V Lapworth CC (09/09/18)

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Walsall Health beat Lapworth by 28 runs.

On a mildish September afternoon, Walsall Health welcomed Lapworth to Aldridge top pitch for the penultimate game of the 2018 season. After playing on this ground two weeks ago, batting first felt like the best option after a successful coin toss. Ian Chuck, looking refreshed after a good holiday in South Africa, opened the batting with Dan Dunn. Dan should get a bigger round of applause than Alastair Cook got from The Oval crowd. He stuck his hand up to open the batting at 1pm. Then go and play football for Walsall Phoenix FC at 2:30pm. Only to return to bowl and field for us at 4pm….Attitude 10/10. Thanks Dan.

The Elf got off to a solid start, with Dan and Chuck sharing a partnership of 32 before Dan was out for 13. Leo Chuck joined his brother, but was unlucky to face a bowler he openly admitted to hate facing… slow and steady. Sadly, Leo perished, bowled by Faber for 2. Captain Rob Hewlitt joined Chuck to steady the ship, but after hitting 2 nice boundaries was lbw to Faber for 11. Greg Philpott was then bowled by Croston for 2, to leave us in a spot of bother at 70-4.

Gort walked out to join Chuck, who was in his usual accumulate mode, fully aware a good partnership was required. Exactly what the two men delivered, with a very important stand of 60. Gort was out for 25, caught and bowled by Butler, followed by JP, who was caught at cover for 0. Nathan Martin has enjoyed some good partnerships with Chuck, but on this occasion, it was not to be, bowled by Payne for 1. In the blink of an eye, 130-4 had become 131-7 with 8 overs still remaining. Chris Hall joined Chucky, who had already posted the 21st half century of his WHCC career, passing 500 runs for the season. They shared a valuable stand of 23 before Chally was bowled for 13….154-8.

Enter The Boston Strangler, Josh Butler, who decided to play like Jos Buttler. Attempting an audacious reverse sweep, great bottle for attempting this, but Josh hit fresh air, trapped plumb in front for 3. Unlucky. So after carrying his bat for the whole innings, Chuck was finally dismissed for 75, including 11 boundaries, in the 39th over, leaving Tom Davies to fulfill the red inker role. Welcome back I.J.Chuck. Elf’s final total of 166 All out was a competitive one.

After tea, Lapworth started with a positive intent, reaching 24-0 in no time. But it was Leo Chuck, who got a vital breakthrough. Yorking the dangerous looking Hadden for 11. This was a big moment so early on, as this batsman looked capable of taking the game away from us in double quick time. Well bowled Leo. The Friar Park Express, Nathan Martin, had decided to become Thomas the Tank Engine for the day. But joking aside, this was a clever ploy, to reduce his pace on a slow pitch. Nathan bowled really well again, for no reward, in a probing 5 over spell. Another frustrating day for a top bowler. Keep your head up Nath.

With Lapworth moving the score along to 67-1 and the deficit under 100, it was Tom Davies who got another big wicket of Turner, caught behind by Gort for 26. It was here that Captain Hewlitt turned to the mystery spin of Josh Butler. A smart move, as Josh made an immediate impact taking 2 wickets with bowling that Agatha Christie would have trouble figuring out. The second one, courtesy of a sharp catch by Rob at mid wicket. We were right back in the match.

As the score advanced to 127-4, Tom Davies returned to produce the over of the match. This was a high quality spell of swing bowling from Tom, trapping Williams and Payne to leave him on a hat trick for the third time this season. Somehow, a full and straight hat trick ball was kept out by Faber, who perished in the next over, bowled by Hall for 1. These two overs flipped the game back in our favour, with Lapworth on the brink at 130-7. With the pressure cranked up, Josh Butler ran out Long for a duck. As mysterious as ever, the run out was executed using no hands. Kicking the ball onto the stumps like a Harry Kane penalty. Never in doubt. Captain Hewlitt now turned to Dan Dunn, who looked ready to help clinch us a victory. The plan worked. With opener, Buckle still well set on 63, the game was still alive. However, Buckle was no match for a Dunn outswinger, losing his balance, Gort whipped off the bails for a stumping. The finisher role was left to JP, who bowled a tight first over to maintain the pressure, followed by the winning wicket with the first ball of his second over. Croston misjudging the JP flight, Rob Hewlitt made no mistake, taking his second catch of the game. Lapworth 138 all out….A cracking game of cricket, played in a good spirit, between two closely matched teams.

