Nowton v Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 1st XI on Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 12:30
Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Won By 27 Runs

Match report EAG v Nowton 22nd April ‘17 (detailed scores awaiting scorebook)

The first game of the season saw the inclusion of young Troy Collins, back-from-injury Mark Goodall, Luke Keyboard from Cambridge via Bury St Edmunds and of course the Londinian ghost of cricketmas past, Andrew Woodhouse.

To business. It looked set to be cracking day for cricket. A coolish breeze skimmed the well prepared surface at Nowton. Keith lost the toss and EAG were sent in to bat; an odd decision considering the likelihood of an early season breaking up a bit later in the day to the profit of the EAG bowling line-up.

Keith and Joe Young went in to open things up and looked to struggle initially against some good length bowling from the Nowton openers but Joe quickly settled and Keith hit some nice boundaries before he was bowled by a nibbler after about 8 overs. Cue to Steve Nunn who also hit some typically fluid shots also but did not survive long against the Nowton captain whose panoply of variations in pace and release bowled him and his stumps over.

Alex Hammond in at 4, some lusty blows but one too many meant that he holed out to mid on much to brother Keith’s chagrin. Woodhouse lunged to the crease to join the now very much ‘in’ Joe Young. A sketchy start from Woodhouse resulted in his being given a couple of lives as he chipped a few balls in the air one of which was dropped. After a few overs though he began to find some timing, hitting some nice boundaries down the ground.

Some shots were cut hard straight at fielders by Woodhouse followed by what can only be described as a pea roller that bounced closer to the bowler than the batsman. It bounced twice before reaching Woodhouse who in his frustration looked to belt it back. Of course he missed and the ball had just enough power to remove the bails before it could bounce thrice. Woodhouse was laughed back to the pavilion by all on 19.

Subsequent short cameos from Goodall, Keyboard and Tony Lee added a few runs to what was beginning to look like a sub par total were it not for Joe Young holding down a fine innings of 79, eventually bowled trying to hit out in the terminal overs. Matt Parker and Troy Collins finished the innings with a useful 25 or so, both exhibiting solid technique and running between the wickets despite being run out on the last ball of the innings.

Nice tea served including rather excellent BLT sandwiches and sausage rolls. Keith led the team out to field, opening up with Parker and Woodhouse. Both bowlers achieved useful amounts of swing in contrast with their opponents with Parker looping it away and Woodhouse in. A vicious in-swinging yorker from Woodhouse drew first blood for EAG. Matt also bowler well, as the two managed to bind Nowton to five overs on the trot without scoring a run.

Next on were Mark Goodall and Steve Nunn. Runs just weren’t coming for Nowton apart from the odd slog and occasional nice shot. Steve ended up on 5 wickets, a great disciplined performance backed up by excellent fielding including a brilliant catch off a swirling top edge at backward square leg by the youthful Troy Collins.

Skipper Hammond bowled a couple of overs but it was Goodall who was most persistent with 13 overs - a very impressive stint. Woodhouse charged in for another over against said batsman who eventually chipped one that looked to go over Woodhouse and land just short of mid-on. But no. A salmonoid leap from said bowler and outstretched palm clung on to the ball as his weary body thudded back to earth from the stratosphere. One Nowton wicket left.

Goodall trotted in again off a shortened run for another 3 balls before a play and a miss from the last man. Said batsman then went for a little walk out of his crease having missed and the razor sharp Joe Young whipped the bails off and EAG had won.

A great team performance with all contributing whether a few with bat, ball or excellent fielding without lulls or drops. Make sure availability is up to date as in all seriousness this is a team you want to be part of this year.

Originally by AW
Censored into soporific pulp by Richard 'Big Brother' Parker.

Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
4w 3b 3lb 
for 10 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Keith-Henry Hammond b  Hill 13 19 3 68.42
Joe Young b  Hill 79 123 8 64.23 1 1 1
Stephen Nunn b  Reynolds 19 24 3 79.17
Alex Hammond ct  Desch b Walker 7 14 1 50.0 1
Andrew Woodhouse b  Tobitt 19 27 4 70.37
Mark Goodall ct  & b Hill 10 7 2 142.86
Luke Keeble b  Hill 1 3 33.33
Jonathan Purser b  Hill 0 2 0
Tony Lee lbw  Hill 3 7 42.86
Matt Parker Run out  20 39 2 51.28
Troy Collins Not Out  1 3 33.33 1

Nowton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dan Hill11.051863.001.64
Angus Sadler4.002100.005.25
Dan Reynolds15.0260160.004.00
Jamie Walker11.0153153.004.82
Pete Tobitt4.0021121.005.25

Nowton Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 11w 9b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
155 (44.2 overs)
Henry Desch b  Woodhouse 0 6 0
Clive Heaps ct  & b Woodhouse 48 115 6 41.74
Jamie Walker ct  Young b Nunn 41 59 9 69.49
Adam Meredith lbw  Nunn 1 15 6.67
Jack Ridgeon ct  Collins b Nunn 7 9 1 77.78
Paul Spurling ct  Hammond A b Nunn 1 6 16.67
Dan Hill b  Nunn 0 5 0
Dan Reynolds Run out  20 19 3 105.26
Henry Lord b  Goodall 7 15 1 46.67
Angus Sadler st  Young b Goodall 6 4 1 150.0
Pete Tobitt Not Out  1 9 11.11

Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Andrew Woodhouse10.0330215.003.00
Matt Parker7.041500.002.14
Mark Goodall14.2353226.503.70
Stephen Nunn10.033256.403.20
Keith-Henry Hammond2.001400.007.00