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CCC vs CC Essonne - 5th June 2010

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CCC vs CC Essonne - 5th June 2010

Posted by: webmaster on Wednesday June 09, 2010 (13:38:31)   (4026 Reads)
CCC vs Essonne
CCC vs Essonne
5th June, a scorching hot day, saw CC Essonne step into the shoes of Crossbats, our original opponents who changed their plans at the last minute. Essonne arrived late having got stuck in traffic which was probably just as well because without our usual tent foreman, we were, for a while, roofless. Understandably, given that it was going to be his sandwiches that got curled at the edges, Nick Clarke went back to get the rest.

Given the latish start, it was decided to play 30 overs. Chantilly won the toss and chose to bat, letting Essonne do the running around in the hottest part of the day on the hottest day of the year so far.

Chantilly made a steady start with Sansbury and Pretsell, taking their time and holding on to their wickets against accurate bowling from Arumugam and Essonne captain Gopi. Sansbury went with the score on 27 after 9 overs. The Pretsell-Oakley partnership accelerated the score up to 90 before Pretsell was caught for a sweaty, but excellent, 46.


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Patrick Clarke came and went more quickly than we had been recently accustomed, but Matt Gillett and Nick Clarke both scored 24 quick and crucial runs.

Jean-François spent quite a time practising in the nets - to the extent that he had already picked up several bruises before going out to bat. Unfortunately he was out first ball and the bruises will have to be viewed as an investment for next time.

Homer and Powell added important runs and we saw a welcomed return to the crease of Simon Hedley who did a fine job of preserving his average in the last over.

Tea from the Clarkes went down perfectly as the players welcomed the shade of the tent. Quite a few ham sandwiches were left but full marks are merited for this subtle push to convert the masses to St Peter's.

The Essonne reply started shakily with Charlie Hedley getting his first ball under the defences of Arumugam to take out his off stump. He got his second wicket in exactly the same manner 2 overs later. Unfortunately he only got to bowl 5 overs as he had to go and do something more important (...little does he know that players get dropped for that!)

The longer the Essonne innings went on, the more settled the batsmen became, never letting the run rate get beyond their reach.

The fielding moment of the afternoon was provided by Nick Clarke who ran out top scorer Jayachandran (66) with a direct hit at the bowlers end from - oh, I don't know - a jolly long way.

Chantilly's task was looking forlorn as Nick Clarke came on to bowl the penultimate over with only 2 runs required for Essonne to win. But he still had some extensive tricks up his short sleeves. The field was close around the bat and it was no longer straightforward to hit the winning runs. A dot ball was followed by 2 wickets - bowled. Could the game be turned around? The second of these wickets brought in captain Gopi who quelled the rebellion with a 4 over the bowlers head and it was time to pack up.

Congratulations to Essonne, but congratulations also to Chantilly for playing with spirit when things got hot and sticky. Back to winning ways next week...

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