|Classic Match #11
Sherborne 3rd XI vs PRT Saturday 2nd XI
|Played at The Terrace, Sherborne, 2nd June 2007
Dorset Cricket League Division 7
|PRT won by 88 runs|
|Toss won by:||
|PRT Man of the Match||
Tony Quayle's reign as Saturday 2nds captain was an experience for all involved. It was at times chaotic, but always guaranteed a fun day out. The side won about as many as they lost and this was the perfect proving ground for promising young players to introduce them to league cricket. They were able to mix it with their more experienced peers, who were either forever to play for the 2nds, or floating on the fringes of the first team.
This game was typical of the Quayle era, which usually involved TQ getting lost, inspecting the pitch then going against his original decision after winning the toss, but then somehow turning it into a victory.
All this match was missing was a batting collapse, but it did have the skipper turning his arm over, without costing the side the win. However, this day had a young Simon Proffitt getting the hump with his captain and going off for a sulk, plus ça change...
Tony Quayle's 2nd XI recorded their second win of the season in convincing fashion against bottom of the table side Sherborne 3rds. Quayle was already on top form as he'd managed to get lost by taking one of his famous shortcuts to Shaftesbury (where he originally thought he was playing). Despite a 14 mile detour he somehow arrived with half an hour to spare before the start. It was always going to be a dangerous fixture as the skipper was confident of victory after studying the league standings and the home side's previous results, which highlighted their poor batting form.
The pitch was a classic English greentop, coupled with a slight crosswind and the natural slope, it could be described as a seamer's delight. On closer inspection it had all the hallmarks of a pudding of a wicket with, as Sir Geoffrey Boycott would no doubt say, plenty of snakes lurking in the pitch. After a rigourous assessment TQ won his first toss of the season and elected to bat.
This decision turned out to be a shrewd move as Quayle opened with Bill Gates and the pair faced some ordinary bowling, and coupled with the ball keeping low and slow, runs were scored at a great pace, with the skipper for once accelerating past the reverend. It was Gates who perished first for 23 bowled by the veteran Les Loader, so young Pete Laming joined his captain. He was lucky to survive a few balls into his innings when he popped up a leading edge to mid-on and saw the easiest of chances dropped. Pete was never the same after that, looking like a batsman out of confidence and scratched around for 5 runs before being put out of his misery when he missed a slow yorker.
The side's form batsman, Chris Pegrum, then joined Quayle and was there to see his skipper get out once again to a sweep shot, this time managing to play it onto his leg stump and he was back in the hutch for 31. TQ was making a mental note to retire the sweep shot from his repetoire as he walked back to the pavilion, storing it alongside playing any attacking shot to a full toss.
This released the force of nature that is Pete Tombs onto the Sherborne attack. Even with the loss of three quick wickets, the run rate was a healthy 6 an over and once Pegrum and Tombs had got accustomed to the indifferent bounce, they went on to put on 140 for the 4th wicket, both reaching their half centuries within a few deliveries of each other.
Meanwhile, on the boundary, Quayle ignored their steady progress and was needlessly panicking. He decided to forgo his original gameplan, reshuffling his batting order so that perennial 11th man Tony Morris was promoted to 6 in the batting order, followed by Adam Smart. This upset young Simon Proffitt who had been told before the game he'd be batting at the very least at 6 or 7, so the lad went off for a long walk before sitting down to sulk on the boundary opposite his teammates. Quayle was naturally oblivious to the drop in morale of one of his players and with his eyes still spinning and cogs whirring away within his cranium, he went out to umpire.
Pegrum was then out for 53 attempting a suicidal single, calling for a run after hitting it straight at mid-off. Morris was thrust into the action and after surviving the first delivery with an Atherton-style prod at thin air, got off the mark thanks to a generous full toss outside off stump.
Tombs and Morris then put on 34 before Tombs, suffering from exhaustion in the humid conditions, was caught at mid-off for a fine 74. Smart was in and out in one delivery, replaced by Joel Maisey who had also leap-frogged Proffitt in the order, and was there to see Morris undone by the pitch in the last over, bowled by a shooter for 15. A reluctant Prof finally came to the middle, still grumbling about Quayle and clipped a nice shot through square leg for 3, leaving Joel the final ball of the innings, but he couldn't get a meaningful contact so Triangle finished on 236/7.
Quayle opened the bowling with Dan Strong and Gates and Sherborne sent out the two veterans Bibby and Winston, who scored freely and put the home side in a strong position after 10 overs with nearly 50 on the board. Gates snared Winston who tried to hit him once again to deep mid-wicket, but instead hit it right at Olly Whisker who made it look easy as he held the catch. This brought out Sherborne's captain, Pete Baker, who dug in from the off. Pegrum then dropped Bibby off Gates at short mid-wicket, but stopped a certain boundary.
Quayle switched the bowling and Strong was replaced with Whisker, who came up trumps and foxed Bibby with a slow full toss that he attempted to pull, missed and it clipped the top of leg stump. Gates wasn't getting any change out of Baker so Morris was brought on to replace him, and came up against the same brick wall. He then took a leaf out of Elenor's book and instead bowled the youngster Ricker, who backed away from a straight one and lost his off stump. This brought out Blackmore, who despite playing and missing at anything outside off stump, was quite able to block out anything bowled directly at the stumps. After 8 frustrating overs Morris was given a rest by Quayle and replaced with Proffitt.
Proffitt then produced a fine off-cutter to dismiss Roberts, then got locked in a duel with Sherborne's own 13-year old prodigy, Bibby Jnr., though Prof should have taken his wicket when he dropped a caught and bowled chance. At the other end, Pegrum had been brought on for Whisker who suffered a stomach muscle strain after 5 overs, and had some success taking three wickets for 18, including Prof's nemesis. The wickets were falling steadily as Sherborne's total crept along, but the skipper was unmoved and felt no need to increase his own run rate as he neared his half-century.
Heading into the final over Quayle brought himself to bowl when the scorers informed him Pegrum had bowled his 12, even though he was sure he had at least 3 left (we later found out that 4 of Morris' overs had been mixed up with his and he'd only bowled 9). With nearly 90 runs to play with, Quayle allowed Sherborne to score another batting point, and Triangle missed out on their final bowling point with the home side finishing on 156/8.
|Points||PRT 19, Sherborne 7|
|PRT Sat II 236/7 Closed (Overs 45)|
|Quayle,A G*||b Loader,L||31|
|Gates,W||c ?||b Loader,L||23|
|Tombs,P||c ?||b Roberts||74|
|Morris,A J||b Blackmore,T||15|
|Maisey,J A B+||not out||7|
|Proffitt,S C||not out||3|
|Extras||(b10 lb10 w5 nb0)||25|
|TOTAL||7 wickets for||236|
|1-42 (Gates,W), 2-51 (Laming,P), 3-53 (Quayle,A G), 4-193 (Pegrum,C), 5-227 (Tombs,P), 6-227 (Smart,A), 7-233 (Morris,A J)|
|Sherborne III 156/8 Closed (Overs 45)|
|Winston,B||c Whisker,O||b Gates,W||22|
|Ricker||b Morris,A J||3|
|Blackmore,T||run out (Strong,D)||24|
|Roberts||b Proffitt,S C||0|
|Blackmore||c Morris,A J||b Pegrum,C||0|
|Bibby,J||c Strong,D||b Pegrum,C||2|
|Extras||(b4 lb3 w14 nb3)||24|
|TOTAL||8 wickets for||156|