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Cricket Notes 2013

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Match Report 4  Church Cricket Triangular Tournament Report - Pytchley 27th July 2013 

This year's tournament was held towards the end of the church cricket season for a change.  In previous years it was held in September which was some time after most teams' last game.  However, being in the holiday period made availability difficult - not easy to find a happy balance.

The day started warm, sunny and somewhat humid but it was important to get away to a prompt start as rain was forecast after 6pm.  The first game saw St Peter's & St Paul's (Moulton) thrash the combined teams of St James (Thrapston, 7 players) and St Peter's (Oundle, 4 players).  Moulton went on the beat St Andrew's (Kettering) in the second game to become the worthy tournament winners after fielding two strong sides.

In the first game, Moulton batted first and posted a huge total of 147 for 2 in their 20 overs with 3 batsmen retiring after reaching 25no.  For Thrapston/Oundle, Ian Page bowled tightly (0 for 16 off 4 overs) but the other bowlers were taken for over 5 an over.  In reply, Thrapston/Oundle managed only 73 for 5 in their 20 overs.  With plenty of wickets in hand, a few more chances could have been taken to boost the score but a target of 148 was probably beyond the capability of a team with no top batsmen (all unavailable).  Never-the-less, Jeremy Firth scored 25no and Vince Davy hit a quick 14no.

And so, it came down to the third and final game to decide who would take the wooden spoon.  St Andrews batted first and posted a competitive 114 for 2 in their 20 overs with 2 batsmen retiring after reaching 25no.  Sam Clews for Thrapston/Oundle bowled well (0 for 18 off 4 overs) at the start as did the captain, John Pickles at the death, who took both wickets to fall for only 14 runs in 4 overs including clean bowling the big Australian batsman for St Andrews for 10 who had scored heavily in the second game.  Jeremy Firth laid a solid foundation at the start of the Thrapston/Oundle innings (26no) followed by useful runs from David Shepherd (13).  Half-way through the innings (10 overs), the combined team was a little behind the required run-rate at 52 for 4 and it needed an injection of scoring, which was provided by Ian Page (28no)  With 3 overs to go, the combined team still needed 20 runs to win and it had started to spit with rain.  Experience was called for and Vince Davy (12no) with John Pickles anchoring the other end (12no) saw the combined team through to the winning target with just 4 balls to spare.  Thus ended a thoroughly entertaining game.

In my opinion, there was not one particular "champagne moment" but overall, Ian Page for his tight bowling in both games and his crucial batting in the second, was my player of the tournament for the combined team.  However, Jeremy Firth deserves a special mention too for scoring 25no and 26no as an opening batsman in both games, belittling both his 76 years and his tough scrape with cancer not that long ago.

Great fellowship was enjoyed between all the teams and it was good to see a lot of youngsters playing.

My thanks to all the Oundle and Thrapston players for arriving promptly, giving their all, and helping with the kit, scoring, scoreboard and umpiring - a great help.  My thanks to Jeremy too for arranging the Oundle players - it was a struggle for Jeremy and I to get 11 players out but worth the effort in the end. Thanks to June Davy for taking a photo of the two teams who played the final game.

Cricket 2013

Match Report 3:  St Andrews (Kettering) vs St James (Thrapston) on Wednesday 10th July 2013 at Pytchley

 

A cooler but dry evening greeted the players to what turned out to be a very exciting and close game.  It was also a pleasure to have plenty of players (13 a side) and a large number of young players (5 for St James).

St James won the toss, elected to bat and set a competitive total of 109 for 8 off 20 overs.  Paul Dowling made 25no and there were double figure contributions from Mark Palmer, Richard Bonar and Craig Hook.  St Andrews' approach of using 11 bowlers was laudable but cost 36 in extras.

