Ashley vs Alderley Park

Date: 12 July 2003

Venue: Ashley

Toss won by: Alderley Park

Batted First: Alderley Park

Match Report

Alderley Park arrived at HQ in entirely contrasting conditions to the 1st game of the season that was not completed due to rain and bad light with Ashley well under the cosh. The outcome in the return fixture was only different in that they completed the job against what was on paper at least a strong Ashley line up. With the ground looking absolutely immaculate and the wicket seemingly dropped in from the WACA the stage was set for Ashley to rebuild their promotion hopes. The Alderley skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat. Woods struck first having McKeever play on to his stumps whilst Braithwaite punished anything pitching remotely on the legside. That was until Ed Hall pulled a stunning one handed catch out of the sky in the gully off the miserly Birtles to send him on his way. Woods continued to beat the edge throughout his spell, having three catches dropped, umpteen edges going through the slips, and late on in his second spell before getting a bit of a mauling, he had a chance refused in the deep. The wicket was offering good pace and bounce with very little lateral movement and was evident by 5 of the top 6 batsmen making at least 20. Tyms back from his extended jollies joined the game and was immediately rewarded with a 1st ball LBW though he failed to restrict the free scoring as did Hall who was also little too generous. The home side worked very hard in the sweltering conditions with Tyms and Cannon combining well to effect the run out of Farmer, but ultimately struggled as the innings went on with the ball becoming very soft and perhaps gave away 30 too many. The visitors blazed from 99-3 after 30 overs to close on 203-6 with Neve overcoming his nervy start to play well and hit the ball hard to all points of the ground. Despite this Ashley were not unduly worried by the big score given the excellent pitch.

 

As tradition dictates after batting appears easy for the visiting side, a bucket of vipers were poured on the track at half time and the Ashley openers laboured against a fairly insipid attack and reached the milestone of 20 runs after only 12 overs. Slow starts are often par for the course at Ashley but as long as the batsmen can pick up the pace when they are “in” then they will have done a good job. For the 2nd week in succession, the (different) openers did exactly the opposite with both Griffiths and O’Doherty getting out in a particularly lame fashion, paddling to square leg, and trying to cut a straight slow one respectively. With the score on 32-2 after 18 overs and the pressure yet again on the lower order, Cannon came and went after struggling to get the ball away before being run out well short of his ground. Sean Flynn returning to the side after a long absence soon showed his class with some sumptuous driving that was matched by another returning mid order star Kevin Coates. They took the score on to 103 before some poor cricket and sportsmanship left a bitter taste in the mouth. Flynn (22) lashed one down to the bottom corner where everyone on the ground thought that the ball had crossed the rope, this view reinforced by the fielder apparently giving up the chase and picking the ball out of the hedge. Then he proceeded to casually toss the ball in to the stumps with 3 bounces and more than a whiff of resignation. The umpire asked the fielder to clarify that it had indeed gone for four, and his reply astonishingly came back in the negative. At this time, Flynn was halfway up the wicket walking toward an injured Coates. The wicketkeeper took off the bails and technically the batsman was out. The umpire offered the visiting skipper Farmer the chance to reconsider his appeal but he declined and Flynn was forced to depart leaving the home side and left even the umpire shaking his head in disappointment at the nature of the dismissal. The incident was reminiscent of the decision by Jon Griffiths several years earlier at Lindow where an Ashley appeal was withdrawn following a false dead ball call that ultimately cost Ashley the game and ultimately relegation. The pressure was heaped upon an injured Coates  (35) who continued to take up the challenge before he tried one shot too many and was bowled by the opposing skipper. Dan Shelston too was bowled after failing to move his feet and Rice also quickly departed to the very slow left armer Losse who managed to get another 5 wickets in the game to mirror his performance on the opening day. Tyms was embarrassingly stumped and ended up on his backside at the wicket attempting what he described as a sweep. Hall then came to the crease to close the game down for the visitors but he fell first ball after being hit on the back leg by Losse. Birtles and Woods were left to save the game and seemed to have the measure of their attack playing out time when Woods played on to his stumps.

 

Given that the embarrassing way that the home side started the game with 2 players still not at the ground, it could be said that the writing was on the wall, forcing Nick Holt to do the 12th man duties and Jon Griffiths to don the gloves. Despite the nature of the overwhelming defeat, this is a game that Ashley should not have lost. Whilst the bowlers may have struggled late on and gave away a few too many, the team will never play on a better wicket this season. Whilst they have clearly had the measure of us twice this season, the visitor’s attack should not be bowling a team out on a good surface and perhaps some introspection is called for from the Ashley batsmen. However, in fairness to Alderley Park, this is the 2nd time this year that they have given us a beating so respect must be given. As for the incident that perhaps saw the end of our hopes to win the game, it left a very bitter taste and one that will not be forgotten.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

McKeever

Bowled

Woods

4

2.

Braithwaite

Ct. Hall

Birtles

21

3.

Turnock

LBW

Tyms

24

4.

Farmer

Run

Out

25

5.

Neve

NOT

OUT

65

6.

Griggs

Bowled

Tyms

23

7.

Jones

Bowled

Birtles

2

8.

Jones

NOT

OUT

15

9.

Butterworth

 

 

 

10.

Parish

 

 

 

11.

Losse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

23

 

 

 

Total

202

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

16

2

62

1

Birtles

19

2

54

2

Tyms

7

1

34

2

Hall

3

0

27

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Griffiths

Ct. Neve

Losse

19

2.

O’ Doherty

Bowled

Losse

33

3.

Cannon

Run

Out

1

4.

Flynn

Run

Out

22

5.

Coates

Bowled

Farmer

35

6.

Shelston

Bowled

Farmer

0

7.

Rice

Bowled

Losse

8

8.

Tyms

St. Parish

Losse

5

9.

Woods

Bowled

Farmer

1

10.

Hall

LBW

Losse

0

11.

Birtles

NOT

OUT

0

 

 

 

Extras

9

 

 

 

Total

134

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Jones

7

1

20

0

Butterworth

7

3

10

0

Griggs

7

3

29

0

Losse

13

2

52

5

Farmer

7

3

15

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result:Alderley Park (25 pts) beat Ashley (5 pts) by 69 runs