ECB/CCC Cup Matches Results 2016

 

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24 April 2016
The Nevill 
244 for 7 wkts 
180 all out 
East Grinstead CC 
TWCC won by 64 runs

   This ECB Cup game could not be played at the East Grinstead HQ, owing to a waterlogged pitch, and the game was switched to The Nevill with a week to go as conditions were somewhat more propitious at the County Ground, thanks to sterling efforts from new Groundsman Jon Buddington. The Saturday game was played out in bitterly cold conditions, but despite some afternoon sunshine, temperatures were only marginally better for the encounter which followed. The visitors won the toss and put Wells in to bat, and a thoroughly sound total was built up in the 45 overs available.

   Michael Waller opened the innings and continued from where he had left off the day before; indeed, he would have carried his bat had he not given it away in the final over, seeking quick runs as he placed his team’s needs above personal ambition. Nevertheless, his outstanding century was the foundation of the solid target total achieved, and Waller played quite marvellously well as he stroked seventeen boundaries in a knock lasting 112 balls. The bowlers secured two early wickets as the ‘keeper was brought into action, so that, after eight overs, the score stood at 44-2; there now followed a match-shaping partnership of 122 for the third wicket between Waller and Marcus O’Riordan, which transformed the game and gave notice of the mastery exhibited by both players. As surely and cleanly as Waller played the ball, O’Riordan outshone even this with crisp drives and deflections, netting an 87-ball 67 (7 fours) in 77 minutes of delightful play before sending up a catch at 166-3. Waller’s groundbreaking innings was not supported greatly hereafter, but he guided the tally past two hundred as another three wickets fell, only to succumb in the hectic closing stages with just four deliveries left to be bowled. The skipper entertained briefly with a six and a four from the over he faced, and East Grinstead were set 245 for the win.

   Dave Smith and Paddy Sadler immediately put the chase on the back foot as they snapped up a wicket apiece while the score slid to 5-2, although Sadler next saw two sharp chances floored in his following over, and the initiative passed capriciously to the visitors as the third wicket partners counter-attacked. A third scalp at 38 closed out this phase, however the tall and elegant left-handler, William Adkin, rallied his team with a pedigree response, and 63 runs were added for the fourth stand. Almost unexpectedly, it was W.Adkin who was the man who was out, shortly after reaching a noble fifty (8 fours and a six) as that man Waller clung onto a scudding catch as a boundary was sought; from this moment on, there was no real resistance, and the home attack pegged away at the order as the equation lengthened against the visitors.
   The run-in was marred by an unfortunate accident to the East Grinstead number nine, who missed a hook and was struck on the forehead, requiring a check-up at the local hospital, and it was once again fortunate indeed that the home side was blessed with a practising doctor on hand to administer care and advice. This batsman had only just returned to matchplay after a different injury, and best wishes from everyone, for a full recovery, go to him.
   The score had reached 172-8 as skipper Alex Williams produced a direct hit run out, but there was effectively only one more wicket to fall, and Dave Smith stepped up to end the innings as he had started it, hitting the stumps and thus wrapping up the win.

   Wells will face Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory, who overcame KL Champions Hartley in a one-sided encounter, with the game scheduled for The Nevill in Round Two.

 

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08 May 2016 
The Nevill 
307 for 5 wkts 
201 all out 
 Hastings & StLPCC
 TWCC won by 106 runs

   Hastings & St Leonard’s Priory CC, under different management, conquerors of KL Champions Hartley, came to the County Ground full of expectation, but they soon had to work hard in swelteringly hot conditions after the toss went with the home XI, who chose to bat first. The mid-afternoon temperatures exceeded 27 degrees C although a cooling breeze later sprung up to mollify the sun’s rays.

   Chris Wiiliams and Michael Waller played brilliant cricket from the very beginning, hitting seven per over at once and maintaining this blistering pace throughout the opening seventeen overs, the former continually beating the offside field to the fence in a display which was both commanding and cultured as runs flowed from his bat. Waller was no slouch either, but he locked up one end as is his wont, and set out his stall to bat right through the innings. Williams (C) reached fifty for the second time in the weekend, matching yet surpassing his effort against Lordswood, while stroking thirteen fours and one glorious six from 66 deliveries to reach 76 when Jed O’Brien turned one past the bat at 118. The captain emerged, and worked singles and sixes en route to a 33-ball 30, meanwhile Waller moved serenely to his own fifty with the scoreboard briefly showing 170-1 from 27 overs; Will Stickler now accompanied the opener as another fifty partnership was struck up, followed by arguably the most whimsical phase of the innings, which saw Dave Smith swashbuckle an ingenious 44 from 25 balls out of 71 for the fourth wicket stand. The amazing tempo remained at better than a run-per-ball, and the run-in to a new record Cup total of 300 beckoned; in all, Smith hit two sixes and five fours in a merry vignette, and was present as Waller reached a memorable, trail-blazing hundred, his second from two Cup knocks in 2016. The three hundred duly arrived in the fortyfourth over, and the visitors were set to make 308 for a berth in the third round.

   Wells required quick strikes to maintain their edge, and Paddy Sadler obliged with two in his third over plus a third from his fifth; Smith joined in when he rearranged the captain’s stumps in his fourth over, and the tally looked bleak indeed at 38-4 after 49 deliveries. Williams (A) came on, and off again, as the runrate momentarily surged, followed by a further switch which brought Williams (C) into the attack along with spin from Michael Churchill, and these two both broke through thanks firstly to a lightning stumping by Theo Burley from the slower man, and then the Catch of the Season from Smith running in full-tilt to snatch a lofted drive inches from the turf, one-handed, and rolling over in his momentum. The score had reached 103-7 as Tom Baxter now benefitted from the agility of Burley, and a 200-run victory was on the cards with the tail exposed.
   The pressure was relaxed for the moment, however, as some of the home men, who had not yet contributed, were allowed a spell, and the lower order gratefully enjoyed some time in the middle, hitting the ball far and wide as 72 runs came from thirteen overs; at length, Sadler and Smith returned, and the game soon ended when they and the captain wrapped up the tail to bring off the win by 108 runs.

   Burley added to his laurels with a further reaction catch while standing up to the wicket, and the overall performance was spectacular to behold as the XI more or less collectively hit form at the same time, certainly in the same weekend; the sun on their backs was no doubt a factor, but now the team must focus this quality and channel it into their League campaign; the next Cup game will be away to Blackheath at the Rectory Field on May 29, time enough to gather fresh impetus for a game plan repeat.

 

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