With runs on the board, it would still require a good effort by the St James bowlers and fielders to keep 13 St Andrews batsmen from reaching the winning target of 110.  St Andrews set off well and were up with the required run-rate after 5 overs for the first wicket.  Then the young St James bowlers began to take wickets with 4 falling in the next 5 overs shared between Matthew Wills, Alistair Hook, J Taylor, Liam Bonar (2 wickets) and Denis Palmer.  The St Andrews middle order pairing of D Carter (21) and Kane Taylor (18) arrested the fall of wickets, accelerated the run-rate and swung the balance in their favour.  However, they say that catches win matches and this was a case in point when both these batsmen were caught out, along with 6 other catches by the St James players who performed superbly in the field.  Notably, Richard Bonar took a sharp catch at short mid-off and Mark Palmer took three good catches at mid-wicket.  Vince Davy performed really well again as the St James wicket keeper, giving away only 1 bye and taking a great catch after initially losing sight of the ball that went vertically up off the bat.  For me, this was the champagne moment partly for its comical element with everyone shouting "it's right above your head"!.  And so it came down to St Andrews needing just 5 runs off the final over to win the game with 3 wickets in hand.  In a remarkable spell of 5 balls, Oliver Sones bowling the final over took 2 wickets and with a run-out left St Andrews all out 5 runs short.

There were several great performances for St James in this game, some mentioned above but also Liam and Denis's first ever wickets for St James.  However, the 4 wickets and a run-out in Oliver's 11 balls at the death stands out as the pinnacle.

My thanks once again to Martyn Fisher for scoring and to St Andrews for loaning us two good players to balance the numbers and for providing great refreshments afterwards.

Match Report 2:  St Peter & St Paul (Moulton) vs St James (Thrapston) at Pytchley on Wed. 26th June 2013

Finally a dry and pleasant evening but there was considerable frustration and embarrassment when only 5 players pitched up for St James, albeit owing to a number of unfortunate circumstances.  Moulton helped by loaning two good players and three extra fielders, for which we were very grateful, and it allowed a game to go ahead with 10-a-side.  A delayed start, waiting for late player arrivals, also reduced the game to 16 overs per innings.

Moulton won the toss, elected to bat and knocked up 104 for 3 in their 16 overs with one batsman (D Taylor) retiring at 26no.  Ian Page took 2 of the wickets while John Pickles, Oliver Sones and Andy Forsyth (one of the players on loan from Moulton) each kept the run-rate at or under 5 an over in their bowling spells.  Never-the-less, 104 in 16 overs was a very competitive target and one that the St James batsmen never looked like achieving from the outset when both openers were out cheaply.  In the end, St James were all out for 44 in the 14th over with Malcolm Forsyth (another player on loan from Moulton) the only one to reach double figures (16).

Oliver Sones deserves a special mention for keeping wicket for 12 of the 16 overs by St James, then bowling two tidy overs, making up the fielding numbers for Moulton and then batting for St James.  Not much more could be asked of this versatile player!  I am also grateful to David Shepherd for agreeing to play at short notice and Ian Page for keeping wicket in the final 4 overs and packing the kit bag away at the end.  Martyn Fisher, still suffering a shoulder injury, kindly scored again, which was another big help.

Match Report 1:  St Peters (Oundle) vs St James (Thrapston) at Oundle School on Wednesday 5th June 2013

 

It was with some trepidation that St James approached their first game of the season after their one and only practice was rained off last week.  Furthermore, it was a chilly and partially overcast evening with two regular batsmen unavailable (Gordon Marsden injured and Charles Jefferson at Deanery Synod) and two regular bowlers unavailable (Alex Marsden has moved away from the area and Martyn Fisher injured).  On the bright side though, it was a chance for the debuts of two very young cricketers, Liam Bonar (aged 12) and Dennis Palmer (aged 10), and Oundle loaned us a more than useful player, Hugh Taylor to make 12-a-side.

St James won the toss, elected to bat and put on a very competitive 130 for 6 off their 20 overs.  As usual, the reliable top order of Paul Dowling (27no), Mark Palmer (28no) and Iain Malthouse (24) made most of the runs in quick time with Oundle bowlers conceding 38 extras.  Liam Bonar faced a few balls at the end of the innings and demonstrated his ability to play with a straight bat.  In reply, the Oundle batsmen paced their innings well and scored the winning run in 5th ball of the penultimate over for the loss of only 4 wickets.  Dennis Palmer bowled an impressive 2 overs for the loss of only 7 runs and only one wide - portents of greater things to come from him and the other debutant, Liam.

Vince Davy kept wicket well for St James, conceding only 1 bye.  A big thanks also goes to Martyn Fisher and Thomas Marsden for scoring and umpiring throughout the game respectively.

