Ashley vs Port Sunlight CC

Date: 06 September 2003

Venue: Port Sunlight

Toss won by: Ashley

Batted First: Port Sunlight

Match Report

Ashley hit the M53 for their east over to the Wirral though a heavy shower unsure of whether the game would be on given the downpour that had fell upon the area earlier in the morning. On arrival it was a relief to see the sun out and the ground had dried out surprisingly well with the wicket perhaps a little damp but otherwise looking like another good pitch at Sunlight. Griff won the toss and had no hesitation inserting the opposition and giving the ball to Woods and Hall despite keeper Flynn getting waylaid once again and forcing the visitors to take to the field a man short with the Riceman behind the sticks. Byrne took advantage of two difficult chances that Tymsy couldn’t hold at 2nd slip off each bowler, and further half chances that fell tantalizingly short of mid-off, not too mention two close run out opportunities. Spurred on by this Hall produced a beauty to dismiss Byrne when he held one back to have him finally caught by O’Doherty at mid-off, closely followed by his opening partner Gulliver who was finally held at slip by Tyms to leave the home side on 31-2. This brought the prolific Favill to the wicket who after forcing one through a vacant 3rd slip off Woods raised his bat to acknowledge his 500 runs so far this season. After quickly realizing that he hadn’t missed the fasted fifty in Cheshire cricket history, Woods stepped up a gear and produced his best form of the season bowling with very good pace and hostility to remove Favill when he edged one off the back foot to Flynn. E. Woods briefly threatened with a quick 16, mainly through a vacant 3rd man off an unlucky Hall who was getting movement both off the pitch and through the air, before succumbing to the same fate as Favill when Woods had him caught at the wicket reducing Sunlight to 65-4. Kearney Jnr then gave an exhibition of fine strokeplay at one end whilst wickets fell at the other end as Woods tied down the end and had both Martell and Emmet caught behind. Tyms then entered the fray and dismissed Kearney with a fine Yorker before Woods took another for his Mildred in the final over when Thomson took a fine catch in the deep that never looked in doubt. The home side finished on 145-7 that was thanks largely to a fine knock from Kearney, and some particularly sloppy fielding by skipper Griffiths who was having a mare. Thank god he took himself out of the slips early before he had a chance to drop anything!!

 

Ashley made a steady start with O’Doherty and Rice working the ball around with the exception of a super shot that Riceman lashed over point shortly before he was dismissed by the brisk pace of Roberts. Indeed the attack seemed as quick as anything we had faced this year on a pitch that offered good pace and bounce and most of the Ashley batsmen who hurried by those deliveries pitching just short of a length. Coates once again played some good attacking shots and was prepared to hook anything short before he fell to Emmet for 15 with the score on 64-2.  With O’Doherty wary of the moving ball he was extremely prudent in his short selection seemingly happy to hold down an end and pick off the bad ball. Sean Flynn came to the crease and strangely seemed a little troubled with the short pitched bowling of Emmett and entered into debate with salivating bowler who was then dispatched over the point boundary with a fine square cut. Unfortunately for Flynn he then took on cover for a quick single the following ball and was run out in what must have been a close call. Jon Griffiths then entered the fray and proceeded to take the heat of the visitors attack with his infamous dead bat and gently pushed it around to accumulate 21 before he drove uppishly to cover off Roberts. At 108-5, enter stage left Phil Thomson who promptly mullered the ball all over the Wirral after surviving a chance at 3rd man that came out of the low sun. He made Sunlight pay for this lost opportunity as he and the now free scoring O’Doherty saw Ashley home to win inside 43 overs to win by 6 wickets.

 

This was a good win for the lads against a side that had scored over 200 the week before, and gave the team a much needed lift as we move into the penultimate game of the season against promotion seeking Barnton.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Gulliver, D

Ct. Tyms

Hall

8

2.

Byrne, I

Ct. O’Doherty

Hall

11

3.

Favill, E

Ct. Flynn

Woods

21

4.

Woods, B

Ct. Flynn

Woods

16

5.

Kearney, R

Bowled

Tyms

44

6.

Martell, R

Ct. Flynn

Woods

8

7.

Emmett, C

Ct. Flynn

Woods

0

8.

Jones, M

NOT

OUT

16

9.

Crosby, A

Ct. Thomson

Woods

2

10.

Roberts, J

NOT

OUT

0

11.

Kearney, W

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

20

 

 

 

Total

145

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

23

7

53

5

Hall

15

2

55

2

Birtles

4

0

20

0

Tyms

3

0

11

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

O’Doherty, L

NOT

OUT

46

2.

Rice, D

Bowled

Roberts

14

3.

Coates, K

Ct.

Emmett

15

4.

Flynn, S

RUN

OUT

7

5.

Griffiths, J

Ct.

Roberts

21

6.

Thomson, P

NOT

OUT

28

7.

Birtles, B

 

 

 

8.

Woods, D

 

 

 

9.

Hall, E

 

 

 

10.

Jackson, D

 

 

 

11.

Tyms, G

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

17

 

 

 

Total

148

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Crosby

6

1

21

0

Roberts

12.4

5

44

2

Emett

14

3

31

1

Woods

10

0

44

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Ashley (21pts) beat Port Sunlight (5pts) by 6 wickets