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CCC vs Wallington Tudor - 19th September 2009

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CCC vs Wallington Tudor - 19th September 2009

Posted by: webmaster on Sunday January 17, 2010 (00:34:15)   (4611 Reads)
CCC and the 'pitch'
CCC and the 'pitch'
A warm, balmy September greeted us as Chantilly played hosts to tourists from South London. Unfortunately, Wallington had had their first scheduled game cancelled so were desperate for a match if only to prove that they had been on a tour to play cricket. Chantilly, eager to provide a game, were compelled to move off the Apremont ‘oval’ because of St. Brice’s League commitments and so another pitch was found, nestling amongst the woods on the edge of Creil. Picturesque at a distance, closer inspection revealed how many other extra-curricular activities now used this site. Indeed, cricket “came home” to this little piece of Oise turf. So the advance party of C.C.C. made the playing area resemble a cricket arena and while bottles and glass were removed and the good artificial wicket swept, Denzil Homer produced his boundary flags like a presenter on ‘Blue Peter’. The game could now start.

Wallington Tudor batted first and were pegged back immediately by a sustained period of brilliance in the form of Adrian Powell. Three wickets in three overs had Powell’s hand in it somewhere! A difficult, swirling catch, and two wickets from a tricky spell of bowling, full of guile and subtleties of spin, left the tourists reeling on 22 for 3. As Powell’s master class came to a close so the tourists made a solid recovery. In fact the bulk of Wallington’s innings was carried by an impressive partnership between Malick and Prasad, with the latter retiring on his half-century. A swashbuckling 42 followed this up from Mali. The tourists amassed 207 for 5 from their 35 overs. A challenging score but all eyes were set, not on the run chase, but the sumptuous tea provided by Matt and Kari Gillette. It seems that all attempts at concentration and focus are increasingly undermined by the culinary delights produced on match days! The more so when this ‘tea’ had to be guarded from a curious crowd of youths who had gathered for some motor cycling trials.

Chantilly’s innings suffered an early blow in the dismissal of Sansbury, unfortunately run out but then the surreal happened! ‘Surreal’ on two counts. Firstly, a Chantilly innings experienced a massive partnership, this time between Craig Whittington and Matt Gillette (did he eat any of his tea?) and we were coasting to victory. It is exactly the kind of dream meant for the stand-in captain still seeking his first victory! Whittington, aggressive with intent and seeing the ball well, hit plenty of boundaries while Gillette, steadily accumulated and looked set for a major innings. Secondly, the cricket competed with the intervention of motorcycle sprints and wheelies. A few well-chosen words from Wallington fielders did little to resolve the issue of who occupied the playing area. Well-timed blows with the bat nearly did the trick.

Whittington fell short of his half century by one run and then the batting creaked and wobbled. Clarke N and Clarke P played cameo-supporting roles while Gillette went on to the attack. Then the dream turned to a cold sweat as Gillette was bowled. A clatter of wickets as Chantilly limped towards the target score. A magnificent boundary in the penultimate over from Jean-Francois Ripoche gave us hope once again. One over and 3 runs to win! Each ball was met with a swish of the bat but alas, no connection. The tourists won by two runs.

A great game of cricket on a day when we thought it might have been impossible to play. Wallington Tudor could go home and justify their tour! We look forward to welcoming them next year back amongst the idyllic setting of Apremont. A huge thank you to all the Chantilly players, playing host in unfamiliar surroundings and making a decent game of it.

N. Clarke
CCC and the 'pitch'
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