Match Report: 2nd May, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

High scoring match ends in tie

Result: Match tied

Cricket was certainly the winner in the opening fixture of the year as Crabtree and Manland played out a well-fought tie.

On a sluggish slow pitch it was some feat for the two teams to share 322 runs between them, neither team deserved to lose so the tie was a fair result after the 40 overs had been played out.

Crabtree batted first but got off to a bad start losing Al Rawlinson early for just 1. This brought Rob Cole (19) and Ben Newton (29*) together who steadied the ship with a sizeable partnership and some lusty hitting. Once Newton retired and Cole was caught attempting one big hit too many, Nic Hale (27*) and skipper Phil Waters (27*) combined, boosting the Crabtree total with swift and yet sensible batting, including an early contender from Nic for biggest six of the season.

With a strong base set Martin Goodwin (16), Tim Hale (11) and Gary Bowman (5*) were able to play with gay abandon in getting the total up to a strong looking 161 for 4.

Skipper Waters turned to debutant Ian Bryson to open the bowling in his first ever game of cricket, going for a respectable 11 off his first over in any cricket. Gary Bowman bowled his three on the reel but was on the end of some aggressive Manland hitting going for 0-36 off his three. Tim Hale bowled swiftly and though looking dangerous, was unlucky to go wicketless, conceding only 15 off his three. Rob Cole (1 for 27) and Ben Newton (2 for 11) then combined in the middle overs to peg Manland back before Martin Goodwin (1 for 23) and Nic Hale (1 for 24) bowled well but were unable to quite finish Manland off.

It was left to skipper Waters to bowl the final over, needing to restrist Manland to less than 7 for victory. The Manland batsmen managed to scramble their way to 7 off the over meaning both teams moved on from their first game of the season with their unbeaten mantle still intact!

Both teams retired to The Engineer to enjoy some Ham, Egg and Chips and ruminate over who was luckier not to lose.

Match Reporter: Ben Newton

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Match Report: 8th May, 6:00PM, Stags, Verulamium Park

Result: Lost by 8 wickets

As usual Crabtree were fully represented at the ground before any opposition arrived. Then we found out we went to the WRONG ground. A quick rush to Sandridge. Received wisdom now says be shouldn't have bothered. A pretty abysmal battling performance resulted in a total score of 81. Only Rob Cole 37 and Chris Horn 9 (at the end) salvaged any dignity.  Stags bided their time, striking the winning runs in the 13th over in the gathering gloom. Notes for the the future 1)Stags play at Sandridge 2) Nets might be useful for some.

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 15th May, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Rothampstead Park

Result: Won by 3 wickets

A good score of 145 was easily chased down by Crabtree. Bailey (26), Newton (33) and Hale (30) were all not out and ready to enter the fray again if needed

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 19th May, 2:00PM, Harpenden 3rds, St Georges School

Result: Crabtree win by 5 wickets

 For the first time in recent years crabtree had 12 men to pick from, however due to the ageing team and the groans about injuries Cole decided to pick all 12 with rolling subs, doing two jobs at once as never been Cole's strong point and so it proved again when trying to finish the bowlers over and forgetting to bring a fielder back on with 5 overs to go (apologies once again to Paul).

After winning the toss and worrying that the game would be over quite quickly Malcolm decided to put the 3's into bat, little did he know we had an outstanding bowling attack led by Ben (7,1,23,1) and Nick (8,3,7,2). Ben taking the important wicket of Deano for a duck (last year he scored a 100 against us) and Nick going for just 7 runs off his 8 overs. These two were well surported by Martin ( in the book it as 8,0.41,0 but I know Jim gave you two of his worst overs) Jim (2,0,4,2) Phil (3,1,15,0) and Ben N (3,0,12,1). Oh yes I almost forgot, best bowling figures to Neil (8,3,17,4) who was very unfortunate not to equal Cole's fiver in the same fixture last year ( thanks Steve). With good bowling and tight fielding including a great catch from Al, and good wicket keeping from Steve we managed to bowl them out in the 39th over for 126.

Crabtree after eating an hearty tea could not afford to be complacent, but with the instruction's to hang around and not to go slogging the temptation was to much for Rich, LBW for 5 this was soon followed by a ball deseiving Paul for 1. The 3's sensing a collapse threw everything into thier fielding when Al and Ben came into bat, particually young John Lacey an outstanding all rounder for his age and certainly denying Ben his 50. Al (18) was caught when the score was on 80 followed closely by Ben (45), this left Crabtree requiring a nervy 47 for the win but with Nick (7) batting sensibly, Rob hitting a few boudries (34 not out) and Neil (0) defending some fast attacking overs, Crabtree got to the 127 target in the 33rd over.

A most enjoyable game of cricket followed by a few beers on the Common. Well done everyone.

