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June 12, 2010 Friendly vs The Village Won by 1 run

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They did it: Standing (L-R): Tim Castle, Matt Meads, Kit Wright, John Shaw, Will Hopson-Hill, Andy Huckle; kneeling (L-R): Peter Frisby, Rafe Smallman, Azaz Khalil, Simon Hemelryk, Mark Venables                      
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Bowlers snatch unlikely victory

Played at Parliament Hill

By Will Hopson-Hill (skipper)

Having played at Parliament Hill on a bouncy wicket the previous weekend after a lengthy dry spell, the intervening damp week had dramatically altered the conditions and created a soft, slow, sticky wicket. Even so, the Fallopians won the toss and chose to bat in these difficult circumstances and try to put a score on the board.

The opening bowlers of Village CC started accurately and the Fallopians scoring rate suffered as a result, with the run rate rarely touching 3 per over for the first 10 overs or so. Having lost Rafe Smallman early on in the innings, Will H-H and Andy Huckle soon followed to leave the innings struggling at around 30 for 3. However, Mark Venables and Matt Meads then rebuilt the innings with some sensible batting - while riding their luck here and there! - and at the halfway drinks break we were in a solid position of around 80 for 3 after an excellent partnership and the run rate was building nicely. Sadly, the innings then fell away rather alarmingly as a combination of good bowling and fielding, a run out and some ill-advised strokes saw a stunning Fallopians collapse of 7 for 25 runs and before we knew it we were all out for 115!

After another delicious tea provided by Jo, the Fallopians needed a great start to their stint in the field, as encouraged by the skipper in a team-talk focussing on the fact that while we'd scored decidedly fewer runs than we'd hoped, runs were on the board and the slow conditions would challenge Village CC as much as they had us. This was our chance to make up for it with a tight, aggressive fielding performance and plenty of wickets!

Messrs Frisby and Castle began excellently with great spells, bowling to a plan with an attacking off side field and the rest of the team backing this up with enthusiasm and energy in the ground fielding. Peter took the first 2 wickets to fall with consecutive deliveries, cleaning up both batsmen with lovely, almost identical balls and the Fallopians were on their way. The bowling then switched to our debutant Azaz - who bowled a superb, pacey, accurate spell - with Matt Meads taking the other end. Two more wickets fell to Azaz - both bowled - and the match was shaping up nicely. However, the run rate of Village was comfortably better than the Fallopians had been, so more wickets were still required to pull the match back in our favour.

Meads finished his spell after 3 overs and John Shaw replaced him, bowling his usual nagging line and length and the batsmen struggling to get it away. Kit Wright then followed up and took a wicket with his first ball - featuring an excellent snaffle from Simon Hemelryk behind the stumps - to increase the tension. At the mid innings break, Village were around 80 for 5 and in a slightly worse situation than the Fallopians had been. However, when the equation was looked at, they still only required 35 odd runs with 5 wickets in hand, so we still required quick wickets and had to keep the pressure on.

The team responded to this superbly, and in a masterful stroke Meads then switched ends - replacing Azaz who bowled his 7 overs straight through - to make use of the slope and try and bring the ball back in to the right handers, and it worked a treat as he bowled a fuller length and more accurate spell, taking 2 wickets to put the Fallopians right on top. This featured a nice slip catch to a tempter outside off and a catch behind to a lifter.

Castle had come back on and bowled his final, accurate over, so the captain turned to John Shaw to bowl again with an eager number 9 on strike. He was clearly intent on finishing the game with a couple of big hits as at this stage they required around 8 to win the match with 3 wickets still in hand. The skipper therefore placed Peter Frisby right on the ropes at long off in anticipation of a catch. Shaw then bowled him one in the perfect spot and he obligingly fired it up in the air and towards Frisby. The ball seemed to hang in the air for an age as Peter settled under it, but he kept his nerve and took a wonderful catch - with cracking celebration to go with it! - and there were two wickets to go.

Meads next finished his superb spell with his third wicket from his final ball, knocking over the number 10 with a full straight one. Then the penultimate over went to Shaw with the opposition's seemingly impregnable number 8 on strike. At this stage, Village required 2 runs to win the match and 1 run to tie. Nerves seemed to be getting to the imposing batsman though, as a cracking over from John was played out as a maiden - including a crucial stop to a straight drive from the batsman which would have won the game for Village had John not intervened!

The captain then turned to opening bowler and hero of the hour Frisby to send down the final over. He rose to the challenge magnificently, bowling the number 11 with his first ball, which was full and straight, was missed by the batsman and knocked out middle stump! The Fallopians had won by 1 run! The celebrations of the team were ecstatic as Frisby was mobbed by his comrades and a quite unbelievable, momentous victory had been pulled off against the odds.

This truly was a stunning performance and excellent victory for the team. The whole team contributed, but some particular performances of note were by Mark Venables for holding the Fallopians batting together from number 3, Tim Castle for a great, accurate spell, Azaz Khalil for ripping out and subduing their middle order, Simon Hemelryk for brilliant keeping and John Shaw for some superb pressure bowling at the death.

However, the man of the match award came down to a choice between Matt Meads for some great batting in the main partnership with Mark V and a wonderful spell of bowling - taking 3 quality wickets - and Peter Frisby for a cracking opening spell, a superb, steepling catch in the deep and finishing the match off with a pressure ball of high order. I think what decided it was the fact that it turned out that Peter himself had scored that single, winning run in the Fallopians' innings and so massive congratulations to him, but also to the entire team for one of the great team performances!


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Old Fallopians 115 (32.1 overs)
The Village 114 (34.1 overs)
Old Fallopians won by 1 run
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Rafe Smallman ct Pontin Bowman 1 0 0
Will Hopson-Hill bowled White 14 0 2
Mark Venables ct Bowman Woodhouse 32 0 3
Andy Huckle ct Hanson Woodhouse 6 0 0
Matt Meads run out   22 0 1
Azaz Khalil ct Pitcher Woodhouse 0 0 0
Simon Hemelryk ct Morgans Maj 10 0 2
Kit Wright bowled Maj 8 0 2
Peter Frisby ct Morgans Maj 1 0 0
John Shaw ct Pontin Thomas 0 0 0
Tim Castle not out   0 0 0
Extras (nb 1, w 19, lb 1) 21    


FoW: 1-1, 2-19, 3-36, 4-89, 5-94, 6-94, 7-104, 8-113, 9-114, 10-115
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
White 5 0 10 1
Bowman 5 0 14 1
Pitcher 6 0 32 0
Woodhouse 7 0 38 3
Gupta 5 1 18 1
Maj 4 1 3 3
Thomas 0.1 0 0 1
The Village
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Pontin bowled Frisby 8 0 2
Morgans bowled Khalil 17 0 1
Thomas bowled Frisby 0 0 0
Plimmer bowled Khalil 23 0 2
KP ct Hemelryk Wright 11 0 1
Parp ct Hemelryk Meads 23 0 3
Gupte ct Hopson-Hill Meads 1 0 0
Bomb not out   15 0 1
Maj ct Frisby Shaw 2 0 0
Chris Mon bowled Meads 0 0 0
Woodhouse bowled Frisby 0 0 0
Extras (nb 1, w 10, b 3) 14    


FoW: 1-11, 2-11, 3-52, 4-62, 5-86, 6-88, 7-98, 8-106, 9-114, 10-114
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Frisby 6.1 1 19 3
Castle 7 0 25 0
Khalil 7 1 22 2
Meads 7 0 22 2
Shaw 5 1 15 1
Wright 2 0 9 1

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