CCCC tuck in... on a pudding of a pitch!
June 13th, 2017
First XI Vs Warwick County Council:
On Saturday 10th June CCCC 1st 11 took the eagerly anticipated trip to Warwick County Council for the 6th game of an exciting season. As keen as ever we arrived at the delightful place to see them hastily arranging the pitch, which had yet to be done. So it came down to our captain, leader and legend, Ian Harrison to heroically get out of his sick bed to play the game and get us off off to the right start which he did , as he won the toss and elected to Bowl. To open up for us was S Groves and S Nicholls, with Groves bowling tight it allowed Nicholls to cause them trouble, taking 2 early wickets. However, after bowling just 6 overs, due to Nicholls feeling a little under the weather, there was a change to the bowling. S Groves also had a break after 7 overs, this may have been a good thing though as the fines were racking up for a wicket less spell! The stage was set for D Moore JNR to come on as first change from the Pavilion end, he didn’t take long before making the most of a bad track and continuing his fine form this season, taking 3 for 31 off 10. D Moore SNR then bowled very well however, poor fielding from his own flesh and blood saw the simplest of catches put down which did not go down well. With the WCC batting making a recovery, Captain Harrison produced a master stroke and bought back his opening bowler S Groves who broke the partnership with some good bowling. This bought WCCs new signing and dangerman “The Shed” to the crease, with a score of 180+ looking likely, “The Shed” edged Groves behind, where Harrison took a “worldy” leaping forward, salmon like, to take the ball mm’s from the ground. J Groves also bowled well taking 2 wickets from his 10 and it was all wrapped up by sharp fielding by D Moore JNR to run out the last man. Warwick County Council were all out for 134, leaving Campden a total required of 135 off 50 overs.
With a victory target of 135 in mind, the CCCC openers set about their business starting off spin from the pavilion end. After a few quick boundaries from Moore who was making the pitch look easy, he picked out a fielder at cover and was out for 15. R Sipthorp was the new man in, who spent most of the afternoon eating the abundant mushrooms on the lush, but slow outfield, was shortly given out LBW for 4 runs. J Groves then looked in form before being bowled by a good ball for 3. D Moore SNR along with S Nicholls soon had the target within reach. Nicholls bought up his 50 and then went on to score an impressive 61 before being dismissed, allowing veteran G Nicholls to knock off the winning runs with D Moore SNR unbeaten on 32*.
A mighty 20 points in the bag, CCCC headed home, but not before remarking on a fine fielding display, on debut by Z Cooper and there was just enough time for R Postins to receive the best dressed man award! With a home game Vs FISSC coming up on Sat, stay tuned for another exciting game next week.
Thanks to D Moore JNR, I Harrison, and A Groves for the contributions to the match report this week!
Lets keep up the winning streak! #CCCC