Orsett v Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI on Sat 24 May 2008 at 1pm
Match was Drawn

Match report An odd game and one filled with controversy.

Epping lost the toss and were put in. The weather was bright but very windy but the Epps fielded a strong side and were confident of a good score. A strong start from Sanger and Sanderson made slow but steady progress. Orsett's seamers were fast and accurate and runs were hard to come by, at least until Will Beavers came in at 3 for 97 with only 17 overs to go. A devastating display of destructive batting followed with Beavers taking the strike from Sanderson on a regular basis (Tony scored 47). Beavers scored 73 on the way to pushing the score to 188. 200 was in sight and Cottman and captain Piller put on 30 in the last 4 overs to set a target of 218 for Orsett.

The controversy started in the second over when a good shout for caught behing was turned down from Gary Barton. The fielding side swore they heard a woody click on the way to a fine catch from Cottman. Tempers were frayed and a tight opening spell from Arron Jaques (2 for 31) and Gary Barton (2 for 43) frustrated the batters. At 80 for 5 Epping expected an easy victory but a seventh wicket partnership of 90 saw Orsett slowly creep towards 200. It was then that the controversy exploded. Never a good tempered affair, captain Piller saw the non-striking batsman stealing a yard every delivery. Piller alerted the bowler who, next ball, broke the bails with the batsman four feet out of the crease before the delivery was bowled. Epping appealed. The umpire declared not out and an argument took place. Orsett asserted that it was customary to give a warning in such circumstances. Epping withdrew the appeal but the atmosphere was not good. It was for the 8th wicket and the batsman concerned had put on a few handy runs. End of over and the ball was passed to Beavers minor who already had two wickets under his belt. On the delivery of the second ball of the over Beavers noticed that the same batsman was again a yard out of his crease and so broke the bails in the assumption that a warning to the batter had already been given. The non-playing umpire standing at that end called 'not-out'. He asserted that the batsman had not been warned by that particular bowler and so was not out. Whilst the first decision was accepted, this one, whilst not perhaps being to every players personal taste, was met with amazement. The wicket would have won the game. I haven't checked the particular rule and admit that such an appeal is contentious.

Beavers however took heart and ripped through Orsett's remainder in his next three overs, finishing with career best figures of 5 for 44 but Epping couldn't prize out the last man and Orsett finished on 197 for 9 at the end. Well played lads.

Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Adrian Beavers  
William Beavers  
Aaron Jaques  
Ed Piller  
John Sanger  
Terry Moore  
Tony Sanderson  
Peter Farrar  
Gary Barton  
Russell Cotman  
Brad Sheridan  

Orsett Bowling

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Orsett Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
197 (0.0 overs)

Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI Bowling

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