Quatt CC vs. Shelton CC
By Quatt CC
Quatt 1st XI pick up 24 points from their opening game of the season with notable performances from Craig Jones with the ball and Terry Hughes with the bat
On a crisp spring day in April the season started with the sun shining but the wind chilling which was not suited to cricketers with fragile limbs. Newly promoted Shelton won the toss and decided to bat on a good looking surface thanks to all the hard work put in over the last week from the ground staff.
Shelton started their innings well under pressure from Gareth Jones and Harry Geyton with the latter being unlucky not to have picked up at least one wicket. Shelton's innings then stumbled with good bowling from Gareth Jones (1-35) and Jonathan Edwards (2-32) until Chad Hitchcock came to the crease. He played a faultless innings and was only caught by Craig Harris off the bowling of Craig Jones for 87 when he was trying to up the scoring rate. Shelton were eventually bowled out for 193 in the 48th over with Craig Jones being the pick of the Quatt bowlers with figures of 4-37.
Quatt needed a steady response to chase down what was considered a par total at the interval. However, the top order all got in and the got out leaving the home side under pressure at 80-5 with no significant partnerships to date. With the game slipping away the long batting line-up was to come under pressure and calm experienced heads were required to turn around the game. Terry Hughes (54*) and Craig Jones (30) showed their experience by accumulating a partnership based on low risk batting and getting Quatt into a position to win the game. When Craig Jones was caught by Mark Davis off the bowling of Ross Griffiths there was a brief glimmer of hope for the away side. Enter Quatt's very own Michael Bevan to win the game with a four and secure maximum points for the home team.
A great game of cricket to kick off the start of the season and if Shelton play like that for the whole season they will do well in the SCCL Premier League. On a bitterly cold day with no pre-season cricket a win was the main objective for the 1st XI. However, there are areas of the game that can be improved as the 1st XI go into next week's game away against Albrighton CC who were defeated by Wem CC yesterday.