Twenty 20 Antics in the Rain
Ireland v Bermuda
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier
Civil Service Cricket Ground, Stormont
Ireland won by 4 runs (D/L Method)
3 August 2008
Can Duckworth Lewis cope with a rain interruption when a side has received only 8 overs and is then allowed only one more after rain? Bermuda had done really well to restrict Ireland to 41-4, but Ireland were expecting another 12 overs, and thought they had time to recover – until the rains came and two hours play were lost. They were already recovering from 24-4, but to make matters worse, Andrew White had been forced to retire hurt after taking a nasty blow in the box.
In the one subsequent over, bowled by Romaine, Ireland managed to lose three more wickets for the addition of just two runs.
Total 43-7 off 8 overs. Topscore – extras on 8! Hardly a winning total. In addition Ireland’s bowlers would be restricted to 2 overs each, whereas Bermuda’s opening pair bowled 3 and 4 each.
Irish spectators were expecting a significant increase in the target score because Ireland had been expecting 20 overs for nearly all the time they were batting. They were shocked to find that only four runs were added, making the target 46.
The Irish bowlers lost no time in making their mark. Foggo scooped the first ball to third man and David Hemp was caught behind off the third ball; 0-2 and game on! Dropped catches allowed Bermuda to make some progress; there were misfields, a missed runout and ridiculous batting strokes. Suicidal running brought two run outs including one off a wide, and with only 17 balls remaining Bermuda were 26-6. A six over midwicket meant that Bermuda needed 9 to win off the last over.
Kevin O’Brien was the bowler, and he conceded only 4 singles from the first 5 balls. Kelly needed a six from the final delivery, but swung and missed. Ireland had pulled off a remarkable victory which helped them qualify for the semi-final.
Not one player from either side reached double figures, and the Man of the Match award went to Peter Connell who took 3-8 including two wickets from his first three balls.
Ireland progressed to the final against the Netherlands but it was never played due to more rain. Scotland came third in the qualifiers which took them to the T20 competition in England in 2009. Rain interfered at the Oval too when they played New Zealand. Scotland set a challenging target of 90 in 7 overs, but New Zealand’s big hitters won with an over to spare. Both Ryan Watson (for Scotland) and Brendan McCullum (for NZ) hit four fours in the opening over of each innings. Pakistan were the winners.
WTS Porterfield lbw b Kelly 4
NJ O’Brien c Pitcher b Kelly 5
KJ O’Brien b GH O’Brien 6
AC Botha b GH O’Brien 1
GC Wilson st Edness b Romaine 7
AR White retired hurt 5
AR Cusack c Pitcher b Romaine 5
DT Johnston not out 1
R Strydom run out 1
Did not bat WK McCallan, P Connell
Extras (lb5, w3) 8
Total 43-7 (9 overs)
GH O’Brien 4 0 13 2
SKW Kelly 3 0 18 2
RDM Leverock 1 0 5 0
IH Romaine 1 0 2 2
1-7, 2-16, 3-22, 4-23, 4-28* (White), 5-41, 6-41, 7-43
(target 46 from 9 overs)
CR Foggo c sub b Connell 0
DL Kemp c NJ O’Brien b Connell 0
SD Outerbridge lbw b Connell 8
JJ Celestine st NJ O’Brien b Botha 7
OL Pitcher run out 6
IH Romaine b Botha 1
J Edness run out 4
GH O’Brien c Connell b Johnston 7
RJ Trott not out 2
KW Kelly not out 2
Did not bat RDM Leverock
Extras (b1, w3) 4
Total 41-8 (9 overs)
P Connell 2 0 8 3
KJ O’Brien 2 0 14 0
AC Botha 2 0 4 2
AR Cusack 2 0 5 0
DT Johnston 1 0 9 0
1-0, 2-0, 3-14, 4-21, 5-25, 6-26, 7-31, 8-37
The Lowest County Championship Aggregate
Surrey v Worcestershire
The Oval on 25th, 26th August 1954 (3-day match)
Surrey won by an innings and 27 runs
In the 1950s Surrey won seven successive championships. This game, which sealed the 3rd one, is the clearest example of a confident team.
