Match Report: 3rd May, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost

 Anyone who's watched any Cricket on telly will know that the standard response when your team is badly beaten is to try to 'take the positives' from the game.

 So here I go...

 ***Whilst getting bowled out for 64 in the first game of the season was bad, fans of the IPL may know that Royal Challengers Bangalore got bowled out for even less (49) less than two weeks before and they were boasting the top three Twenty20 batsmen in the world!

 ***It was freezing so in getting bowled out for 64 in only 14 overs, whilst pretty poor, meant less time out in the arctic conditions and more time in the pub.

 ***It meant, hopefully, the only from here was up!

 ***At 20/7 the final total of 64 actually represented a pretty decent tailend fightback! Thanks to Gary, Muddy and Ian who showed great resolve with some lusty hitting to get us to something rather less embarrassing! 

 Manland lost a few wickets in chasing the total down and the Crabtree bowlers manfully made them fight hard to win, losing a few wickets on the way. Highlight of the fielding effort was Nic Hale jumping out the way of one at mid off from Chesney! Thankfully, this made Muddy so angry that he pinned him bang in front to dismiss him lbw in the next over.

 A bad start to the season but hopefully it can't get any worse!!!

Match Reporter: Ben Newton

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Match Report: 10th May, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Rothampstead Park

Result: Won by 2 runs

 

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Match Report: 17th May, 6:00PM, Final CC, Rothampstead Park

Result: Rain

 

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Match Report: 25th May, 6:00PM, SFDWP, Rothampstead Park

Result: Won by 2 runs

 

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Match Report: 31st May, 6:00PM, St John Fisher, Rothampstead Park

Another interesting evening

Result: Lost by 5 wickets

 31.5.17 Rothampstead Park

A match (as ever ) played in a highly competitive fashion saw ccc lose in the 12th over having batted 80 runs off 20 fairly aggressive overs, one of which causing an early retirement which will no doubt be the subject of much discussion at the next agm

S Sear

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Match Report: 8th June, 6:00PM, Killigrew, Greenwood Park

Result: Lost by 3 wickets

 Lost on the last ball. Beaten by a younger team who played a little bit more 'smart' cricket. A good start to our innings was slowed down by consistent Killigrew bowling. We posted a below par score of 123.  Excellent early bowling by Crabtree put us into a strong position. However excellent running between wickets and some sloppy fielding saw Killigrew home off the a last ball.

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 14th June, 6:00PM, Verulam, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost by 4 wickets

For the second week running we posted a below par score. We lost wickets at regular intervals so no pairing could produce a solid partnership. In reply Verulum were always onto of the required rate, despite 2 wickets in an over by Gary Bowman and Steve Sear's first ever wicket. At the end we bowled too many extras which stopped us putting Verulum under pressure.

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Match Report: 22nd June, 6:00PM, SFDWP, Verulamium Park

Result: Draw

 A see-saw of a game was ultimately decided by the final two overs in each innings. Having chosen to bat we at one stage looked like reaching 160. Unfortunately the variable bounce provide by the green keepers of Verulamium and inability of yours truly to put bat to ball at the death resulted in a just OK score. Having originally put SFD under pressure with excellent bowling the variable bounce seemed to disappear as did the ball to the boundary. Needing 3 (or 4?) runs in the final over it looked another defeat. However up stepped out eternal optimist (or he just really doesn't care?) Gary B restricting the opposition to an amazing tie. An excellent game played in the correct spirit by two well matched teams. 

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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