Tea update…Mixed comments this week. Plus the scones and jam have disappeared after a cameo appearance two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Lapworth boys were spotted munching on a King size Domino’s pizza at the drinks break, so maybe they weren’t convinced over the tea quantity either?…7/10

New barmaid update…Some interesting developments at tea. Some of the players seemed more interested in the new girl behind the bar, than the swiss roll and garlic bread. Greg Philpott’s roving eye zoomed in on his target with its customary precision, while a player who shall remain nameless, suddenly had no interest in orange squash or a cup of tea. Instead, preferring to order a pint of ale for his mid match rehydration, whilst assessing the customer service standards at Aldridge CC. I got the feeling, that moving to Rushall next season has suddenly gone from 5/2 to 25/1.

Impersonations update…  It was a day where some of our players aspired to be someone else. Rob Hewlitt/Mike Brearley….Dan Dunn/Daley Thompson….Andy Gorton/Barry Chuckle. (Don’t ask)… Leo Chuck/Dickie Bird.  But the winner has to be Josh Butler who performed a medley of Jos Buttler/Harry Kane/Agatha Christie. A remarkable performance.

The Verdict…A really good game of cricket. Where the result was in the balance all day. Maybe a WHCC first with 9 bowlers being rotated in one innings? A superb team effort again, with good support from Dai, Gail, Andy Carrick and Richard Fell. Thanks to Ian Chuck who brought two new match balls to the game, brother Leo for an extended spell of umpiring, and Dan Dunn for stepping in at the last minute, which in a tight game, made all the difference between victory and defeat.  See you all at Rushall this Sunday.

Written by Chris Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

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V Sportsman (19/08/18)

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Sportsman CC beat Walsall Health by 84 runs.

Sportsman returned for the second time this season to Aldridge, in muggy, humid, overcast conditions. Surely a day for the bowlers we all thought. So after Captain Rob lost the toss, and was asked to bowl, an orderly queue was formed to take the new cherry.  But after a few overs, the sun emerged from behind the clouds, and the ball only swung in one direction… straight. We suddenly realised it might just be a tough afternoon against a side who always bring some talented attacking batsmen.

Nathan Martin opened up, and soon picked up the wicket of the dangerous Waqas Ahmed who shouldered arms to a ball that cut back to hit off stump. Arguably the ball of the day, on a track that wasn’t offering much assistance to the bowlers. Sportsman legend, Calvin Williams then joined Amar Sodha, and immediately played with a positive intent, rifling anything short of a length to the boundary with some proper Calypso style batting. Dave Stephens produced a fine spell with the new ball to check Sportsman’s early momentum (5 overs 2 maidens 0-8) and was unlucky not to earn a reward for some accurate bowling. Leo Chuck then had a go at breaking the partnership of Sodha and Williams, but to no avail.

With the score on 114-1 it was time for some more line and length bowling from Nikka and Chris Hall. Bowling as a partnership, the two metronomes pegged Sportsman back, with Chally’s 8 overs going for just 20 runs. Nikka attacked from the other end, trapping Sodha lbw for 45 and clean bowling Calvin for 56, reducing the opposition to 121-3. A useful effort from the big man, who became the 6/4 favourite with Paddy Power for the Bails Award, after turning up to the game, with his face painted as a cat. Nikka claimed that even 3 bars of Cussons Pearl wouldn’t wash it off. Now us wily bowlers have plenty of tricks up our sleeves, but this was taking gamesmanship to another level.