The astonishing aspect is the declaration at 92-3 when only 67 ahead. The game didn’t start till 2pm and the 1st innings lasted only 105 minutes. Tony Lock did most of the damage with 5 wickets for 2 runs.
Twenty four overs later Stuart Surridge was so keen to let his spinners have another go at Worcester before 6.30 that he declared at 92-3 and opened with his spinners who each took a wicket as Worcester ended the day on 13-2. Only an hour was needed the next day, the best partnership being the 10th. Lock’s match figures were six for five in 15.3 overs.
The game was completed in 4 hours 50 minutes of playing time; the total score of 157 is the lowest aggregate for a completed County Championship match.
Worcestershire first innings
D Kenyon c Surridge b Bedser 8
PE Richardson c May b Bedser 0
LF Outschoorn b Laker 9
NK Hughes run out 0
LN Devereux not out 2
RO Jenkins c Stewart b Lock 1
+H Yarnold c Barrington b Lock 1
RTD Perks c Barrington b Laker 0
JA Flavell c Constable b Lock 0
JR Ashman c and b Lock 0
Extras (1 lb) 1
Total (all out, 28.3 overs) 25
Bedser 9 4 12 2
Loader 6 3 5 0
Laker 8 3 5 2
Lock 5 3 4 2 5
1-1, 2-16, 3-20, 4-20, 5-21, 6-23, 7-25, 8-25, 9-25
Surrey first innings
TH Clark c Richardson b Perks 10
MJ Stewart c Flavell b Perks 11
PBH May not out 31
B Constable c and b Ashman 29
KF Barrington not out 10
Extras (1 w) 01
Total (3 wkts dec, 24 overs) 92
+AJW McIntyre, JC Laker, WS Surridge, AV Bedser, GAR Lock, PJ Loader dnb
Perks 12 1 43 2
Flavell 3 1 17 0
Ashman 8 3 29 1
Devereux 1 0 2 0
1-12, 2-31, 3-77
Worcestershire second innings
D Kenyon c Stewart b Lock 0
PE Richardson c McIntyre b Laker 9
LF Outschoorn c Lock b Laker 3
RG Broadbent c McIntyre b Laker 1
NK Hughes hit wkt b Bedser 2
LN Devereux retired hurt 1
RO Jenkins c Laker b Bedser 1
+H Yarnold not out 14
*RTD Perks b Bedser 2
JA Flavell c Clark b Laker 3
JR Ashman c Bedser b Loader 2
Extras (1 lb, 1 nb) 2
Total (all out, 35.4 overs) 40
Laker 17 9 25 4
Lock 10 7 3 1
Bedser 6 3 7 3
Loader 2.4 1 3 1
1-0, 2-5, 3-13, 4-16, 5-16, 6-18, 7-23, 8-26, 9-40
Glenrothes 1st XI V Holy Cross 1st XI 21 July 1984
One of the pleasures of playing cricket has been meeting up year after year with old friends. One such club was Glenrothes – Geoff Sampson, John Bell and Bill Ramsay would always give us a fine game – so here let us pay tribute to Geoff’s achievement in 1984 when he took 8-48, bowling unchanged, and scored 35 runs. You never knew if versatile Geoff would be keeping wicket or bowling, but you always knew he would turn up with a smile on his face and show appreciation of opponents’ achievements. Those were the days when bowlers could bowl right through, as Geoff did – and Geoff Barratt of Holy Cross too.
Ryan Watson’s Onslaught
Scotland v Somerset
9th May 2003
Scotland won by 6 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method)
Ryan Watson’s 103* in 43 balls secured a dramatic victory for Scotland in their rain affected 45 over game. Two days before this match Scotland had played Somerset in a C&G knockout 50 overs match; they scored 138-9 in their full 50 overs. Now they needed to score 180 in 15 overs. It was daunting prospect.
