Home | Sunday 20 May 2018
Today the Pelicans welcomed new friends to the sun drenched Sportsfield. This game had been eagerly anticipated as the Pelicans looked to extend their 100% winning start to the season. Fergus Hanbury was given the Captaincy duties for the first time, a role that he relished and did very in. Ben Barclay was on hand to offer well informed advice to the new skipper.
Wood Street were blighted by a few call offs and team selection issues that saw them line with 8 players. A decision was taken by the Pelican management and team to try and even things up a bit to make a real game of things. The Pelicans were 2 light, with Toby White (thanks Alex we do appreciate it) coming to the rescue again and making us 10.
Wood Street playing their season curtain raiser batted first. Fergus opened the bowling with the speed king Ben Barclay quickly into the action with a swinging pink ball. It was however his bowling partner Will Farrar at the other end who set the tone for a terrific Pelican display. He knocked the castle down in his first over thereby removing the opener, and he was not to be denied in his second over a smart catch by Will Brown in at Gully did the trick.
Fergus was doing a great job rotating his bowlers, Toby White bowled a nice spell creating scoreboard pressure. At the other end Maxim Clarke bowling his left armers brought Will into play again at gully, safe hands great catch!! The team togetherness was really apparent when Hayden Martin fantastically fielded the ball, then smartly under-armed it to Maxim who was a couple of feet from the non-strikers end in line with the off stump. As the batsman desperately tried to get home, Maxim took aim and directed an underarm throw that removed the bails, wicket Pelicans tremendous stuff.
Will Brown was soon into the action bowling what can only be described as quick deliveries, that were lifting. This kept Tom Aitken on his toes behind the stumps. After building up some pressure, he soon had a direct hit, wicket and bails disheveled.
Chris Clayden was soon into the attack and was swinging the ball away from the batsmen and it came as no surprise when he struck the wickets and triggered Pelican celebrations. Matt Congdon didn't want to miss out and bowled a terrific delivery that looped off the outside edge and Will Farrar took a smart catch.
Fergus brought himself onto bowl at the end of the innings, but the final word went to the 2 Will's, Brown bowled and Farrar showed great catching prowess. Wood Street were all out for 103.
Big thanks to Fergus' mum Polly who was fantastic making sure everyone was fed and watered (juice and coffee), a sugar fix was just the ticket for all concerned.
The Pelicans felt confident that they could chase down 103 on the back of a strong batting performance last week.
Tom and Will Brown opened the batting, Will picked up where he left off last week and was ruthlessly dispatching the ball to all corners, giving fielding practice to the Pelicans who had stepped up to field for Wood Street. Tom was a little more watchful as he started to find his feet and rhythm, this was his first innings of the season. Just as Tom looked to start winding up the big shots, he was bowled by a decent delivery for 9. Will Brown was joined by Matt, who was also playing his first innings at the crease. Whilst Matt found his way, Will continued to play big shots and was invited to return to the pavilion retired 31 not out. He received a well deserved acclaim for his batting, his whole performance with Bat/Ball/Catching was top class. This was in-amongst lots of note-able performances, Will was the player of the match this week - very well played sir.
Fergus strode out at number 4 eager to build on his great start to the season. He and Matt enjoyed a terrific partnership that had the crowd regularly clapping loudly. Matt was now enjoying himself and showing us what he can do, i'm sure we'll see a lot more of that in the coming weeks. Fergus wasn't hanging about and raced to 31 and was retired at exactly the same time as the winning runs were dispatched for 4. Make no mistake this was a very good and confident batting performance, the Wood Street bowlers were good value and stuck to their task. In the end the Pelicans won through 105 - 1 from 9.5 overs.
Big thanks to Tony Drake for his team management today, Polly for the cricket tea and considerable tidying up, Ellie for scoring, Toby and Alex for turning out short notice, Alex for also helping out with scoring/net practice stuff and Clive our chief scoreboard operator who was ably supported by Nick Farrar. It is a team effort and the friends and family support is very valued. We roll onto another home game next week when we welcome Grayswood to the Sportsfield. This was a terrific performance and every Pelican made a significant contribution.