Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club


Clacton v Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club 2nd XI on Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 12.30pm
Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club Won by 59 runs

Match report The ‘Two-saders’ began the new campaign with a trip to the seaside and a tough looking fixture against Clacton who narrowly missed out on promotion last year and have been a thorn in the side as the two teams have progressed up the leagues in recent years. After an emotional winter Ironfist clung on to his job by the skin of his teeth. Ironfist had secured one Galactico signing over the winter in the shapely form of the returning Tim Percival along with Jason Pembroke who crossed the border from Mistley. No doubt spin twins East and Jenkin will be pleased by the addition of this eye candy to reduce some of the female attention they usually receive. With Percival unavailable and a mystery injury to Sharpe (just because you can’t see mental injures doesn’t mean they aren’t there) the only other absentee from last season was Adam Hopkins who had decided that the unwanted attention from Ironfist was too much and sadly decided to rejoin Felixstowe. I know he has joined the support group with Brad and Clive (among others) and we wish him all the best.

A strong looking side including Harry Bailey and Ferg from the first team squad met at the Oval for the long drive to Clacton and soon excited chatter about ‘Clacton Bingo’ began. Who would be the first to find a syringe on the outfield, or spot someone cycling across the outfield? Would anyone dive across broker glass or find a hot shower or a loo seat? Ultimately there were no winners as the elusive loo seat was nowhere to be found. Indeed but for a rescue from Reuben Nose may well have fallen into trap 1.

The warm up saw an early ‘Giroud’ style goal of the season contender from Nose and some silky footwork from Kaarl to get the old ‘uns a deserved victory and ensure the young’uns get the rope out next week. No wonder Archie is unavailable. Unbelievably Ironfist won the toss and elected to bat on a hard, dry looking track with some grass on it with talk in the huddle about positive energy and ensuring that we put pressure on the opposition. Gravell was the beneficiary of a Sharpe like spill at backward point in the first over but soon was moving through the gears with Ferg. A succession of sumptuous cover drives from Ferg and whips through mid-wicket from Gravell advanced the score to 42 before Gravell edged behind. Kaarl then joined Ferg and began running Clacton ragged. Kaarl ‘Drogo’ Storey galloping between the wickets as if he was on a Dothraki thoroughbred and Ferg continuing to accumulate through a mixture of clever manipulation of the strike and well-timed cover drives. Having put together a rapid century stand Kaarl eventually fell to experienced off spin in the shape of Sheikh to leave Thomas and Ferg to push the foot down. After two glorious straight sixes Ferg fell to Sheikh too and Nose joined Thomas with Flopdock still well placed with over 10 overs to go. The wheel began to fall off as first Nose proved he hadn’t spent the winter bulking up and failed to clear the longest boundary with a wild mow (surely putting him in the frame for the S.C. Strawberry award) and after a bright 32 Thomas also fell when looking to push on harder. He was soon joined in the hutch by Hollis, Jenkin, new boy Pembroke and after a ridiculous run out Ironfist himself. In the final over Easts run a ball innings was ended as he selflessly tried to keep Bailey on strike, the one rock in the capitulation.

Talk over a good spread as tea was that 214 was a decent total but perhaps 20 or 30 short of what was possible after the great platform the top 4 had set up. A lesson to be learnt for next week.

The action began in the field with East and debutant Pembroke finding a decent line and areas to restrict the scoring. Ably backed up in the field by some terrific stops. Ferg, Gravell and Bailey in particular really lifting the effort and maintaining the pressure. One lithe stop from Gravell at backward point will live long in the memory. Kaarl was so inspired soon even he was throwing himself to the ground, which reminded some of the Dothraki battle scenes in Game Of Thrones where dying warriors were slain. Nose soon dismissed opener Fitzpatrick and Pembroke was kept waiting for a debut wicket after the only fielding blemish of the day after inducing Clacton overseas star Erfurth to edge into the slip cordon. As Thomas waved his cymbals but made no effort to catch the ball it was left to East the Younger to welcome Jason to Flopdock by patting a regulation nick to the floor. Clearly hoping that this would prompt a bowling change. The bowling changes did come and soon East and Jenkin were in the wickets, assisted by some more sound catching and a decent stumping and Clacton were now truly up against it. In recent times this might have been met by the foot coming off the pedal but if anything the fielding improved further, brilliant catches in the outfield by Wonderboy Reg Hollis and a sublime diving one hander from Kaarl the stand outs. There was still time for Harry to help out Jason and provide a deserved debut wicket before Jenko did his usual tail destroying and Clacton were bowled out for 155 in the penultimate over.

A brilliant fielding performance, a great first 30 to 35 overs with the bat, a lot to be pleased with for a first outing of the season and much reason to look forward to the rest of the season.

Sachin Sombrero – Ferg, a brilliant start to the season
S.C. Strawberry – East the Younger, mistakes have been made.

John East

Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3w 6b 3lb 
for 10 wickets

(44.3 overs)
Archie Gravell ct J Lee b L Kirk 28 2
Fergus Atkins ct L Kirk b I Sheikh 82
Karl Storey b I Sheikh 35 1
Hugh Thomas ct H Erfurth b L Kirk 32 1
James East ct B Pitts b I Sheikh 2 1
Harry Bailey Not Out  15 1
Paul Hollis lbw I Sheikh 1 1
Tom Jenkin ct R Chamberlain b L Kirk 2
Jason Pembroke lbw I Sheikh 3
Graham Underwood Run out  1
John East Run out  1 1

Clacton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
L Kirk14.3246315.333.17
B Pitts10.014700.004.70
J Eastman3.002500.008.33
R Chamberlain5.002800.005.60
I Sheikh12.0159511.804.92

Clacton Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
4w 5b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
155 (44.0 overs)
H Erfurth ct A Gravell b T Jenkin 48
D Fitzpatrick lbw JP East 4
R Chamberlain st H Thomas b JR East 4
I Sheikh b JR East 33
L Kirk ct JR East b T Jenkin 0
M Asghar ct A Gravell b JR East 4
M O'Brien ct H Bailey b J Pembroke 15
B Pitts ct P Hollis b JR East 13
J Lee ct JP East b T Jenkin 12
J Eastman ct K Storey b T Jenkin 10
S Foley Not Out  0

Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James East12.0431131.002.58
Jason Pembroke12.0143143.003.58
John East11.023047.502.73
Tom Jenkin9.0044411.004.89

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