v Sportsman CC (H) 01/09/19

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Sportsman CC 243-9 (40 ovs) beat Walsall Health CC 176 (31.1 overs) by 67 runs

The Elf played host to the Sportsman CC lads for the second time this season, who were captained by Jack Wiseman on his final game for the club before moving away. Wiseman won the toss and elected to bat first.

Hemsley and Underwood opened the batting for Sportsman, the latter hitting a few boundaries before Dave Stephens got him LBW. After this though the wheels came off for the Elf in a 10 over period of shoddy fielding. Both Chucks, Greg and Tom dropped dollies and there was some abject fielding to boot as well. It was only youngster Dan Dunn (who had two drops off his bowling) who continued to plug away up the travelator for a well deserved wicket of Hemsley for 40.
Tom Davies got a bit of tap from Soreng and Vijay before Soreng played one shot too many and played on for 63. Davies got Waqas after he smoked a few boundaries and in his last over finally a catch was taken when Dan Armstrong caught Vijay at short cover.

With the match getting away from the Elf a bit, it called for the Ice Man Chris Hall to bowl and his picked up excellent figures of 3-13 off his minimal four overs to keep the run rate late. There was also a standard wicket for spin king Jonny Preece off his five overs. The visiting side posted a daunting 244 for victory.

Brothers Chuck opened to batting in what was becoming a fruitless an opening partnership as Jason Roy and Rory Burns. Ian played round a straight one, Dan Armstrong missed a straight one and was out LBW and Leo chipped a nothing ball for a catch at the Elf were struggling on 17-3.
Rob Hewlitt smashed a few boundaries but Dan Dunn ‘played for the spin….but there wasn’t any’ and was bowled before the score reached 30.
Greg came and went for 6 before Rob got a typical Rushall delivery where the ball just died and he was out 7 short of what would have been an excellent fifty.
Tom Davies was finally out this season giving catching practice to mid on, Jonny Preece got another ‘DNB’ and Rich Fell was out for a hard fought 18 before the partnership of the match took place. Chris Hall and Dave Stephens needed well over 100 runs to win and both gave the runs a good go, hitting plentiful boundaries between them in a partnership that exceeded 50 runs. In the end Dave was out for 37 in what was the 4th LBW and sixth of the day to end the match.

Tea Review

No crisps or olives 😦

Shower club

Chuck was making some weird noises again

Dai Watch

More changes than a one man show this week from the Welsh wonder. Coats and hoods up and almost a vest and shorts by the end of it. Still haven’t seen the fish jacket though…

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v Bharat Parivar (H) 18/08/19

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Walsall Health 166 all out (35.3 overs) lost to Bharat Parivar 215 all out (39.3 overs) by 49 runs.

The first time in what seemed an age the Elf boys were finally back together to play out their decider against the Asian contingent of Bharat Parivar. The series stood at 1-1 before the game began today.

Well, for 28 overs the Elf couldn’t buy a wicket. The skipper Chuck tried everything, even bowling Tom

Stevie Wonder kindly agreed to complete the markings this week.

Davies up the travelator for the first time in ages but it wasn’t to be. So at the end of the 28th over the score stood at 160-0. Stephens, Davies and Dan Dunn had all toiled away to no avail (with a few monkeys thrown in by visiting batsman ‘Satesh’ who whacked his way to a century) before Chris Hall bowled him in the 29th over and the carnage commenced.
Nathan Martin on season debut got a wicket in what was going to be his last over (imagine if Chuck had taken him off at this point?!) and then one again in his sixth over when Greg Phillpott got a steepler of a catch but made no mistakes.

BUT THEN.

In the 36th over of the innings a moment that would go down in Elf folklore happened. With the runs on the board the away batsmen had freedom to play shots but the Friar Parker Martin was having none of it. Two Parviar batsmen swung and missed and saw their stumps demolished. THEN IT HAPPENED….The Elf fielders crowded the new batsman and Martin ran in….the ball cannoned into the new batsman’s front pad and the noise from the lads was deafening. If you were in Pelsall/Aldridge area you may want to check your windows for cracks because I’ve never heard a louder LBW appeal in all my given days. Martin didn’t seem to want to appeal but turned around just in time to see the umpire nod his head, then raise his finger and let me tell you, the next thirty seconds were sheer euphoria. There was a massive pile-on on the square, celebrations galore! A HAT TRICK for an Elf player and it was the first one since club LEGEND Jonty Nicholls got one in 2008. What a moment! Serious pandemonium for the boys. If I could bottle up the emotion of that half a minute and sell it, it would out sell all illegal drugs on the ‘market’ and I’d be writing these reports from Bora Bora because it’s something you can’t describe, rather like the Thai Sweet Chilli Sensations when they touch your taste buds ay Nicka/Gail?

