Ashley vs Barrow CC

Date: 23rd August 2003

Venue: Barrow CC

Toss won by: Barrow CC

Batted First: Ashley

Match Report

After the poor performance early doors against the league leaders, Ashley made the trek east to the depths of rural Cheshire to the picturesque home of Barrow looking to make amends for a poor game early doors and keep their promotion hopes alive. Unfortunately it was not to be as they were helped onto their own sword by a strong and confident home side. It did not start so well when stand in skipper Ed Hall lost the toss with his two opening batsmen still AWOL; Will Lewis having some directional difficulties, and Liam forgetting that it was an early start. I wonder if Mickey Mouse has a Liam O’Docherty watch? The absentees forced Hall into opening with himself and veteran Steve Tyrell making his first and last appearance of the season. It was no surprise to Hall edge his 2nd delivery to Elwood off the “Beast”, but thankfully Liam had arrived and started what was in equal measure both an excellent and at times turgid innings. Against the pace of the Beast and his apprentice the erratic Downham, both Tyrell and O’Doherty looked comfortable aside from the occasional play and miss against the barrage of short balls on the excellent pitch. At 28-1 the fearsome “Beastey” got one to bounce a little more and it proved too much for Tyrell and it took the tip of his thumb and was taken smartly by Elwood to bring the other late arrival Lewis to the crease. Will soon found his form lifting short deliveries over the slips and driving well through both sides of the wicket, contributing to a partnership of 53 that gave the visitors confidence. However, a double bowling change took the pace off the ball and the runs dried up almost immediately. Cowell and Barrow between them bowled 10 maidens out of 18 overs and this was enough for the two “in” batsmen to become frustrated. After playing extremely well, Lewis lofted a drive to mid off and Coates then drove beautifully through cover before departing at the other end 3 balls later when he was adjudged LBW. Liam continued to play a watchful innings as Thomson at the other end pulled and drove two fine boundaries before falling to a telegraphed slower ball that he could not help but miss. Tyms was then dismissed by Barrow who was getting good turn and bounce but on this occasion it was that flight that was enough for Tyms. Jackson followed an over later when he was bizarrely caught off his glove at square leg when he was trying to dispatch one of the worst balls ever bowled in the history of Cheshire cricket. Woods was next to go caught at long on having failed to middle yet another one bringing Birtles to the wicket who helped one round the corner to backward square leg to close the innings. After recovering well to get to 78-2, wickets fell at 83-4 and 101-5 before the lemmings did as lemmings do with Ashley losing their last 5 wickets for 8 runs. Not promotion winning form it has to be said.

 

After a thoroughly deflating tea, Ashley had to get amongst them early doors if they were to salvage something from the game. Woods bowled with good pace and hostility getting several balls to excite short leg and the slips without any reward. Bell played extremely well as he did in the first game driving anything pitched up and cutting anything that allowed any room, though there was encouragement for Woods and Tyms as he played and missed and cut through the slips. Tyms bowled very again and was perhaps unfortunate not to have Bell caught after he offered two very difficult chances to the diving Thomson at slip. With Davies at the other end making a passable impression of Simmo, skipper Hall brought himself into the attack and after beating the bat regularly, it was he who brought the breakthrough when he got a hand onto a drive from Davies that broke the stumps with the unlucky Bell stranded on 49. In the overs prior to Bell’s downfall, Jackson had bowled very well to strangle the Barrow innings and despite not appearing to be a great threat it was a fine piece of bowling that ate up the overs and kept alive Ashley’s faint hopes as the home side struggled to get him away. Lewis was finally brought into the fray and immediately found some turn and with it the edge of Davies’ bat offering a simple chance to Tyms who failed miserably to hang on despite him declaring earlier in the day “that he cannot bowl them and catch them” after watching his own chances go to ground. Never a truer word has been spoken!!! After surviving the chance Davies who had previously scored 10 runs in 29 overs applied the long handle to Lewis and Birtles and soared to 29 not out to reach their paltry target.

 

To lose half the side for 8 runs at a rate of 1 every over was criminal, especially after the hard work done by Lewis and O’Doherty to recover from the early loss of wickets. Whilst it is always going to be difficult when the regular middle order are all unavailable, there was some poor shot selection by the lower order as we had our tummies tickled. Each man in the side has had ample chance to bat this year, particularly those lower down in the order and to a man we have not been taking the opportunity. Nonetheless, on the positive side, the lads put up an impressive bowling and fielding performance and if we had managed to score the projected 160 it could have been more interesting. Unfortunately we didn’t. We need to bounce back and finish the season strongly playing as we know we can and have done on 10 winning occasions this year before the kit is put away for the winter.

 

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Hall, E

Ct. Elwood

Williams

0

2.

Tyrell, S

Ct. Elwood

Williams

10

3.

O’Docherty, L

Ct. Bell

Barrow

38

4.

Lewis, W

Ct. AALAC

Barrow

24

5.

Coates, K

LBW

Barrow

4

6.

Thomson, P

Bowled

Barrow

10

7.

Tyms, G

Bowled

Cowell

2

8.

Jackson, D

Ct. Pawlett

Cowell

1

9.

Woods. D

Ct. Williams

Barrow

5

10.

Birtles, B

Ct. Noble

Barrow

0

11.

Havery, S

NOT

OUT

0

 

 

 

Extras

15

 

 

 

Total

109

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Williams

9

2

28

2

Downham

5

0

20

0

Barrow

15

3

38

5

Cowell

12

7

10

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Davies, J

NOT

OUT

29

2.

Bell, N

RUN

OUT

49

3.

Hulme, C

NOT

OUT

14

4.

 

 

 

 

5.

 

 

 

 

6.

 

 

 

 

7.

 

 

 

 

8.

 

 

 

 

9.

 

 

 

 

10.

 

 

 

 

11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

18

 

 

 

Total

111

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

6

0

25

0

Tyms

7

0

17

0

Hall

8

0

19

0

Birtles

4

2

10

0

Jackson

6

2

11

0

Lewis

3

0

13

0

 

 

Result: Barrow (21 pts) beat Ashley (0 pts) by 9 wickets