As for the champagne moment, there was an outstanding catch by one of the Oundle fielders to dismiss Ian Page but, as this is a St James report, the award must go to Paul Dowling for hitting two 6s off successive balls in his excellent innings.

As ever, Oundle were great hosts by playing the game in a good spirit, providing excellent refreshments afterwards and sharing their fellowship with St James.

John Pickles

St James Church Cricket Fixtures for 2013

 

 

Day

Date

Opposition

Venue

Wed

29th May

Practice

TBD

Wed

5th June

St Peter’s Oundle

Oundle

Thur

13th June

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Moulton

Islip

Thur

20th June

St Andrew’s Kettering

Islip

Wed

26th June

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Moulton

Pytchley

Wed

3rd July

 

 

Wed

10th July

St Andrew’s Kettering

Pytchley

Wed

17th July

 

 

Wed

24th July

 

 

Thur

1st Aug

St Peter’s Oundle

Islip

Wed

7th August

 

 

Wed

14th August

 

 

Wed

21st August

 

 

Steve the Juggler Christmas 2012

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The Christmas party for the children of Thrapston was another exciting event. Steve the Juggler demonstrated how to juggle with various bits of equipment (including toothbrushes). Children and adults had a great time getting involved and practising their new found skills.

Steve the Juggler

Ride and Stride September 2012

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Saturday 8th September was Ride and Stride day. The Lord gave us the most wonderful weather as a group of cyclists (Lesley,  Richard, Bonar, Mark, Dennis Palmer, Victoria, Daniel, Robin, Frank, Lorna and Luke) departed from St James’ Church at 10.00 am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark had supplied high visibility jackets, Lesley supplied the first-aid kit, Frank and Richard provided the leadership and navigation; and Robin was our anchor man bringing up the rear. We were met by lovely people at all the churches we visited and we were all most grateful for the hospitality offered. Charles Jefferson joined the group at Wadenhoe. Although Lesley had to leave us at Islip, she was at St James’ when we returned at the end of our epic tour. It was a day full of fellowship. Can’t wait for Ride and Stride next year.

Lorna Johnson

Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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St James, Thrapston, held a special service and barbecue on Sunday 3 June to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The service, led by Cathy Brazier our Minister in training, featured a clip of the coronation and then focussed on Jesus as our King.  Afterwards a barbecue was held in the church hall because of the weather. Many of those attending were dressed in red, white and blue. The Rector, Charles Jefferson, was invited by Cathy to swop his plain white dog collar for one featuring a Union Jack and was also presented with a patriotic t-shirt, which he proudly wore for the service and the lunch.


 

 

 

 

Cricket Notes 2012

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Cricket Notes No 5

Match Report: St Peters (Oundle) vs St James (Thrapston) at Oundle School, 18th July 2012

Dodgy weather and a brief, light rain shower fortunately did not prevent a full 20-over game from being completed on a good pitch in a delightful setting between two very sporting teams.

Oundle won the toss and surprisingly inserted St James into bat.  Mark Palmer set about Oundle's opening bowlers with great gusto, hitting 5 boundaries in a sensational innings of 30no which ended with a towering 6 to reach the maximum possible past the mandatory retirement score of 25.  Certainly St James' champagne moment of the evening.  Mark was ably supported by his opening partner Paul Dowling (22) and, between them, put on 60 in the first 9 overs.  The prospect of a large total was dashed however by Oundle's first change bowlers who alternated between frustrating floaters to fast and accurate deliveries.  Scoring dried up with only 9 runs added in the next 6 overs.  In a desperate attempt to lift the run rate, three batsmen were run out and, at the close, St James limped to 90 for 5.  On a good pitch this always felt a low total but at least runs were on the board to defend.

Oundle's opening batsmen started slowly with Alex Marsden (0 for 21 off 4 overs) and the ever impressive Ian Page (3 for only 15 off 4 overs) bowling a tight opening spell that contained Oundle to 36 for 3 off the first 8 overs.  However, as in the earlier game in the season, three young Oundle batsmen (P Campbell, D Potts & M Sutterby) got their eye in and reached the 25 retirement mark with clean, hard hitting.  This enable Oundle to pass the winning target with virtually 4 overs to spare.  On a positive note, Vince Davy performed flawlessly as wicket keeper for St James without conceding a single bye.

