Ashley vs Wirral CC

Date: 30 August 2003

Venue: Ashley

Toss won by: Ashley

Batted First: Wirral

Match Report

On Saturday with the onset of Autumn obvious in the numbers of jumpers being pulled out of the kit bag, Ashley welcomed Wirral for a drink in our last chance saloon as the game represented the home sides last chance to register a big win to save our ailing promotion aspirations. True to current form, sadly it was not to be as Ashley’s continuing availability crisis forced a number of changes to leave us bereft of several key players. Once again Griff won the toss and invited the visitors to make use of a pitch that looked as if it would do a bit.  After Woods first maiden over, the home side were watching and wondering what was going on as Birtles’ first 2 balls disappeared to the fence for 12 runs. This start pretty much set the tone as Ashley searched in vain for the right length. Anything over pitched was firmly driven by the excellent MacPherson, whilst anything slightly too short sat up and awaited punishment which duly came. Not enough balls were put just short of a length that made life awkward for both MacPherson and Hemstalk, leaving them to pull and drive with impunity. Matters were not helped when Birtles twice had Hemstalk caught off no balls. Birtles also suffered a refusal much to his chagrin when Liam preferred to play one hand one bounce on the boundary when MacPherson was barely in the twenties. From 30-2, Wirral put on a massive 140+ for the 3rd wicket to leave them 160-2 at drinks. Jackson bowled well to check the onslaught and eventually picked up the wicket of MacPherson who was caught and bowled by one that the bowler held back. Late wickets from Birtles and Woods following the monumental 3rd wicket partnership led to an early declaration on 212-5 after only 41 overs.

 

Over another slice of cake Sean Flynn enthused about the importance of PMA and declared the score was gettable. Nevertheless, it was clearly a daunting task to chase even with the extra overs and so it proved. With Hall, once again struggling in the opening slot following the bizarre decision to put him there, O’Docherty and his intangible advisers soon joined him in the showers so they could discuss their attempts at seeing off the new ball With the visitors clearly on the offensive Kevin Coates finally stepped up to the plate and moldered the attack to all parts for an excellent 52 before dragging one onto his stumps when he and Griffiths had given Ashley some hope. The door was firmly shut on our chances in the game when the skipper followed him shortly after driving perfectly into the hands of short mid-wicket. Dave Jackson driving to mid off for a comfortable catch was preceded by a brave effort from sicknote Nick Holt who also dragged on. Woods offered some late resistance with several well struck boundaries and even a couple of defensive shots before playing a shocker of a shot that saw him stride off rattling his lid with Coates’s bat as he looked on in horror! All that was left was for the home side to try and avoid having their tummy tickled, however it was not to be. Simmons was caught at silly point and after battling for 5 overs, promoted 2nd tamer Alistair Horn was perhaps harshly adjudged LBW when he and Brian Birtles looked to have saved face.

 

Congratulations to Wirral for a good win, with credit due to MacPherson and Slight who effectively won the game with their clean hitting on a wicket that was certainly more difficult early on. For Ashley it was another game that we failed to perform as a team with the exception of Kev Coates excellent knock. Given the perpetual battle with availabilities it remains a surprise that each year we are up there with a chance of promotion until the end of August. What if………….?

If we can secure a couple of wins to close off the season it would be a decent year given the high number of wins and give us a bench mark for next year.

 

FIRST INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

Cocker

Ct. Jackson

Birtles

0

2.

MacPherson

Bowled

Woods

78

3.

Hemstalk

C & B

Woods

12

4.

Slight

C & B

Jackson

72

5.

Peel

Bowled

Birtles

0

6.

Jones

NOT

OUT

18

7.

 

 

 

 

8.

 

 

 

 

9.

 

 

 

 

10.

 

 

 

 

11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

15

 

 

 

Total

212

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

Woods

6.5

2

29

2

Birtles

13

0

73

2

Hall

6

2

26

0

Coates

2

0

22

0

Jackson

13

2

51

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND INNINGS

 

Batting

 

Batter

How Out

Bowler

Runs

1.

O’Doherty, L

Ct. Peel

MacPherson

3

2.

Hall, E

Bowled

Peel

6

3.

Coates, K

Bowled

Slight

52

4.

Flynn, S

Ct. Jones

Peel

17

5.

Griffiths, J

Ct. Lyons

Slight

22

6.

Holt, N

Bowled

Hemstalk

2

7.

Jackson, D

Ct. Gardener

Slight

2

8.

Woods, D

Ct. Peel

MacPherson

14

9.

Simmons, A

Ct.

Peel

4

10.

Horn, A

LBW

Peel

0

11.

Birtles, B

NOT

OUT

2

 

 

 

Extras

12

 

 

 

Total

136

 

BOWLING

Name

O

M

R

W

MacPherson, B

12

3

25

2

Peel, R

15

6

27

4

Hemstalk

12

4

31

1

Jones

3

0

23

0

Slight

6

2

20

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result: Wirral CC (25 pts) beat Ashley (4 pts) by 76 runs