18th August 2018 1st and 3rd XI Match Reports for IBM Hursley Club Cricket Club

By L0160 - Posted on 09 July 2018

1st XI v Steeple Langford

The Firsts took the long journey to Steeple Langford on Saturday in the penultimate game of the season on Saturday 18th August.

The warm up was tainted only slightly by Will explaining that he had forgotten his cricket whites (mum had not packed them!?!). Luckily Polly had a spare shirt and the dirty trousers from last Saturday’s match to give out on loan to save the scorer going on a mercy mission into Salisbury some miles away.

Skipper maintained his season’s record by losing the toss again and we were put into bat.

We made a pretty slow start on a pitch that initially looked like it would be a batting dream but proved to be very different. After several consecutive maiden overs, we were on just 26 runs off 17 overs having already lost the 2 wickets of Rob and Polly. P Cowdrill and Tony Rolfe built the first solid partnership of 63 runs (with Tony going on to score a great 82). The score ticked along to 77 for 3 off 26 overs. Shameel did not fail to delight when he took to the crease, got his eye in for a few balls then hit out in his usual style to knock up a quick 65 runs including 6 sixes and 5 fours. Comedy moment of the day coming from one of those balls that sailed high up over the pavillion and a Steeple Langford player collided with the pavillion building chasing it.

With the run rate increasing as a result, we were on 102 by the 32nd over and 178 after the 40th over.

Ike looked set for a big score after hitting out quickly to reach 21 runs before being bowled in the final over of the match. IBM finished on 227 for 7 off our full overs.

Scorer enjoyed the tea with the best cake in a cricket tea this season and we were ready to field, not sure whether we had enough on the scoreboard to win.

Skip took the first Steeple Langford wicket in the third over which brought Partridge to the crease who looked set to go on to a big score. They scored steadily reaching 83 off 12 overs, well ahead of our run rate. Partridge (38) fell to a great catch on the boundary from Polly off P’s bowling (another leap worthy of being likened to a salmon?) in the 13th over. Their next batsman also scored solidly, reaching 53 runs before being bowled by Skip in the 31st over and after that, Steeple just didn’t seem to have any batting left and they finished all out in the 35th over (their last batsman could not bat due to injury – having collided with the pavillion earlier). 3 wickets each for Dan and Ike, 2 for P and 1 for Shameel.

Wally and Rob Pfeiffer threw their hats in the ring for contention for the Bobbie Elliot catching award taking good catches today – this is going to be an interesting fight for the title in its first year.

24 points from today’s match were very welcome for IBM.

3rd XI v Dinton

And so it came to be, that on an overcast day in mid-August, a spirited 10-man IBM III team travelled to an R2NW Hampshire League match in the darkest depths of Wiltshire to face the runaway league leaders Dinton II (or should we just call them Dinton from now on, given they no longer have a Dinton I team). They had averaged 240 runs when batting first, and had won all of their proceeding 13 matches very comfortably before facing us.

Today marks a very important date in the history of the IBM Match Reports, with the introduction of its very first "interactive" report which you and all the other "friends and supporters of the club" can play along to - so I apologise to the true traditionalists of the game, as we play homage to the Cocking family returning from their casino world tour of Las Vegas, and the true belief that we had spotted Elvis (at this point "allegedly"...for legal reasons) hiding out in the Dinton team - sporting the best manicured sideburns we had played against all season, and disguising his identity behind the brightest pair of orange lensed sunglasses that Sports Direct could offer. So here goes, for your Elvis-inspired word search match report (Shirley and Tony.....the bar is being raised once more).

Nick Wood (captain for the day) strode out to take the toss with a wooden heart (with Rob Lamprey taking responsibility for car parking duty for the day); he quickly reasoned with the opposition captain that we would like to witness the batting in all its glory of Wiltshire's finest first....so Dinton agreed to bat first

After a brief team talk, and the mantra of "we're a man down, and playing the runaway leaders, so lets just go out and enjoy ourselves"....bowling was opened by Ashley Cocking and James Lamprey, with first strike in the 5th over coming with a catch by Keethees off the bowling of Ashley.

