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CCC vs Embassy

Match Reports 2012

CCC vs Embassy

Posted by: webmaster on Friday June 01, 2012 (16:09:06)   (2978 Reads)
Oakley battles for a 47
Oakley battles for a 47
This 35-over game started early to allow Chelsea fans to get back in front of the tele before their game against Bayern Munich. But it was a good idea for a second reason: Captain Powell’s radar predicted large drops of rain at Apremont with an ETA of 18:03, even though we started in fine sunshine.

Chantilly won the toss and chose to bat. Apparently Stuart Hollins has as much trouble with a coin as Rob Oakley, so this was a fairly matched competition. Despite this early success, Chantilly decided to carry on and pad up; Sansbury and Lee Pretsell opening up.

Pretsell went in the first over, replaced by Clarke in his first game of the season – and one of the few he will play unless we can disrupt a few marriage plans over the summer. Clarke and Sansbury held things together for several overs until Clarke ran himself for a useful 17, trying to extract 3 runs out of a 2.

Sansbury had scored a solid 19 when he was caught, bringing in Warren Pretsell who along with Rob Oakley built up a useful partnership that lasted until the 30th over. Conditions were not ideal for scoring a large number of runs – the outfield was thick and green and Chantilly had been batting for at least an hour before Pretsell showed how to get the ball to the other side of the flags.

Pretsell W. went for 27, trying to smash a straight one into the trees. Hoyle came and went in the same over, continuing his unhappy start-of-season with the bat. Homer stepped in and helped keep the score ticking at a run-a-ball for the last 5 overs.

Oakley was finally bowled in the last over for 47. Chantilly were at 139 for 6 at the end of time, leaving the Embassy with exactly 4 an-over to win.


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Thanks to Jimmy and Denzil for the excellent teas, and to Amanda and Jo for helping out. A special thanks to Eddy’s dad for our new scoreboard - and to Eddy for spending his spare time fixing it up. And thanks to the players of St Brice and their friends for coming to support us for a while.

Two Greaves opened the batting for the Embassy, with David taking the lead role. In fact, all around him was chaos for a while as Hoyle claimed 3 wickets in a 2-over spell for 1 run. He finished with 4 for 11 from his 7 overs – good work again.

Jimmy Regan was the best of the other Chantilly bowlers, deservedly picked up the other 3 Embassy wickets for 21 runs.

Chantilly’s fielding still needs some work though: David Greaves who scored 61 and master-minded the Embassy run-chase was dropped 3 or 4 times. Holding on to our catches, as always, would have had a significant effect on the result. But help is at hand: A new catching practise net for the club has arrived in the Chantilly area (transport courtesy of Newman’s International!) – Please make good use of it!

David Greaves was joined by Robin who contributed 29 to the cause before becoming Hoyle’s 4th victim. Hollins scored a quick 19 to see the Embassy needing only 3 off the last 2 overs – and 1 off the last over, which he chipped over the top of mid-off to seal the win.

A good close game, that CCC had a better than average chance of winning – More runs? Holding onto catches? Fewer wides? All things to work on, for next time.

But too much analysis will only get you down. The beer at the end was enjoyed by all, whilst, to the satisfaction of Adrian, at exactly 6.03 pm, large drops of rain arrived.

And, as I write this the following morning, I can only begin to estimate the level of smug satisfaction across the water, in that green and pleasant land, after a German side lost to an English side (not very English, admittedly) in a penalty shoot-out. If you play for the Embassy and support Chelsea, “chapeau”.
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