Forest Hill vs Holton

Sunday 1 May 2016

Original Report by Alan Banyard

Exciting Chase ends in Tied Game

During the Winter break, we confirmed we would play three trial “home” fixtures at Stanton-St-John towards the end of the summer.  By coincidence, our second fixture of the season gave us the opportunity for a taster as we played Forest Hill at the same venue – the first time we have played there for more than a decade.  The ground is now the Saturday venue for Holton spinoffs, Cairns Fudge.

The Holton skipper was Alun Regan with Anwar Pervaiz (who played for us the preceding week) playing for Forest Hill.  We were looking for an opening victory of the season after defeat in our first game at Chearsley.

The game got underway in sunny weather with Alun winning the toss and selecting to bat first.  The first new initiative of the day was that the Kelly brothers were to open the batting for the first time, giving John a rare opportunity to play himself in.  Anwar opened the bowling and started off with a good maiden to Mark leaving us thinking it could be a difficult afternoon.

After just a wide in the next over from Nic Haynes, we finally got going in the third over as Mark and John both got off the mark with a single and a three respectively.  But then Haynes had John bowled and a few overs later I was also back in the pavilion with a miss-cue and after an amazing one handed catch down leg side by Drew.

That was 7 for 2 and by the time we reached 10 overs, Richard Huggins was also out (to J Hobbins) and we were tottering at 23 for 3.  We had visions of an embarrassing early tea and only a determined Mark was keeping the ship afloat.   There was talk of an unlikely target of 140 plus being defendable and in the end that proved to be the case. 

Then up stepped Dan Jacobs and an excellent partnership was at last underway.  The scoring rate increased too with a variety of shots including 14 off an over from Tyrus.  Finally, after a partnership of 40, Mark was bowled by Hobbins for a nice 24.

If we thought by then we were out of trouble, we were wrong as Peter Challis (first game for Holton) and Will Huggins both fell to spinner J Davey and we were back in the mire at 76 for 6 and only 14 overs left to gain some respectability.  At this point, Forest Hill must have been anticipating a fairly easy win on what was turning out to be a fairly flat, albeit slow wicket.

But they couldn’t have anticipated a remarkable unbroken partnership between Dan and Guy Burford to bat out the innings.  Altogether they put on an invaluable 70 at exactly 5 and over.  Guy hit a bright 35 including a six, but the day’s star inning was played by Dan who scored 65.  When Dan joined the fray, we were 23 for 3 and he was still there with Guy when we finished at 146 for 6 and we felt we were definitely still in the game as we went off for tea.

Holton innings

           

   4s

   6s

M Kelly

 

b Hobbins

24

3

 

J Kelly

 

b Haynes

3

   

A Banyard

caught

b Hobbins

0

   

R Huggins

 

b Haynes

4

   

D Jacobs

not out

 

67

5

 

P Challis

Stumped

b Davey

0

   

W Huggins

 

b Davey

2

   

G Burford

not out

 

35

4

1

A Regan

 

 

 

   

R Taylor

 

 

 

   

N Robinson

 

 

 

   

Extras

b 4 lb 1 w 2 nb 4

 

11

   

TOTAL:

6 wkts, 35 overs

 

146

   

 Fall of wkts: 1-5, 2-7, 3-23, 4-63, 5-66, 6-76

Bowler

O

M

R

W

A Pervaiz

7

1

22

0

N Haynes

7

1

19

2

A Tyrus

3

0

24

0

J Hobbins

7

1

16

2

J Davey

7

0

42

2

D Wilson

4

0

18

0

After the break Alun Regan and Robin Taylor opened the bowling and both were into an excellent line and length, especially Robin, but it was Alun who took the early honours with the dismissal of both openers Hobbins (caught by keeper Dan) and Hayday and in between he had Wharton trapped LBW.  The home side were 15 for 3, in many ways paralleling the first innings and Holton were now on top and looking for victory.

But just as it was for us at the same stage, it was time for a partnership and this time it was Vincent (55) and O’Gorman (44) who were the Forest Hill saviours as they put on a splendid partnership of 83.  It wasn’t easy going though; with a tight spell from Guy Burford in particular the required run rate began to increase.  Finally the pressure told and following a Vincent leg glance off Neil Robinson, O’Gorman went for a too tight single and was run out after an exceptionally quick piece of work by John Kelly.

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