As usual, Oundle provided super refreshments and fellowship after the game and it was good to see Sally and Arwel Hopkins again, and Jeremy Firth looking so well after his battle with cancer.

 

Cricket Notes No 4

Match Report: St James (Thrapston) vs St Andrew (Kettering) at Islip on Wednesday 11th July 2012 

This was an enjoyable new fixture and, fortunately, the rain held off to permit a full 20-over game to be played. 

Kettering arrived with a full team and an impressive group of friendly supporters.  They won the toss, elected to field and went on to use 9 bowlers.  Although none of the bowlers were fearsomely quick, many balls were held up by the pitch creating variable bounce and pace, making it somewhat tricky at times to judge the delivery.  This accounted for the St James openers but a strong innings by Charles Jefferson (25no) and a sparkling innings by Mark Palmer (27no with 5 boundaries) set the game alive.  The middle order chipped in with some more runs and the 23 extras from erratic bowling enabled St James to reach a competitive 101 for 5 off 20 overs. 

In reply, Kettering's top order were tied down by really economical bowling by Michael Dowling (2wickets for only 5 runs in his 4 overs) and John Pickles (2 wickets for 6 runs in his opening 3 over spell).  Paul Dowling followed up impressively with 1 for 10 off 4 overs and both Martyn Fisher (0 for 23 off 4 overs) and Oliver Sones (2 for 23 off 4 overs) kept the scoring rate just under 6 an over in their spells.  St James appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win but a blistering innings by Kettering's Kiwi captain, Kane Taylor (21) and their number 8 & 9 batsmen brought their innings to within 7 of the target (94 for 7 off the 20 overs).  Vincent Davy performed well behind the stumps, conceding just the 1 bye. 

Thus ended an enjoyable game just before the rain started.  The champagne moment, for all the wrong reasons, was Mark Palmer's second dropped catch, neither of which were difficult, proving that even the best can falter. 

A great thanks to all players for the help with kit, teas etc.  St Andrews, who appear to be a really friendly team are keen to play two games next season and participate in the triangular tournament if this is started up again.  We look forward to the encounters.

 

Cricket Notes no 3

St James (Thrapston) vs St Peter & St Paul (Moulton) at Islip on 4th July 2012

 

We were incredibly lucky to get a full 20 over game in given all the rain around.  The result however did not favour St James.

After winning the toss, Moulton elected to bat first but were kept quiet by the St James opening bowler partnership of Ian Page (only 13 runs conceded in his 4 overs) & Michael Dowling (1 for 17 off 4 overs).  After 6 overs Moulton had only scored 20 runs but, crucially, had not lost a wicket and then they increased the tempo and plundered St James' second change bowlers, trebling their score in the next 6 overs.  Some order was restored with John Pickles bowling a very economical spell of 4 overs for only 8 runs plus 1 wicket.  Moulton finished with 104 for 5, a competitive total with the ball keeping low at times, a slow outfield, and fading light.  For Moulton, the two young Taylor brothers both passed the 25 runs mark and had to retire (28no and 27no).

 

In reply, it was clear that St James missed two of their most consistent top order batsmen (Gordon Marsden & Mark Palmer) with only two batsmen managing to just creep into double figures: Charles Jefferson (14) and Ian Page (10).  Slow batting and a regular fall of wickets left St James limping to 67 for 8 off their 20 overs.  It has to be said though that the light had faded significantly for much of St James' innings and Moulton fielded three very quick, young bowlers.  Under the circumstances therefore, St James did well not to fold quickly.  Credit is also due to Chris Piper who performed well behind the stumps with only 2 byes conceded when St James were in the field.

My thanks to Michael Dowling & David Shepherd for standing in for those that had to pull out.  A big thanks too for everyone who helped with the boundary markers, ropes and rods marking out the pitch, tidying the kit away, putting the refreshment tables and plates out, washing and drying the plates after the tea, cleaning the tables and sweeping the church hall floor.  It is often the same guys who do this for each home game and I want to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am for this help.

As usual, it was good to share fellowship with Moulton and we wish all the best to their new rector who starts later this month.

