2011 Season‎ > ‎Fixtures & Results‎ > ‎

Parkfield & Headstone CC - 15.05.11


Match report by Matt Clothier...

Overcast conditions and a mild headache greeted my arrival at Sadlers Mead for the game against Parkfield & Headstone.
Having won the toss, we invited the oppo to bat. A brief workout on the crazy catcher raised spirits and lowered expectations before the Parkfield’s chunky opening pair strode out to the crease.

The opposition, captained by former NHCC colt and current B&Q Homebase wicketkeeper Fraser Rallison, were a similar makeup to ourselves:- With one opening batsman who was likely to get a score with one eye shut followed a mixture of senior citizens and medium pace trundlers.

The bowling was opened by the newly-streamlined Garth Jackson and ever-aerodynamic Sukh Barn. Early going was a mixed of controlled bowling and dropped catches. The first dropped catch, a sharp c+b coming in the first over of the game.

Spells from Jas & Ahsun, accompanied by equally unorthodox fielding, followed with a further 2 chances being put down off of each bowler. Amar was handed the ball to take over from Ahsun at the top end and, not wanting to further embarrass any fielders, he proceeded to hit two pairs of stumps in as many balls.

Into the middle order, a few drops later, Amar demonstrated the correct technique of catching the ball (use your hands to stop the ball touching the ground) at mid off before Matt Clothier used a similar technique to take an excellent chance at slightly longer mid off from the opposite end.

(Note: Stats will show that I am the only fielder with a 100% catching record this year.)

After a further drop from Robin off of Debutant Banzi, Barn and Jackson returned to filth out Parkfield opener Schmidt (108) along with majority the opposition tail to bring the innings to a close on 241/9 off of the full 40.

Following a tea of Jaffa Cakes, Jammy Dodgers & sandwiches that had been cut one time less than ideal (and a difficult poo) your hero, Matt Clothier, lead depressed skipper Robin Murray out to start the reply. A thrilling partnership of 108 runs (21.2 overs at 5.1rpo) then followed with 60% of the runs coming off of Robin’s bat, 10% off of my mighty willow and 30% off of a combination of my right pad and the shoddy glovework of the oppo skipper.

With the shine taken off of the ball and the more dangerous bolwers removed, an ideal platform seemed to have been set for the middle order to come in and squidge a victory and, despite the admirable efforts of TB (who fell just shy of what would have been a near run-a-ball half century), wickets fell at difficult times and we were unable to keep up with the required rate, which, until the end, had been a plausible 7 an over.

The end result was that North Harrow went down by a narrow 11 runs.

Had a couple of the 9 dropped catches been held, we could have been chasing anything as low as 120 runs for victory. 

Perhaps we should actually do some practice next week?