Ashley vs Barnton CC

Date: 13 September 2003

Venue: Ashley

Toss won by: Ashley

Batted First: Barnton

Match Report

It was a case of after the Lord Mayors parade when Ashley entertained promotion-chasing Barnton who were keen to avenge being on very much the wrong end of the game at their place early doors. The home side enjoyed the bonus of winning the toss and invited the visitors to bat first on a greenish pitch that had been under water until Thursday afternoon. Woods and Birtles immediately hit the right length as the openers Yarwood and Bebbington found it very difficult to score. Though the bounce was consistent there was good seam movement and by trying to negate the movement by looking to play forward they played into the hands of the bowlers by allowing them to bowl just short of a length and accruing easy dot balls. Birtles was the first to breakthrough against the dangerous Yarwood when he had him snaffled at short leg by Coates who has excelled under the helmet all season. It must be all the time he spends fiddling with his own.  With the run rate rarely exceeding 2 per over Bebbington played one or two nice straight drives off Woods before resorting to playing across the line in the manner of a #11 and was finally taken at the wicket off Birtles by Cannon when he was looking to drive off the back foot.  Watkins was next to go when he creamed a ferocious drive back at Woods who took a smart catch to send him back without scoring. With Cross intelligently holding one end up it was Woods again who sent the skipper Yarwood back when he skied a wild drive outside off stump and was well caught by the very vocal Riceman at gully who ensured that no-one in Cheshire misunderstood that he was indeed going for the catch. With fine catches from Alistair Horn at mid-off and once again by the tidy Cannon, Birtles had secured his well-deserved Mildred. Woods then picked up his 3rd victim when he trapped Ollier adjacent, before veteran campaigners Langham with a big six off Woods, and Coull tried desperately to nudge Barnton toward a solitary batting point. The innings closed on 105-9.

 

After creaming an early loosener off Ollier, O’Doherty fell to a shocker of a pull shot shot that left him and the rest of the team shaking their head in disbelief given his fine innings the week before. Lewis departed soon thereafter when caught at the wicket by the excellent Coull off the miserly Garner reducing the home side to 9-2. Not quite according to plan then! Some order was restored when Kev Coates played in his usual fashion – like he had a train to catch! – quickly accumulating 20 runs before playing a huge drive down the wrong [train] line, and in the process the turbulence nearly blew the keepers cap off yet he announced afterward that he was very surprised to hear the death rattle!! Skipper Griffiths looking to atone for his eternally poor fielding then dug in in time honoured fashion with Ashley in trouble at 37-3. Only a single run was added when Simmons was trapped in front for 10 leaving the home team teetering at 38-4 after only 11 overs. Due a score for the first eleven, the Riceman ignored his creaking knees, and his ruffled barnet to play a fine innings that blended fortuitous drives that ended up though third man with blazing cover drives. Together Griffiths and Rice put on 65 to effectively win the match for the home side, which was tough on the visitors given the simple chance that Griffiths offered to mid-off when he had scored barely a dozen. When Rice was finally dismissed for an excellent 31 by the low-slung 3rd change bowling of the voluble and highly entertaining Bebbington, it was left to Griffiths and Hall to see Ashley home. However, Hall was given out in a similar manner to Cross in the 1st innings when he was adjudged out of his ground before the ball was dead. A scramble for pads by the remaining batsmen was avoided when Griffiths hit Langham back over his head attempting the six that would have brought the extra batting point. Unfortunately, as usual the skipper could not time an egg and the ball trickled over for the winning boundary.

 

This was an excellent all-round performance from Ashley against a side widely tipped for a comfortable promotion campaign given their formidable batting line up. Credit though to the lads in the first innings with Birtles and Woods who bowled unchanged despite Ed Hall prowling around and very keen to get a bowl on what was admittedly a helpful surface. The bowlers were well backed up with all catches were taken, and with the obvious exception of Griffiths, the fielding was very good. In reply there were three key knocks that set up the win from Rice and Coates (heaven knows what he would score if he stayed in longer than 10 overs!!!) and of course the skipper Griffiths (we knew he was in the side for something other than eat all the cake and misfield). We can now look forward to the last game of the season hoping to secure our 12th win (equal to the champions Barrow) at the expense of a Norbury side still battling hard against the spectre of relegation despite their convincing win against us earlier in the season.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Yarwood, N

Ct. Coates

Birtles

8

2.

Bebbington

Ct. Cannon

Birtles

32

3.

Cross

RUN

OUT

26

4.

Watkins

C & B

Woods

0

5.

Yarwood, S

|Ct. Rice

Woods

7

6.

Coot

Ct. Horn

Birtles

5

7.

Jones

Ct. Rice

Birtles

4

8.

Garner

Ct. Cannon

Birtles

1

9.

Ollier

LBW

Woods

2

10.

Langham

NOT

OUT

10

11.

Coull

NOT

OUT

1

 

 

 

Extras

9

 

 

 

Total

105

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

23

4

53

3

Birtles

22

6

47

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

O’Doherty, L

Ct.

Ollier

4

2.

Simmons, A

LBW

Yarwood

10

3.

Lewis, W

Ct. Coull

Garner

0

4.

Coates, K

Bowled

Ollier

20

5.

Griffiths, J

NOT

OUT

33

6.

Rice, D

Bowled

Bebbington

31

7.

Hall, E

RUN

OUT

0

8.

Woods, D

NOT

OUT

0

9.

Horn, A

 

 

 

10.

Birtles, B

 

 

 

11.

Cannon, B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

11

 

 

 

Total

109

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Ollier

6

1

19

2

Garner

10

2

20

1

Yarwood

7

1

30

1

Langham

5.1

0

24

0

Bebbington

3

1

11

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Ashley (19 pts) beat Barnton (3 pts) by 4 wickets