Ashley vs Sandbach

Date: 02 August 2003

Venue: Ashley

Toss won by: Sandbach

Batted First: Ashley

Match Report

It was with some trepidation that Ashley rolled up to face Sandbach on a beautiful summers day with seven of the top eight batsmen missing for one reason or another. Thankfully as it turned out Sandbach were suffering a similar fate with five of last weeks team missing. Whilst it was never going to be a game with a stamp of quality, it turned out to be very exciting and competitive with some fine individual displays from both sides, particularly in the field. The visitors won the toss and inserted Ashley onto a two-paced wicket that despite being extensively prepared had been under water 3 times in the previous week. Mobley back for his first start in several weeks applied a little too much bottom hand when driving to a diving Metcalfe at mid off to give the excellent Shallcross the first of his Mildred to leave the home side on 2-1 after only 3 overs. Baldwin battled hard for his 15 when batting was difficult as the ball moved around off the seam before he was bowled by an inducker by Fox, but not before he had put on 29 with the watchful Hall. The demise of Hall brought the skipper Griffiths to the wicket to try and bring some order to proceedings which he did, largely in a partnership with the venerable Dave Jackson who hit a fine 29 (all with one shot!!). In between, retiree Chris Warren was perhaps unlucky to be adjudged caught of his forearm, a decision that will have sent him scuttling back to B&Q for another season, and Rice who was caught superbly by Redgate standing up to the wicket. This left the returning Holt to offer some improvisation including one incredible “Alec Stewart” style swat to the boundary in a valuable and resourceful knock of 15, before Birtles showed experience beyond his already extensive experience to score 3 off the last two balls to secure the 2nd batting point to see the home side finish on 125-9. Special mentions to the exemplary and enduring wicket to wicket bowling of Shallcross that brought him a “5 fer”, and to the remarkable wicket-keeping of Redgate who claimed 5 stumpings in a consummate performance.

 

Not unreasonably during tea, Sandbach seemed confident enough that they could see off the Ashley attack and secure the spoils. However, the character of the Ashley side was strong and they made an early breakthrough when after a luckless spell from Tyms, Woods took an excellent running catch over his shoulder to dismiss Cole off the bowling of Birtles who was achieving good lift from the bottom end. Birtles was perhaps unlucky to have been taken out of the attack following his wicket, and a caught and bowled chance that he had declined in his seventh over, but the decision seemed justified when 2 overs later as Woods struck, having Metcalfe caught neatly by Hall despite a mix up between Hall and Holt at mid off. Woods struck again with a half tracker to remove Moss, and the excellent Hall joined the attack and appealed successfully when he hit Copnall in front of all three to leave the visitors reeling on 50-4. Despite a long-standing injury record that would make Darren Anderton proud, Holt was wheeled in to lead the final push and he responded magnificently. His first five balls were trump and the skipper was wondering what he had just done in taking off the swingtastic Hall, however, Nick then used his 6th ball to clean bowl Fox and reduce Sandbach to 88-5 who still remained perhaps the slight favourites. With Jackson in tandem they made further breakthroughs, Jackson claiming a good wicket following a fine catch by the bucket handed Tyms, and Warren avoiding a TFC by taking a simple catch at mid-off for Holt. With the visitors teetering at 95-9 with 8 overs, Jackson was replaced by the pace of Tyms and with the match so finely poised it was a key decision and one that proved to be correct. Redgate struck a venomous straight drive back at Tyms who took a stunning one handed return catch that left the batsman and his teammates dumfounded. He then followed that with a fine yorker to dismiss Watthey to snatch 22 points for Ashley.

 

The 1X1 was then buoyed with the news that the 2X1 had also won which was a truly remarkable effort given the astonishingly poor availability at the club this week. Thanks to all those who made the phone calls to secure the services of the 22 valuable players, and of course to those players new and old that took part and hopefully enjoyed themselves. As far as the first team result goes, it was a big win in a week when we were not too hopeful. The Stella tasted even better when later in the evening pre-curry, news reached us of the leading clubs either losing or managing only a losing draw. This leaves Ashley in 6th place yet only 16pts behind 2nd placed Barnton and only 7 pts behind 3rd placed Wirral, both of whom must visit Ashley. Lots to play for, despite Woodsy’s glass half empty pessimism!!  

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Mobley

Ct. Metcalfe

Shallcross

1

2.

Baldwin

Bowled

Fox

15

3.

Hall

Ct. Fox

Cotton

8

4.

Griffiths

St. Redgate

Shallcross

24

5.

Warren

Ct. Cole

Fox

0

6.

Rice

Ct. Redgate

Fox

2

7.

Jackson

Ct. Redgate

Shallcross

29

8.

Tyms

St. Redgate

Shallcross

4

9.

Holt

St. Redgate

Shallcross

14

10.

Woods

NOT

OUT

0

11.

Birtles

NOT

OUT

2

 

 

 

Extras

24

 

 

 

Total

125

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Shallcross

23

9

38

5

Cotton

12

0

55

1

Fox

10

4

13

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Cole

Ct. Woods

Birtles

10

2.

Metcalfe

Ct. Hall

Woods

23

3.

Moss

Bowled

Woods

12

4.

Copnall

LBW

Hall

1

5.

Fox

Bowled

Holt

16

6.

Cotton

Ct. Tyms

Jackson

14

7.

Watthey

Bowled

Tyms

10

8.

Kendrick

Ct. Warren

Holt

3

9.

Coppenhall

Bowled

Holt

2

10.

Redgate

Ct & Bowled

Tyms

6

11.

Shallcross

NOT

OUT

0

 

 

 

Extras

14

 

 

 

Total

112

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Tyms

11.1

3

17

2

Birtles

7

2

17

1

Woods

8

4

25

2

Hall

6

4

12

1

Holt

7

3

22

3

Jackson

4

1

7

1

 

 

Result: Ashley (22 pts) beat Sandbach (5 pts) by 13 runs