CWB and Baldwins face off in cricket match
On Monday 5 September, Hampton in Arden Village Cricket Club played host to a keenly contested cricket match between ourselves and national accountancy firm, Baldwins.
On a humid afternoon our somewhat inexperienced line-up arrived with lots of newly purchased cricket attire (including someone with a hat!) but the less said about the practice session in the nets, the better! Using a scoring system which saw every player feature in four overs with the bat – and bowl at least one over – each side started with 200 runs on the board, with each wicket costing five runs.
Baldwins chose to bat first and were quickly among the runs, and despite some keen bowling from CWB’s Fred Eden and Dom Jessup, Chris Briggs and David Baldwin contributed 25 runs from their four overs – although a couple of dropped catches could have pegged the scoring back a little!
The next batsmen Lloyd and Gupta were restricted to just six runs from four overs, helped by a contortionist style run-out by David Brennan, a pinpoint throw and run-out from distance by Fred Eden, and alert fielding from our only female member of the team, July Varley. However again, some fairly straightforward catches were put down. Next up, some sloppy CWB bowling saw more extras given away than actual runs and our catching skills in the field still needed a lot of work!
Things got serious for a while when our (real!) cricketers Graham and Jake Clarkson bowled a couple of overs each (Jake bagging a wicket), giving up just 13 runs to Blount and Faulkner. During this period we also saw the first boundary of the day. A strong final partnership saw another 22 runs come, to put Baldwins on a solid 309.
Batting first for CWB, Mark Rolfe and Nim Balakrishnan found it tough against very good bowling, adding a few runs but getting found out with a couple of wickets — including a spectacular diving catch by David Baldwin (if only he’d have reminded us about it after the match!). Dom and Fred were next up with the bat and added 12 runs to the CWB total.
Paul Sibson and Owen Williams were our next batsmen, the latter smashing a couple of boundaries as we started to find our feet, although a couple of wickets cost us some more runs. Graham Clarkson and David Brennan strode out with purpose and added 25 runs, with Graham finding the boundary too.
Jake Clarkson and Miles Goodworth continued our revival — Jake hitting four boundaries and Miles a couple, including a disputed six! The highest partnership of the match put 32 runs on our total but another wicket meant we were up against it, needing to score over 35 runs from our final four overs.
Having skippered his team well with some good tactical decisions, Adrian Blount had kept back some of their strongest bowlers to use their final overs… so it was down to Marc Petherick and Roger Carey to face the firing line! Needing boundaries, we could only manage a few singles — and swinging for the big shots we needed, we were punished by very precise bowling.
July and Lisa Brown (our guest from Brooks Macdonald) then faced a few overs with the bat and put in an admirable performance. Maybe we should have put them higher up our batting order!
So overall, Baldwins claimed victory on the day and a big well done to them. We’ll of course want revenge in the future and if we can learn how to catch, we should run them a lot closer!