Nuxley CC v The Exiles, Footscray Rugby Club, New Eltham, 16 June 2002

Tense, low scoring game sees Exile maintain their unbeaten run.

After the protracted dramas of the Ireland-Spain game the teams eventually took to the pitch just after 3 pm. the game was reduced to 35 Overs but that would prove to be academic. As is becoming the norm The Exiles lost the toss and were asked to bat on a damp wicket. The Exiles are getting used to this and from the start runs were difficult to come by. Variable bounce and pace off the wicket added to the pace and accuracy of the bowling from Jones and T Hudson made for slow progress. Doug, in the pinch-hitter-type-opener rôle pulled bravely at a half pitcher from Hudson and got a nasty knock on the back of his right wrist having completed the shot before the ball arrived. Kevin Hobley seemed to be still in World Cup penalty shoot out mode, chipping the ball at catchable height but out of reach and almost running himself out. Soon though he regained his composure and in the fifth over began to find the boundary. Doug looped a catch to slip from a pull shot and departed for 2. Kyle took a little while too to settle in, understandably, but a pulled four and a cut for two looked good before Andrew's lesser pace got through his defences. Ros Atkins arrival at the crease usually heralds a burst of runs, and with Kevin looking increasing at home the pair put on a vital 32 for the third wicket, 14 from one A Hudson over breaking the shackles. Ros was bowled by Andrews for 8, made up of two fours. Roric Coleman got a golden duck and was gone before he arrived, playing any old stroke to his first ball, which was straight enough. Andrews failed the hat trick but four overs later picked up Hobley's wicket. Pete Watts took up the gauntlet and dominated the bowling in a 30 run partnership with Wayne Sorour, of Wayne and Garth fame (passim). Wayne's contribution may have only been three singles, but I'm sure he drew some satisfaction from the fact that it was three more than his fellow South Africans managed between them. A poor day for the Proteas, and no lager breakfast or late night boxing to blame! Pete managed the only sixes of the game and was trying to repeat the shot when he was caught at deep midwicket for 32 - with the total on 111, the dreaded Nelson. Paul Heaton, making his debut on grass, having only played a little indoor Kwik-Cricket in SA, failed to move the score beyond Nelson before he was bowled by Dobson. Wayne managed to get himself run out with the total still on 111, racing Stuart to the same end. Rob Anderson fell for a duck too, and a grand Exiles collapse was in full flow. Stuart managed a two before Paul Shorrock was bowled for a duck. What at one stage was looking like 160 became 114 all out. Nuxley went to tea cock-a-hoop and recovered slightly from the disappointment of the Ireland game.


Exiles Innings:

 Batsman How Out Bowler Runs
K Hobley Caught J Andrews 47
D Macintyre Caught T Hudson 2
K Holling Bowled J Andrews 6
R Atkins Bowled J Andrews 8
R Coleman Bowled J Andrews 0
P Watts Caught A Dobson 32
W Sorour Run Out 3
P Heaton Bowled A Dobson 0
R Anderson Bowled A Dobson 0
S Lindsay Not Out 2
P Shorrock Bowled A Dobson 0
 Total 25.3 Overs all out 114

Nuxley bowling figures:

 Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
 M Jones 5 3 13 0
T Hudson 5 1 10 1
Andrews 6 0 29 4
A Hudson 5 0 35 0
A Dobson 2.3 1 10 4
D French 2 0 12 0

Is it possible to have too much sport? The news that England had enforced the follow-on against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford boosted the Englishmen present. Mr. Upali, a Sri Lankan would have taken the opposite view. After a late tea The Exiles set about containing the Nuxley batsman and after seven overs had passed for only 9 runs the pressure began to tell. Stuart Lindsay snaked one through Captain Mike Heaney's defences and in the same over repeated the trick with the somnambulant Hahn. At the other end Paul Shorrock, Captain for this match, found little penetration but gave nothing away. Stuart bowled seven overs off the reel , collecting two more scalps on the way, including a well-judged caught and bowled. Ros Atkins had replaced Paul and as ever charged in with gusto, trying to flog some life out of the stodgy wicket. He removed both Hudson brothers for identical fours, perhaps they learnt too late the benefits of pitching the ball up on a damp wicket? He also bowled Dobson off his pads as he shaped to pull a ball that never got more than 6 inches off the deck. By now Nuxley knew they were in a hole, but only Martin Jones seemed capable of doing anything about climbing out of it. When Rob Anderson replaced Stuart his few range-finding balls, short of a length were seized upon by Jones and pulled to the boundary. The required rate kept climbing as time and time again well struck shots were safely fielded. The Exiles were enjoying the pressure they were creating and glad to be a real contest at last. Rob removed Upali and French in quick succession, the latter caught at gully of a top edge by Stuart Lindsay, putting the cherry on the cake of his day and sealing his man of the match award. Pete Watts replaced Ros and Nuxley's vain hope that some pie-chucker who they could score 15 off in one over evaporated. He dropped right into line and troubled even the well set Jones for pace. Anderson asked for a sweeper to protect his midwicket boundary, promptly bowled a long hop that Jones pulled straight to Ros in that position, racing to keep the strike he was just beaten by Ros's arrow like throw as Roric whipped the bails off for the concluding run out. His 46 represented 74% of the runs scored, seven extras being second top scorer, seven batsmen failed to get off the mark (six ducks and 0 not out), eclipsing even the Exiles four ducks. Last years drubbing has been avenged. the two teams meet again in a months time. I'm sure it will be another hard fought contest.

Nuxley Innings:
 Batsman How Out Bowler Runs
 M Heaney Bowled S Lindsay 5
M Jones Run Out 46
J Hahn Bowled S Lindsay 0
M Gilham Ct K Holling S Lindsay 0
G Reid Ct & Bowled S Lindsay 0
A Hudson Bowled R Atkins 4
T Hudson Bowled R Atkins 4
A Dobson Bowled R Atkins 0
Upali Bowled Anderson 0
D French Ct S Lindsay Anderson 0
J Andrews Not Out 0
 Total 27.2 Overs all out 68

Exiles Bowling Figures:
 Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
P Shorrock 5 1 6 0
S Lindsay 7 2 10 4
R Atkins 7 2 17 3
R Anderson 6.2 0 33 2
P Watts 2 1 4 0


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