Newton Poppleford Cricket Club


Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC v Bakers on Sun 23 Apr 2017 at 14.00
Newton Poppleford Cricket Club Won by 173 Runs

Match report It was a fine April day and newly appointed Captain, Antony Cox, went out to the middle. He returned having won the toss and electing to bat first. A fair choice with clear skies and a cricket pitch which one commentator pointed out, “it looks like 22 yards of M5 has been carved up for us”! To open was Thomas and Cox, the pairs 9th time as openers. They started cautiously against what appeared to be a solid spin and slow bowling attack. It was Thomas who found the grove first hitting a 4 and a 6 in the second over. Cox took a little longer to find his feet and was content with getting in behind the ball and playing time. Unfortunately, Thomas was not following his Captains plan and in the 4th over he swiped across one and was bowled for 15.

This brought Thomas Moore to the crease and he began confidently finding the boundary – but only the once before a loose shot went skywards and was well held at mid-off. At this point you would be mistaken for thinking this was going to be another Newton Poppleford flop. Next man in Chris ‘Jacko’ Anning had up until this day scored 179 run from 9 innings at an average of 22.38 but the fate of the game now rested on him and Skipper Cox. Anning came in with controlled aggression and quickly picked the pace up. Cox continued to nurdle the ball around, content with playing second fiddle. The Bakers had bowled tight lines; until Anning came to the crease they had bowled 4 maidens in 10 overs and only gone for 32 runs. Once at the crease however, Anning prevented Bakers from bowling a single maiden more. Reaching his 50 in just 27 balls, Anning was striking some colossal 6’s and picking the bowling up very nicely. Captain Cox’s decision to bat first finally vindicated, he too began to find his feet and struck several back to back boundaries.

Drinks at 20 overs saw the score on 129/2, a partnership of 97, looked ready to capitalise. Anning continued with ferocious boundary striking, and very soon a huddle on Newton Poppleford players badgered the scorers for updates. With a nonchalant back foot push into the off side Anning went through to a fine 100, scored in record time off just 53 balls, including 17 x 4’s and 4 x 6’s. This was not your normal first home game of the season. In the 28th over Cox fell LBW after playing a watchful innings of 38 and House came to the crease. He made it a double wicket maiden falling for a duck just 4 balls later, with the score on 192/4. This didn’t seem to faze Anning as he continued to find the boundary rope and brought the score past 200. Eventually Anning was dismissed, caught on the boundary as you would expect, for a fantastic 138 from 77 balls including 19 x 4’s and 7 x 6’s. Not only does this ensure his name goes on the honours board, it also beats the highest ever individual score by a Newton Poppleford batsmen and puts Anning at the top of the run scorers list for the season.

Raistrick Senior came to the crease and dispatched the bowling in the last 10 with the same ferocity as Anning had in the first 10, sending one particular ball crashing into the river at the far end of the pitch for a huge 6. He was aided by the likes of Raistrick Junior, Adey Junior and Adey Senior who together managed to push past 250. Raistrick Senior finished on a spritely 33 and Newton Poppleford left the field for tea at 257/8.

Trying to defend 250+ is not a position many Newton Captains have found themselves in. Whilst confidence was high in the home camp, it was the first chance to see the improved wicket and perhaps a warning for the rest of the season that scores would be higher and batting would be easier. That combined with some accessible boundary ropes, Newton Poppleford would have to bowl well to restrict The Bakers from making a game of it.

Skipper Cox turned to Phil Hunter and George House to do the damage early for the home side. House had the first over and if Newton Poppleford needed any more warning about how good a cricket wicket this was, the first ball promptly disappeared for 4 through point. Hunter began bowling his trademark nagging line and length. He can consider himself genuinely unlucky as a dolly of a catch was dropped at point by Thomas. When Thomas dropped another chance in the slips off House they were reminded how long a winter it had been without cricket. Hunter was rewarded eventually when he bowled one of the Baker’s openers to finish with figures of 8 overs 1 maiden 1 for 36. House bowled perhaps a yard short and finished with figures of 4 overs 0 for 21. Raistrick Junior, who has worked on his bowling tirelessly through the indoor league and who showed his new bowling prowess in winter nets was next up. A maiden over followed by two in two balls echoed what the winter had shown of how he has developed as a bowler and a cricketer.

Thomas redeemed himself somewhat taking some sharp catches at short cover to assist the bowling of Raistrick. Further support came in the shape of the Adey’s. Firstly Louis who bowled at a good pace and picked up a wicket in his first over and Leigh who baffled the batsmen with his flight and finished with 3 wickets from his 2.5 overs. Raistrick had been stranded somewhat on 4 for 7 by the skipper who had taken him off. In the dying stages of the game with Newton Poppleford looking for just 2 wickets to finish the game, Raistrick needed just one of those to claim his first 5 wicket haul. A change of ends brought chances and Raistrick beat the bat numerous times. Finally his quicker ball found a way through and he was there. Finishing with astonishing figures of 7 overs 2 maidens, 5 for 11 in what was probably the most controlled and skilful display of bowling he has delivered for the club. Newton wrapped the game up with 18 overs to spare, bowling the opposition out for 84, a winning margin of 173 runs.

Cox’s first 40 over game in charge brought about a massive victory and several records smashed. He had this to say about the team’s performance: “Superb all round performance by the guys with special mention to Chris for a superb knock and Luke with his 5 for 11. A dominant performance for the first home game of the season”. There is not long before the next game with an unexpected home T20 match against Lympstone on Thursday 27th April and then the old enemy in Tipton St John the following Sunday.

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 3w 3b 2lb 
for 8 wickets

(39.5 overs)
Isaac Thomas b Hughes 15 1 1 3
Antony Cox lbw Court 38 6 1
Thomas Moore ct Crampton 4 1
Chris Anning ct Basset 138 77 19 7 179.22
George House b Court 0 1
Matthew Raistrick Not Out  33 1 2 1
Louis Adey b Basset 11 2
Luke Raistrick b Hughes 3
Leigh Adey Run out  6 1
Phil Hunter  
Ross Chatwood  

Bakers Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Bakers Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 5w 2b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
75 (22.5 overs)
  ct Raistrick Jnr 33
  b Hunter 20
  b Raistrick Jnr 0
  ct Raistrick Jnr 0
  b Adey Jnr 8
  b Raistrick Jnr 0
  ct Adey Snr 5
  ct Adey Snr 1
  b Raistrick Jnr 4
  ct Adey Snr 4

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
George House4.002100.005.25
Phil Hunter8.0136136.004.50
Luke Raistrick7.021152.201.57
Louis Adey2.00515.002.50
Leigh Adey2.50832.672.82