Rowledge VI v Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI on Sat 18 Sep 2010 at 12:30
Fernhurst Cricket Club Won by 68 runs

Match report The Great Escape To Division 2

Thanks Elvis For All The Inspiration !

After 21 matches over 6 months, the final weekend of the season arrived with three teams still capable of winning division 3, but with only two promotion places available. A win for Kingsley would guarantee them the title, and a draw would be enough for promotion. Pirbright were the form team of the last month, so yet another "ten pointer" would see them safely into division 2, and might even hand them the title if Kingsley drew. Fernhurst were in third place but on a dreadful run of form, still capable securing promotion and even the title, but needing a slip-up by the teams above them. The counterparts in these three crucial games were Tilford, Dogmersfield and Rowledge.

Fernhurst went to Rowledge knowing that the promotion chase was pretty much out of their hands, so the sole objective was to give themselves the best possible chance of capitalising on any mistakes from the teams above them, whilst also ensuring that, either way, the season finished on something of a high note. Having won the toss, Mike Allen chose to bat, chasing the full 10 points available. The strategy was very simple, score as many runs as quickly as possible, then leave yourself enough time to bowl the opponents out. Allen opened the batting alongside Dan "Boom Boom" Boutell, both renowned for their ability to score runs quickly. The Rowledge bowlers quickly began to suffer as both batsmen quickly got into their rhythm, pushing the run rate along at 7 an over. Rowledge responded by chopping and changing their bowlers, but none of them had much luck, which was particularly unfortunate for Chris Pow who saw 12 runs scored off a pretty decent over. However, it was a bowling change that finally secured the breakthrough as Ryan Gregory caused Mike Allen to catch a top edge, giving Nicholas Pow a simple catch. With Allen gone for 39, Harry Lambert joined Boutell at the crease. Around this time a local party fired up and the sounds of Elvis boomed across the ground, with the hits of "The King" seeming to work in the Fernhurst batsmen's favour as Boutell pushed through 50 and was soon on his way to a century. Lambert settled in and played some excellent shots through the offside, getting up to 42 before Brook got one through his defence. Captain's orders came out with Bristow, with the target set of 250 in 35 overs, and the skipper was only marginally disappointed as 255 was achieved in 37 - Boutell finishing on an excellent unbeaten 138.

The tea interval saw the I'Anson grapevine buzzing, as reports came in that Pirbright were struggling on 40 for 4 versus Dogmersfield, whilst Tiflord were ticking along with 46 runs scored off 10 overs versus Kingsley.

Rowledge came out with 53 overs to survive, and took to their task quickly as the openers quickly reached 4 runs an over. Fernhurst were pushing hard for the required wickets and were eventually rewarded, as Ryan Lewis and Mike Allen took the first 3 wickets relatively cheaply, albeit that the overs were ticking along a little too quickly. However, Shareef and Nicholls changed the balance significantly as they settled in and started playing some good run-scoring shots. News came in that Pirbright had fallen at Dogmersfield, and the priority for Fernhurst now became keeping the runs low to secure a draw, rather than wickets for a win. The Rowledge batsmen were not being helpful, though, and both were scoring freely which caused some frowns on the fielders faces as the ghosts of last week's match at Bramley suddenly looked like reappearing. Geoff Howe came to rescue with his traditional niggling line & length, bowling Shareef and then following up with two more wickets. At this stage Fernhurst reverted to a "win" strategy, looking to take all the Rowledge wickets and put the pressure on in case Kingsley were to slip up. Jack Blythe and Hass Ahmed had not read the script, though, and put in a robust - if somewhat unconventional, in the latter's case - rebuttal to the Fernhurst attack. Lewis finally had Ahmed caught, and it was down to Geoff Howe to take the last wicket of the season, wrapping up a well planned win. Rowledge finished on 187 all out from 48.3 overs.

So, Fernhurst go up, and Kingsley earn a well deserved title. Rowledge can consider themselves very unlucky this season and, on this performance, can expect a swift return back up to the division 3. The relief on the Fernhurst faces was clear after the game, with a few whistling the theme to the Great Escape, or was it Elvis again……!?

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Batting
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for 3 wickets

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Bill Gourlay  
James Bristow  
Mike Allen  
Harry Lambert  
Ryan Lewis  
Ian Mayfield  
Pete Winn  
Geoff Howe  
Matthew Warken  
Adam Sales  
A.N. Other  

Rowledge VI Bowling

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Rowledge VI Batting
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for 10 wickets
187 (0.0 overs)

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Bowling

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