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CCC vs Aulnay II

Match Reports 2014

CCC vs Aulnay II

Posted by: webmaster on Friday June 20, 2014 (15:19:40)   (5682 Reads)
Aulnay bowling
Aulnay bowling
At least the samosas were good…

Once again Chantilly struggled to get a side and, despite a late request for help to Aulnay to bring an extra player, had to play with 10.

Chantilly won the toss and, seeing that the wicket was a little green, decided to put Aulnay into bat for this 35-over game. Richardson and Regan opened Chantilly’s bowling giving away few runs and picking up the early wickets of both openers, Siva and Kannan. Consequently, at 17 for 2, there were calls to the side of the pitch to “put the kettle on”, but I think we all knew that that might be a little premature.

Luckily for Aulnay, Ananth batted with the intent of staying there all afternoon, and he very nearly did, being bowled by Clarke in the 33rd over for what we thought at the time was a cruel 49, but after a recount was pronounced a half century.
Prana Pavitra took over from Regan at the pavilion end with a catastrophic first over that included 10 wides, surely deserving of an award at the end of the season. To be fair to Prana, the umpires were imposing T20-level strictness on wides. To be fair to Aulnay, the bowling was all over the place and Prana had to take a break to compose himself. And to be fair to scorer Sue, sometimes that bowling analysis box is just too small.

Nick Clarke then took over bowling duties from the same end he also was given a wide. Being somewhat less accommodating than Prana, he complained. The decision was reversed and that was the last wide given for quite some time. Nick’s figures in the end, look very tidy indeed (until the last over, see below) and I think our junior members all went home having learnt a valuable lesson.

Prana did come back to bowl and luckily, the longer he bowled, the better he got. Clarke finished with 3 wickets; Richardson and Josh Pursey with 2 a-piece and Regan and Pavitra each with 1. And finally welcome back to Adrian Powell who was playing for the first time this year and turned his arm over stiffly for a fruitless and expensive 3 overs – it was nice of you to come along though. Actually, he was right to remind me, before this went to print, of his catch – a steepling affair that would have had another other Chantilly fielder shivering in their boots. Nobody quite knows how he held on to it – quite remarkable…

Regan was probably the unluckiest bowler with at least 3 catching chances going to ground in traditional Chantilly manner.

It appeared that we had kept the lid on the run rate until we got to the last 2 overs. Unfortunately however, Sudarshan had no thoughts of retiring peacefully for tea. Regan, who had bowled until then with typical efficiency, was thoroughly mauled in his last over including a monstrous 6 over square leg. Nick Clarke, hoping he could keep things tight also got taken for 14 off the final over of the innings.

From their 35 overs Aulnay had amassed 169 for 8, a very competitive score with a slow outfield. The direct contribution from the Chantilly bowling was considerable – 57 extras.

Prana was supplying teas today and very good they were too. There is now extra competition for the end-of-year prize with those Samosas.

Given that CCC only had 10 players, Aulnay agreed that the last batsman to fall should stay out there and play the part of the 11th man. Nick Sansbury and Rob Oakley opened the Chantilly innings knowing that we would need a slice of good fortune to win this one… And a rabbit’s foot, a piece of wood, a particular alignment of stars, a small cross and a frond of heather. But as we had forgotten most of these items we would have to rely on our talent…

The start was steady enough, scoring at 2 or 3 an over with Aulnay this time providing ample assistance with wides. The opening partnership of 13 was the best we would see this afternoon and ended in the 6th over with Sansbury bowled by the young slinger Nitharshan.

Pavitra came and went without scoring and Clarke could only add 3 before being caught. Oakley was then bowled for 8 by a full toss and at 26 for 4, the innings was starting to come apart at the seams. 2 cheap run outs later (Regan and Ripoche) and the tail was exposed!

Adrian Powell and Jack Oakley hung around for several overs chipping away, Jack being 2nd highest scorer in the end with 6. And it was Jack, as last man out, who came back as “A.N. Other”, driving nicely for 2 before being caught off the bowling of Djega, coincidentally 2 balls after having been caught off the bowling of Djega.

No-one quite made it to double figures and Chantilly were all out after 21.5 overs for a measly 49.

Honours for Aulnay bowling go to Nitharshan with 3 for 14 and Djega who mopped up 4 for 5. Man of the match: Ananth for his steady and valuable 50.

It is a sobering thought at the end of the day to think that, even if Aulnay had not scored a single run with the bat, Chantilly still would have lost.

For the record, without extras we would have only scored 30. So, thinking positively, the loss by 120 runs against an Aulnay 2nd XI could have been worse. No really.
Aulnay bowling
At least someone in Chantilly was scoring!
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