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2013 match report Peper Harow 2

Peper Harow 59ao (32.4 overs) lost to Pyestock 61-1 (11.5 overs) by 9 wickets

Match Report kindly provided by Jon Ford

As September and the cricket season drew to a close, Pyestock beat long-term friends and rivals Peper Harow by a comfortable 9 wicket margin.

The Pyestock line-up was depleted as Pete Harris, Chris Heath and Ben Bromley were all unable to play.  The experienced reserves called into action included Norrie Short and Paul Heath, alongside youngster Vaughan Newcombe.

In the 20 over game earlier in the year, Imran Chowdray had struck a rapid century.  But he could only make 2 runs this time.  In the opening over, Imran guided a bouncing Dan Heath delivery to wicket keeper Glenn Taylor.  The early wicket stymied Peper Harow’s scoring, as they struggled on a damp wicket against the accurate bowling of Dan and Jack Bromley.

Dan continued despite having to leave the field due to a leg injury and bowled a frugal spell of 9-5-9-3.  Peper Harow were struggling, with only captain Steve Bradley holding the innings together.

An unexpected bowling change led to Paul Heath (or look alike Javaghal Srinath) joining the attack.  Paul nibbled the ball both ways as he conceded only 18 runs from 7 overs.  However Paul could not disturb the stumps and was left wicketless.

Neil Butler introduced himself to the attack.  Up to that point, Bradley had looked assured, but had struggled to score.  Neil bowled Bradley with an inswinger for 18 to leave Peper Harow struggling on 39-5 from 25 overs.

Neil then made the decisive contribution of the game, as two overs later, he struck with a triple wicket maiden.  Two batsmen were bowled by inswingers before a back foot lbw decision left Peper Harrow reeling.

Peper Harow’s Tom White had hung around to make 10 runs from 45 balls.  He fell to a Taylor Newcombe second bounce yorker, before her father Vaughan Newcombe repeated the trick in the next over to end the innings.  Peper Harrow had set a total of only 59 for Pyestock to chase down.

Pyestock veteran Norrie Short had been chosen to open the batting.  He got off the mark in the opening over, guiding the ball to third man.  However, he was also the first wicket to fall, as one of Mike Tait’s off-cutters kept low.

Meanwhile Glenn Taylor continued his record-breaking season as he regularly struck the ball to the boundary.  Glenn hit 53 not out, including two sixes and 7 fours.  He did give two tough chances to Steve Bradley, but fortunately Bradders could not get in position to take either catch.  During the innings, Glenn hit 93% of the runs off the bat, which was representative of the entire season (well done Glenn on an unprecedented year!)

Chris McGovern made a patient 3 not out from 20 balls, although our contacts suggest that he may have been playing for his average.  Glenn brought the game to a close with an imperious pull for six off the bowling of Max Morris.

Pyestock can be satisfied with a straightforward win at the end of season.  Overall, the year has been positive with a record of 12-5-5.  We thank Peper Harow for their ever kind hospitality (and good-natured beer match afterwards).  There is a chance that there may be another game next Saturday at Peper Harow – team organizer Chris McGovern will be in contact with details.

Pyestock man of the match: Neil Butler for his bowling analysis of 6-4-4-4 including a triple wicket maiden.

Pyestock man of the season (pending awards): Glenn Taylor for his record aggregate total of 1,105 runs including a club record innings of 172 not out.

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