The Elf wrapped up the innings with some excellent fielding from brothers Chuck. Leo off his own bowling for a scooping run out and Ian from mid on with a great direct hit. Tom Davies toiled up the hill in the final over and got two wickets, a catch from Chuck and another LBW for the tally. The visitors were all out for 215.

After the teas were smashed (big hand to Nicka for going and getting some Olives and cakes) the Elf began the tall order of chasing.
Brothers Chuck were in and out for a combined score of 6 before Dan Armstrong scored 37 which included a big six and Rob Hewlitt who was out for 19 put on a good partnership. Armstrong finally run out after Rob made him do a metaphorical bleep test in the middle.
Dan Dunn and Rich Fell went for a boundary a piece but Greg Phillpott came in and played an excellent innings to take the Elf towards a competitive score. Nath Martin got a quack (BUT HE GOT A HAT TRICK) and Chris Hall got 2 but Dave Stephens hit 24 valuable runs in a good partnership with Phillpott before he was bowled. With one wicket to get Phillpott hit the joint highest score of the season with 43 and Tom Davies got another red inker for three.

N Martin receiving the Hat Trick ball from club legend R Fell. “Skipper Chuck was too busy washing the rug”

What a day boys, glad to have been there to have seen a moment of Elf history. Only the third hat trick in 32 years. THAT IS WHY WE PLAY CRICKET.

Tea review

Great sandwiches today but Nicka saved the day going to get mini rolls and OLIVES. Superb.

Shower club

Forgot my towel but we know what the showers are like in Rushall, rather like a retirement home in London, warm and cosy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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V Bharat Paviar (H) 30/06/19

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Walsall Health CC 137 all out 33.4 overs lost to Bharat Paviar CC 138-8 25.4 overs by 2 wickets

On a day where a few heads from both sides had one eye on an enthralling World Cup encounter at Edgbaston, there was a familiar theme at Rushall CC where the Elf lead the three match series 1-0.

With the first ball bowled closer to ‘Songs of Praise’ rather than ‘Goals on Sunday’ Andy Gorton and Alex Nunns opened the batting for the Elf and thanks to the extras the home side looked to be putting themselves in a decent position until Alex was bowled for 12 by a ball that seemed to not bounce very much at all. Rushall youngster Ryan Scott entered the fray and looked in good touch before he was bowled on debut for 8. With the score approaching 50, the Elf lost a few wickets for just as many runs in what is becoming a repetitive theme throughout this 2019 campaign. Gort was unfortunate to see the ball clip his pads and roll on to the stumps then Nathan Reeves and Andy McClay came and went like Christmas Day being bowled and plumb in front respectively.
Dan Dunn added some much needed impetuous to the frail innings with three exquisite cover drives in quick succession supported by JP who was rotating the strike nicely. JP was bowled and then Dan Dunn was out for 24 and the Elf were seven down before they had made 100 for the second week in a row. Chris Hall was caught cheaply for twelve whilst the last two wickets added 35 runs from Dave Stephens, Tom Davies and Nicka Dunn. The score was 137 all out and now the Rushall outfield has been cut, the score looked at least 30 runs short.

The visitors started as briskly as they always do however wickets fell at regular occasions. Dave Stephens got the first after a sharp catch from Gorton behind the pegs. Dan Dunn opened up the travelator and got two wickets when Ryan Scott took an impressive catch at long on and then Dunn picked up the third wicket for 40, bowled.
Tom Davies came on a bowled a nip backer of a delivery. The away umpire considered all possibilities in his head before raising the finger to a ball that couldn’t have been more plumb.
Then, the shackles came off. With barely 60 runs on the board the game’s two best batsmen Patel and Tejas of the vistors unleashed an array of boundaries to guide them past the 100 mark in quick time.
There was a mini collapse of sorts when Chris Hall and Nicka Dunn picked up two wickets each and the score went from 112-4 to 123-8, however with the impressive Tejas at the crease it was never in doubt. Without the overs to worry about the Bharat number number 10 smacked two boundaries and the visitors got home with two wickets to spare.

Another unfortunate loss for the Elf who will be looking to take their score to level par next week against Sportsman CC after falling to 3 wins and 4 losses this week.

Teas – Olives, albeit purchased by Nicka and not the pub who supply the teas we all know what the rules state….10

Shower club – nice and cosy as ever at Rushall, Nicka brought some lovely Marsh Mellow Imperial Lather shower gel which smelled delightful.

