  4 Dixon 3 0 14 2 2       26 95 6 5        
  5 Nicholson 5 0 19 0         27 100 6 3        
  6 Ellis 3 0 8 1 1       28 104 6 5        
  7 P. Sterling 4 0 19 2         29 110 7 3        
  8 Rees 3 0 7 1 1       30 122 7 1        
                                     

Resurgent Outcasts Triumph Again
Bride Vale v Outcasts C.C.
At Little Bredy
Sunday, 2nd July 2017

Bride Vale 78-9
Outcasts C.C. 85-3

Outcasts won by 7 wickets with 6.4 overs to spare


Fresh from their success over Dorset Dinosaurs the previous day, the tourists took on a team from Bride Vale.  An old cricketing adage is 'one brings two', meaning that the fall of one wicket often leads to another soon after, especially following a long partnership.  With Outcasts it was a case of hoping one win would bring two after a lengthy, unsuccessful spell.

It was another hot day on Sunday, 2nd July, when Outcasts made the relatively short journey to Little Bredy to take on a team from Bride Vale.  The setting was picturesque and idyllic, with the cricket ground at Little Bredy a shallow green bowl surrounded by wooded hillsides where buzzards climbed on the thermals into blue skies to get a better view of the cricketing action below. Outcasts again won the toss and honorary captain for the day, Roger Dewhurst, invited the opposition to have first use of the pitch in a game of 35 overs per side. Roger has organised the tour for the previous eight or nine years, and this would be the last time he would assume responsibility for arranging the fixtures, sorting out the accommodation, and buying in the food for the evenings' barbecues. Outcasts' Dorset contingent owe him a great debt of gratitude.

Sweet and Parker opened the innings for the hosts and it soon became clear that batting on this strip would be no easy matter. The ball was slow to come on to the bat, and the bounce was wildly unpredictable. Sometimes the ball would spit up past the batsman's shoulder, while the next, pitched on the same length, would be just as likely to scuttle under the bat.  Steve Potter, bowling a tight line and length, accounted for both openers, and the home team were already struggling on 13-2.   Roger and Ant saw the back of James and Vij junior respectively, and Bride Vale were 35-4 and already half way through their allotted overs.  The score soon became 44-5 when Ant took his second wicket, dismissing Vij senior courtesy of a well judged catch by Tony at gully. All of the batsman had struggled so far, but Goldstone set about trying to add some respectability to the home team's score with some lusty hitting.  He received some support lower down the order from Mears and Earl but both fell victim to Dave Buckle in unusual circumstances - Mears playing on, and the unfortunate Earl treading on his wicket.   Dave achieved a 3-for when he bowled Williams and might have had a fourth but couldn't quite hang on to a blistering drive from Goldstone that almost drilled a hole through him.
 
Bride Vale's total of 78 all out in the 34th over (they were a man short) highlighted the difficulty of batting on a pudding of a pitch, and poor Goldstone was left high and dry on 20 not out, the only player thus far to achieve double figures.  Once again Outcasts bowlers had stepped up to the mark, with Dave Buckle getting 3 wickets, Steve Potter and Ant Hobbs 2 each, and Roger and Paul chipping in with one apiece.  Tony and Pete, though wicketless, nonetheless bowled economical spells to keep the score down.

After half time refreshments laid on by the visitors, and in the traditional Outcasts' spirit of letting everyone have a go, Ally Buckle and Colin, neither of whom had had a bowl, opened the innings for Outcasts' reply.  Ally wasted no time setting about the bowling, smacking two 4s in the first over.  Unfortunately, he then played too early at a ball that stuck in the pitch, and was caught at short mid-off.   This brought Paul Mooney in with Colin, neither of whom had spent much time at the crease thus far this season.  Between them they hatched a plan to help win the game for Outcasts.  The idea was to not lose silly wickets, to try and keep up with the scoring rate, to give Paul as much of the strike as possible, and to not expose some of Outcasts' big hitters too early in the innings. They figured that one good shot every other over, garnished by the odd run here and there, would be enough to get the job done.    Unfortunately, this intelligence was not communicated to the dressing room, and anxiety mounted amongst the watching Outcasts as only 14 runs were added between the second and the fourteenth overs.

