Stanford Le Hope v Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI on Sat 16 Jun 2007 at 1pm
Epping Cricket Club Lost by 6 Wickets

Match report The Thirds travelled to SUNNY Stanford-le-Hope, well to be honest I can’t remember the last time we played there without it raining!!!!
The weather played a big part it quite a convincing defeat for Epping as we only mustered a woefully low total of 93.

Captain Piller lost the vital toss and was sent in to bat, surprisingly. Please note Piller will be sacked from the captaincy for the coming week. As usual Jaques and Sanger opened the bating and came up against some indifferent bowling. From one end we had ‘Chopper’ putting the ball exactly where he wanted and hardly conceding a run and from the other we had some full tosses and wides that were not even on the track. This unfortunately was Jaques undoing as in the second over he saw a ball with 4 written all over it and went for the lofted drive over mid-off only to have it plucked out of the air and was gone for 1. Piller then came to the crease and, although he had a little luck, he got his head down and Sanger and Piller restored some order. That was until Sanger called for a quick single that was not there and was run out for 7. A schoolboy error and Sanger should know better. Enter Will ‘basher’ Beavers but this was not the conditions or time to destroy the bowling. Once again the pair restored order and were batting well and ticking the scoreboard over. Then it happened again with Piller calling for another quick single and running himself out. Things were looking bleak for Epping but in walked Epping’s stone wall of Steve Hyde. With Hyde and ‘basher’ Beavers Epping pushed the score along, slowly but surely. Drinks were taken and the rain came with the score on 80 for 3. It only stopped the game for about 10 minutes but it was enough to liven up the wicket. In the course of the next couple of overs after the break Epping saw Hyde, Ned Piller and then Beavers all succumb to the accurate bowling form the Stanford guys. Epping never recovered with the lower order coming and going without troubling the scorer much. Epping finished on 93 all out and knew that there score was far too low, but Epping retained a glimmer of hope that if the Stanford bowlers could do it then so could they.

Epping took the field and Jaques and Fleming, returning from his exam break, took the new ball. In previous games Jaques had taken a wicket in his first over and that is what Epping were hoping for. Jaques took slightly longer this week and got the wicket of the Stanford opening batsmen with his 4th delivery, once again clean bowling him. Fleming took the second over and unfortunately was showing a lack of match practice with some wayward deliveries and he was also struggling to fid his footing properly and bowled a few no-balls. Fleming did find his form and ended bowling well with good pace and lots of swing but with him and Jaques looking good there was still no real penetration and Stanford were easing to their victory target. After the Epping pacemeam, Jaques, had finished his spell Sanger replaced him and bowled tightly and with little luck beating the bat on numerous occasions. Still no wickets were falling, that was until Fleming was replaced with ‘King of Spin’ Webb who with his first ball had the batsman in all sorts of trouble and had him dismissed LBW. Jaques then came back after his enforced break and replaced Sanger to try and blast a few of the Stanford batsmen out. Unfortunately he was unable to do so and time had virtually run out for the Epping lads. There was one last bit of excitement to cheer the guys up and that was the amazing catch from Jaques. Webb bowled a ball that to be fair should have been put over the square leg boundary. With Jaques field just in front of square we instinctively put his had out in an attempt to stop the ball. The ball stuck in the hand and Epping had taken their 4th wicket. Stanford completed their run chase with ease and the Epping lads had been soundly beaten.

Praise must go to Martin Stuckey again for immaculate keeping to some wayward bowling from Fleming, and sometimes Jaques, and some awkward deliveries from Sanger.

Epping play host to table topping Wansted 4th XI in their next match, yes that is right it is a fourth XI!!!!!

Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
John Sanger Run out  7
Aaron Jaques Caught  1 1
Ed Piller Run out  27
William Beavers Bowled  28
Stephen Hyde Caught  5
Ned Piller Caught  0
Jack Simmonds Caught  2
Adrian Beavers Bowled  1
Martin Stuckey Bowled  6
Steve Fleming Bowled  0
Mick Webb Bowled  0

Stanford Le Hope Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Stanford Le Hope Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 4 wickets
97 (0.0 overs)

Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Aaron Jaques8.021427.001.75
John Sanger6.001300.002.17
Mick Webb3.101929.506.00
Steve Fleming10.004900.004.90