Trimpell 2nd XI vs. Gregson CC
14 April 2019 – at Trimpell CC
Gregson won the toss and elected to bat
Cricket at last… The start of a much-anticipated season. A time and place where teammates and their rivals come together to battle across 22 yards of turf basked in the warm glow of an English summer and a mild coastal breeze.
This was not the situation at Trimpell CC on 14 April 2019. Bitingly cold winds blew across the ground and long johns, extra layers and rarely used second jumpers were the order of the day as the Gregson CC grumbled its way out onto the field for their first match of the new season.
Skipper Sumsion won the toss and immediately decided to bat so he could retreat into the relative warmth of the changing room for a few more minutes leaving Hughes and Murphy to don their gloves and make their way to the middle, looking for all intents and purposes like the Michelin Man and the Marshmallow Monster from Ghostbusters so many layers of white clothing had they put on.
It was hard going. The chillness of the conditions were matched by an early season wicket slower in pace than recent Brexit negotiations, and scoring proved difficult. When Murphy was bowled by Stoyles, it had taken 30 balls for him to gather 7 runs, including a rather edgy 4 through the slips. Hughes (14), eventually given out lbw off the bowling of Green, had also struggled with the wicket’s pace and although Sumsion (9) and Sutton (14) tried to inject a little impetus into the middle order, they both saw the top of their off stump hit by Green and Russel respectively.
Fortunately, the Gregson CC being 58-4 off the first 18 overs is a situation for which McAllister is well used to, and he got his head down with a characteristically gritty innings of nurdling and quick(ish) singles, ably assisted by Morrison who even managed to hit consecutive boundaries through the uncut grass at backward square leg.
As the final over approached, Morrison failed to loft the ball over the cover fielder’s head and was dismissed for 25, leaving Newiss (2*) to face the last few balls with McAllister (32*). A total of 122 – 5 did not look particularly menacing in the scorebook, but as the Gregson warmed themselves with hot cups of tea there was a sense of optimism Trimpell would not be able to score quickly either.
Newiss and Deighton (2018 Bowler of the Year, 2018 Players’ Player of the Year, all rights reserved, please contact his agent for public appearances, Bar Mitzvah’s and supermarket openings…) took the new ball to early effect with Deighton bowling first Dray (2) and then, with a ball that would not have been out of place coming from Glenn McGrath’s hand, cut one in from outside off stump to remove Holt’s middle stump
The return of Patel to the Gregson fold saw an impressive spell of 6 – 2 – 9 – 1 that brought the wicket of Beef (9), and Moulsdale was his usual parsimonious self with a six over spell that included 4 maidens and the wickets of Muir (9), splendidly caught off his own bowling, and Freear (0) plumb lbw the next over. Hughes then defied frozen hands to hurl in from midwicket for the keeper to clean up and run out Russel for 4.
Williamson achieved a career highlight for the Gregson by recording his maiden maiden over in a tidy spell and Murphy too opened his bowling account for the season with three overs that conceded only 3 runs. Through all this, Trimpell’s opening batsman, Ancliffe, had held his nerve and repelled all attempts at taking his wicket. He would go on to carry his bat for a score of 20*, but before he did, Sutton bowled both Parkin (9) and Taylor (0) and Newiss’ second spell saw him pick up the wicket of Green (2). The overs ran out with Trimpell limping to a final score of 68 – 9, leaving the Gregson to take the match by 54 runs.
A clinical performance by the Gregson in difficult conditions. Thanks to Trimpell for hosting us and we wish them all the best in the league season ahead!