A sensational start to the Pears Development XI season proper. A very narrow defeat, but what spirit and flair was on show!
An overcast Pyrford with intermittent morning showers transformed into a glorious afternoon befitting the Pears debut performance. Despite being unavailable to play, JG put in a sterling display of scoring and general support. This Pears team is getting used to overcoming basic lack of skills with determination and a style that can only be described as Pyrford Calypso.
Byfleet turned up with imports from Hampshire, and a good few colts that matched our younger generation of Ross Wheeldon, Sam Clifton and Ollie Rousham…. The youngsters had an even battle against Byfleets’ colts, so it was up to the adults to make up the difference. Could we?!?
1st innings Pyrford bowling stats:
In the tradition that is being set at the club, everyone who wanted a bowl got a bowl… This combined with some great fielding limited the opposition to 178/9 from the designated 30 overs, with one of their batsmen kindly retiring on 69… The Clifton’s took a catch each, Andy, behind the stumps, took two great edges and I think JP and Jon L took a catch a piece too…. Some body on the line sliding boundary fielding from Ross and Steve saved a number of runs, but probably wrecked their bodies…
Bowling figures were:
James 2-37 off 6
Jon L 2-21 off 5
Steve 2-19 off 4
Ross 1-19 off 4
Sam 0-15 off 2
John M 0-24 off 2
JP 0-15 off 2
Dave 1-12 off 3
Ollie 1-3 off 2
1st innings Pyrford batting stats:
Steve Tipping (4) hooked ball one for a four, boding good fortune to come…..sadly five balls later he was bowled middle stump…..his opening partner JP (0)survived the golden duck…just before being caught low down at slip. Then came the outstanding partnership of the innings James F and Jon L, combined in a 70 run partnership before Jon was run out for 48….with James following on for 29 from a good catch at square leg. Then came a couple of father/son combos, with the Clifton’s combining to offer a total of 1 to the score book – importantly the father got the one run! And the Rousham’s combining muscle (father) with technique (son) to add 43, with Ollie contributing the lion’s share – 29. After that despite some good smiles the rest of the tail could only muster a few more runs with John M (2), Andy S (2) and Ross W (1no). The total being 150 all out, and 28 short of the target.
Bowling MVPs were Steve and Ollie, and batting MVPs were Jon L, James and Ollie. But the whole team played brilliantly to compete so well against a team made up of 6 adults who regularly play for Byfleet’s Saturday league sides – proving that we can be the match of any local club.