Newton Poppleford Cricket Club


Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC v Tipton St John on Sun 29 Apr 2018 at 14.00
Newton Poppleford Cricket Club Won by 61 runs

Match report ICE COLD DERBY
Bitterly cold temperatures are something that every village cricketer expects at the start of the season. The 2018 40 Over opener was no different as Tipton made the short hop to the Riverside Ground for the Derby match on Sunday.

Captain Clay took the opportunity to put some runs on the board first and elected to bat. NPCC were lacking usual opener Isaac Thomas to a pre-season warm up game for Sidmouth. George House joined seasoned opener Antony Cox in the curtain raiser. Tipton, by their own admission, had struggled to field a full 11. Chloe Adey offered to play for Tipton to ensure a fair contest. The youngest of the Adey clan already has Poppleford star Tom Moore on her list of wickets having dismissed him for 98 last year. The Tipton bowling attack set to their usual nagging line and length, assisted by a slow, low, early season pitch. When Cox found the boundary in the first over with a luscious off drive, signs were good for the home side. The long winter was finally over, though you wouldn’t have known if you’d been shivering on the side-lines!

Cox was the first to fall for 28 when a missed time drive was pouched at deep Mid On with the score around 50. Chris Anning, the next man in, struggled with the lack of pace in the pitch and fell soon after, chipping to teammate Leigh Adey, who had replaced daughter Chloe in the field. NPCC veteran Richard Coombs was the next man in; a player with a knack of performing against Tipton. Whilst his fellow batsman struggled with the lack of pace and the likes of O’Higgins, House kept his head and soon passed 50. Richard was showing his experience in dealing with the pitch and the bowling, striking the bad ball well. House rather uncharacteristically managed to clear the boundary twice, once of mid-wicket and then over deep Mid Off. When House departed for 66 from 88, spooning an easy catch to substitute fielder and opening partner Cox, the score stood at around 120/2. House was replaced by Captain Clay who would finish unbeaten on 10. Coombs managed 41 from 66 balls before being caught out trying to accelerate. When Louis Adey was bowled for 5, Newton had managed 185/7.

A well enjoyed tea reminded everyone of their favourite part of the cricket season. Newton took to the field with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. The temperature did nothing to Ross Chatwood’s fielding ability when the first ball of the Tipton innings was prodded to him at Mid On and the non-striker misread his team mate’s intentions. A direct hit from Chatwood had Tipton 0/1 after just one ball. The rest of the first over was less eventful as Ben Stone, who took the new ball from the Pavilion end, struggled to get grip in the cold temperatures. Chris Davis started from the River end and had more luck, picking up two wickets including one which jagged back and clean bowled a bemused batsman. A change of pace in the form of Ross Chatwood from the Pavilion end did not produce a wicket, although he bowled well and can consider himself unlucky. The cold weather meant some sharp chances went begging and Tipton were gifted a life line. Louis Adey replaced Davis from the River end and started with a tight line. Louis’ bowling continues to be one of the most frustrating yet ultimately rewarding elements of his game. Adey Jnr picked up 3 wickets including a masterfully delivered off stump Yorker and a delivery that kissed the leg stump, dislodging the bail much to the batsman’s dismay. Probably the unluckiest player of the day was Leigh Adey. Having found himself trapped LBW for 0; he was thrown the ball in the final passage of play. In total Leigh had no less than 4 chances dropped or missed of his bowling. These included two very easy lobbed chances which missed bitterly cold hands by some margin. It was left to Richard Coombs and Antony Cox to do the damage and finish the game for Newton, the winning margin some 61 runs.

The win marks the 15th consecutive win for Poppleford over local rivals and is a great start to the 40 Over year. Special thanks to all those who provided teas, to Sonia and the Tipton scorer for their efforts in the cold, to Tim Alsford and his camera skills capturing the games highs and lows and to those who helped get the ground ready for the first Sunday game.

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(40.0 overs)
Antony Cox Caught  28 43 3 65.12
George House Caught  66 88 3 2 75.00
Chris Anning Caught  19 15 1 1 126.67
Richard Coombs Caught  41 66 4 1 62.12
Kenny Clay Not Out  10 25 40.0
Matthew Raistrick Caught  7 4 1 175.00
Leigh Adey Lbw  0 3 0
Louis Adey Bowled  5 4 1 125.00
Ross Chatwood   1
Chris Davis   1
B S  

Tipton St John Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Tipton St John Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
124 (40.0 overs)

Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
B S2.002200.0011.00
Chris Davis6.021326.502.17
Ross Chatwood8.021300.001.62
Louis Adey6.011334.332.17
Leigh Adey8.002600.003.25
Richard Coombs6.0110110.001.67
Antony Cox2.00515.002.50
Chris Anning2.00717.003.50

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Photos and video of Newton Poppleford Cricket Club NPCC v Tipton St John on Sun 29 Apr 2018 at 14.00




Casual Coombs


Classic Kenny


Going big!


Solid in defence


Skipper at work




Raistrick going big!


Another wallop from Coombs


George 'Boycott' House


Cold George


Ben Stone in full flow


Geezer having a trundle


Chatwood steaming in


Slips at the ready!


Booming drive


Leigh prepares


Louis in motion


Inventive from Razza




Cold hands in the corden


Talking tactics


Tony trying to turn one


Shane Warne's protege