Match Reporter: Rob Cole

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Match Report: 22nd May, 6:00PM, Final CC, Rothampstead Park

Result: Opposition No Show

 

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Match Report: 29th May, 6:00PM, St John Fisher, Rothampstead Park

Result: Due to rain

 

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Match Report: 2nd June, 2:00PM, Red Bat, TBC

Result: Won by 16 runs

What for a long time it looked like an easy win turned into an excellent game of cricket with real excitement at the end. Batting first both Arnerich and Jenkins failed to cope with fast swing bowling from Billy Hewlett. However, resolute batting from Threlfall (65) and excellent hitting from Bailey Senior (96) with a stand of 111 put us in the position to obtain a very respectable score of 232. Other highlights of the innings included Billy H coming back and getting a five for, Richard B avoiding the jug, Bailey Junior reverse sweeping the last ball and a rather noisy 'keeper.  In reply Red Bat lost wickets at regular intervals and were always behind the run rate until young Hewlett and friend took fancy to the bowling and Phil W in particular. At the death fine catching under pressure from Cole saw us home. It could be argued (not by me) that having alread y already dropped 6 catches (or 8?) we put ourselves under pressure. Other notable events of Red Bat's reply were young Bailey's jug avoidance for his dad by dropping his third catch (please note older players he had held two already - good effort Nick), Blanchard getting a four for with variable off-spin and Martin with an interesting five and one hobble balls.  Thanks to Aiden and Giles for some excellent bowling.

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 6th June, 6:00PM, Killigrew, Greenwood Park

Result: Lost by 39 runs

10 was the number of players I contacted who were not available, two was the number who dropped out after being selected, one was one who failed to turn up. Nine was the number of players we had, 12 was the age of the youngest one. Seven was the number of bowlers I managed to use, 117 was the scored reached by Killigrew. 14 was the singles the captain hit. 39 was the losing margin. Who says cricket isn't a numbers game.

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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Match Report: 12th June, 6:00PM, Park Street Dads, Rothampstead Park

Result: Due to rain

 

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Match Report: 16th June, 2:00PM, Carpenters Arms, Rothamsted Experimental Station Sports Ground

Result: Won by 78 runs

 

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Match Report: 19th June, 6:00PM, Garden Fields, Verulamium Park

Result: Lost by 41 runs

 

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Match Report: 26th June, 6:00PM, Harpenden Midweek XI, Harpenden Common

Result: Lost by 117 runs

 

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Match Report: 27th June, 6:00PM, Verulam, Rothampstead Park

Result: Lost by 6 wickets

 

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Match Report: 4th July, 6:00PM, SFDWP, Verulamium Park

Result: Won by 7 wickets

 

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Match Report: 7th July, 2:00PM, The Holly Bush, Rothamsted Park Upper

Result: Lost by 78 runs

 

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Match Report: 10th July, 6:00PM, Stags, Rothampstead Park

Result: Cancelled

 

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Match Report: 18th July, 6:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Highest Crabtree Innings

Result: Lost by 9 wickets

 Another high scoring game against Manland on a sunny breezy evening at Rothamsted but this time we lost.

Bailey (27) started the Crabtree run feast. Arnevitch and Reid went cheaply, then came the super-blaster,Newton(29n.o)  - only two sixes this time! Threlfall (28n.o) and Hale (30n.o) continued the strong batting with Hale providing the shot of the day -a reverse sweep. Parkinson (17n.o) and Boyd (25n.o) with Jenkins (8n.o) completed the innings at 191 for 3,our highest score ever off 20 overs.

Crabtree made a good start with Threfall 0-9, Bailey1-6 and initially Jenkins keeping the runs down but then Manland upped several gears and started smashing our bowlers all round the ground. Our fielding matched our bowling except for one catch on the boundary by Reid.Sears fended gallantly behind the stumps but it was not to be our day. Manland reached the target with 4 overs to go.

What an incredible evening - 383 runs off 36 overs.

Match Reporter: Graham Reid

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Match Report: 23rd July, 6:00PM, Crabtree, Rothampstead Park

Result: Cancelled

 

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Match Report: 31st July, 6:00PM, Final CC, Rothampstead Park

Result: Cancelled

 

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Match Report: 1st September, 1:00PM, Manland, Rothampstead Park

Crabtree Win the Cinders!

Result: Win by 5 wickets

A simple statistic of a 5 wicket win does not reflect a highly enjoyable match. Cole loses the toss, Manland decide to bat. A very impressive 152 run 3rd wicket stand by Wigan! and Wedd resulted in Manland setting an almost unreachable target of 271. At one stage it looked like they might have set an even higher target however another long hop by Cole looked set for six until Martin Goodwin stepped in with his big goalkeeping mits. Goodwin also took 4 wickets with his unreadable bowling. Cole still refused to keep out of the limelight with a dive (or was it a trip) that threatened to set a new record for an earthquake in Harpenden. Crabtree's reply was steady but NOT SLOW. Rawlinson took a leaf out of the Arnerich school of batting or was it the other way round. However once Ben Newton, 104 no, and Gareth Lloyd, 54, (the new guy still studying at the Hale school of fielding) first steadied the nerves and later with superb hitting allowed Crabtree to get reach the total with 4 overs to spare. The stand was not recorded but I would estimate it to be at least 175 runs. Manland conceded the Cinders and presented Cole with the highly valuable trophy at the Amble Inn.

Match Reporter: Ian Blanchard

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