Who would they turn to instead of Lockhart who had scored 51 in 98 balls in the C&G match? Hoffmann had not yet been tried as a pinch hitter though he was to score a century against Carlton in 35 balls in 2005. So he was not yet an option; Brinkley was the man chosen to open though he had an average of 12 and only two 50s in his 70 one-day games.
It was James Brinkley who got them off to a strong start. “Early on, the idea was to give him the strike and see what happened,” Ryan Watson said. After losing Greig Williamson with only 15 on the board, James Brinkley took control, with five fours and two sixes, racing to 48 in just 28 balls.
Initially, Watson played second fiddle to Brinkley in their second-wicket stand of 84 but once the big paceman had been stumped, he took complete command.
“With five overs to go, I thought it was possible. All year, I have been working on hitting and in the nets trying to be aggressive. It is the best time of my cricketing career. The last stage of the innings, from 70 to 100, was the best I have ever hit the ball.”
Keith Dutch was the bowler to suffer – he bowled only 2 overs but was hit for 48 runs. Scotland even had 3 balls to spare at the end, and Ryan Watson’s century took only 43 balls, just behind Afridi’s 37 balls and David Hookes’ 34 balls.
Scotland were supposed to have 16 overs but a further interruption for rain meant the reduction of one over. To “compensate” for having one over less, the runs scored from Somerset’s least productive over were removed; but as James Brinkley had bowled a maiden, no runs were removed and the target was still 180 from 90 balls!
Earlier Somerset had scored 23-1 after 5 overs when the rain came, and Hoffmann had bowled 3 overs for 5 runs, remarkable figures compared with everyone else.
For most of the afternoon, the players hung around the pavilion, expecting the umpires to abandon proceedings. Then the sun came out, the covers came off and the teams settled down for a thrash. Marcus Trescothick took charge, changing gear and hitting 5 sixes in his innings of 80 in 44 balls. Most bowlers were being hit for 15 an over; Brinkley was dispatched for 23 runs in his last over. In all Somerset had scored 156 in the 11 overs after the break.
The Scottish bowlers tried to contain the batsmen, but four dropped catches, three off successive balls in an over bowled by Watson, did not help their cause. Little did they know what was to follow.
J Cox b Brinkley 17
ME Trescothick not out 80
JDC Bryant c Lockhart b Wright 13
ID Blackwell c Kent b Watson 34
M Burns not out 29
Extras (lb2 w4) 6
Total 3 wkts (16 overs) 179
1-23 2-54 3-133
KA Parsons, RJ Turner, KP Dutch, RL Johnson, NAM McLean, SRG Francis dnb
Brinkley 4 1 42 1
Hoffmann 3 0 5 0
Wright 2 0 30 1
Kent 1 0 17 0
Watson 3 0 45 1
Haq 3 0 38 0
(target 180 in 15 overs)
RR Watson not out 103
JG Williamson c Dutch b Johnson 6
JE Brinkley st Turner b Blackwell 48
JC Kent run out 5
CJO Smith b Francis 5
CM Wright not out 6
Extras (lb5 w3) 8
Total 4 wkts (14.3 overs) 181
1-15 2-99 3-133 4-166
DR Lockhart, IM Stanger, NJ MacRae, PJC Hoffmann, R M Haq dnb
McLean 3 0 22 0
Johnson 3 0 30 1
Blackwell 3 0 33 1
Francis 3 0 34 1
Dutch 2 0 48 0
Burns 0.3 0 9 0
R R Watson 44 balls, 64 minutes, 10 fours, 7 sixes
Blackwell’s 10 Sixes Not Enough
45 over National League match May 2005
In a match of twists and turns Sussex pulled of a remarkable two-wicket win in a run feast at Taunton with the winning runs coming with just two balls to spare. Sussex looked down and out when they slumped to 216 for eight in the 34th over.
Earlier it appeared that Somerset were down and out at 88-5 when Blackwell came in. He rescued his side with his highest one-day score, making 134 not out from only 71 balls with 10 sixes and 10 fours. He was afforded great support by stand-in skipper Rob Turner (47 not out) who helped to add 151 runs in just 13 overs. Blackwell’s hundred took only 57 balls.
