Match Report – 1st XI Kentisbeare Away
I am guesting this week as skipper - Mr Chilcott is busy shaving his receding hairline, or some such thing, and I need to justify my place in the team! 😊
An unchanged first eleven travelled to Kentisbeare following a strong performance against Ottery St Mary the previous week. Although confidence was high the side was aware that there were still areas to improve on (remembering all their own kit being one).
Another in-depth and ‘varied’ warm up from our infamous coach Josh Kallaway lead to news from the toss that skipper Chilcott had decided to bowl first on a ground notoriously difficult to defend on. Paul ‘Chez’ Rendell and the other bowlers gleamed with excitement of now having the green light to load up on tea at the innings break.
A solid start from the opening bowlers kept the early proceedings fairly even, but wickets looked a premium on a fast improving wicket.
Chilcott continued to rotate his bowlers and the introduction of R. Broomhead lead to the first breakthrough with the score on 43. A frustrating century partnership followed though, but that did not deflate the bowlers and the second breakthrough finally came by the consistent Richard Pugsley (after an inspired field change suggestion by the wicketkeeper).
And as the old saying goes, one brought two. With the very next ball Farley was caught on the boundary, and the visitors sensed a way back in to the game. Continued controlled bowling looked like keeping the home team to a more than manageable total, but the old nemesis Andrew Chave came in and gave some typically lusty blows to take the total up to a competitive 285-9 ,with our fielders also forgetting how to catch a cricket ball at the same time.
SP&TCC openers Hooper and Parkinson took to the field to begin the chase knowing that staying in the game with 10-15 overs to go would give us a good chance of chasing the hefty total down.
A solid start by the openers calmed any nerves in the pavilion and the game was meandering along before a ‘minor’ controversial moment in the game where the hosts disagreed with an umpiring decision, and offended Hooper.
Hooper then took his anger out on the bowling and decided he needed to end the game in quick time, despatching the ball to every surrounding field/ hedge/garden/ road on his way to an amazing 134 (Parkinson was stuck in the 30’s when Hooper reached his century) - Dane, Rich, and myself certainly enjoyed ourselves looking for the ball all afternoon.
After Hoopers match changing innings, SP&TCC only required just over 100 in over 20 overs. R Broomhead joined Parkinson and added another 70 to the total before both fell in quick succession – Parkinson (72) played a perfectly timed innings and supported Hooper well.
The loss of Broomhead and Parkinson prompted the normal flurry of wickets which subsequently prompted the usual mad rush for everyone to get padded up. However the panic was premature as a couple of lusty blows from Big Dane saw us home with three overs to spare - an impressive run chase and 19 points in the bag!
Special mentions go to:
- Parkinson, for an amazing diving one handed catch on the boundary, and then dropping a sitter 10 minutes later.
- Robbie Venn for an impressive leg side stumping that will gain minimal fantasy points.
- Lee for getting the opposition angry, winning us the game and only leaving behind his helmet and one glove – a big improvement.
Solid teas from Kentisbeare – small plates though – 7.5/10.
Back to Whitnage road next week for the visit of Bideford – another win would be great!