The Stoics C.C.


St James Montefiore CC v The Stoics C.C. Stoics CC on Mon 20 Jul 2015 at 12.00pm
The Stoics C.C. Won by 158 runs

Match report
A dank and drizzly start to the St James Cricket week. The game started at 12.15 with fine misty rain in the air but with the ground firm it was a mere inconvenience to the cricket. A negotiated toss led to the Stoics batting first. The innings was opened by Colin Mansfield and a new visitor down South, Omer Ayaz. Both looked in elegant form as they stroked the ball from the lively attack of Bradley and Stevenson putting on 60 before Mansfield (19) was out in the 13th over by clipping the ball on to his stumps off the the young spinner. The rain continued throughout with its fine annoyance. Ayaz was joined by Adam Clarke who in usual fashion set about the spinner. Ayaz (52) departed to the first ball of more spin from Mali Richards (son of the great Sir Vivian) having scored 52. Total 94. The ball by now was in need of drying on every occasion and sometimes proving slippery for the bowlers. In the 23rd over Clarke (36) who had looked set for another big innings was out edging the ball to square cover having just previously sent the ball into the next field with a six. 127 for 3. The conditions continued to deteriorate and the bounce became lower. Bowers and Harvey took the score on to 143 until the 28th over when Bowers (16) fell LBW to Richards. Simon Barrs joined Harvey and together they lifted the score to 204 in the 43rd over. The departure of Harvey fired Barrs into a flurry of aggressive hitting with a view to a declaration within the next 10 overs. Along with new Stoics Wicket Keeper Jeremy Bushell (23*) the total gained pace to the 51st over when Barrs missed a skidding ball from the appropriately named Andrew Young for 48. This having previously been determined as the last over skipper Bob Mayston was happy for the players to come off but Akeem Jordan in typical West Indian exuberance insisted on going out to face the 3 remaining balls, so with bat in hand he strode to the wicket more like Babe Ruth on a mission than the cricketer he was kitted up to be. With more sledging from his own team mates in the pavilion than those of the opposition he took a might heave at the first, had he connected I doubt we would have ever found the ball. The second received the same treatment but this time he manages to scuff the ball into the covers for 2. I need not describe the last ball of the Stoics innings suffice to say that you can probably picture the scenario and the book says Jordan Stumped Gibbs Bowled Andrew Young for 2. Stoics 260 for 7 dec. from 51 overs.

The game resumed after tea at 4.35 in much the same weather conditions and The Stoics were resigned to the fact that St James had fielded in it and therefore so would we. The bowling was opened by the mysterious leg spin of Stan Woolliscroft, who had only flown in from Malasia the morning before, but he was a welcome sight on his return to the scene of his great performance last year. At the other end Paul Meader produced his Off Spin and between them at times, they set about baffling the St James openers. The first wicket went to Wooliscroft with a caught and bowled in his 7th over. Score 25 for 1. The pair continued until Meader delivered a brace of wickets in his 12th over. 62 for 3.

It was time to make a change and into the fray came Ayaz with his medium pace to replace Stan, he managed to attract surprising zip off the now damp wicket. In order to offer a chance to the St James batsmen Jordan came into the attack but with the instruction not to bowl his normal lightning pace, which would probably resulted in his slipping up and down the wicket, so he commenced his new career as a Leg Break Bowler. Of course in accordance with how the day was going he pinned Mali Richards in front of the stumps with his second ball and try as he might their umpire could do nothing but to give him out. As he said to us “he could not come up with any reason as to why it could not be the case”. 79 for 4 from 16 overs. In Ayaz’s his 3rd over he achieved that rare and great success of a Hat Trick (it is worth pointing out at this point that he did not buy a Jug but we will get him next time). 83 for 7 off 17 overs. Jordan then proceeded to take another in his 3rd over. 98 for 8 from 20 overs. So the Stoics skipper tried another ploy to ask the otherwise pace bowler Clarke to have a go with his spin. Needless to say he also took a wicket in his first over by bowling Stevenson. 102 for 9 from 21 overs. It was now that Bob Mayston decided that it was time for him to have a bowl, at least give some runs to the remaining St James pair. On removing his cap he realised that in his glasses the rain made vision impossible and announcing that he “could not see a dam thing” so tossing the ball to Meader proceeded to take up position at first slip. Whereupon Meader’s second ball of this spell took the outside edge and straight into the hands of Bob in the slips. St James all out for 102 from 21.2 overs.

Aside from the weather the game was played in good friendly spirit with a super lunch and tea in this lovely ground nestling under the South Downs, although today we could not see them.

The Stoics C.C. Stoics CC Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(51.0 overs)
Colin Mansfield Bowled  19
Omer Ayaz Caught  52
Adam Clarke Caught  36
Richie Bowers Lbw  16
Ian Harvey Bowled  46
Simon Barrs Bowled  48
Jeremy Bushell Not Out  23 1
Akeem Jordan Bowled  2
Bob Mayston   1
Paul Meader  
Stan Wolliscroft   1

St James Montefiore CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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St James Montefiore CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
102 (21.2 overs)

The Stoics C.C. Stoics CC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Stan Wolliscroft6.0123123.003.83
Paul Meader8.0041313.675.13
Omer Ayaz4.00933.002.25
Akeem Jordan3.001226.004.00
Adam Clarke0.20414.0012.00