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Match Report: Chessington CC (A)

Pyestock unleash the dragons fury,

to send hosts back to the Bubbleworks


Chessington CC Vs Pyestock CC

Sunday 27th May 2012

Weather Conditions: Hot and Sunny

Pitch Conditions: Wicket: Flat, Hard, Outfield: Fast, flat.


Pyestock took to the road for the first time this season, and after re-routing the satellite navigation systems from the rocky plains of Shalford, could not have been greeted by a more differing prospect.

Chessington CC stepped into the fold and presented a beautiful looking pitch, with a hard flat wicket complimented with a lush, faultless outfield.  It was hard to believe this was not the home clubs main ground but sure enough it would host this inaugural friendly fixture between the two clubs.

Losing the toss was not in Captain Neil Butler’s script as the visitors were asked to take to the field, and some worried glances passed across the dressing room as it was felt that it could be a long hard day in the field.

Opening the bowling with the Heath brothers due to a back injury incurred by the captain in midweek, Pyestock started well, keeping both Curtis and A.Jenkins quiet, and with the score only on 8 struck an initial killer blow as Jenkins was bowled by Dan.

Chessington’s number 3 Thomas showed he was no slouch with the bat, dispatching the spinner for a couple of 4’s to ensure Pyestock couldn’t relax after the early wicket, and Chris especially upped the tempo to keep the batsmen guessing.

A double blow to the hosts chances followed, Curtis edged behind, and Glenn Taylor behind the stumps snaffled it like a Rattlesnake, only for the ball to spill out the gloves. Luckily the young wicketkeeper reacted sharply and plucked the ball out the air inches from the ground. This brought Newsome to the crease, who instantly survived a huge shout for LBW shouldering arms to a ball that was cutting in off stump bound.

2 balls later though and the number 4 was heading back to the pavilion, loosely driving into the covers and into the grateful hands of Colin Butler.

The hosts were now 18 for 3 and looking in some danger, however Thomas continued to play positively and scored quickly. With Pyestock only allowed to use the bowlers for a maximum 8 overs the captain introduced himself to the attack and cleverly bowled the dangerman with a Yorker for 23.

The danger wasn’t over though; Rand was now at the crease and scoring equally as heavily as his departed teammate and continued to prove a thorn in Pyestock’s side right up until his dismissal for 37 bowled by Jack Bromley.

This wicket was sandwiched by 2 for Vaughan Newcombe, bowling for the first time this season, wrapping up both M.Jenkins  and Hoos, who sportingly walked from the pitch after the faintest of edges through to Glenn Taylor.

At 96 for 7 Pyestock were suddenly focussing on wrapping the innings up rather than containing the runs against attacking batsmen on a lightning fast outfield.

The new pairing of McElligott and Patel were proving stubborn however and forced Pyestock to dig deep. Taylor Newcombe was introduced to the attack along with Chris Heath returning to finish his allotted overs.

In the end these two proved too much for the Chessington tail, Colin Butler taking another sharp catch before Taylor produced a tomb blaster of a delivery to bowl Patel. The youngster followed this up by trapping number 11 Harrison LBW first ball to end the hosts’ innings on 121.

 Pyestock’s run chase started like a runaway train, with opening bowler Patel feeling the true wrath of the Kobra, being smashed for 23 from his opening 2 overs, this really set the Carousel into motion for a comprehensive run chase.

Despite losing both Glenn Taylor and Jon Ford early on, Jack Bromley continued with the attacking shots to keep the visitors ahead of the game.

At the other end Dan Heath was playing unusually patiently, uncharacteristic given his usual style of play and Jacks free scoring opposite. Eighteen balls without scoring however was brutally ended with a front foot drive which cleared the tree at the far end of the ground.

This was to be the end of the canopy capers however as both Jack and Dan moved the result beyond doubt. Dan ably supporting Jack as the score moved passed 100, before Dan recklessly swatted a ball that was destined to be called a wide straight into the hands of the point fielder.

Jack soon followed for a well played knock of 60 but with the score on 119 Chris McGovern and Vaughan Newcombe ensured there were no more Wild Factors and secured the 3 runs required for a second successive win.

All in all, a very enjoyable day in Chessington, the pitch and hospitality were fantastic and a positive result in the bag.

Next week the Jungle bus heads to Hawley for an early visit to long time opponents, who knows, the sun may even come and join us for once over there.

Chessington CC 121 All Out

Pyestock CC 125 for 4 (J.Bromley 60)

Pyestock CC win by 6 wickets

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