Odney v Penn Street Cricket Club PSCC on Sun 10 Jul 2011 at 14.00
Match was Drawn

Match report It is always a pleasure to travel to Odney to one of the most picturesque settings that we play in, tucked away by the Thames at Cookham, and supporters turned out in numbers to the perfect spot for a Pims picnic.

Sadly, it would probably be best to draw a veil over our bowling performance on Sunday. Maybe it was the uphill run-ups at both ends of the wicket, but all our bowlers struggled or line and length. What looked like a soft green wicket actually played like a road, and when combined with a large fast outfield, and an exceptionally strong opening batsman in A. Damirchi who scored 150, it meant that we were soon facing a large total. However, it was a time game, and Odney declared early at 261 for 2, which was certainly within reach.

All depended on a strong start, and Pete Jupp and Steve Smith looked to be well in the groove, Pete pushing the score along and Steve as resolute as ever against some fast and hostile bowling. However, Steve eventually fell Leg Before and was left ruefully rubbing his thigh. Matt Bannister then uncharacteristically popped one straight back to the bowler and was out for a duck. But Chris Loftus likes Odney, and was soon in the groove with his full set of cuts, pulls and punches through the covers.

Pete was going well, but the scoring rate was creeping up, and eventually he drove and was caught at the second attempt at slip. That opened the floodgates – Rob Sutherland and Richard Spooner falling quickly, as did Jack Mendy after a couple of good attacking shots. Which brought a brace of Lofti to the wicket. Chris was still looking secure, but Nick – on the back of his excellent knock the week before - was also batting well. A win was out of our reach but a draw was attainable. Neither batsmen let the bowlers get on top, continuing to punish the bad ball – although the bowling remained as sharp as it had been all match. With only a couple of overs to go, Chris finally fell for a hard-fought 33, but Tyler Armiger is very experienced now in such situations and didn’t panic, and Penn Street held out for a hard-fought draw.

Man of the Match : Chris Loftus

Odney Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 2 wickets
261 (0.0 overs)
G.Phelps ct  T.Armiger Bowled N.Loftus 24
A.Damirchi Not Out  150
M.Cleverly ct  C.Loftus Bowled G.Simon 0
A.Finlay Not Out  53

Penn Street Cricket Club PSCC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jack Mendy6.013600.006.00
Tyler Armiger4.002900.007.25
Nick Loftus8.0049149.006.12
George Simon6.0050150.008.33
Matt Bannister4.004300.0010.75
Jack Slade4.003200.008.00

Penn Street Cricket Club PSCC Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 7 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Steve Smith lbw  J.Shaw 4
Pete Jupp ct  M.Fish Bowled A.John 31
Matt Bannister ct  and Bowled M.Finlay 0
Chris Loftus ct  G.Phelps Bowled J.Shaw 33 1
Rob Sutherland b  M.Fish 2
Richard Spooner b  A.John 6
Jack Mendy b  M.Fish 12
Nick Loftus Not Out  29
Tyler Armiger Not Out  4 1
George Simon  
Jack Slade  

Odney Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy