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Penn Street Cricket Club PSCC v Odney on Sun 13 Jul 2008 at 14:00
Match was Drawn
So here we are for the next installment of the beer festival weekend at PSCC. The sun was shining the pitch looked great if not a bit soft and a large crowd had gathered to see if the mighty Penn Street could avenge the defeat from the day before.
Things started in ominous fashion when Fletch lost the toss and was put into bat on a strip that looked like it would offer some assistance to the seamers. Reavey and Banny were padded up and eagerly took to the field, both looking to continue in there rich vein of run scoring. After 10 mins or so the opener’s unrelenting use of the short ball was becoming a source of amusement for the skipper who called out to Matt “Ask him what he had for breakfast?” Both batsmen decided to ignore the comment but after the very next ball clattered into Reaveys helmet, perhaps the answer should have been “4 Shredded Wheat!”
Runs were flowing at a reasonable rate when Reavey was adjudged to be out LBW to one of those “I thought it was going down leg” balls. FLETCH TO THE CREASE!!
As usual the skipper didn’t hang about, crashing the ball to all parts of the ground. Banny on the other hand decided to give Odney a spot of catching practice. They were very grateful but decided not to take advantage of Banny’s kindness dropping him on more than a few occasions!!
Fletch fell after playing round a straight one for 30 odd which brought Cherriott to the crease. Cherriott, a bit aggrieved to be the only skipper not to register a ton this season, started his innings in watchful fashion. This didn’t last as he started clattering the fence with some aggressive stroke play. Passing 50 with a huge six that broke the windscreen of some poor spectator’s car, a ton looked there for the taking. Banny decided to give one chance too many and fell for a gritty 59. Cherriott fell soon after for 86. An entertaining knock and a valuable partnership of 140 setting the foundation for a large total. A few cameo rolls from Damo, Jay Jay and Simon Dale took the score onto 245 by tea. A good total, just 10 wickets to take for a great Penn Street victory……..
Fletch decided to open proceedings with out junior attack with Simon Dale and Jacko taking the honors. A great spell was bowled by both but both remained wicketless. Now it was Damo’s turn one of many Kolpack players in the Penn Street side. After the obligatory two opening slower balls Damo had the Odney batsman hopping round like skippy in the outback. Still the batsmen dug in deep and stood firm against the hostile attack!
The 20 over mark was rapidly approaching so the skip decided enough was enough and it was time to unleash BIG WILLY on the unsuspecting batsman. Allegedly his biceps are so large they obscure the sun when fully pumped and the rumor is he eats small children as a mid morning snack!! Will didn’t disappoint, bristling with aggression he toiled for 5 overs at a ferocious pace but still no wickets. Things looked like petering out to a draw but Banny and Cherriott had other ideas. After being asked to bowl a few pies to make the batsman hit the ball off the square for a change, the breakthrough finally came when Cherriott tickled the timbers in his first over, followed quickly with Banny replicating the achievement. Things were now buzzing in the field and with 3 more wickets falling in quick succession, an unlikely win looked like it could be on the cards. Banny was replaced by the new child prodigy that is Ryan Greenstreet. After bowling some superb deliveries that were unmercifully spanked into the wood Ryan took the prized wicket of the MCC member and the batting side were looking wobbly. With only 3 overs remaining in the day Damo launched himself like a leaping salmon to take a remarkable catch in short but alas, the street were denied victory by some streaky hitting from lower order.
Once again a great game with village cricket winning the day………
Penn Street Cricket Club PSCC Batting
for 5 wickets
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for 6 wickets
198 (0.0 overs)
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