One or two lusty blows from Paul saw Outcasts back up with the scoring rate, but at the break Colin was gently advised to show a bit more aggression.  In the following over he essayed some undignified hoiks and was dropped at gully before playing on for the second time in two days.  His first runs had come in the twelfth over, and he had contributed 4 runs in a partnership of 39 with Paul Mooney before being dismissed with the score on 49 off 21 overs.  Dave Buckle described the innings as 'quite astonishing' - but not in a good way.  Outcasts don't keep records on slow scoring, but it's a fair bet that Colin's innings was the slowest in the team's entire history.
Pete Taylor was dismissed in the same over as Colin, which brought Ant Hobbs to the wicket.  Between them, Paul and Ant knocked off the runs with overs to spare, giving the resurgent Outcasts their second victory in two days.  Paul finished the game in grand style with a 6, and ended on 54 not out in an innings that also included six 4s.  Ant finished on 12 not out, with two boundaries against his name.  Williams was Bride Vale's most successful bowler, with 2 for 16 off his five overs.  R. Vij was the other wicket taker.

And so a most successful tour ended with two victories for Outcasts - their first of the season.

MOTM: Paul Mooney for his undefeated 54.

Champagne Moment: Paul again for his match-winning 6, the only one of the game.

cw
10 July 2017
                                   
  Bride Vale                                
    How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s     Over Score For Bowler   Wicket Score Batsman
                                   
1 Sweet caught Williams Potter 6         1 1 0 1   1 6 2
2 Parker bowled   Potter 2         2 4 0 2   2 13 1
3 James bowled   Dewhurst 8         3 6 0 1   3 33 3
4 M. Vij bowled   Hobbs 2         4 8 1 2   4 35 4
5 R. Vij caught Chick Hobbs 8 1       5 11 1 1   5 44 5
6 Earl hit wicket D. Buckle 7 1       6 13 2 2   6 62 6
7 Goldstone not out   20 2       7 16 2 1   7 78 8
8 Mears bowled   D. Buckle 7         8 16 2 3   8 78 9
9 Payne bowled   D. Buckle 0         9 19 2 4   9 79 10
10 Williams bowled   Mooney 0         10 22 2 3   10    
11 Kingston absent               11 27 2 4        
  Extras                 12 28 2 3        
  Byes       5         13 29 2 5        
  Leg Byes       0         14 33 2 3        
  Wides       12         15 33 3 5        
  No Balls       2         16 34 3 6        
        Total Extras 19         17 35 3 5        
                    18 35 4 6        
        TOTAL 79 For 9 Wickets   19 36 4 5        
  Bowling                 20 38 4 6        
    Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls     21 38 4 7        
                    22 44 5 6        
1 Chick 4 1 8 0 2 1     23 44 5 7        
2 Potter 3 0 6 2 2       24 50 5 8        
3 Williams 4 1 8 0 3       25 52 5 7        
4 Taylor 2 0 8 0 5 1     26 53 5 8        
5 Dewhurst 4 1 3 1         27 58 5 9        
6 Hobbs 4 2 8 2         28 59 5 8        
7 Mooney 4.5 2 10 1         29 62 6 9        
8 Shufflebotham 4 0 10 0         30 66 6 8        
9 D. Buckle 4 1 13 3         31 71 6 9        
                    32 78 6 7        
                    33 78 8 9        
                    34 79 9 7        
                    35              
  Outcasts                                
    How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s     Over Score For Bowler   Wicket Score Batsman
                                   
1 A. Buckle caught Sweet R. Vij 9 2       1 8 0 1   1 10 1
2 C. Wood bowled   Williams 4         2 10 0 2   2 49 2
3 P. Mooney not out   54 6 1     3 11 1 1   3 49 4
4 P. Taylor bowled   Williams 0         4 11 1 2   4    
5 A. Hobbs not out   12 2       5 14 1 1   5    
6 T. Williams                 6 14 1 2   6    
7 P. Chick                 7 15 1 1   7    
8 E. Shufflebotham                 8 15 1 2   8    
9 S. Potter                 9 15 1 1   9    
10 D. Buckle                 10 21 1 2   10    
11 R. Dewhurst                 11 21 1 1        
  Extras                 12 21 1 2        
  Byes       5         13 23 1 1        
  Leg Byes       0         14 24 1 2        
  Wides       1         15 31 1 3        
  No Balls       0         16 34 1 4        
        Total Extras 6         17 35 1 3        
                    18 40 1 4        
        TOTAL 85 For 3 Wickets   19 45 1 3        
  Bowling                 20 47 1 4        
    Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls     21 49 1 3        
                    22 49 3 4        
1 R. Vij 7 2 14 1         23 54 3 5        
2 Parker 7 4 7 0         24 60 3 4        
3 Goldstone 4 1 14 0 1       25 64 3 5        
4 Williams 5 1 16 2         26 66 3 6        
5 Mears 3.2 0 20 0         27 72 3 5        
6 Sweet 2 0 9 0         28 79 3 6        
7                   29 85 3 5        
8                   30              
                    31              
                    32              
                    33              
                    34              
  Result: Outcasts won by 7 wickets                 35              
                                   

 
 
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