With 30 overs gone, and the run rate slowed down, we hoped we had Sportsman on the ropes. But they always bat deep, so thanks to Vijay Chandramani 45 not out off 50 balls, and Samjay Patel 31 off 26 balls, they wrestled back the momentum to take them over the 200 mark in the 40th over. Tom Davies picking up a couple of wickets at the death 2-48, and oh so close to a hat-trick, supported by Dan Armstrong 0-37, who bowled well against some aggressive batting. A superb effort, with some excellent ground fielding. Particularly Leo Chuck, and Nathan Reeves, who both sprinted round the field all afternoon, attacking the ball to save plenty of runs for the team.

After the tea interval where Nikka devoured a Sachet of Sheba, followed by some IAMS Biscuits for refueling purposes, we set about chasing down the target of 203. We started well, with Alex Nunns and Gort taking our score to 30-0. But from here, things started to go wrong. Gort drilled one straight to cover, followed by the in form Dan Armstrong who perished, lbw for the first duck of his Elf career. Captain, Rob Hewlitt was bowled by the accurate Calvin Williams for 12, followed by Nathan Reeves who was bowled for 4. Suddenly 30-0 had become 58-4. Alex Nunns and Leo Chuck held things together for a while, until Alex chipped one to Sodha off the bowling of Greaves for our top score of 36. Dave Stephens was bowled by Bardha for 1 to leave us wilting at 85-6. Leo Chuck (19) and Nathan Martin (10) stayed positive with some good running between the wkts, but were both caught trying to increase the run rate, followed by Chris Hall (4) going for a big shot over mid on. With the score on 111-9, Nikka joined Tom Davies to take us to 119, but was caught off the bowling of Mangat for 4, leaving Tom with a nice red inker, leaving Sportsman with a deserving victory. Well played.

Tea Update….Decent. Nice addition of scones smothered in jam, to replace the Victoria Sponge. Rating 7/10

Injuries update….An eventful day. Firstly, Dave Stephens got his finger stung by a wasp whilst re-hydrating with a glass of orange squash.  Nikka injured a paw towards the end of the Sportsman’s innings. Nathan Reeves, as brave as ever, took a blow to the ankle. This was all followed by a freak accident later in the game. As Gort was umpiring, Sportsman’s mid on fielder, threw the ball back to the bowler who had started to walk back to his mark, only for the throw to drop down from a great height to land flush on the crown of Gorts head, poleaxing our stricken keeper. Both men live to fight another day. Maybe borrowing a couple of Nikka’s nine lives in the process.

Love Island Update….The 2018 series is long gone, but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic spectator falling head over heels for Dan Armstrong. Mid-way through a jovial fines committee, a boisterous young brown and white gun dog, bounded towards Dan for a hug and a kiss. After taking some tap with the ball, and posting a first Elf duck, it was time for Nikka to get the Rushall Karaoke machine out again to sing a stirring rendition of…”He found love in a hopeless place” It was one of those days.

The Verdict….A good game, played in a good spirit. Sportsman batted well to post a challenging target of 203. Which proved too much for us to chase down on the day, but all in all, some good cricket was played by both teams.

Written by Chris Hall

 

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V Lichfield Nomads (22/07/18)

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Walsall Health CC 166-6 (40 overs) beat Lichfield Nomads 135-7 (40 overs) by 31 runs

The Elf made the 20 mile or so journey across the Midlands to Kings Bromley this week to play Lichfield Nomads on a baked pitch and in sweltering conditions.
Fortunately for Elf gingers Tom Davies and Alex Nunns skipper Hewlitt won the toss and batted first. Ian Chuck was heard miles away being appalled at the decision in such favourable batting conditions #chuckbowlsfirst

The Elf started extremely steadily on what looked a glorious deck but the Nomads bowlers Fearon, Taylor and Moss showed how it was done and at the first drinks break the elf were steady at 54-0.
It wasn’t until veteran John Hoddy came on to break the opening partnership of Andy Gorton and Dave Preece by trapping Gort in front of all three for 35.
Alex Nunns came and went for 6 (something about forgetting his sun cream) and then Dave Preece was bowled playing across the line for 31 and the Elf were wobbling at 99-3.
Rob Hewlitt and new found all rounder Dan Armstrong hit some quick runs but Rob went for 18 after looking in good nick.

