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2013 Match Report: Peper Harow

Five fall as Nervous Ninety

Halts Harows Haul

Peper Harow CC Vs Pyestock CC

Sunday 30th June 2013

Weather Conditions: Hot and Sunny

Pitch Conditions: Wicket: Dry, flat. Outfield: Green, flat, fast.

Match type: Time.

Pyestock returned to winning ways this Sunday with a surprisingly comfortable win over old friends Peper Harow.

The victory came courtesy in the main, from a spectacular batting collapse from the hosts that turned a promising innings to one that fell desperately short.

Fielding a strong XI Peper Harow batted first on a hot day prompting a beautiful setting for one of Pyestock’s favourite fixtures, and the day could not have got off to a better start with Chris Heath removing opener Ted Cornell in the first over of the match.

The good form of Jack Bromley accounted for further inroads into the hosts batting order as the outside edge of first Mark Andrews, then Lee Bennett saw two catches for Neil Butler at first slip and once Kamran Choudhary was bowled for the youngster’s third wicket, Peper Harow were 13 for 4 and in immediate trouble.

The experienced head of Captain Steve Bradley was exactly what Peper Harow needed at the crease at this point and between himself and Adrian Rathmell, successfully saw off the opening bowlers on their way to rebuilding the innings.

Change bowlers Billy Leader and Ben Bromley were brought into the attack to try and break the partnership that was becoming a frustration. Rathmell’s defensive style allowed Bradley to attack and quickly found his feet with the new variation in the bowling attack.

The overs and runs ticked by and Pyestock were having to work hard, the run rate was not out of control, but Pyestock knew they would need to break the partnership soon or any acceleration could turn the tide against them.

The moment of the match followed in the 28th over. A shorter ball from Ben Bromley was hooked away by Bradley to deep backward square-leg. Billy Leader was stationed on the boundary and took a superb one handed catch to the delight of his team mates. The danger man had gone for 39 and Peper Harow now 90 for 5.

This moment of magic really shocked Pyestock into life as the next 4 wickets fell without the home side mustering a run. Max Morris and Matthew Anderton both played poor shots to depart without troubling the scorers as Billy added to wickets to his fine catch. Harley Saunders successfully defended the hat-trick ball , but Ben Bromley used the next over to bowl Rathmell who had played well and patiently for his 18, and Marcus Broomer for the innings third duck.

5 wickets in 14 balls had destroyed any hope Peper Harow had of mustering a defendable target and at 90 for 9, Aaron Saunders joined son Harley at the crease.

Aaron, a man famous amongst Pyestock ranks for congratulating his opponents last season before actually losing his wicket, such his confidence in his own ability, is a great sport and a good laugh on the field of play. Pyestock however were confident, however, that it would not be long before tea was served and Peper Harow all out. This theory was proved spectacularly incorrect however as the number 11 wasted no time in dispatching Ben for 2 fours over mid on and mid-wicket. The carnage continued at the other end as another boundary was bludgeoned before a beautiful straight drive from Harley saw the score reach 107.

This continued for the next couple of overs as Pyestock struggled to find an answer to the hard hitting final pair. Eventually, however, Harley Saunders picked out Glenn Taylor on the boundary and an entertaining partnership (37 from 32 balls) was brought to an end, along with the home side’s innings, which closed on 127.

After tea, Jon Ford and Glenn Taylor began in pursuit of the target. Opening bowlers Harley Saunders and Max Morris bowled well, but in hot conditions rarely made the Pyestock opening pair work too hard to preserve their wicket. Both batsmen fared well against the duo runs-wise also and this prompted a double change after only 8 overs, upon which point the visitors had amassed 50 runs with relative ease.

Steve Bradley and Lee Bennett entered the attack, and although the latter initially found the going equally as tough, in his 3rd over he managed to trap Jon Ford LBW and find the breakthrough his team so desperately needed.

At the other end, Steve Bradley was bowling his usual difficult away cutters and was causing both Glenn and new man Vaughan Newcombe problems as Peper Harow dug deep to remain in the game. It was Bennett who made the breakthrough once more though as Glenn edged through to keeper Marcus Broomer for his second triumph.

93 for 2 looked a solid score-line. It became three down immediately though as Vaughan Newcombe too edged through to Broomer from the bowling of Bradley and there may have been a hint of wobble from the Pyestock team as they neared their target.

Broomer’s busy afternoon with the gloves continued 2 overs later as Bradley again found the edge of the bat, this time Billy Leader the party to trudge back to the pavilion as Peper Harow began to believe the unlikeliest of fight-backs may be on.

Jack Bromley and Chris McGovern were now tasked with steering home the ship, and took Pyestock over the 100 mark before Jack was caught on the leg-side. Brother Ben however joined Chris at the crease and saw Neil Butlers side to victory with over 15 overs remaining. 60 from Glenn Taylor will read as the match winning contribution in the history and statistical records, but superb fielding Taylor Newcombe thoughout the first innings of the match was vital in keeping the runs down and the pressure up, a magical catch from Billy Leader and a superb 6 over spell from Steve Bradley for the opposition should not be forgotten in a healthy game of friendly cricket.

A return to winning ways was pleasing for Pyestock. Peper Harow will always be welcome name in the fixture list and with a return on the cards in late September; it is for certain, not the last chapter in this long running saga!

Peper Harow CC 127 All Out

Pyestock CC 130 for 5 (G. Taylor 60)

Pyestock CC win by 5 Wickets Man of the Match: Glenn Taylor

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