Ashley vs Norbury CC

Date: 5th July 2003

Venue: Ashley

Toss won by: Norbury

Batted First: Ashley

Match Report

3rd placed Ashley entertained a Norbury side that were comfortably in the bottom three at the start of play and after the match it could be said that the table often does lie.  For an Ashley side bereft of several of its key bowlers through injury, and general malaise the toss was always going to dictate the outcome of the points. Skipper Jon Griffths and Will Lewis fresh from their opening stand of 93 the previous week put on another impressive opening stand though in a much more pedestrian fashion against a less potent attack. In fairness the slow wicket that was under water as recently as Wednesday made scoring difficult but once again Ashley batters declined to put away the rank bad balls that opposing batters do so well against us. However, their timing improved to pick up the scoring rate before Lewis (39) lost concentration and lofted a drive to Mid Off with the score at 76-0 after 29 overs. Griffiths (33) was bowled 20 runs later trying to cut a straight one that brought Liam O’Docherty to the crease who played some lovely drives through the offside. He was joined at the crease by the in form Dan Shelston (20) who worked the ball around well and ran hard despite the running deficiencies of his partner. When Liam (23) was adjudged LBW to a shocker of a shot that the crowd presumed wouldn’t have hit another set of stumps down leg side, Liam later revealed that it was in fact a straight ball that he was trying to sweep slog and that it hit him in front of all three!! Vic Patel, in his maiden innings looked to have all the time in the world when facing his first few deliveries before he decided to offer no shot to one that subsequently hit him on the back leg. This brought another injury prone Patel to the wicket, this time the crowds old favourite Kalpesh who after having a look for a couple of deliveries then smashed a quick 20 including two big sixes before he was bowled looking to attain maximum batting points.  Frustratingly, Ashley fell just short of the 4th batting point to finish on 151-6 which although disappointing seemed to be a decent score on that wicket.

 

In reply Norbury openers fumbled around like amorous teenagers in their parents car as Birtles and Woods continually beat the bat for the first 15 overs with overs bowled always threatening to overtake runs scored. Birtles once again kept things tight at the Church End whilst Woods was more attacking though slightly more profligate. The skipper then turned to Vic Patel who immediately began to generate some decent away swing until a crosswind fired up and soon put a stop to that. By this time the openers were beginning to time the ball with Twibell in particular striking the ball well on the off side. Unfortunately for Ashley, Birtles broke through and removed the Tavere-like Lee (17). He was followed quickly after by  Smith who was clean bowled by Will Lewis for 7. Twibell continued to put the bad ball away and reached his 2nd successive half-century at Ashley with the score at 65 for 1 after 25 overs. At drinks Ashley never thought that a win was an option for the visitors despite having wickets in hand. But the breakthrough never came and when Hodge joined the established batsman they began to take charge with several boundaries and a couple of large sixes, with one in particular off Woods’ first ball of his 2nd spell going a long way into the bottom field. Similar good scoring continued throughout the remainder of the innings with the last ten overs being particularly productive. Perhaps Ashley’s best chance of saving the game came when Rice in his favoured fly slip position dropped Twibell off a voluble Woods. Rice’s equally expletive ridden riposte being one of the few highlights of the day. Norbury inexplicably failed to get a message to their skipper Twibell that he was on 99* before Hodge took a single to deservedly win the game for the visitors.

 

Ashley were rightly disappointed after this performance and the skipper reflected afterward that we were at least one bowler light and lacking the variation to breakthrough. Equally, the Norbury skipper showed how openers must maximize the return from any long spell at the crease and take it on to record a big score just as Griffiths had done at Barnton the week before. This week it was not be with 5 batsmen making starts and failing to convert them into good scores. Equally, the bowlers were still bowling 4/5 good balls an over yet dropping short or providing the width for a scoring opportunity to negate all their good work.  With several players due back next week the pressure is on for performances or decisions will have to be made as we seek to get our promotion campaign back on track. News of Barrow’s defeat of by Knutsford did nothing to lighten the mood as a golden opportunity for near parity with the leaders was lost. One highlight that must be mentioned was the return behind the stumps of veteran wicketkeeper groundsman Steve Havery who, after a 3 year sabbatical gave the most assured wicket keeping performance in recent years and also managed to prevent any byes whatsoever. It was just a shame that we could not get him on the score sheet.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Griffiths

Bowled

Jackson

33

2.

Lewis

Ct.

Barlow

39

3.

O’Doherty, L

LBW

Barlow

23

4.

Shelston

Stumped

Barlow

20

5.

Patel, V

LBW

Barlow

1

6.

Patel, K

Bowled

Jackson

20

7.

Rice

NOT

OUT

1

8.

Woods

NOT

OUT

3

9.

O’Doherty, C

 

 

 

10.

Havery

 

 

 

11.

Birtles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

11

 

 

 

Total

151

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Doodson

9

2

19

0

Barlow

22

6

54

4

Jackson

8

2

38

2

Lomas

6

0

33

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Lee

Bowled

Birtles

17

2.

Twibell

NOT

OUT

99

3.

Smith

Bowled

Lewis

7

4.

Hodge

NOT

OUT

25

5.

Lomas

 

 

 

6.

Jacobs

 

 

 

7.

Nolan

 

 

 

8.

Barlow

 

 

 

9.

Darwin

 

 

 

10.

Jackson

 

 

 

11.

Doodson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

4

 

 

 

Total

152

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Birtles

20

6

46

1

Woods

11

3

49

0

Patel, V

6

1

25

0

Lewis

4

0

23

1

O’Doherty, C

0.4

0

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Norbury (21 pts) beat Ashley (4 pts) by 8 wickets