Match Report: 3rd May, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Exciting opener to the season

Result: Match Tied

 Neither the usual May bad weather or lack of Crabtree players would prevent our opening fixture with Manland proceeding. With only 3 days to go we only had 6 cricketers. However, Nick B bringing two more youngsters, Ben D calling on his weekend players and borrowing one from from Manland on the night we were able to fulfil the fixture as 11 v 11. On the usual pudding of a pitch CCC batted first. Alex S lead the way with his maiden 25no ably supported by Bilal 21 and Alex C 16. In reply we kept Manland just below the run rate with consistent bowling and excellent fielding. With the light fading we had to rely a lot on the younger members of the team just to see the ball. Manland need a run a ball off the last two overs and with Weddy at the wicket they were favourites. However, we did not lose our nerve and excellent fielding saw Manland score a bye of the last ball to tie.  

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 9th May, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Rothampstead Park

12 Cricketers - No opposition

Result: Opposition did not turn up

 Amazingly Phil 'The President' Waters had manged to pull 12 players together. And what happened - Garden Fields had the wrong day. Rather than let a flat wicket, fast outfield and huge crowd go to waste we ran a pairs competition. As I am the reporter the result of which shall be forever lost. 

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 13th May, 2:00PM, The Holly Bush, Rothamsted Experimental Station Sports Ground

Crabtree pull off major victory

Result: Win by 6 wickets


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Match Report: 16th May, 6:00PM, Final CC, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost by 6 wickets

Having lost the toss Crabtree were put into bat on a typical sluggish May wicket. We managed to put 112 on the board off 20 overs with notable performances from Andy Barradell (25 NO) and Tim Jenkins (bowled for 22). We were 5 wickets down

Final CC got off to a quick start and although reined in with an excellent 3-16 by Gareth managed to get the required 113-4 with 3 overs to spare.

Match Reporter: Ben Dearman

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Match Report: 24th May, 6:00PM, SFDWP, Verulamium Park

Result: Cancelled - not enough players


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Match Report: 30th May, 6:00PM, Verulam, Verulamium Park

Result: Cancelled Rain


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Match Report: 7th June, 6:00PM, Killigrew, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost by 59 runs


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Match Report: 13th June, 6:00PM, Stags, Sandridge CC

Not quite enough runs.

Result: Lost by 5 wickets


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Match Report: 19th June, 6:00PM, SFDWP, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost by 8 wickets


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Match Report: 27th June, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Verulamium Park

Result: Won by 38 runs

With only 10 players down to play against a side who have beaten us over the last few years did not augur well, particularly when delayed arrivals meant that we chose to bat first on a shockingly bad pitch. 

Garden Fields had a quick bowling attack although it was perhaps not a surface on which to "let it rip" and so the highest score by far was 40 extras where wicket keeping was difficult and the short boundaries were often reached following wides or bad bounces. Tim Jenkins scored a very good 32 NO before the run-rate slowed down. Ben Dearman and son Jake managed to get the scoreboard ticking over again sharing a partnership of over 50 with Jake scoring 24 NO. The innings ended at 145-5 off 20 overs.

The new youth policy at Crabtree meant that we were able to field a 22 year-old, two 18 year-olds and one 13 year-old, taking our average age to about half what it was last year. All 4 youths bowled their 3 overs well (Nick Bailey 2-13), ably backed up by the usual suspects. but notably Amit (3 overs 2-13). In conceding only 7 extras (5 byes) Tim J's performance combined with his batting does however merit man of the match. Although Garden Fields smashed it about in the last over they could only score 107 off their 20 overs, giving the 10 men of Crabtree a win by 38 runs.

Garden Field were gracious in defeat, saying afterwards in the Six Bells that ours was the best bowling attack they had faced this year by some margin.

Match Reporter: Ben Dearman

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Match Report: 4th July, 6:00PM, Stags, Rothampstead Park

Result: Win by 6 wickets

 A beautiful evening at rothy saw the 10 man mighty crabs overcome the STAGS in a high scoring bonanza. 

They won the toss and set about batting only to be contained by tidy bowling from our opening bowlers. The oppo set us a target of 160 which saw us off to a flyer with our first 3 batsmen Jenkins, Barradell and Newton retiring in quick succession to give a right stable hard-on. We polished that off with overs to spare. 

Notable mentions also to young jake Dearman with the bat, ball and cunning utilisation of his mother’s genes, and (talking of which) a great returning debut from Chris Vernon-smith useful also with bat and ball.

