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CCC vs Nomads

Posted by: webmaster on Wednesday August 29, 2012 (11:47:39)   (26988 Reads)
 
CCC vs Nomads
CCC vs Nomads
Did anyone else have trouble walking on Sunday or Monday? Or scratching their back? Maybe it was only me, but I was really quite stiff following the afternoon of cricket on the 25th August.

We welcomed back the Nomads for their annual tour of the departements around Paris, although you have to say that the team had a very heavy influence from Thoiry. No problem, we’re just as happy beating Thoiry (well that’s easier said than done, to be honest). Nomad’s captain Michael Blumberg had agreed that we play 2 T20s – serving as CCC’s practise for the tournament at Standard next week.

The toss went Chantilly’s way (I would never have called heads) and Nomads were put into bat. Mark Moodley and Jack Hardy opened the batting and provided a steady start against Nick Clarke and Eddy Hoyle. Clarke took the wicket of Moodley with the score on 32, Hardy going on to score a well-deserved 52. Gribbel chipped in with 19, getting bowled by Patrick Clarke, one of his 2 wickets. This final wicket of the innings took place on the 2nd ball of the last over with the score on 122. Davidson, intent on shock and awe, took the total to 138 with the 4 remaining balls.

 


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A quick turn-around saw Hoyle and Pretsell open for Chantilly. Sharon Whiting took Pretsell’s wicket in her first over, Gribbel bowling Hoyle for 10 a little later with a beautiful delivery. Rob Oakley added 14 before getting caught in John Hardy’s first over – an over he said later, was one of the worst he’s ever bowled. Well if I got 2 wickets for every bad over I bowled I wouldn’t be too upset… The second one was that of Patrick Clarke for 4.

Nick Clarke brought some class to the proceedings though with well-timed and well-placed cuts, pulls and drives only to be run out by Patrick Heard for 31. Although to be fair, there would have been a run to any other fielder. Powell smashed a few 4s meaning that a couple of overs from the end CCC needed 19 to win – a great effort to be in that position, but a tall order nevertheless to win the game. Homer and Heard gave themselves a target of 12 from the last over to win, but the runs didn’t appear and Chantilly ended the game 6 runs short.

Heard finished on 33 not out, having built an appetite for this own teas, which were very fine indeed, although there was concern from some quarters that the sandwiches seemed to be a little too neatly arranged.

Taking their turn to bat first in the second game, Chantilly openers Eddy Hoyle and Patrick Clarke walked out to build a solid foundation for the rest of the team. One ball later Hoyle was on his way, bowled by Gribbel for the 2nd time in the day, the ball just clipping the bail on its way through. Now I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s looking very difficult now for anyone else to win the duck award at our end-of-year bash. I think you’re there Eddy, the pressure’s off now.
In any normal cricket team, the batsmen would get their heads down and graft a few singles. Patrick Clarke got us off the mark with a 6 – I like your style, Patch. The batting order being a little more unconventional for this second game saw Jean François Ripoche come in at 4. The bowling was evidently to his liking as he clubbed 2s and 4s in double-quick time. And don’t worry that they mostly end up in the “coin des vaches”, runs are runs and we’ll take them any way they come. We’ll make 2013 our off-side year.

Meanwhile, Adrian Powell, having got through another 2 batting performances without getting injured (and consequently sitting in a deckchair feeling smug) got stung by a bee. But he takes it all in his stride. He only went pale, in fact, when Patrick Heard offered to suck out the venom.

Back to more important things. Nick Clarke once again put together a very useful 32 with Jack Oakley holding things together at the other end. Chantilly ended the 20 overs on 119 for 7. Would it be enough?

Jack Hardy and Rory Gribbel opened this time for Nomads, and once again their start was steady – no wickets falling but a little low on the run rate thanks to accurate bowling from Hoyle and Nick Clarke. Hoyle bowled out Hardy for 17 bringing in Davidson who, in the same over, sweetly drilled a half-volley into the hands of Patrick Clarke at short mid-wicket. Patch looked a bit surprised to see the ball there. Davidson waited a second or 2 to see if he would drop the ball to the ground in good sportsmanship, but he didn’t, and Davidson’s script had to be hastily rewritten.

Collins provided some lusty blows but was caught in the outfield by Oakley off the bowling of Pretsell, who was finding out that this was his moment. Indeed, pretty much everything he bowled seemed to go to hand and stick – Pretsell ending with club best figures of 5 for 14 off his 4 overs.
Credit to the all the Chantilly bowlers who kept extras down to 9 – considerably lower than in the other innings – and to the Chantilly fielders whose catching performance was much improved over recent games.

So as Nomad wickets were dropping, so was the sun and we still had several overs to play. Both sides were keen to continue despite the darkness, but a sudden heavy shower convinced everyone that enough was enough; 16 overs completed 72 for 7 on the board.

Later Duckworth-Lewis calculations confirmed what we had believed: Chantilly won by 25 runs (D/L method). Only a few days now before we take that T20 trophy that is rightly ours. Well we’ll have a crack at it, at least.
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