HADLEIGH CRICKET CLUB, SUFFOLK Saturday 2nd XI v Wivenhoe II on Sat 04 May 2013 at 1.00 pm

Match report Some idiot from Crowded House said “Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you” and that’s certainly what Hadleigh 2nd XI have been doing for the last couple of weeks as the only team in the top five divisions to not finish a game of cricket due to rain.

With a threat of showers forecast at Friars Road again this week, there was opportunity for club members to sport their new, super fresh Aedos rain mackintosh’s (available from a Manthorpe near you!!). But with all the lads chomping at the bit, not even the weather could stop a rampant Hadleigh storming to a 56 run victory over Wivenhoe 2nd XI.

I can’t remember whether the skipper won the toss or not and who really cares, because Hadleigh were soon to work batting on a pretty decent track. The innings got off to a solid start with openers Mark “Simmo” Simmonds and Dan “Dangerman” Green playing the seamers and spinners alike with consummate ease, Simmonds stroking the full ball through the covers and cutting well and Green with some exceptional straight driving and neat dabs through the leg side.

After a flawless forty without giving a chance, Simmonds was unlucky to be snaffled down the leg side off the bowling of Evers. That brought Dom “the youth policy” Manthorpe to the crease who set about a demolition job of the bowling, sending it to all parts for a speedy 55 including a delightful slog sweep for six of your finest penneth!

With Green still motoring through the gears, able support was required from the middle order in the later overs to post a strong total. Unfortunately the only thing the middle order seemed to be in support of was ensuring a mad changing room scramble as a flurry of wickets followed. Holder was the first to go, bowled after being rendered immobile after tweaking his Burt Bacharach. The skipper, Tampion was cleaned up soon after.

After Green fell for standard setting 78, half man, half meerkat Thoroughgood and all-rounder Gilderson got Hadleigh over the 200 mark both departing for 8 apiece. Howe and Kistruck were unlucky to both fall LBW in lightning quick succession to superb deliveries from the experienced Golding, leaving Hinsley and Hayton to scrabble on whatever kit they could find and run to the wicket before they were timed out. Hinsley harnessed the resulting inner rage to slap a couple of nice shots before Hayton was run out by a yard, his running hindered by his box falling down his inside leg. Thus the innings ended with Hadleigh posting a solid 209.

A lovely tea was taken, with a high standard of cakes on offer including bakewells in both the slice and tart varieties......exceptional!

Hadleigh took to the field seeking early wickets and with the luxury of two left armers soon had their reward. Manthorpe who has gained height and with it pace since last season produced a spell of fast and controlled bowling from the pavilion end, smashing dangerous opener Kelly’s stumps for 8 with a delightful in-swinger. Manthorpe was supported well by the ever dependable Gilderson providing sustained pressure running up the hillock that he has made his home over the years. Gilderson beat the bat plenty before getting his reward, having the well set Pulford caught by Howe in the leg trap.

Sleep deprivation appeared only to fuel Greg Hayton’s taste for wickets and he too produced a fine spell of bowling with his heavy swinging bombs soon removing the remaining opener Bowden for 8. A high point for Hayton must have been the top level ‘Greggs’ the bakers related banter. Who would have thought a team sharing only two or three brain cells between them could provide such witty baked good related encouragement? “Well bowled farmhouse loaf!!”

With the top order removed, Dave Hinsley, sponsored by the fountain of youth went to work on the middle order, bowling with rhythm and control to pick up three well deserved wickets. Three overs from has-been Howe however sought only to offer some batting practice and push Howe into spending Sunday morning rifling through the yellow-pages trying to find a local confidence coach.

The last action of the day saw a sleepy Meerkat Manor spring into life when Alambrides attempted to take on Thoroughgood’s lightning work in the outfield only finding himself to be run out by a distance. The Wivenhoe innings finishing on 153 for 8 and Hadleigh taking 19 well deserved points.

A less well known Crowded House release from 2010 entitled Saturday Sun starts with the lyrics “It's a Saturday sun and the game is still on and the waiting is done” which seems an apt way to sign off this week. YouTube it if you’re into that kind of thing, but personally I think Crowded House are utter drivel.

Cheers lads.

Man of the match – a real coming of age performance from Dominic Manthorpe. Well played boy!!

Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Mark Simmonds Caught  40
Dan Green Run out  78
Dominic Manthorpe Bowled  55
Carl Holder Bowled  4
Steven Tampion Bowled  3
Ian Thoroughgood Run out  0
James Gilderson Not Out  8
Michael Howe Lbw  0
A.N. Other Lbw  0
David Hinsley Caught  6
Greg Hayton Run out  0

Wivenhoe II Bowling

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Wivenhoe II Batting
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for 8 wickets
153 (45.0 overs)


Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dominic Manthorpe10.0335217.503.50
James Gilderson10.0334134.003.40
Greg Hayton9.0120120.002.22
David Hinsley12.0230215.002.50
Michael Howe4.002000.005.00

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