Match Reporter: Steve Sear

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Match Report: 11th July, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Manland Crowded Out

Result: Won by 14 runs

 It's been a lean time for The Mighty Men of Crab in the last few years against the Manlands Massive, not winning a match against them for some time.

 So it was with excitement, apprehension and opportunity ringing in the ears of the eleven, sorry ten, err I mean 9...nope wrong again, 8 men who turned up at 6 o clock to do battle with the old enemy. (Amit was en route and Gareth eventually turned up in the second innings!)

 The Crabs batted first on what was a tricky wicket, to say the least. in spite of this they managed to get to a more-than-defendable 156 for 5 from their 20 overs. JDK, Ben and CVS all retiring for 25+ complemented by some lusty hitting at the end by Sally Dearman's son Jake. 

 In truth Manlands chase never really got going thanks to some tight bowling by Bendy and Sally's son Jake getting Chesney out for a duck. Every bowler bowled economically but particular mention must go to Dearman.B 2 overs 0 for 5, Threlfall.N 2 overs 0 for 9 and Blanchard.I 2 overs 2 for 9. 

 The men of crabs finished the innings with a 5 man slip cordon and every single fielder in catching positions to win the match by 14 runs. A sweet victory made sweeter by a post match beer that quenched the thirst even more than usual thanks to the victory and the warm weather. 

 Attention now turns to the season finale on the Common in September with Crabs 1.5 - 0.5 up in the Cinders needing a rain off, tie or Victory to wrestle the Cinders back.

Match Reporter: Ben Newton

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Match Report: 19th July, 6:00PM, Marshalswick, Sandridge CC

Result: Won by 7 runs

After a one year break it was great to play Anil and his team again at their adopted home of Sandridge CC. For once we managed to turn up with 11 players helped enormously by the next generation and with several father and son duos had a somewhat reduced average age. Marshalswick only had 9 players so to even things up (and massive thanks to Dan Dytham for volunteering) we played 10 per side.

Inserted by MWCC, the Baileys opended the batting and got us off to a swift start (Nick B 29 NO) continued by Tim J (25 NO) so that we were 93-2 at the half-way stage. At a reduced rate and we managed to get to 161-5 off the 20 overs including contributions from Steve S (29) and Ben D (27 NO).

Despite some good bowling by our more youthful players - best figures 3 overs, 1 for 17 by "King" Louis Jenkins - MWCC were in touch with the run rate after 13 overs when Ben D (3 over, 2 for 21) and Alex S ( 3 overs, 2 for 11) came on to tighten things up and enable a tight win by 7 runs. 

With many good performances it is hard to pick anybody out, but a great performance meaning CCC have won 5 on the trot!

Match Reporter: Ben Dearman

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Match Report: 26th July, 6:00PM, Final CC, Greenwood Park

Fine result for the On/Off match

Result: Win by 60 runs

The infamous On/Off match. Wrong date, lose players, can oppo change date?, yes, back on, Yeah.

Final CC chose to field, then chose to play on our side by dropping numerous catches and conceding 39 runs as extras. Meanwhile the Crabtree batsmen contributed to a massive total of 172 for 9.

Chasing a large score was always going to be very difficult. We had 10 fit and accurate bowlers supported by good catching. A win was never in doubt. 

However, the evening needs to be remembered for (a) Jason de Klerk for a 200 mile, 5 hour ROUND trip to play, (b) Nick Threlfall for playing out (OK missing the ball) a maiden, (c) Richard Bailey's speed over the ground, so much so his trousers blew down, (d) Jake Dearman being so stressed about running his Dad out that he asked me to bowl his Dad first and (e) the Gareth Lloyd "I am normally very good at getting dates right".

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 9th September, 1:00PM, Manland, Harpenden Common

Excellent match to cap off the season

Result: Win by 38 runs

On the same weekend that Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson broke records Crabtree and and Manland served up 530 runs for 19 wickets on a sunny afternoon on the Common. Choosing to bat  on a very good wicket, Captain Sear's decision was justified everybody reaching double figures (except Captain Sear!). Top of the pops was man in a hurry Timmy J (68) and man off a plane Ben N (107). Manland made a spirited chase but the ever increasing run rate eventually proved to much, with Nick T benefiting by claiming 3 wickets at the end, support by safe hands Tim.  A fine day to end the season, played in the right spirit (with the right result). Three cheers to Manland.


Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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