Outcasts C.C. V Ramsbottom Traders
Tuesday 1st August 2017 at Winton C.C.
Outcasts 103 for 6 - Ramsbottom Traders 103 for 7 - Match Tied.
There looked little chance of Outcasts' return match with Rammy Traders taking place at mid afternoon on the 1st August. The heavens had opened and the ground had been deluged. But the pitch had been covered and, as the weather improved and the sun made an appearance, the rapidly draining outfield meant that come the 6.00 pm scheduled start time everything was ready for play. Enormous credit is due to Mike and his staff for getting the ground playable after such a downpour.
The Outcasts were looking to extend their winning run of three consecutive matches and to extract revenge for an earlier defeat by 26 runs to the same opposition back in June. Chris won the toss and decided to have a bat, sending two of the three returning Stanton Clan - dad Jeff and elder son Ethan - out to open the innings together. And the pair made an impressive start, too, putting on 38 before Ethan was out, caught for 11 in the eighth over. Jeff was joined by Derek Molyneux and these two raised the tempo still further. At the midpoint of the innings Outcasts were going at 6 an over and a score of 120 or 130 looked to be on the cards, a usually unheard of total for a side not known for its scoring prowess. Jeff was finally out for 45 in the thirteenth over after a tremendous innings which appeared to have put the hosts into a winning position. At this point Outcasts were 75-2.
However, Jeff's departure, combined with some tight bowling, arrested the scoring rate. Derek was run out for a combative 19 and there followed a flurry of wickets as Chris, Nathaniel (the third member of the Stanton Clan) and Stuart all came and went cheaply. Outcasts' final total of 103 - 6 off their 20 overs was lower than had appeared likely when Jeff and Derek were in full flow. Nevertheless it was a total that gave Outcasts' attack something to bowl at. Morris was the pick of Rammy's bowlers with 2 wickets for 3 runs off 2 overs, with Hodgson, Kenyon and Rothwell pitching in with one apiece.
Kenyon and Foreman opened the batting for the Traders and looked comfortable in the early stages of the visitors' reply. Kenyon was the more aggressive of the two with several boundaries as his partner rotated the strike with a series of singles. At 44-0 off 10 the Traders were just behind the asking rate, but with all their wickets intact they were in a strong position to chase down the hosts' total. Outcasts couldn't separate them and both eventually retired undefeated at the visitors' self-imposed maximum, but not before Foreman had opened up with a flurry of late hitting. The 14th over appeared to be a defining moment in the game as the visitors moved from 61 to 76, Jeff Stanton being the Outcasts' bowler to suffer. The Traders lost a couple of wickets but at 96-3 at the end of the 18th over they appeared to be cruising to victory. Another 6 runs off the 19th saw them needing only one run for the tie and two to win off the final over. It looked plain sailing for the Bury boys as Jeff Stanton prepared to bowl the last six balls.
Jeff had other ideas, though. Having been hit for 15 in his previous over he was keen to make amends. His first ball was a beauty that clipped the top of Sullivan's stumps: 102 - 4. The next ball was a dot, so no change to the score. Ball three was another peach, accounting for Ferguson in much the same way as Sullivan, clean bowled. The fourth ball was another dot, and Outcasts were beginning to believe. Morris scrambled a single off the fifth ball, leaving the scores tied with one ball to come. The tension was unbearable. What would Jeff do for his final delivery? It was another humdinger, true and heavy, skidding through to Ethan behind the stumps. In a last desperate attempt to win the match Goodall and Morris set off for a suicide single. But the non-striker, Morris, was never going to make his ground as Ethan calmly whipped off the bails with the scores level. The Traders finished on 103-7.
A tied match, then; Outcasts' first since a match at Wigan in May 2011, but with the hosts claiming the moral victory having lost one less wicket than their opponents. Paul ("Raging Bull") Mooney and Jeff Stanton were the pick of the bowlers, both notching two wickets apiece, while Les's one wicket for 24 off four overs did scant justice to a generally accurate and hostile spell (he says).
Pizzas and beer in the club house after the match rounded off a thoroughly satisfactory evening for all concerned. And a big thanks for the Winton lads for getting the ground playable after such heavy rain in the afternoon.
Next up for Outcasts - Rammy Dads at Brooksbottom, where we may be seeing one or two familiar faces again.
MOTM: Jeff Stanton for a fine knock of 45 and a fantastic, match-saving final over.
Champagne Moment: Jeff's nerveless final over, conceding only one run and with a smart run out by Ethan off the final ball, to tie the match.
|7||D. Walsh||not ||out||6||1||7||38||1||3||7|
|8||R. Vij||not ||out||5||1||8||46||1||4||8|