Newton Poppleford Cricket Club


Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC v Marldon on Sun 07 May 2017 at 14.00
Newton Poppleford Cricket Club Won by 6 wickets

Match report Newton Poppleford CC Vs Marldon CC

This Sunday saw Marldon travel to The Riverside Oval in the 3rd year of the fixture. A youthful Newton Poppleford team took to the field in sweltering temperatures on a day which promised perfect cricketing weather. Captain Clay took charge of the youthful team for his 168th appearance and it was the old hands who took the new ball. The dynamic duo of Ed Thomas and Phil Hunter started proceedings, both bowling good, tight lines. Thomas was probably the more accurate of the two openers, consistently bowling a good length. Hunter began bowling a fraction to short and two very good Marldon batsmen put the bad ball away early. Thomas saw a sharp chance fly through the vacant 3rd slip early on but that was the only false shot the two openers produced. Hunter struggled to find his dangerous length and finished with figures of 0/31 off 4 overs.

After the initial 8 overs the score stood at 47 for no loss and the heat was making the oval more like the MCG. The pitch was playing true and proving flat and predictable. Skipper Clay turned to Luke Raistrick who has found a new found form this season, having taken 6 wickets in 2 games. Typically, it was Raistrick who found a way through the developing partnership with his variation. That proved the end of one good batsmen and the start of an exceptional one. Thomas finished his spell of 6 overs 0 for 22 – and can consider himself particularly unlucky not to pick up a wicket. The ball was thrown to House in an attempt to make some in roads. Unfortunately the plan didn’t come off and the two Marldon players batted faultlessly. Raistrick, although successful to begin with struggled with the talent of the two batsmen. Raistrick finished with figures of 1/49 off 6 and pushes his wicket total even higher. House bowled tightly and pushed the ball past the bat several times. He finished with figures of 0/26 off 7.

Newton Poppleford were clutching at straws a little bit and Captain Clay turned to his most experienced players in the hope they would roll back the years and produce a match changing performance of old. Messrs Raistrick Snr and Coombs tried and failed to take on the Marldon number 2 and 3. Raistrick and Coombs finished with figures of 39/0 off 3 and 46/0 off 3 respectively. An unexpected choice in the bowling attack was Chris Anning, famed for his batting already this season, who bowled tightly and with good pace. Anning is another Newton Poppleford bowler who can consider himself unlucky to go wicket less, finishing 29/0 off 4.

Slightly desperately the ball was thrown to Isaac Thomas and Thomas Moore. This paid off in large as Thomas bowled tightly, but crucially managed to run out Marldon’s Number 2 on 140. Thomas Moore picked up the 3rd and last wicket of Newton Poppleford’s bowling innings with a short ball which was pulled high and well caught at deep mid-wicket by Thomas. Thomas finished with figures of 30/0 off 4 and Moore 1/15 off 3. The home side trudged off the sun-baked Oval with the score at 307/3 and few among them had positive thoughts. It would be a record breaking chase and would require some almost impossible batting. A special mention must go to Marldon’s Number 2 and Number 3 who put on a massive stand of over 200.

As opening partners Isaac Thomas and Antony Cox went out after tea there was an air of hopefulness. The weather was still fine and we had been shown how good the track was. In his 73rd appearance for the club, Isaac Thomas walked out and took guard knowing if there was any hope of Newton Poppleford walking away from this game with a win it was almost solely down to him. The pair got off to an electrifying pace. Thomas in particular struck at an explosive rate, reaching his 50 in just 25 balls. Cox batted solidly at the other end providing the perfect partner to the dynamic batting of Thomas. Cox got past 50 but fell shortly after, having provided a sublime supporting role in what was quickly becoming an incredible innings. A partnership of 161 gave Newton Poppleford hope and when Cox was replaced by Thomas Moore who came off the back of his first 2nd XI 50 the day before, things looked promising. Isaac Thomas passed 100 in just 41 balls and didn’t show any sign of slowing down. Moore struck the ball as elegantly and purposefully as his partner did and passed 50 at a good rate.

Poppleford had now been dragged to the edge of victory by some superb batting from Isaac Thomas and Thomas Moore; the latter of the two making a good 66 from 53 balls. Isaac finally departed for a record breaking 166(86), stumped attempting to find the boundary which he had peppered throughout his innings. In total he scored 20 4’s and 8 towering 6’s including one lusty blow which came clattering down in the car park. He had almost single headedly secured victory for the team. All that was left was for Anning to thrash a quick fire 12(11) and House to clip a 4 off his legs to win the game. A monstrous stand of 161 between Thomas and Cox, followed by an equally impressive 101 between Thomas and Moore laid the foundations for an exceptional win. This match will probably go down as a “remember when” moment; it was certainly a pleasure to watch from the side-lines!

Marldon Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 3 wickets
307 (40.0 overs)

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ed Thomas6.012200.003.67
Phil Hunter4.003100.007.75
Luke Raistrick6.0049149.008.17
George House7.002600.003.71
Matthew Raistrick3.003900.0013.00
Chris Anning4.002900.007.25
Richard Coombs3.004600.0015.33
Isaac Thomas4.003000.007.50
Thomas Moore3.0015115.005.00

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 4 wickets

(35.4 overs)
Isaac Thomas Stumped  166 86 20 8 193.02 1 1
Antony Cox Bowled  51 58 6 87.93
Thomas Moore Caught  66 53 6 2 124.53
Chris Anning Caught  12 11 1 109.09
Kenny Clay Not Out  0 3 0
George House Not Out  5 5 1 100
Richard Coombs  
Matthew Raistrick  
Luke Raistrick  
Ed Thomas  
Phil Hunter  

Marldon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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