Dan Dun entered the fray (fortunately not in his socks and sliders which are the most #village thing I’ve seen all year..) but was out for 7, as was Dave Stephens pushing for runs at the end. ‘Two Plates’/’No Shower’ Armstrong finished with a handy 41 not out giving his side a target to bowl at.

After tea was demolished, the Elf set about defending their total (finally, once the openers decided to show up).
Dave Stephens and Dan Dun took the old ball for the Elf and bowled very well first up. Dan Dunn got the first wicket after a suspect stumping was not given. What was the reason you ask? Oh well, apparently the umpire ‘couldn’t see the line’….what? Move to the OTHER SIDE THEN. So he did, and surprise surprise the next one was given.
Dave Stephens got Fearon clean bowled and the Elf were in good shape.
The next two batsmen of Nick and Moss played well and didn’t score many runs off Davies and Hall but also didn’t get their side above the run rate. The next suspect moment came when Nick ‘nicked off’ the ball lodged between Gort’s legs, Nick walked and then the batsman at the other end decided the ECB rules had changed and that wasn’t out. WHAT?

Karma struck soon after and Moss was out trying hit Dan Armstrong’s off spin into Fradley. Dave Preece got the next wicket when his fielding got Nick run out going for runs and the Elf looked in prime position to get the win.
Dave Stephens came back on and picked up Hutton and Tom Davies got a wicket after a smart catch from Rob Hewlitt. Chris Hall got the last laugh by bowling the 40th over as maiden.

Well done boys, the bowling unit performed superbly today and won us the game. That’s now nine undefeated! #Spiritoftheelf

Tea review

Nomads have clearly been reading our reviews as they pulled out all the stops today but putting OLIVES and Strawberries on the menu no less. Unfortunately there was no English mustard or Pork Pie but a solid 9/10.

Shower club update

Decent showers this week but the smallish changing room resembled a Turkish Spa with all those bodies and warm water vapour in the air. 6/10 on a purely moisture basis.

 

Written by Tom Davies

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V Old Moseley Fitmen (15/07/18)

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Walsall Health v Old Moseley Fitmen…Match Tied.

On yet another scorching hot day, WHCC played hosts to opponents of many a year, Old Moseley Fitmen. With no heavy roller to make batting conditions even easier, we got underway on time at 14:30 BST.  Historically, Fitmen always bring a strong XI. Today was no different. Two classy openers, Tom Caesar and Jawad, piled on some early misery and raced to 55 before Dan Dunn took a good caught and bowled to dismiss Jawad. With Dave Stephens toiling away at the other end, our regular nemesis “Mo” ambled out to begin his innings.  Mo would lose his first partner, Caesar thanks to a cool catch by Dan Armstrong off the bowling of Chuck. Chuck then pilfered his second wkt of the day, thanks to a stunning reflex catch by JP. A strong contender for catch of the season. It was so good, Mo immediately paid his homage at the none strikers end with a nod of respect.

Chucky and Chally had applied the brakes with some tight bowling to peg Fitmen back to 111-3. However, Mo (87 off 78 balls) and Harris (46 off 36 balls) then cut loose, to wrestle back the momentum, and pass 200, with 8 more overs left in the bank. Despite several tough passages of play, heads didn’t drop this week, we kept battling away which was good to see. Nathan Reeves, once again setting the standard in the field, attacking the ball like a caged lion. Such good standards paid off, with Dan Dunn returning to pick up two more wkts, Chris Hall and Dan Armstrong snaffled one each at the death, with Fitmen finishing on 246-7.  A tremendous collective effort here, several times Fitmen threatened to post around 280-300, but our application for the full 40 overs, meant we had a chance of chasing this down.

