Ashley vs Over Peover

Date: 09 August 2003

Venue: Over Peover

Toss won by: Ashley

Batted First: Over Peover

Match Report

With skipper Jon Griffiths away on international football duties, Ashley visited the picturesque Over Peover for the first time in league cricket. Ed Hall donned the armband for what was the hottest day that anyone present had ever played cricket. And mindful of the conditions Hall won the toss and asked Over Peover to bat first on a track with no little grass but one that was very firm. 45 overs later with the hosts having amassed 212-7 it did not seem the best decision as Ashley trooped off the field looking like they had just come back from the Western Front with several walking wounded and the remainder just plain knackered. Woods and Birtles took the new ball and soon got a breakthrough when Woods trapped Kay LBW, but Whittaker was always quick to pounce on anything short pulling it through mid wicket. With a quick outfield, as soon as the ball beat the fielder t was four runs and he quickly moved to 24 before losing his off stump to Woods who retired from the attack immediately thereafter with a groin strain. Tyms entered the fray and uncharacteristically served it up for Bodimeade and Rushton to tuck into. Hall replaced Birtles who had just had Bones caught superbly by Cannon at slip and immediately starting swinging the ball and enticed the impressive Bodimeade to drive to Coates at cover who took and excellent diving catch. Rushton despite a nervous start with several scoring shots through slips then began his onslaught with a fine display of powerful hitting quickly racing to his fifty, assisted by his captain Nightingale. Ashley continued to field well but the margin for error was slight and there continued to be a steady flow of boundaries as the visitors perhaps overdid the variation. Ashley twice believed they had Rushton out, once early on before he had reached when Mobley held onto a tough chance down leg side, and once again Mobley took a good “catch” of the glove/forearm. Nonetheless, it was a fine knock of big hitting and credit is due as he undermined the visitors good early work. He missed out on his century, persisting in going for big shots when there were singles all around, and in the final overs when Ashley finally stemmed the run flow Tyms bowled Rushton off the final ball of the innings to leave Over Peover on 212-7.

 

Not many sides chase over 200 to win a game but it was felt that the score was probably par or thereabouts. Wary of the need to keep up with the rate, Hall promoted Coates to open and he soon was blazing away with two pulls and a cover drive for four before perishing to one waft too many outside off stump off the short pitched bowling of Ruddock. After surviving two close calls for LBW, Lewis played a super on drive and then a nice square cut before surrendering a catch to silly point off Mills when he was surprised by one that popped a little.  O’Doherty and Cannon were then involved in a pitiful bit of cricket that resulted in a run out for Cannon as he persisted to come down the wicket for a non-existent single with Liam remaining firmly in his ground. O’Doherty played several nice drives and looked set before he too was surprised by one that bounced a little and off the back foot he popped one up with cream and a strawberry on top to the short leg fielder. Mobley joined the procession shortly thereafter, missing a straight one, to bring Hall to the wicket who quickly departed for a duck off a leading edge off the excellent Mills. Tyms then finally delivered the first of what is normally several big innings each season by smashing an excellent 41 to all parts of the ground, with an array of boundaries to show that the pitch contained no demons. Dave Jackson once again played well to support Tyms in a partnership with worth 53. Those astute veterans Roberts and Pendlebury, who were spectating thanks to Holmes Chapel being unable to raise a 2X1 team, remarked that a change of pace was required. As if by royal decree, their wish was granted immediately as Nightingale in an inspired piece of captaincy bowled himself and quickly snapped up Jackson and  Woods caught, and got Holt to drag one onto his stumps wrap up the game for Peover.

 

This was a very disappointing result given that each match had become a “must win”. Whilst it was felt that we did not bowl badly, there was too much variation and a sufficient number of bad deliveries were sent to the fence. Even on a decent pitch, bowlers cannot sit down to tea and believe that they bowled OK when a side scores 200. Injuries did not help with Woods unable to bowl and struggling to field anywhere but slip, (and badly at that!) Holt suffering a recurrence of his back injury, and Hall with a strained hamstring. Nonetheless the score should not have been beyond us on a fast scoring ground. There are no excuses with the batting poor all the way down the order with only Tyms and perhaps Jackson proving the exceptions. To a man, we need to bat better, there is no point in looking to others to do it.  Responsibility is the key to improving our batting points, which are currently the lowest in the league. Still, there are plenty of points to play for and the top six are closely matched so a couple of wins on the bounce could see things change dramatically.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Whittaker

Bowled

Woods

24

2.

Kay, G

LBW

Woods

2

3.

Bodimeade, J

Ct. Coates

Hall

23

4.

Bones

Ct. Cannon

Birtles

4

5.

Rushton

Bowled

Tyms

90

6.

Kay, K

Bowled

Coates

11

7.

Nightingale

Bowled

Hall

37

8.

Bodimeade, M

NOT

OUT

3

9.

Ingarjiola

NOT

OUT

0

10.

Ruddock

 

 

 

11.

Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

18

 

 

 

Total

212

 

BOWLING

Woods

8

3

18

0

Birtles

8

2

31

1

Tyms

9

0

52

1

Hall

10

0

45

2

Coates

4

0

25

1

Jackson

3

0

20

0

Holt

3

0

16

0

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Lewis

Ct. Nightingale

Mills

7

2.

Coates

Ct. Bodimeade

Ruddock

12

3.

O’Doherty

Ct. Bodimeade

Kay

14

4.

Cannon

RUN

OUT

0

5.

Mobley

Bowled

Mills

2

6.

Hall

Ct. Nightingale

Mills

0

7.

Tyms

Ct. Nightingale

Ingarjiola

41

8.

Jackson

Ct. Bodimeade

Nightingale

13

9.

Woods

Ct. Whittaker

Nightingale

4

10.

Holt

Bowled

Nightingale

0

11.

Birtles

NOT

OUT

0

 

 

 

Extras

16

 

 

 

Total

109

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Ruddock

5

2

24

1

Mills

12

2

24

3

Kay

5

0

30

1

Ingarjiola

5

0

13

1

Nightingale

2.2

0

6

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Over Peover (25 pts) beat Ashley (3 pts) by 103 runs