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CCC vs British Embassy - 26th September 2009

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CCC vs British Embassy - 26th September 2009

Soumis par: webmaster à Mercredi Janvier 20, 2010 (16:35:26)   (4490 Lectures)
The Teams
The Teams
Following the truncated curtain-raiser between the two sides back at the beginning of July, it was a real pleasure to be able to produce the full star-studded show at last. The smell of the greasepaint wafted across the Apremont pitch on a warm breeze as the leading actors prepared to entertain the hordes who had gathered to enjoy this sporting spectacle in fantastic late summer sunshine.

Back by popular demand, the Embassy cast was a couple short so the Chantilly understudies Nick Jones and Craig Whittington were granted Equity cards immediately and were cast as baddies appearing for the visitors. Topping the bill for CCC were method actors Oakley and Shepherd who put in an energetic opening sequence to take the score on to 84 off 15, before Shepherd missed his cue, caught for 36. Rob, a bit like poor Ernie Wise, struggled to survive without his bespectacled partner, and soon followed, bowled for 31. Enter two nominees for Best Actor in a Batting role. Nick Clarke, that ageless matinee idol, and our very own Oscar winning Matt Gillett played their parts with grace and timing – each cruising past forty before making way to teenage heartthrob Patrick who confirmed his talent by striking a couple of dozen. Character actor Powell, was faultless in his role in this blockbuster innings, making a rapid and unbeaten contribution of 9 as CCC reached the intermission with a fine total of 212 for 6.

No popcorn, but once again a spectacular tea was enjoyed by the cast of thousands – unfortunately I am unable to name those behind the scenes for copyright reasons (the truth is that I have taken so long to write this up, I have forgotten who was providing that day – please forgive me !)

The umpires cried lights, camera, action ! and the Embassy openers took their place on set. The first few scenes were fairly sedate, but the pace built and the middle order displayed more cutting than in that famous Hitch***** shower scene, more driving than in The Italian Job, and more hooking than in Taxi Driver. However, Embassy Captain Hollins eventually muffed his lines and was caught for 47, and Wakelin traipsed back to his Winnebago having made 38. The plot was thickening.

But in true, time-honoured Hollywood fashion an award-winning performance with the ball from Matt Gillett, taking 4 for 21 set the scene for a chilling climax. Notable supporting performances were given by Charlie Hedley and Nick S, but the work with the ball from Congreve and the Clarke double act unfortunately ended up on the cutting room floor !

Craig, as you would expect, made a seamless transition from Aussie TV soaps to the full feature-length epic, by adding a useful, undefeated 18, batting number eleven for the visitors. So, in spite of several sub-plots involving the treacherous villain Nasty Nick Jones whose fabulous fielding for the Embassy side saved a handful of boundaries, and the afore-mentioned skulduggery with the bat from Craig, the home grown heroes prevailed in the end and the goodies of Chantilly won by 13 runs.

It’s a wrap, declared the umpires and all the players strode up the red carpet to savour the acclaim of their adoring fans and a well-deserved beer.

Oh and by the way, and just in case anyone has really been watching……..


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