Alex Cocking patrolled the downslope side of the pitch like a hound-dog, and despite the opposition putting on a 72-run partnership, Dinton were kept to a run-rate of 4.85 up to the 19th over - this was much down to the athleticism and non-stop energy of Alex, with Jim Stewart also running as far and fast as his blue suede shoes would allow.

This saw the maiden Hampshire League wicket (in the county of Wiltshire) of a certain 13-year old Naz Alam with yet another catch by Keethees - Naz's smile lit up the IBM team, as did his enthusiasm throughout the day - whilst the opening bat of Dinton showed his disgust at being out for 49 by smashing his bat into the ground and promptly leaving a large divot (now named as the "Dinton Divot" by the Ordnance Survey) in the bowling line … a delay ensued as the embarrassed club umpires went to work to restore the wicket for the next 10 minutes, following this type of behaviour that clearly only belonged in the ghetto.

The next 20-overs brought to the sky above the fielding team Dinton's secret weapon - the whirring and buzzing of a camera drone which the Match Reporter and the team had suspicious minds they were trying to land on his bald-spot! Word had obviously got around that Elvis had been spotted....

Wickets were hard to come by, as IBM strived hard to pick up valuable bowling points - but patience proved a virtue, when a breakthrough came in the 34th over by a c&b by Keethees of their lead scoring batsman (who at this point had reached 89), followed by a further 2 bowled by Keethees with a wicket also from Robbie Cocking.

Dinton finished on 231-6 coming from a very impressive and hard-fought fielding display by the 10-man IBM IX. Whilst wickets were shared 1 apiece by Ashley and Robbie, special shout-out goes to Nas with figures of 5-0-25-1 and Keethees with 8-0-56-3. Woody was the most economical but without just reward of a wicket with 6-0-24-0. James Lamprey finished on 8-0-48-0, wearing his own whites (Master Robbins!), with only 9 extras coming from the bowling team and keeping of Andy Cocking.

After a fine tea - with a little less conversation than normal due to the cherry cake - IBM were left with a run rate of 5.8 to win against the team from Wiltshire (I may have already mentioned this once or twice). Keethees and Jim opened, and either thought we were playing a test match, or were pinned in by the pace bowling of R. Pearce and the leg-spin of R. Middlecote…reaching 10 runs off the first 9 overs, before Jim was bowled for 4 off the leg-spinner. Middlecote was guilty of taking the wickets of the little'n large Robbies for a pair of ducks (and finished on 8-4-14-3) - he was the devil in disguise.….with Robbie Cocking surviving a tempted run-out through two over-throws, a missed stumping by the keeper, and a full length dive with the bat out-stretched before him.

This brought Nas came to the crease. By this time, Keethees had well and truly got his eye in, and had scored 70 of the 91 runs scored by the time he was stumped. Nas reached 25 with a majestic and mature innings before being c&b by Nuttall, and was applauded off the pitch by Dinton, with all the opposition players giving him a pat on the back before he had got back to the pavilion.

The opposition admitted that they had under-estimated IBM, and had expected us to be all shook up and crying in the chapel, and duly congratulated the captain on our performance, and made a point of saying what a credit Nas was to the club and coaching staff for his very mature batting display, and all round performance.

Whilst having lost, IBM won a hard-fought 7 points, almost maintaining their average. Dinton would be the ones clutching their teddy bears and having a blue Christmas on the basis that they would not be gaining promotion despite their potential unbeaten run.

However, there is all to play for in the III IX's last games at home to 5th place Damerham as, despite Hursley Park doing us a favour in beating Ashford Hill II's, there are only 0.8 points between the average of IBM and Ashford Hill, who have played 3 games less than IBM. You cant help falling in love with the game of cricket, but we may need a good luck charm for next week.

If you're lonesome tonight, you can count up the Elvis references and send your answers via "return to sender" to the Chairman's email.

The Match Reporter is now leaving the building.....until next week Sports Fans....

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