Article last updated : 14/10/2009
Cricket Match - New Gallery Added
Please see the new gallery, courtesy of Mitch, with loads of action shots from the game and read on for a full report of the match that resulted in a win for Nick's XI by 29 runs.
A brilliant game played in beautful sunshine and played in the right spirit. Katie would have been impressed, if not a little shocked, by the Man of the Match winner!
Rob's XI won the toss and elected to field, a decision that may come back to haunt their skipper. The game was 30 overs a side with no limit to the number of overs a bowler could bowl but batsmen had to retire when they reached 30.
Nick's XI opened up with New Zealand bound James Brown (Katie's nephew) and Ian Walden. After a steady (slow) start, thanks in part to some accurate bowling from Nathan Healy, the tempo increased and the 50 was reached in the seventh over. The first retirement came with the score at 74 when James, after a faultless knock, reached 30 and four runs later Ian had to retire too.
This brought Katie's Uncle Richard (James' father) to the wicket and Katie's Dad too. After an expected slow start, they are both getting on you know!, Nick decided to start playing some shots and keep the crowd from nodding off completely. With the score at 132 Nick's XI lost their first wicket when Richard was caught for a well made 22. A flurry of 4s from Nick followed and at 136 for 1 he had to retire.
Paul Franklin, a late replacement for the incapacitated Bharat Gandhi, came in and with the aid of an enormous (and rare) six scored a quickfire 22 before being dismissed with the score at 197-5. Although Nick had demanded from his team a score of at least 200 he was not too displeased with 199-3 after the allotted 30 overs.
Southend fan Scott Fleming and Mike Crumpton from Little Baddow CC and the Danbury Mission opened the batting for Rob's XI but with just 13 on the board Mike was bowled by Rob Accleton. Rob's XI were always behind the required run rate and with wickets falling regularly the task became more and more difficult. Scott, with a well crafted 31, retired when the score was at 84-3 and Mick Nunn scored a quick 26 including four 4s.
Nigel Richardson, who opened in last year's game, came in at number five and scored a breezy 35 (he hit a six when on 29) before retiring and the innings closed with the score on 171-6. The wickets were shared among five bowlers, eight were used in all, with Nick taking 2 for 27.
Paul Franklin took two sublime catches and Uncle Graham rolled back the years with a controlled bowling spell.
Thanks to Mark Abbott for his scoring and supplying us with the facts and figures for this report. Also thanks to Mark for his superb choice of Man of the Match. An interview with the Man of the Match and the winning captain will be on the site soon - bet you cannot wait!