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V Alrewas CC (A) 23/06/19

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Walsall Health CC 139-7 (40 overs) lost to Alrewas CC 141-2 (21.3 overs) by 8 wickets

After a week rained off for monsoon type conditions, the Elf Tsunami made its way up the A38 for a new fixture for the 2019 season at Alrewas on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, what a lovely place to play cricket it was as well.

Stand in skipper Chuck won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a belter of a track. Dan Armstrong opened the batting with Chuck and he was the first to be out for 13 after a couple of solid fours when his off stump was knocked back by Bramall.
Dan Dunn and Chuck put on thirty for the 2nd wicket before Dan was unluckily bowled by Brammall Snr for 20. Rob Hewlitt scored a quick 15 but played all round a straight one and Chuck was batting like Chris Taveré at the non striker’s end, finding fielders rather than gaps.
Nathan ‘the leave’ Reeves entered the fray and was in good touch, HE EVEN LEFT A BALL before he was bowled for 9 off 7 balls. McClay was out cheaply and Dave Stephens got a quack which turned the Elf from 68-2 to 89-6.
Chuck departed for 28 off EIGHTY-EIGHT deliveries which left Chris Hall and Tom Davies the situation of 98-7 with 8.3 overs remaining.
This partnership was probably the partnership of the season so far, even some mystery spin couldn’t dislodge the pair who are usually so good with ball in hand rather than bat. It took Davies 6 balls to get off the mark but he soon upped his run rate by hitting a magnificent four straight over mid-off’s head, Chris Hall was accumulating the runs nicely at the other end just nudging ones and twos to keep the score ticking over. The boys managed to hit their way to a nice 41* partnership of just 51 balls to give themselves something to bowl at with 139-7 posted. Davies reaching his highest score for the Elf of 19* and Chris Hall finished 24*.

TEA WAS CLASS (SEE REVIEW)

The Monkey for the 2nd time this season

Dave Stephens and Nicka Dunn opened the bowling for the Elf, both with hundreds of wickets to their names over the years but even these two wily campaigners couldn’t interrupt Tringham and Scarratt from dispatching the bowling like an Amazon Prime order.

Nicka got Tringham for 17 but Scarratt piled on the runs after being dropped by Davies and Chuck early in his innings. The youngster batted superbly and never looked back until he retired quite abruptly for 52 off just 37 balls.
He was partnered by Broadshead who unluckily made 49 not out in the chase with Pemberton supporting with 7 not out when in the 22nd over, the Elf were brushed aside by this young side who the visitors were no match for.

Teas – Like the finals of Strictly Come Dancing, 10s all round! Superb spread today, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, chips, chicken nuggets, homemade cakes which were sensational. The pick of the lot had to be the Olives. Served in a beautiful glass bowl with Alrewas President and former ‘Elf’ himself Andie Oliver, purring at their selection, making sure they were seen by everyone. Top fodder

Shower Club – decent showers but they were a bit Coronation Street (back to back), lovely and warm though.

AOB – Lots of excellent support once again by faces new and old, it really is appreciated by all those who play to keep the spirits up whilst Chally was getting the monkey treatment from Tringham.

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V Lichfield Nomads (H) 09/06/19

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Walsall Health 80-9 (36.2 overs) defeated Lichfield Nomads (37.4 overs) 79 all out by 1 Wicket

A.Gorton congratulating T.Davies on bringing up the 100.

Well. Just by looking at the result above you will be able to see that it was either some shambolic batting by both sides or some excellent bowling for both sides, however, there were some great bits of both in what turned out to be an entertaining game for all concerned.

Chuckie lost the toss and was asked to bowl by Nomads’ skipper Hutton. Dave Stephens (who didn’t concede a run until his third over) and Tom Davies took the new ball for the Elf. The latter was clearly struggling with ominously being on 99 wickets and the thought of crossing the three figure mark affected his early deliveries. Greg Phillpott dropped a chance off Dave’s bowling but clung on to a very similar catch at the other end to give Davies the prized 100th with The Elf.

Soon after Chris Hall came on and turned the screw by bowling Collins for 1 in what turned out to be one of the most economical spells over bowling ever witnessed. Dave picked up a wicket with his penultimate delivery, caught by Chuck and Nomads were on the ropes at 20odd for 3.
With scoreboard pressure applied, Chally bowled Terry who was putting up vial resistance for Nomads but middle order batsmen Moss released some pressure by hitting Greg Phillpott for two sixes and a four in one over. (Where is that pesky monkey?)

