East and West Hendred CC vs. Combe CC
Saturday 10th May 2014
OCA Div 2
Combe won the toss and elected to field
Match reduced to 36 overs
Hendred- 170 for 9
Jon Francis- 62
Chapman- 3 for 41
Combe- 171 for 6
J. Chaundry- 53*
Combe win by 3 wickets
This baptism of fire for Mark Baring has not been an easy rite of passage and this proved no exception with Hendred still searching for their first win of the season. The old adage of ‘catches win matches’ couldn’t have rung any truer on the drive home as 4 dropped catches cost crucial runs as Combe run with only 8 balls to spare.
Having said that there were still significant positives to take from this, predominantly being the return of Colin Fisher to our changing run and showed glimpses of his destructive power and Jon Francis hitting a fluid 62 that was peppered with some huge 6s.
When Hendred were batting they were constantly battling the elements and had numerous interruptions owing to the appalling weather. If it weren’t for the magnificent covers we are fortunate enough to have the match would never have even taken place.
As it was wickets fell at regularly intervals apart from a solid 50 partnership from Colin and Trolley that started to give Hendred the upper hand until a quick single caused Colin to pull his hamstring. It will be a huge boost for the rest of the season if Colin can sort out that injury and appear regularly for the 1st XI. Jon after a couple of turbulent seasons is now returning to his true form that earnt him the OCA Batting Award several years ago and the ease with which he cleared the boundary was a huge plus.
Unfortunately too often we gave our wickets away too cheaply and I am just as guilty as anyone for doing that but heading into to tea at 170, I was optimistic we had the a good score despite circumstances.
As I mentioned earlier the dropped catches tend to come back to haunt you and this was no different. In Mark’s 1st over a poor full toss was half-heartedly hit back to Jon at silly mid-wicket only to misjudge the speed of the ball. At the other end Martin Turnbull was raining hell, fire and brimstone down on the batsmen and was unfortunate to only get the 2 wickets when on another day he easily could have 4 or 5.
Things turned dramatically on their heads within the space of 2 overs where Combe plundered 33 runs and we were never quite able to recover and despite the fading light completed the win despite playing with only 10 men which was even more frustrating.
Man of the Match- Jon Francis- fantastic innings, just a shame we couldn’t give him enough support.
Champagne Moment- Open to suggestions
Mare of the Match- Archie Napper- unfortunately there are very few alternative candidates. Hocked at the spinner started to wander down the wicket, somehow mid-off dropped it at which point Archie called a single that wasn’t on and a direct hit sealed his fate.