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Elliot’s Allstars pip Hodder’s Heroes in tight finish

(Hodder’s Heroes 152-9, 35 overs, Elliot’s Allstars, 156-8, 32.1 overs – Elliot’s Allstars win by two wickets)

On a beautiful spring day Broadleys played host to a fantastic inaugural Interclub friendly between Hodder’s Heroes and Elliot’s Allstars, with the Allstars just edging a nervy win with 17 balls to spare.

Winning the toss, Elliot swiftly inserted the opposition, no doubt hoping for big things from the opening assault of Duckett and Cox. Stalwart openers Guy and Hendy (K) initially found runs hard to come by, with only 17 from the first 8 overs. The change of bowling brought a change of fortune, with Christie (W) suffering somewhat at Hendy’s hands, especially after a superfluous bat change. Despite the loss of Hendy for 30, the halfway point of 75-1 off 17 overs looked like a secure foundation for a score in excess of 200. Alas typical Marshfield failings with the bat, and some tidy bowling, restricted the total to 152 for 9, with Guy (33) top scoring and some lusty hitting from Hodder and newfound batsman Tanner.

After the now customary ‘eat your own’ tea, the Allstars set about chasing down the modest total, with Perry looking in good early season form, and the unusual opening all spin attack of Dixon (surely – ‘brisk medium pace’ - Ed) and Ruddell lacking in threat. Indeed the first wicket came as a surprise, with Perry beaten by Dixon’s flight and out stumped (really? -Ed). As so often happens, one wicket brought another, with Hendy (O) wandering across his stumps to a straight one, leaving the umpire with no choice but to send him on his way. Thankfully the hat-trick was avoided. With Tanner removing the opener Clay, the Allstars found themselves wobbling at 48 for 3.

Shrubshole and Duckett (S) now restored order, with Duckett in particular playing a watchful innings. When Shrubhole was dismissed by Miller, and Christie and Stevens soon following, it looked the match was turning Hodder’s way, until some lusty hitting from Cox took the Allstars to the brink at 141 for 6. Still time for a twist. The returning Ruddell cleaned up Cox (lbw for 31) leaving the match in the hands of Rouse and Elliot (with the possible return of Hendy if needed). In tense scenes, Hodder’s last over was taken for 5 runs, and the scores levelled. Guy bowled an exemplary death over (oh come on – Ed), leaving your correspondent to toss down a gentle half tracker which Elliot despatched rapidly to the boundary for the win.

A great amount of fun was had, and it was great to be among friends, in what felt like normality returning. Sam Duckett was quite rightly awarded the man of the match award for a super opening spell and composed bating.

Roll on the season!

 

Match report by Tim Woodman

Some great images below from Tom Shrubsole - thanks Tom!  (for high-res copies contact Jonathan Burnstone)

 

 

 

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