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CCC vs Aulnay - Catches Win Matches

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CCC vs Aulnay - Catches Win Matches

Posted by: webmaster on Sunday June 09, 2013 (12:51:13)   (3251 Reads)
 
The most important part of the day
The most important part of the day
Having won 4 of the first 5 matches for 2013, the Chantilly Cricket Team couldn’t be blamed for entering this game against Aulnay with confidence levels high. A rumour that their opposition played in the competitive league, and that they had brought their best team to Apremont, failed to dent the early enthusiasm of the CCC players. Would their new found confidence be misguided, or have they truly started making some progress this year. Read on to find out….

Chantilly batted first on a glorious afternoon, which quickly became significantly less glorious as the first 3 wickets fell with only 12 runs on the board. Oakley, Prana, and Pretsell all leaving in single figures (is 0 a single figure?)

Talk of an emergency phone call to Jo, to get the cakes out of the oven early were put on hold however, as Hoyle and Clarke steadied the ship. Both batsmen displayed sound technique and plenty of patience, as they chipped away at the task of building a respectable total. Unfortunately, with the score on a healthy 44, the steady ship hit rocky ground in the form of a run out; Clarke getting stranded mid-pitch, and just a few balls later, Hoyle was bowled, which sent most of the following batsmen looking for their life jackets.

The rest of the Chantilly batsmen tried their best, with Shaban showing some real class in getting to 20, aided by some solid support from Jean-Francois, but with eight batsmen not reaching double figures, Chantilly were always going to struggle to reach 100, finishing with a modest 82 all out off 27 overs.

 


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The delicious cakes and refreshments provided by Les Pretsells did their best to raise spirits for the second half of the game; Chantilly well aware that a huge effort in the field would be required to steal a victory from Aulnay.

Hoyle and Richardson showed their intentions early, with some tight bowling and good pace. Both bowlers put the opening batsmen under pressure throughout their opening spells. Only 21 runs came off the first 8 overs, with both bowlers dismissing one opener each; Shaban taking a smart catch off Richardson’s bowling, and Hoyle shouting splendidly to pick up a thoroughly deserved LBW.

Regan and Shaban continued where the opening bowlers had left off. Pressure continued to mount and Aulnay’s run rate couldn’t get out of second gear. Regan and Denzil picked up their first caught behind victim of 2013, while a good throw and sound keeping ensured a run out a few overs later.

At this point of the game, the Chantilly players had managed to put themselves into a very good position through tight bowling and some good decision making. A win was certainly achievable, but there would be no room for mistakes.

Unfortunately though, mistakes were not only given room, but they were invited to stay as long as they liked. The Wicked Catching Witch of the North came along too, cast her old spell, and paralysed the use of most players’ hands. Something in the region of 6 or 7 catches went begging; certainly enough to finish off the rest of the Aulnay team and then some. Shaban was the unluckiest of the bowlers. His excellent spell reaping little except a trail of apologies. He will probably spend the rest of his days (assuming he won’t want to ever play for us again!) talking about the 5 wicket bag that never was.

Clarke hadn’t given up hope though, and when thrown the bowling duties, he did his bit to secure the win for Chantilly by himself. Two quick wickets with the score on 43 (catches to Denzil and Shaban) and Chantilly were still in with a sniff.

It wasn’t to be though. As opportunities continued to be missed, Aulnay crept ever closer to their target of 83. A late wicket from Hoyle rekindled to fire of hope, but it was all too late. Aulnay only required 9 off the last 7 overs. They got them. Game over!

So how should Chantilly feel after a game like this? Happy to have competed on an almost level par against a strong opposition? Disappointed to have let a potential win slip through their fingers? (pun entirely intended)

It was a great game, no doubt about it. An excellent contest in superb conditions. There are some very positive signs for CCC: The bowling unit is working like a well oiled machine, several batsmen have found their rhythm along with the middle of their bats, and the teas are GOOOOOOD! As long as that nasty Wicked Catching Witch of the North stays away, we won’t have seen the last of Chantilly’s winning ways this year.
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