With Mushtaq Ahmed being particularly expensive, conceding 76 runs in his nine overs, and James Kirtley unable to find a length at the death mayhem prevailed as Blackwell and Turner set about the Sussex attack. Somerset’s 297 for six looked like a challenging score.
Sussex began positively, with opener Matt Prior in particularly punishing mood. Forty runs came off the first four overs but Simon Francis, returning to the Somerset team after recovering from a broken finger, made important breakthroughs by removing Ian Ward and then having Mike Yardy caught behind.
There appeared to be little urgency in the Sussex batting as Chris Adams and Prior accumulated singles, but having added 66 Prior was run out from a direct throw from cover by Hildreth. His 77 came from 56 balls and included 10 fours and three sixes.
It was the introduction of Parsons which certainly slowed the scoring rate and with the all-rounder picking up four wickets Sussex were on the back foot. 191-4 became 216-8 and a Somerset win seemed inevitable. Van der Wath had different ideas however – he played a magnificent innings, and with Sussex requiring 97 off the last 10 overs he plundered 73 from 43 balls and enjoyed sensible support from the experienced Lewry.
It was hard on Blackwell, who had also bowled tidily, and there was an incredulous look on the Somerset faces as the winning runs were scored, inflicting Somerset’s second totesport League defeat of the season.
Joannes van der Wath played only half a season in Britain as a replacement for Rana Naved who was unavailable till June; in one day games he has a modest average of 27 but had just scored 80 against Durham to show Sussex that he was no mug with the bat. In 2006 he gained international status and scored 37* in 16 balls against Australia including 4 sixes; but the match was dead by then the target being 108 in 5.2 overs.
Sussex beat Somerset by 2 wickets on 30 May 2005 (45-over match).
(45 overs maximum)
MJ Wood b Lewry 39
M Burns c Prior b van der Wath 0
JD Francis c Prior b Kirtley 2
KA Parsons c Martin-Jenkins b Mushtaq Ahmed 35
AW Laraman lbw b Lewry 0
JC Hildreth c Yardy b Martin-Jenkins 25
ID Blackwell not out 134
*+RJ Turner not out 47 55 34 6 0
Extras (b 2, lb 3, w 8, nb 2) 15
Total (6 wickets, 45 overs) 297
DNB: GM Andrew, SRG Francis, M Parsons.
FoW: 1-1 (Burns), 2-10 (JD Francis), 3-80 (Wood), 4-80 (Laraman),
5-88 (KA Parsons), 6-146 (Hildreth).
Bowling O M R W
van der Wath 9 0 57 1 (2w)
Kirtley 9 1 61 1 (1nb, 2w)
Lewry 9 0 42 2 (2w)
Martin-Jenkins 9 0 56 1 (1w)
Mushtaq Ahmed 9 0 76 1 (1w)
(target: 298 runs from 45 overs)
IJ Ward b SRG Francis 13
+MJ Prior run out 77
MH Yardy c Turner b SRG Francis 2
*CJ Adams c SRG Francis b KA Parsons 59
MW Goodwin c & b KA Parsons 23
CD Hopkinson b KA Parsons 10
JJ van der Wath not out 73
RSC Martin-Jenkins b KA Parsons 1
Mushtaq Ahmed c M Parsons b Blackwell 11
JD Lewry not out 14
Extras (b 2, lb 7, w 4, nb 2) 15
Total (8 wickets, 44.4 overs) 298
DNB: RJ Kirtley.
FoW: 1-40 (Ward), 2-47 (Yardy), 3-119 (Prior), 4-165 (Goodwin),
5-191 (Hopkinson), 6-194 (Adams), 7-201 (Martin-Jenkins),
8-216 (Mushtaq Ahmed).
Bowling O M R W
Andrew 5.4 0 64 0 (1nb, 1w)
SRG Francis 9 0 46 2 (1w)
Laraman 8 0 52 0 (1w)
M Parsons 5 0 43 0 (1w)
Blackwell 9 1 50 1
KA Parsons 8 0 34 4