Soon after, Phillpott proved he is never out of the game by running out Dave Rolfe with a superb direct hit from about 40 yards away and half the Nomads were back in the hutch.
Dan Dunn added to the dismay when Ashton nicked off and Fitzy back behind the stumps, held on to the catch.
The seventh wicket fell with another run out but some more counter attacking batting from Moss pushed his side over the 50 run mark as the Elf’s main bowlers ran out of overs.
Captain chuck picked up Moss for 44 with a sharp caught and bowled chance, Davies then mopped up the tail by getting numbers 9 and 10 caught by Trig and bowled respectively and the Elf had the rather modest 80 runs to chase for victory.

Tea – OLIVES

After some wise words from Dave Stephens about being careful chasing this score down, The Elf were looking in trouble when Hutton got Dan Armstrong and Greg Phillpott plumb in front with the score just over double figures.
Chuck was out after gloving one down leg side and Nathan Reeves departed after a few flashes of the blade with the score on 24-4. This score soon became 37-6 after Fitzy was bowled and Rob Hewlitt’s brave resistance on the awkward track ended after being caught for 10. Trig was bowled without scoring and the Elf were still 43 runs from victory at this point.
Chris Hall and Dan Dunn steadied the ship somewhat with a 13 run partnership before Chally went with 30 runs still the get.
The partnership of the match then ensued between Dan Dunn and Dave Stephens who has previous chasing down totals in the lower order for the Elf.
Dan and Dave batted extremely well amassing 28 runs on a crazy day before Dan Dunn spooned a catch to the covers and the Elf needed two runs with one wicket remaining. Dunn was out for 20 but it was his excellent tenacity in the face of the defeat that really stood out today, did not shirk responsibility and kept fighting until the very end.
With all fingernails gone in the home dressing room Tom Davies scampered a single and the very next ball edged it somewhat fortuitously between the wicket keeper and 1st slip to score the run the Elf needed for victory.
What a game! Well done boys, we proved our mettle out their today and didn’t bottle it in any way!

Tea – 10. Olives provided so we’ve got to go into double figures but the pork baps had some stuffing on them so certainly may have scored highly without the greenery.

Shower club – lovely and warm showers this week as they always are in Rushall, albeit a bit of a squeeze to get in!

AOB – five catches dropped this week but we battled through. Excellent fielding from Nathan Reeves and some personal milestones reached along the way. Well done boys we are 3-2 on the season and hoping to get the 4th win next week again Beaumont.

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V Rushall (A) 02/06/19

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Walsall Health 127-7 (40 overs) lost to Rushall CC 129-6 (36.2 overs) by 4 wickets

On a day where a legend of both clubs Tim Oliver is annually remembered, the rain dispersed and the sun shone for the final runs to be hit in what is always a tightly fought affair.
Instead of Gort and Nicka tossing the coin, Chuck and Chuck went head to head with Ian playing for the Elf and Leo skippering the hosts.
The Elf batted first in what was almost scuba conditions, Chuck and Alex Nunns opened the batting and even these two fine batsmen struggled to get anything away early on.
Ex-Rushall player Tom Wall produced a top new ball spell down the travelator trapping Chuck in front of all three stumps for 11 and Gareth Preece back from the land down under spouting a typically Australian moustache for 9 on his return.
Alex Nunns was the third man out for 12 to Wall’s opening spell which sent Elf chairman Rick Jarrams out for a knock in which Chris Hall got very excited about because Rick got off the mark and Chall said “I’ve got to update his stats!”. Rob followed shortly after for 14 and it was then tough going in the afternoon gale where Gort and Trig managed to squirt 19 runs from 10 overs before Gort was caught trying to up the run rate.
Chris Hall needed to update his own stats for his swashbuckling 26 to get the Elf over the 120 mark with excellent support from Trig who fell for 23 in the final over and the Elf posted 128 for victory.

After the sensational tea was scoffed down the Elf began the defence of the modest 127 for victory.
Tom Davies and Elf icon Jonty Nicholls took up the reins for the visiting side, both bowling tight lines but it was Tom who struck first when Dan Armstrong got tied down by the bowling and chipped Davies to Chuck at mid on. Davies continued his decent spell by getting Leo Chuck rather fortunately after the ball struck Chuck on the thigh and somehow trickled on to the bails.

The Monkey is back out for JP.

