Strollers skittled at Chipperfield
posted: May 21, 2017
Our first foray to the charming surroundings of Chipperfield village in sunny Hertfordshire saw us woefully slump to a heavy defeat in the face of a bowling attack that was simply too good for us.
We started well enough. Viral won the toss and sent the oppo in on a green top track and, with moisture still in the air from recent heavy rains, Gideon and Abhik took full advantage of the swinging conditions and bowled a miserly opening salvo, containing the Chipperfield batsmen to the extent that after the first 12 overs they had scored only 29-1.
However after a change in bowling and a drinks break the oppo managed to get some momentum going and, with 1st XIer Padhani tipping and running at anything, their run rate started to climb. A flurry of late wickets including a sharp run out orchestrated by débutant Dave Mahy to see off Padhani — who had by now reached 76 — appeared to keep the lid on Chipperfield's innings and they closed on a seemingly modest 203-6.
However the tone of our response was set from the very first ball when Gav edged one behind and was sent packing for a diamond duck. Toby Culham, making a welcome return to the side, managed to smack a couple of sixes to give us some early hope until, on 24, he was triggered LBW to Padhani, now performing as well with the ball as he did with the bat.
From here on wickets clattered apace, four of them claimed by another 1st XI player, South African Brian Samson himself whose pacey inswingers were fearsome to say the least. The fine bowling display was matched sadly by some truly abject shot-selection at times on our part as we did ourselves no favours as our batsmen tumbled.
Only Gideon managed to show a little steel to join Toby in double figures, and then only just. When he was caught behind off a loopy delivery from Choudhury our weak resistance was finally over — skittled in under 18 overs for a paltry 74. Not a good day at the office then, but one we will hope to put behind us midweek when we meet the Bohos our first T20 of the domestic season ...and hopefilly notch up a win!