The chase began with an unlucky dismissal for Gort, ball onto boot, onto stumps. Maybe a hint of bat into a tree, the sequel here, the Gort willow was certainly hurled a few yards in disgust anyway. Enter the Chuck brothers, and this partnership was definitely not suitable for Kids TV. Some aggressive batting, with Leo punching the ball through the covers for fun, and Ian bludgeoning the ball to all corners, saw the Elf race to 100-1 off just 14 overs. Great to see Leo bat so well, falling just short of a deserved quickfire fifty. The momentum was all ours at this stage. Dan Armstrong joined Chuck, and continued to dominate the Fitmen bowlers. When Chuck departed for a brilliant 89, we appeared comfortable on 190-3….57 required off 96 balls.

A lot of credit has to be given to Fitmen, from a tough position, they gradually eased their way back into the game, with some tight bowling from Mo (4-17 off 8 overs) and Harris. Scoring became more difficult, as Nath, Rob and Greg went cheaply. With the score at 236-7, Dan Armstrong was still at the crease, after reaching a second consecutive 50. Another excellent knock from Dan, who is really starting to deliver with the bat. Time was running out, so when Dan was caught going for a big shot to ease the pressure, the game remained in the balance. Dave Stephens hit a priceless 4, then was out to another good catch from a Fitmen fielder, they really did catch very well in the key moments. After 79 overs it came down to the final over, with the Elf needing 6 to win. Dan Dunn fell to the first ball, leaving us on the brink. JP joined Chally, and managed to sneak a single, leaving Chris to get 5 off the final two balls. The first of which was despatched to the square leg boundary for 4, to tie the game up after 79.5 overs. With all fielders brought into the ring, Chally couldn’t quite connect to pierce the field, leaving JP valiantly falling inches short of making his ground to complete a dramatic victory. What a game! Nearly 500 runs in a match that came down to the final ball, finishing at 20:55 BST….Match Tied.

All 22 players agreed it had been a superb match, which ebbed and flowed all day.  Everyone contributing, and trying their best, is all any team can ask for. A bit like the John Isner v Kevin Anderson match at Wimbledon last Friday, that would have been a tough game to lose for either team.

Tea update….RIP Victoria Sponge.

Thankyou’s update….Some big efforts yesterday. Rich Fell umpiring for the full 40 overs, allowed a lot of the players to take a rest after a long innings in the field. Nice to see Dan Dunn, Dave Stephens and Leo back in the team, all making excellent contributions. Great support too, from Gail, Fitzy, Nikka, Dai and Roger Moore, with Alex and Rachel sensing a knife edge finish arriving just in time to see the drama unfold.

Novak Update….The great man is back to his brilliant best, Wimbledon Champion 2018.

Stats Update….Ian Chuck’s 89, moves him up to fourth place on the all time run scorers list.

The Verdict….Wonderful contest. Exactly what all sports should be…A contest.  I would happily play in a game like this one every single week. In a game so close, everyone may be thinking of the “If only I’d done this or that moment” which is understandable. But sport is mostly all about split second decisions, all of which a game can be decided on. We should all just focus on being fortunate enough to take part in a memorable game of cricket, on a nice summer afternoon, and celebrate the match for what it was.  We won’t play in many games better than this one.

Written by Chris Hall

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V Oak n Ash (08/07/18)

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Walsall Health 250-3 (40 overs) beat Oak n Ash 196-8 ( 30.1 overs) by 54 runs

