Elsenham v Epping Cricket Club Sunday Gentlemen's XI on Sun 16 Jul 2006 at 2.00
Epping Cricket Club Lost 5 wickets

Match report Sorry for the lack of score card and lack of names in the report but I will update them, as soon as I have the score book to hand

The Gents took on Elsenham on a scorching Sunday afternoon.

Sanger, skippering for the day, won the toss and elected to bat first and sent out run machine Dan Twitchett and regular opener and stroke maestro Tim Batchelor. With some wayward bowling and some destructive blows from Twitchett the score was pushed up to 50. At that point Twitchett was cruising in the 20’s, extras were sailing along in the 20’s as well and Batchelor was sinking as he was yet to get off the mark! When he managed to sneak a leg glanced single there was applause from his team mates. To be honest with Twitchett scoring freely along with extras Batchelor was doing exactly what was needed. Batchelor did eventually start to score freely until a slightly bizarre dismissal. Batchelor played a beautiful 9 iron from the tee and posed for the cameras, the Elsenham keeper, their third of the day, then seized the chance and stumped Batchelor who was still in his golfing pose. The finger went up and having not moved his feet before, during or after the shot Batchelor was given out for posing!!! Hancock joined Twitchett at the crease and took his time to get his eye in, but Twitchett, having already passed his 50, was firing the ball around the ground. He eventually fell in the last over before tea playing a rather agricultural shot trying to hit the ball out of the ground. Dismissed for 110, I think, he had played a wonderful innings without ever looking in trouble. The only time he looked in trouble was when he was walking back to the pavilion and passed his father, the incoming batsman who had been padded up all innings, who thanked him for allowing him, the chance to face the last few balls of the innings. Jim played himself in for the rest of the over leaving the ball well outside off stump!!!! Epping finished on 198 for 2 off only 36 overs.

Tea was as usual of a high standard at Elsenhan where they tried to slow the opposition down in the field. Little did they know that the Gents team is used to this tactic and is happy to oblige by eating more than there share.

With the absence of Beaumont and Davies the opening duo for the Gents, young paceman Dan fowler was to open up with the skipper trundling in from the other end. Dan bowled with good pace and a good length and was able to bowl well to a field with only 2 fielders on the legside, something that other bowlers should try and do more of. He was unfortunate to have a couple of chances dropped and some airy shots played that could have easily gone to hand. At the other end Sanger was finding an immaculate line and length mixed up with subtle changes of pace he started to rip through the Elsenham batting line up, first having a one of the openers caught by Newman behind the stumps and then forcing the other dangerous looking opener to play on. Sanger then had the Elsenham skipper caught behind and then immediately found himself bowling the new batsmen leaving him on a hat trick. The hat trick ball came and went with nothing happening. With Elsenham on 50-4 Sanger decided to take a break and share the bowling around. Dan Fowler then showed what an excellent fielder he is by sending in a lethal throw to claim a run out. This left Elsenham on 50-5 and the Gents in a strong position. That was the last wicket to fall as the Elsenham batsmen played well and took advantage of some wayward bowling. They eased the score along and never looked in any real trouble. They passed the Epping total with a Dan Twitchett full toss that that was 3 foot over the batman’s head who tried to show his tennis skills and do an overhead smash.
Sanger finished with figures of 9 overs five maidens 15 runs and 4 wickets and was backed up from some fine opening bowling from Fowler and also some accurate and probing stuff from Batchelor in his second spell.

The Gent skipper had let the opposition off the hook by not keeping the pressure on when Elsenham were 4 down. A note must be made that the Gents only faced 36 overs and would have returned 50 overs to Elsenham if all of the last 20 were bowled. A great team to play, very hospitably and friendly with beautiful weather and excellent teas what more can you ask for….yes a win I know!!!!! Hope to have a double headed fixture with them next year home and away.

Epping Cricket Club Sunday Gentlemen's XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 2 wickets

(0.0 overs)
John Newman MBE   2
Tim Batchelor  
Ian Hancock  
Jim Twitchett  
Tim Sturm  
Martin Stuckey  
Daniel Fowler  
John Newman MBE  
John Sanger  
Adam Taylor  
A.N. Other  

Elsenham Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Elsenham Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
199 (0.0 overs)

Epping Cricket Club Sunday Gentlemen's XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
John Sanger9.051543.751.67