Holton & Wheatley vs Appleton
Sunday 9 August 2009
Original Report by John Simpson
Holton squeezed out by strong
Oh well, Plan B. We were batting.
With Peter Cowdrey back, we started off with a couple of recognized openers. The
It wasn’t easy to score freely, as we’d demonstrated, so we needed to get stuck in to raise a decent total. Hopes were lifted in the pavilion as Simon Switala strode to the crease, and he and I put on 21 before Simon was caught for 6 (58-4). Nick Wingfield (1) was looking for quick runs, but was stumped before they had arrived (74-5), but we’d managed to put on the beginnings of a partnership, aided throughout by some thoughtful wides (19 in all when the innings closed).
With Nick gone, we were relying on our captain to dig us out of a hole. He pasted his first ball for a long four, and threatened to attack the bowling, which was by now slightly gentler. But it wasn’t long, sadly, before he gave a catch, and departed for 9 (85-6). John Kelly has batted nicely before, but he was out of luck today, caught for a duck – prompting Guy’s match commentary at tea-time “we’ve had so many ducks we’ll have a build a pond”. At 91-7 at was Phil Wood’s turn at the crease, and Phil shaped up well, starting with a cluster of singles before getting his eye in and hitting out strongly. The score rose to 118 before I dragged a mishit sweep back on to my stumps (59 – sorry, Dave, that took me past your batting record!).
But it wasn’t enough runs. We needed 180 to set a challenging total on that pitch. Graham Hawkins, hero of many of a game of yesteryear, strode out to damage the bowling – now rather stronger as the opening bowlers were making a reappearance – but was unfortunately bowled for another duck. But all the while Phil was accumulating, with fours starting to flow. With our overs were nearly up, and as the guillotine came down on our innings, Phil was finally stumped for 24, with Neil Robinson watching wistfully at the other end on an undefeated 1.
149 all out was enough to give us a chance, but we would have to bowl well, and hope for some lucky breaks. We discussed this all in detail over tea, amply provided – for the second time this season – by our Chairman Alan Banyard.
Holton and Wheatley 149
John Simpson bowled 59
Peter Cowdrey bowled 10
Alan Banyard bowled 4
Phil Knox caught 0
Simon Switala caught 6
Nick Wingfield stumped 1
Guy Burford caught 9
John Kelly caught 0
Phil Wood stumped 24
Neil Robinson not out 1
Fall of wickets: 21-1 (2), 37-2 (3), 37-3 (4), 58-4 (5), 74-5 (6), 85-6 (7), 91-7 (8), 118-8 (1), 118-9 (10), 149-10 (9)
Run rate: 10 overs – 21, 20 – 42, 30 – 85, 40 – 149
Time ticked on, and it was almost twenty to six when we took the field to do battle with the
We started with Phil Wood, fresh from his batting heroics, charging downhill, and with John Kelly taking the short straw uphill. Ball 6 of the first over saw our first success, as Phil knocked back the opener’s stumps with the score on 1. The Appleton No 3 hove into view, and threaten to hoom the ball left, right, and centre. John suffered a bit from this, but we soon had a piece of luck as the batsmen crossed for a tight single but No 3 failed to make his ground before the ball was back in Simon’s gloves and the bails off. 19-2 and things could go our way.
We’d bargained without No 4, though. The
Just when it looked as if we were heading for an eight-wicket defeat, Guy remembered to put himself on, and came steaming downhill like an express train. With his fifth ball the stalwart No 3 edged the ball to me at slip, and (to everyone’s surprise) they were three wickets down. We’d found a chink in their armour, and if we could dispose of the remaining batting around their imperturbable opener, we might be in with a chance.
The return of Phil Wood brought an excellent catch behind by Simon, and by now
Phil Wood 6.3-0-15-1
John Kelly 5-0-44-0
John Simpson 7-0-32-0
Graham Hawkins 4-0-26-0
Guy Burford 4-1-10-3
Neil Robinson 2-0-18-0
Run rate: 10 overs – 46, 20 – 98
Catches: John Simpson, Simon Switala
Seven loses so far this season, as against five wins (with three drawn games and two cancellations). Our remaining matches are all away from home, beginning next Sunday with Charlton-on-Otmoor. We need to make a few more runs to give our bowlers more of a chance. And that’s what we’ll be setting out to do next week.