Chris Hall and left-arm spin king Jonny Preece came on at first change, however Rushall opening bat

 

Wakelin took a liking to Preece and smashed him for 3 sixes which tipped the balance in Rushall’s favour. M Wakelin at the other end kept things steady until he was out caught off iron-man Chally’s bowling, it was Rob Hewlitt’s 48th catch for the Elf.
Dan Dunn entered the fray and was caught and bowled by Chuck who lunged forward to snaffle a grab on the hard deck.
With the game in the balance Chris Hall got Wakelin after he went to 50 for 55 and the Elf were half way there with not many runs to play with.
The final wicket fell to Gareth Preece who bowled Foster with a ball that bounced about as high as a ladybird however, that was all she wrote and Wall and Hinks saw Rushall home inside the final five overs.

Tea review – 9 sensational spread today, Samosas too! Only ever going to get a 10 with olives or English mustard.

Shower club n/a – had to shoot off today so nothing to report.

Nicka and his ‘guest’

AOB – Well, Nicka and Leo must’ve collectively beat the £11 collected by Greg and I a few years back for inviting someone they met the night before in Wetherspoons. Even ‘Cleve’ the Rushall regular was gone in 60 seconds like Nicholas Cage without a drop of alcohol consumed. We got a nice drawing to commemorate the occasion too.

Lastly, thanks to EVERYONE who made it down on Sunday to show the respects for Tim and both sides who played a hard contests out fair and square in his honour. See you next week for the visit of Lichfield Nomads.

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V Lapworth (A)(19/05/19)

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Walsall Health 83-2 (16.1 overs) beat Lapworth 87 all out (31.4 overs) by 55 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method

 

The Elf played their first away fixture of the 2019 season away at Lapworth which has become a regular springtime fixture in their calendar.
Fuhrer Gort (because he does everything, not that he has any Nazi tendancies…this isn’t the Daily Mail) won the toss and like Eoin Morgan, stuck the opposition in.

Dave Stephens and Tom Davies opened up the bowling and kept things tight early doors before Dave, who hadn’t bowled since September, got the first breakthrough. Agnew was caught behind by Gort and Davies in his next over clean bowled Buckle for his fourth scalp of the season.
Before the score had reached double figures Stephens struck again but not before Dan Dunn was on key juggling duties to snaffle the grab at the second attempt.
The top four of Lapworth were all back in the hutch before the opening bowlers had finished their spells; another fine grab off a little edge gave Davies his 97th wicket for the Elf and sent Griffin packing.
The sensationally quick over rate continued with Dan Dunn and JP taking over bowling duties with the latter coming off a fine spell of three-for last week. It was the other first change bowler who got three this week with Dan getting Smith with a swinging delivery (well, we’re in a leafy, middle class area….where else is it going to swing?) and Lons found himself very unlucky to be bowled by a ball that just didn’t bounce at all.

With 6 wickets down, Faber joined the unconventional Payne who added some quick runs between them to boost the hosts’ run rate. Faber played a couple of great shots before he was caught and bowled by Dunn.
Payne’s resistance was finally broken for a well-made 31 when Calla cleaned up his stumps and celebrated in his usual village style.
The final two wickets were taken by Chuck and Rich Fell in the 31st and 32nd overs which left Choudhry not out for a busy 17 and the hosts posted 88 for victory.

Demo Dan’s warm up.

After the superb tea was scoffed down, Chuck and (tea) Demolition Dan sort to chase the modest total before the rain set in.
Chuck who was fresh from painting plates saw his stumps shatter (LOL…GET IT?!) by Fell for 4 runs.
Dan was going well at the other end, dealing in boundaries and not many 3s being ran on the big Lapworth ground.
Rich Fell provided excellent support for the revitalised batsman nudging and nurdling his way to an unbeaten 17 before Dan was caught going for the runs as the storm clouds gathered around rural Warwickshire for 41.
With the Elf seemingly only a few shots from victory the rain clouds delivered a downpour and the sides were off. Both skippers shook hands half an hour later and shower club was on.

Tea review 9 – Sensational spread as always at Lapworth, strawberries and fruit are going to make it an easy decision to make. It can’t be a 10 as there’s no olives or mustard for the pork pie but it’s up there with one of the best we’ve had in a while.

Shower Club – A bit ‘Noah’s Ark’ this week as there were only two showers so the elves had to go in two by two. Still no Dan Armstrong though….

Calla with his pre-innings pint

 

AOB – Lots of support from the travelling wives, girlfriends, dads, sons, daughters etc….which we are very grateful of as always! Greg fell over, JP appealed for a ball that smacked the middle of the bat and Calla warmed up for his innings by having a pint. A man after my own heart!

The boys are hopeful for a fixture next week but if not we will see you on June 2nd for the annual Tim Oliver memorial game at Rushall.

 

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