The Elf hosted Oak n Ash today at Aldridge in a game where the sun cream was a must for all those participating.
Rob Hewlitt won the toss and decided to bat first which did not sit well with Ian Chuck who stormed off to put his pads on.
Chuck and Gort opened up on a wonderful deck and the Elf’s solid opening pair piled on the runs and the misery for the Oak n Ask lads by surpassing the 100 mark with relative ease with both of the Elf’s openers securing a half century. However it was Andy Gorton who has been out on 49 twice already this season who was out after scoring exactly 50 with the team total on 151.
Dan Armstrong assumed full all-rounder status by coming in and giving the ball a bit of tap and providing excellent support for Chuck who reached his 100 with a four through midwicket off his legs to raise his bat for the second time of the day.
Chuck was out caught shortly after and Rob Hewlitt who is used to more of a ‘dig in’ after a few captain’s knocks in recent weeks was out caught for two. Hewlitt was replaced by Greg Phillpott who hit three boundaries for his 12 but was run out in the final over pushing for the extra runs.
The final over was dominated by 18 year old Dan Armstrong who hit a couple of massive sixes to reach his maiden fifty for the Elf, somewhat deserved as well after some excellent batting recently.

The Elf began the defence of their mammoth total with Nath Martin and Dan Armstrong fresh from a great knock. Dan picked up the first wicket of Gallen for one and at first change Chris Hall got Bailey and the Elf had the visitors at around 30-2 inside the first 10 overs.
If you know anything about this Oak n Ash side you know they are a great bunch of lads and fight hard to the death and their 3rd wicket partnership was a magnificent one at that. Shepheard and Cochoran hit the Elf bowlers to all parts of the Coliseum in a great display of batting. Shepheard was the first to go bowled by Ian Chuck and Dan Armstrong picked up his 2nd of the day by knocking back Sheldon’s bails.
Cochoran was still their dismissing the ball to all parts but the nervous nineties kicked in and he hit a hard shot back to Chuck and on about the third attempt the man from Durban snaffled the catch and the Elf looked home and dry. The last four batsmen for the opposition hit 23 between them with wickets for Davies, Hall and Armstrong to see the Elf to their seventh victory of the season and also seventh in a row.
A final word for the Oak n Ash boys who played valiantly with nine men in that heat and probably would’ve won with the extra two men, well played boys.

Tea review

No Victoria Sponge. 5/10

Shower club update

The showers in the squash changing rooms are better than the main ones but you can only have two of them on at the same time plus they were boiling. 4/10.

A final mention for Rakesh Mal who turned up after getting asked at 1:30 if he could play, superb effort in the field as well on debut.

Written by Tom Davies

 

 

 

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V Bharat Parivar (01/07/18)

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Walsall Health beat Bharat Parivar by 3 wkts.

On a scorching hot day, at Rushall, The Health welcomed back Bharat Parivar for the second time this season. Early village moment of the day…by 2:20 pm BST, only one member of the opposition had arrived. A huge bonus for Gort, as it gave him even more time to continue his blossoming relationship with the heavy roller. So after plenty of faffing about, the game started at 2:55 BST on a pitch that resembled the landscape of the Somerset Levels.

Parivar adopted the same tactics as a few weeks ago, aggressive.  Dan Armstrong got an early breakthrough, thanks to a brilliant reflex catch, by skipper for the day Ian Chuck. However, a couple of dropped catches saw Parivar accelerate even more. The new ball, kindly donated by Nikka, disappeared into oblivion after 4 overs, never to be seen again. Ian Chuck, opening the bowling, (Yes, this isn’t a mis-print) got an iffy decision, and that is being polite. A big snick, louder than a Tom Davies appeal, was snaffled by Gort. The batsman appeared to be trudging off back to the pavillion, only to decide he fancied batting a bit longer. I must brush up on the laws of the game this week. The game continued.

With Parivar passing the 50 mark in quick time, wickets were needed to slow things down. Prabhar was the first to chance his arm one too many times, trying to heave Ian Chuck for another six, he perished to a brilliant running catch from Greg. This was a big wicket, as Prabhar looked a very dangerous batsman. Josh Butler joined the party, thanks to a solid catch from Nikka. Then returning legend, Sam Stephens, trapped Pandiylan plumb in front. We were back on top, at 70-4 off 15 overs. The opposition consolidated in their own style, by continuing to attack with a good partnership between Tewaji and Nais, taking them to 140-4. In the humid weather, and with plenty of overs remaining, it looked like this was going to be a tough afternoon.

