CRICKET REPORT BY JEREMY WINTER (ODCC HON. SECRETARY)
Cricket at Commemoration: KNIGHTLEY’S 98 not out, all in vain!
A 30 over game at Commemoration saw some experienced ODs in action. Ollie Horne (63), James Humphries (44) and school skipper Sam Norwood (38) set up a very good foundation for the school’s total of 181-4. In reply the ODs within 3 overs were 3-3 with Charlie Hunte, Tom Warren and Mike Salmon back in the Pavilion! In strode Charlie Knightley, an experienced class player and a combination of himself Gregor Lovatt and skipper Sam Wheatley set about trying to write the semi sunken ship. A spectacular innings of 98 not out from OD and Felsted School’s Master in Charge of Cricket, Charlie Knightley, dominated, taking most of the strike, but in the end an early hiccup proved fatal to the OD side and the task was just too great. Time ran out and the OD side fell 22 runs short.
Knife Edge Finishes for OD Cricketers during Cricket Week.
Thursday 13th June
Alternative commitments for many regular OD cricketers led to a decision in good time to shorten the number of fixtures in the Cricket Week to just two. But what excellent, exciting, well-contested matches they proved to be.
Dumbleton batted first at their lovely Dairy Lane ground and lost opener Baldwin early, bowled by Sam Wheatley. An onslaught on the bowling by Aussie Cranitch followed and his five sixes and three fours shot his innings to 50 before Oli Horne had him stumped by Phil Nicholson. Veteran John Weaver got amongst the middle order in his four overs sending four back to the pavilion, conceding just 23 runs and, with Chris Townsend at the other end 2-12, restricted the home side to 156-9 in their 20 overs.
The OD reply had a couple of early disappointments, losing Mark Whitney and Townsend to Loveday. Young Oli Horne then had two key stands: firstly 40 with Sam Wheatley and then 43 with Matt Court. On 49, Oli fancied the deep mid-wicket boundary but his fine hit was caught well by Tegg right on the line. A couple of quieter overs followed, plus the loss cheaply of young Archie Benson. This brought Stuart Hughes together with skipper John Nicholson still needing 39 to win in four overs. Despite a string of boundaries and frantic running between the wickets, it still left 22 to win in the last over.
A new bowler Tegg was called from the deep and the OD pair took full advantage, hammering 18 off the first five balls, leaving four to win off the last ball…a swing, a miss, byes…three were run…but a tie was denied with Nicholson being called for a ‘one short’!
The result therefore was a Dumbleton win by one run! Stuart Hughes finishing with a superb unbeaten 19 off 9 deliveries and Nicholson 13.
Friday 14th June
A strong squad of ODs assembled for the Friday match v the Gloucestershire Gipsies giving skipper Matt Shayle a number of options. Oli Horne and Sam Wheatley restricted the visitors to 17 off the first 10 overs but then the run rate gradually increased to 75 off the first 20 with still no breakthrough. The score got to 137 before John Weaver had Sadler well caught by Matt Court. Cheltenham Town 1st XI top batsman, Kieran Smith, was then joined by another of his Saturday teammates, Pete Woodland. By now Smith was in full flow reaching an impressive century prior to Matt Court having him well caught in the deep by Oli Horne on the stroke of lunch. Shayle gave all his bowlers a go, nine in all, although it was he who bagged most wickets, 2 for 24 from his four overs. Under bowled perhaps were Horne 6-4-5-0, Wheatley 8-1-35-0 and Court 6-0-43-1, but the Gipsies very fair declaration came at 250-5 after 42 overs.
George Lane and Luca Cappuccini opened the ODs reply, with Lane striking the ball with authority in classic style and Luca hitting the off line ball well. They gave the innings a fine start before the latter went for 20. Like the day before, Sam Wheatley was in good form, giving Lane good support and they had a fine stand of 75 before both fell within a spell of a few minutes, Wheatley for 37 and Lane for a superb 66. Matt Court with 35 and Oli Cahill 32 strengthened the middle order and with the score at 215-6 and five overs to go in the last hour, all results looked on.
The Gipsies kept the spinners on to the death and they teased out Molyneaux and Paul Marchand cheaply but then, with Stuart Hughes managing to retain most of the strike and hitting out very effectively, just 13 were required in the last two overs. Alex Hume got in a tangle and was bowled by off spinner Woodland bringing last man Shayle in….Final over, 10 to win. First ball from Kieran Smith and Hughes slams it for a six over the pavilion, but two dot balls followed and then a bye run. Three to win off the last two balls, Matt Shayle was trapped LBW giving the Gipsies a two run win!
Thus the Doctor’s Trophy remains in their hands for another year.
Courtesy of the Old Decanian Society and the Development Team, the school caterers provided a magnificent post-match barbecue for both sides, ODs, former staff and friends of the School. Grateful thanks also to Rupert Lane, President of the ODCC, who stood all the players their first drink.