Ashley vs Norbury CC

Date: 20th September 2003

Venue: Norbury

Toss won by: Norbury

Batted First: Ashley


Match Report

The final game of the season saw Ashley battle the A6 traffic to visit Norbury, who seem to have acquired something of a indian sign over us since their promotion to the Meller Braggins league, with Ashley recording only one victory and two defeats.  Norbury, only 6pts clear of relegation had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first on a damp but good-looking track. Ashley obliged by racing away and amassing 15 runs before the fall of the first wicket after 13 overs when Will Lewis’ season finished somewhat earlier than he had hoped. As the ball seamed about with good pace and bounce the Ashley top order found the going tough despite the erratic Lomas giving the umpires from the Derbyshire & Cheshire league outstretched arm fatigue. With Simmons struggling to time the ball early on, he and O’Doherty after some early caution opened up and increased the scoring rate as we galloped to 89-1 after 34 overs before Simmons fell to Lomas for an assiduous 29. Thomson soon turned the game on its head by striking 29 in 16 balls including four boundaries and a six over the short legside boundary before he was clean bowled driving a straight one. This brought the very bitter blue Gary Tyms to the wicket having so far this season failed to make the usual big impact with his batting. However, after one or two sighters he then struck a massive 36 off 25 balls including 2 big sixes. Together with skipper Jon Griffiths, the partnership reaped 50 runs before Griffiths was, as usual too slow for a third run and was run out by a yard. The Riceman took an easy single to give the strike to the bitter and twisted Tyms who smashed another couple of boundaries to see the visitors finish on 184-5. This was a fine effort given the slow start that was not entirely down to the dampness in the wicket. Following a rain-break that accounted for 2 overs Ashley batted through the full 45 overs thereby rejecting the winning draw points being mindful that Norbury despite their lowly position have accumulated shed loads of batting points this season especially at home.

 

Woods and Birtles started with the new ball and immediately caused the openers difficulties with their pace and bounce as the ball, as in the first game earlier in the season regularly beat the edge. However, Twibell in particular was quick to pounce onto any width and after playing and missing twice in succession to Woods, he then cuffed him over the short point boundary for 6. More fortuitous strokeplay followed before Woods yorked the prolific Twibell to give the visitors a big boost. This brought Hodge to the wicket, the other mainstay of the Norbury batting. In his first two or three overs he needed a bell in it as he attempted to hit Woods and Birtles out of the attack with all manner of false shots. Surely this is only a matter of time sensed the fielding side. How right they were…………….  Two desperately extravagant cover drives later and suddenly a road to Damascus like transformation took place. The Hodge of old was back in situ and he played extremely well thereafter with some extremely big shots all around the wicket on his way to a match winning 58*. After surviving a chance at gully uncharacteristically dropped by Ed Hall, Smith scored a decent 40 without ever looking “in”, that was probably as much down to the wicket as much as anything else. With Ashley getting thoroughly brassed off fielding in the  persistent drizzle, Woods returned to have Smith caught one handed at gully by Tyms off his loosener, before clean bowling Lomas 3 balls later. Tyms joined the attack after Birtles began to suffer with his Fleetwood and soon had the younger Lomas caught and bowled only inches off the ground. With the ball resembling a bar of Imperial Leather and darkness enveloping the ground, Barlow came to the wicket and survived two simple catches off the unlucky Woods when Griffiths dropped one running backwards from mid off that he really should have taken – but then you cannot have more than one fine leg in any game and we had to get him in the game somehow. Two balls later the Riceman also uncharacteristically dropped a simple catch on the short boundary when it had never looked in doubt. Barlow then batted very well to slap several boundaries en route to what was an excellent and deserved win for the home side, and in doing so secure their place in the league next year.

 

Despite the initial disappointment of losing another end of season game to a relegation threatened side, it was a good game of cricket to bring another campaign to a close. Despite our recovery to post 184, in the eyes of one or two of our side, it was perhaps 30 runs short of a decent score that would trouble Norbury on their own patch. Despite them needing over a run a ball for big parts of the innings, once the ball became wet and the light faded fell it became very difficult to sight and indeed hold the ball. Plenty of credit goes to Norbury for a good win that saw them escape relegation at the expense of the Chelford and Sandbach. As for Ashley, we can look back on the season with some satisfaction. We have successfully integrated several new players into the club and generally played some very good cricket and above all enjoyed our cricket and had a good laugh each week. However, despite almost matching the champions Barrow for number of wins we were well short of the leading pack in terms of bonus batting and bowling points. Better availability from the top six would inevitably bring greater consistency in posting good scores whilst a little more penetration from all the bowlers would give us a very good chance of securing that elusive promotion slot. An honourable mention must also go out to the eternally willing but physically inept Nick Holt. Let us hope that he can overcome his back problems and make the big contribution to the side that he showed he is capable of when he grabbed 18 wickets in only a handful of injury free games this year.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Lewis, W

Ct. Lomas

Doodson

6

2.

Simmons, A

Bowled

Lomas

29

3.

O’Doherty, L

LBW

Codd

47

4.

Thomson, P

Bowled

Doodson

29

5.

Griffiths, J

RUN

OUT

10

6.

Tyms, G

NOT

OUT

36

7.

Rice, D

NOT

OUT

1

8.

Shelston, D

 

 

 

9.

Hall, E

 

 

 

10.

Woods, D

 

 

 

11.

Birtles, B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

26

 

 

 

Total

184

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Lomas, S

12

2

35

1

Barlow, P

19

7

61

0

Doodson, C

10

2

34

2

Codd, D

4

0

27

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Twibell

Bowled

Woods

25

2.

Holland

Ct. Lewis

Woods

3

3.

Hodge

NOT

OUT

58

4.

Smith

Ct. Tyms

Woods

40

5.

Lomas

Bowled

Woods

1

6.

Lomas

Ct & Bowled

Tyms

11

7.

Barlow

NOT

OUY

26

8.

 

 

 

 

9.

 

 

 

 

10.

 

 

 

 

11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

21

 

 

 

Total

185

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

14

3

70

4

Birtles

14

1

44

0

Hall

7

1

34

0

Tyms

6

0

19

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Norbury (22pts) beat Ashley (7pts) by 5 wickets