Ripley CC - Sunday 23rd July 2006
LNZCC rolled back the years by providing half the side that could have turned out in the early nineties. Added to this contingency was a participant whom last played in ’74 and a spectator whom played the same fixture back in ’54 a current Black Caps player a gaggle of wives and a posse of small children.
The 90’s tradition also seemed to spill over to attitude as well, as the captain was caught in Putney when the toss was being negotiated. John McMullan, having graduated from the Merc which has been passed through LNZ for over a decade, from Finlay to JTS thru McMullan to scrapheap, finally brought us into Ripley with his electric car and dodgy sat nav system.
Lester had stepped up for the toss, called correctly and elected to field. School boy error. Thus bringing to an end a fine tradition of batting through lunch, until tea and setting 360 in 32 overs. This was to be the last of his decision making for the day. With the mutiny over and mutterings of ‘never on my watch’ I was back in charge.
The South island strike duo opened up. Lester in his first turn out for what is his last season in London hurled down 8 overs for a miserly 10 runs and claimed a couple of top order batsmen. One of which found an edge and had the keeper Fish flying at full stretch to take a remarkable catch.
Ripley were 3-15 all caught behind.
First change Penman came off a run up that could be best described as, from a tangent, reminiscent to that of Merv Hughes. The Merv likeliness clearly affected him as he was soon to bellow out a rebel yell of ‘Walk youngster’ whilst pointing to the pavilion. To which youngster didn’t walk. The next ball went for overthrows to TP’s bemusement and further petulance. It was with great pleasure I was able to pull the ball from the great man and tell him to chill at fine leg for a spell.
Alan Lawton over from NZ, having played regularly in the 70’s, 2 of which games were against the touring New Zealand sides, a tradition which has sadly been lost, took up spin duties with the club servant yet season debutant, Barkle from the other.
Both kept Ripley in the game.
McMullan, Morgan and Walsh provided keen spells, with the later claiming two wickets in an innings for the first time this millennium in cleaning up the tail.
Ripley had got to 182 off of 43 overs with wides chipping in with a handsome 22.
Enter LNZ for a run chase.
Ben Dormer and Perky took to the crease and were quick to cut a swath through Ripley’s bowling attach. Cheered on by his mate Andre ‘Sooty’ Adams and his son Dante (I ask you, when has a New Zealand cricketer’s child ever been named after a 13th century poet?) the lads mixed aggression with more aggression in a fine display of block/bash, with further bash.
Long forgotten are the days Perky played across the line. These days Perky bats like the position he is in. Covers drives have replaced cow corner blows.
It’s not often that Perky be outscored in partnerships during the 6 odd years here’s been here. However, in Ben Dormer there’s few who can hold a light to the agriculture of this lad. Ben’s 50 came up in 38 balls. His ton a little more circumspect at a run a ball.
Some uncharitable punter within the ranks then felt the great Cantabrian would play for red ink. With that Ben charged and skied endeavouring to bring up his 7th six and holed out.
LNZ powered to victory with 20 overs and 8 batsmen to spare.
Needless to say, Ben was named man of the match and GBK player of the day. However Fish’s catch ran him close. It was, that good.
Finally, A massive thanks for Alan Joel who turned out to witness the slaughter. Alan played for LNZ in the 50’s and was amongst the founders of this club. It was during this fixture a number of years ago that Alan was hitting to all corners of the ground to amass 84 runs. It was then he realised he hadn’t been wearing a box for the duration. He left the field. Applied the apparatus. And was out the next ball.
It was with great kindness that Alan covered the cost of our teas and ensuing BBQ. Ripley were as ever the generous hosts, with fine camaraderie between both sides in this our longest running fixture.
Scoreboard Ripley 182 All Out (42.4 Overs) LNZCC 187-2 (30 Overs) LNZCC win by 8 wickets
Runs Catches Stumpings 4s 6s Stats
Ben Dormer 104
1 11 6 50 44min, 38 balls
and 100 88min, 88 balls
Tony Penman DNB
Gerard Walsh DNB
Richard Fish DNB 2
Dave Morgan DNB
Allan Layton DNB
John McMullan DNB 1
Steve Lester DNB
O M R W
Vance Thompson 3 1 6