After a second drinks break was taken, Chris Hall, still seething from some rough decisions a few weeks ago, came into the attack. Immediately yelling at Captain Chuck to get the field right (Apologies Chuck) then standing at his mark, offered Chuck some advice, in a stern and measured tone…”Do not take me off until they are all back in the pavillion” The aggression worked, as Hall broke the partnership, thanks to another great catch from Chuck, then skittled three more Parivar batsman. Their momentum had been checked, with Chuck picking up the remainder, 140-4 became 185 all out. A very good fightback, with the highlight in the field being a spectacular diving stop by JP, to save a certain boundary. We fancied chasing this down on a rapid out-field.

After a sumptuous tea, more about that later. We began the chase. Extras started really well, scoring 15 of the first 22 runs. Chuck was first to go, on a pitch starting to show some demons, getting a low shooter for 2. Very unlucky. Enter Sam Stephens, who looked to be positive, hitting four 4’s and looking well set, only to fall to another unplayable one. Where is that heavy roller when you need it? The score was 57-2. Alex Nunns was next to go for 21, which again include five 4’s. Dan Armstrong came in to join the 4’s club, getting off the mark with a beautiful on drive, only to perish for 9. But with Gort at the other end, steadily accumulating runs, the match was in the balance at 108-4. With a pumped up Nathan Reeves hitting 10, followed by 8 from Greg Philpott, the score moved on to 145-6. Then the loss of Gort, who departed for 49 left the Elf wobbling on 150-7 on a deteriorating pitch.

The equation was simple when Josh Butler joined Chris Hall at the crease. 35 to win off 9 overs. Loads of time, it was all about temperament. Parivar produced some excellent death bowling, but after Chally hit three 4’s to ease the tension a bit, the rate was now 12 to win off 9 balls. To be fair, it looked like Parivar had used up their two best bowlers. So after a penultimate mid over chat, super cool Josh Butler and Chall agreed that we could win this game right now. JB calmly walked back to his crease to plunder three successive 4’s to the despair of the Parivar fielders. A real pleasure to see this, as Josh had dug in against the better bowlers, to get his reward. A partnership of 37 for the 8th wkt to take us over the line. Amongst the celebrations, Nathan Reeves did a great impression of Jose Mourinho, (youtube him running down the touchline when Porto knocked out Man Utd in the Champions League 2004) Parivar were gracious in defeat, in a good close game of cricket, that was well supported on the day.

Tales from the Travelator.

Sam and Chucky experienced the delights of this cursed end this week. Chuck getting a big snick, and another Pelsall Common stumping, only to be told not out both times. Sam joined in, with what appeared to be a hitting all three lbw appeal, again to no avail.

Tea Update. Rating 10/10

Tremendous. Especially as it was prepared at such short notice. Big thankyou to Alex and Rachel. Plum tomato’s, not a single one rolled off anybody’s plate, smart purchase. Loads of oranges for Vitamin C…Clever choice. Good sandwich variety, to carb load…Much needed. And a variey of Samosa’s, Sausage Rolls, Cheese and Onion Rolls, Pizza and salads. Plenty of leftovers too, which were devoured after the game. Aldridge, take note.

Dessert update. Rating 10/10

Star Baker for this week….Lizzie. Delivering a plethora of sponge delights. Already producing a masterful Key Lime Pie at Peopleton, Lizzie produced a high class display of Perfect Pattiserie. A lovely Victorious Sponge, backed up by Banana Loaf, and Dan Armstrong’s personal favourite the Chocolate Brownie. Really nice. Once again, all made at short notice which was very much appreciated.

One More Thankyou update…

A big thankyou to Nikka, who stepped up to play at short notice. Having the extra man in such hot conditions made all the difference yesterday. Thanks again mate.

