Stowmarket v HADLEIGH CRICKET CLUB, SUFFOLK Saturday 2nd XI on Sat 25 May 2013 at 1.00 pm

Match report The art of gliding

The Hadleigh proletariat made the short journey to Stowmarket to the ground named after the great England goalkeeper Peter Chilton, who learnt his trade there for Stow FC in the mid 60’s. Despite the sunny conditions, thermometers barely climbed above zero, so it was double jumpers all round.

The skipper took the long stroll across the desolate tundra to the middle and promptly lost the toss, only just making it back without onset of hypothermia to tell the lads that we were having a bat on what, despite the previous day’s rain, was a pretty decent pitch.

Abdul and Howe opened the innings and faced an early test with C. Whatling finding a good early rhythm. Howes questionable technique was soon exposed, gone for 18 with a little nibble to slip. Green battled well for his 22 before he was dismissed in the same fashion. Holder was next to go, cutting to point which brought in the skipper, who made a good 28 assisting Abdul who continued to pick off the bad ball well.

With Whatlings excellent spell finished, Abdul went on the attack but was out to a well taken catch for 43. But with a longer tail than the now sadly extinct Long-Tailed-Hopping-Mouse, Thoroughgood and Hinsley put their foot on the gas to ensure Hadeligh posted a decent total of 183.

A lovely tea was taken, with the chocolate cake being the standout, although also good to see a club making the bold environmental decision to include, rather than dispose of the crusts in their sandwich selection. I for one applaud it and hope this is a trend that “spreads” throughout the two-counties league.

After tea Howe opened the bowling and produced a fine 4 overs of wide half volleys which were dispatched with ease to the cover boundary. From the other end Bassett was unlucky not to pick up one of the openers with a nick evading slip and keeper. With the 2 Stow openers, Gill and Blake going well something had to change, so at 50 odd for nought, cometh the hour cometh the Glider.

The British Gliding Association (BGA) website outlines that Gliders are designed with the kind of aerodynamic efficiency that enables top speeds of up to 170 mph. I’m not certain whether the Glider bowls at those kind of speeds anymore, but his canny left armers were far too good for the Stow batsmen, removing three of the top four through a period of sustained pressure bowling. The BGA also advocate that gliding is a sport for all ages and it was also good to see the youth policy supporting Gilderson well with super skyer safely pouched by Ben Daniels.

Of course, in order to launch a glider, you do need a little assistance. The BGA outline a number of methods of getting a glider airborne, but my favourite has to be the aerotow launch, which involves being pulled up by a light aircraft with a strong rope in between. Our light aircraft in this instance was Dave Hinsley, who supported Gilderson superbly with an exceptional spell, bowling his 15 over through into the wind, picking up a well deserved three wickets and supporting Gilderson who ended up with 5.

To continue the analogy, if Dave is the light aircraft then the fielding must be the rope that holds the whole thing together, because the catching was superb with Holder, Thoroughgood and Bassett all taking their chances. Morrin was also exceptional behind the twigs, taking a great chance low to his right and only giving 1 bye.

From a strong position of 75 for no wicket, Stow were dismissed for 131 with Hadleigh taking the points. A great team effort with the bat and in the field and some great individual performances with the ball.......well done boys.

Man of the match – James ‘the glider’ Gilderson.

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for 7 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Dan Green  
Michael Howe  
Nadie Abdul  
Carl Holder  
Jamie Rock  
Steven Tampion  
Ian Thoroughgood  
David Hinsley  
Callum Morrin  
Sam Bassett  
James Gilderson  

Stowmarket Bowling

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Stowmarket Batting
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for 10 wickets
131 (38.0 overs)


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