Cricket notes No 2
St Peters & St Pauls (Moulton) vs St James (Thrapston) at Pytchley, 13th June 2012

A few spots of rain on arrival at the ground had everyone studying the sky but it quickly turned into a lovely evening and allowed a full 20-over game to be played.  St James won the toss, elected to bat and, thanks to some fine batting by Mark Palmer (28 no) and Todd Whitby (17), a good total was looking on the cards.  However, a clatter of wickets left St James limping to 100 all out with 3 overs spare.  No other batsmen made it to double figures.

A tough challenge to keep Moulton in check lay ahead and the St James' bowlers rose admirably to this.  Opening the bowling, Alex Marsden (3 wickets) and Ian Page (2 wickets), bowled with pace and variety respectively and both with good economy (each conceding only 13 runs in their 4 overs).  This was backed up well by Martyn Fisher (1 for 21 off 4 overs) and John Pickles  (0 for 13 off 4 overs).  Oliver Sones and Todd Whitby also chipped in with 2 useful overs each.  Although Moulton's middle order made a charge, led by P Collins (32 no) and the junior and senior D Taylors (11 and 14), the effective bowling, good fielding and overall management of field placing and bowling changes eventually restricted Moulton to under 90 for 9 in their 20 overs.  Another notable effort was Chris Piper who kept wicket really well for St James with only 3 byes conceded.

So, a genuine all-round performance earned St James a well fought victory.  It is tough to name a champagne moment.  Some of Mark Palmer's lusty boundaries and other deft shots caught the eye, as did some of the wickets and Todd's quick running between the wickets.  One of Ian Page's wickets, for example, sent a bail way back over the wicket keeper's head.  However, just when the junior D Taylor for Moulton was getting into his stride and starting to score at will, Ian Page delivered a slower ball to fox the batsman out, clean bowled trying to hit it out of the park - a potentially crucial wicket when Moulton seemed to be making a charge.  This, for me, edged the champagne moment.

Thanks to Gordon Marsden for umpiring and to David Shepherd and Todd Whitby who kindly agreed to stand in for the injured Gordon Marsden and James Shepherd.  We hope their injuries heal quickly.  Thanks too to everyone who helped with the scoring, kit, benches etc, always a great help.  Young Denis Palmer (only 9 years old) made his debut - for Moulton who were short of a player - and did well in the field.

It was great sharing the refreshments after the game provided by Moulton and to catch up again with their team and supporters.

Cricket Notes No 1
St James vs St Peter's (Oundle) at Islip on Wednesday 6th June 2012 
On a gloomy evening, and after a brief shower of rain, play got underway with St James electing to field first.  Another heavy shower came shortly after commencement but, to the credit of everyone on the field at the time, players stuck it out and amazingly managed to complete a full 20-over game.  The light was distinctly poor at the end but, by then, the result had already been decided. 
Oundle brought their strongest side ever, including several talented youngsters.  After their captain was removed cheaply, five young lads laid into St James' bowlers and eventually rattled up an impressive total of 142 for 5 in their 20 overs.  Most of St James' bowlers were punished but Ian Page delivered the most consistent performance, conceding only 16 runs in his 4 overs. 
In reply, St James lost both opening batsmen relatively cheaply.  Although Gordon Marsden's 27no was the backbone of the innings, other than Paul Dowling' (14), no other player managed to get into double figures and St James limped to 72 for 9 after 20 overs. Thus, a sound defeat for St James but congratulations to Oundle for a well executed win.  If I had to pick a champagne moment it would be James Shepherd's catch.  Although it had little bearing on the outcome of the game, it was spectacular in that the ball seemed to be going over his head when, with a flurry of arms and legs, James somehow managed to take the catch. 
As ever, it was good to share fellowship with the Oundle team afterwards in our Church Hall.  Thanks to everyone for their help at the ground and in the hall.
A list of fixtures for 2012 is given below. Anyone who is interested in playing please contact John Pickles 01832 734909

Day

Date

Opposition

Venue

Wed 

30th May

 

 

Wed 

6th June

St Peter’s Oundle

Islip

Wed

13th June

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Moulton

Pytchley

Wed

20th June

 

 

Wed 

27th June

St Giles Desborough

Islip

Wed

4th July

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Moulton

Islip

Wed

11th July

 

 

Wed

18th July

St Peter’s Oundle

Oundle

Wed

25th July

St Giles Desborough

TBD

Wed

1st August

 

 

Wed

8th August

 

 

Wed

15th August

 

 

Wed

22nd August

 

 

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