The Verdict…

This was our 6th consecutive victory of the season. Certainly a new club record since the 40 over format began. A fantastic achievement, with different players stepping up every week to make match winning contributions. Lets keep it going against Oak n Ash this week.

Written by Chris Hall

 

 

 

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V Beaumont CC (17/06/18)

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Walsall Health CC 189-4 (40 overs) beat Beaumont CC 150 all out (37.4 overs) by 39 runs

The Elf won their fifth consecutive game of the season today against Beaumont, a fixture that has been ever present since the club started in the late 1980s.

A minute applause in remembrance of Rupert.

The game began on a sad note when the boys heard from the visitors that long serving Beaumont player Rupert Lisle sadly passed away over the Christmas period 2017. Tributes were led by Elf legend Andy Gorton who said some kind words and coordinated a minute applause in remembrance of Rupert.

Beaumont won the toss and put the Elf in. Gort and Chuck started the innings but the two elves were bogged down in the opening overs of the game by Johnson and Grainger who bowled with discipline and were unlucky to not get a wickets. The first wicket game when H.Jandhu came on and Dan Armstrong triggered Chuck for 25. It wasn’t long until Krish (who looked to be throwing it) came on and JP did what he does best and triggered Gort to a ball that looked to be too high from the boundary.

Alex Nunns and in form skipper Rob Hewlitt dug in for a few overs but the second change bowlers from Beaumont could not keep the runs down. The ‘Ginger Lara’ and the ‘Horsham Kohli’ put on an excellent partnership of 91 at a very quick run rate to give the Elf a great chance of winning the fixture.
The game was evenly poised on 92-2 at the end of the 28th over but by the time Al nicked off for 39 in the 35th, the score was 151-3 and the hosts were in a commanding position.
Skipper Hewlitt applied the pressure and went to another 50 this season, finally finishing 63 not out after Rich Fell hit a quick 12 and Leo Chuck finally got his first runs for the club in the last over.

As the evening begun, the Elf defended their total in the Coliseum with dangerous Beaumont stalwarts Hodgson and Johnson striding out to face Armstrong and pacey Leo Chuck with the new ball.
After a few nice boundaries, Johnson was triggered LBW for 16 off Armstrong and Tom Davies got the number three Khrisna for one after Alex Nunns took a great catch at point.
Beaumont’s captain Rands entered the fray and neither Chally or Tom could break the partnership so it was left to Kolpak spinner Ian Chuck who came on to try and break the deadlock.
A great contest over six balls ensued between Chuck and Hodgson who Chuck sledged before he’d even bowled a ball by saying “if he cuts me he’s doing very well”…Hodgson went to cut him 3 balls out of 5 including a nice four through point but Chuck won the battle with a quicker ball yorker to get his side’s third wicket with his final ball of the over.

Chris Hall tirelessly went through the mill for 8 overs on the bounce and finally picked up a wicket when he get Rands caught behind by Gort and Beaumont were 110-4 needing more than six an over to win with their four main batsman back in the hutch back in the squash changing rooms all 22 men were expected to change in* #village

A nice match threatening partnership between Johnson and Jandhu came together before Tom Davies got Johnson caught behind by Chuck.
Elf Heartthrob Greg Phillpott came on and was on full janitor duties picking up the next three wickets for virtually no runs. First Hall  got Esp and Alex Nunns got Parks. Both catches were skied pretty high so some excellent fielding on display. Gort got his second caught behind of the day and Leo Chuck hustled in for the last two wickets in two balls meaning the next time he bowls, he’s on a hat-trick.

Well played lads against always top bunch Beaumont. There’s a reason why both sides have consistently played over the years, games played fair and square and always toasted with a beer after.

Tea review

Aldridge Victoria sponge is back 7/10

Shower Club update

Still no Dan Armstrong and the lads had to leave the chaotic changing room and head to the normal Aldridge changing rooms for the shower they craved but once again piss poor water flow means they may as well have showered under a tap. 1/10

Love Island update

Is anyone even watching this year?

 

Written by Tom Davies

 

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