Carsons and Mangotsfield in epic run chase
CARSONS and Mangotsfield cricket club is celebrating after scoring 300 runs in a winning chase – the first time in recent memory that the club had chased down such a tall score.
The match against Bristol Aces, in the North Somerset Cricket League at their Pomphrey Hill home ground, was played on August 9.
Losing the toss meant facing 40 overs of toil, fielding in the hot sun.
A needless run-out meant a reasonable beginning but our shoulders started to droop as an Aces batsman passed his 50, then his hundred, raining sixes and fours.
The weather was very hot, the bowling was getting pulverized and the opposition was constantly in your face with their chatter. They scored 296.
Our chase started with a master stroke. Stand-in skipper Jack O'Hara asked Nathan Taylor, our only southpaw, to open with James Cathro.
While James started in a flurry, his presence was short-lived, getting stumped for 19.
On the other end Nathan was unconventional. Their bowlers did not expect an opening batsman to
keep swishing and missing at good balls but anything straight and on a length kept disappearing. The opposition also had to deal with the left-right combination. The sun was scorching and fielders were having to change positions for every single, which really rattled them.
By the time Nathan was caught in the deep we were around 110 in 11 overs. Nathan had 41 with 9 fours in a partnership of 70+.
We started at such a breakneck speed that it took the opposition by surprise and gave us belief.
When 15-year-old Tom King slowly walked towards the pitch, I could see an energy revival within the opposition, who thought they must be back in the game.
Tom started cautiously, defending his first two balls, with the keeper asking everyone to come in from the boundary to stop the singles, before Tom dispatched the third, short ball it with disdain
to the midwicket boundary. This was followed by a back-foot punch to the cover boundary and I could feel the uneasiness in the opposition returning. After an association of 140+
runs scored at around 7 an over, I was caught in the deep. Tom went in the next over for 63 but there were now only 57 runs to get in 9 overs, with 6 wickets left.
However disaster was about to strike and 4 wickets for 2 runs saw the Aces suddenly regain their voice.
Some of us in the pavilion started getting jittery and thought that we'd botched it. Fortunately, these were not the thoughts going through young Cameron Lippiatt's mind as he joined
Sam Brayley at the crease. They scored 50 runs off 4 overs. As Sam hit the winning boundary off the second ball of the 37th over, the score moved to 300.
We were pinching ourselves in the pavilion. Did we really chase down 296, and that too with almost 4 overs to spare? Yes, we did. And the architects were the youngsters.