Eclipse Printing CC


Eclipse Printing CC 1st XI v Highway Hurricanes on Wed 01 Jun 2011 at 6 pm
Eclipse Printing CC Won by 36 runs

Match report Written by the Hurricanes!

The Canes arrived at St Fagans knowing that they faced a tough challenge against Willows League outfit Eclipse Print. Dave's mate Craig (better known as Mouth) had come to spectate but fortunately, as we had a full eleven, it wasn't necessary to press him into service on the field.

Now of course a lot of very talented cricketers have turned out for the Canes over the years - but Mouth certainly isn't one of them. In fact he's undoubtedly the worst cricketer I've ever seen, and may also be the worst cricketer anywhere in the world - ever! He's absolutely hopeless .... quite dreadful .... shockingly bad .... not a scoobie doo to be honest.

I actually got quite excited the first time that Dave brought him along and, in introducing him, casually mentioned that he'd spent some time on Glamorgan's books when he was younger? Now I'd never go so far as to accuse Mr Stagg of being a shameless, out and out bare-faced liar - but I must confess that there have been times since then when I've found myself wondering whether he was being entirely truthful on that particular occasion?

I'm not sure whether it was Griff or Dave who was captain, or who won the toss, but anyway Eclipse eneded up batting first and the scoreboard was soon rattling along at a rapid rate despite the damp slow pitch until Lewis, and then Normy, took good catches off their own bowling to make the breakthrough. Unfortunately this just brought in more quick scorers and the Canes' prospects were looking grim until Super Sully gave a hint of what was to come with 2 wickets - plus a large number of wides.

Several catches were put down - though they were all either pretty difficult or of the 'thank god I'm not under that' variety. Mr Evans came in for some especially severe treatment from one of the Williams boys - though in fairness there wasn't much wrong with the bowling. When someone's hitting like that there's not a lot you can do about it. Normy got so fed up of having to clamber over a fence to retrieve the ball from the adjacent field that he suggested he should stay put and field there. Mr Stork was the mainstay for Eclipse with a well-crafted 52 before the innings closed on 140 for 6 off 20 overs.

The Canes were soon struggling when their turn came to bat - though Barry hit a bright and breezy 17, Clive was unlucky to be run out by a direct hit without facing a ball. If that wasn't bad enough this brought the 2 Williams into the attack - and those of us who've faced them in the winter indoor league know how quick and dangerous they are. That doesn't include Dave mind - though after being bowled first ball 'he does now'.

Now if you ever wanted the ideal pairing to see off 2 such dangerous bowlers they surely Jeremy and Sully would be it - and so it proved. Normally Griff greets the sight of a Canes defensive stroke with exasperation and loud cries of 'no tippy tap' - but on this occasion he seemed delighted with the sight of the ball thudding into Sully's dead bat, and could even be heard muttering 'shot Sull' ... 'that's the way Sull'. Oh, and who was it who was padded up and due in next? Ah yes, it was Griff wasn't it. Coincidence that - I don't think so?

Anyway with the quickies finished Jeremy finally perished for 17 bringing the skipper to the middle. Regular e-followers of the Canes' adventures will of course be well-used to seeing his performances described in glowing terms. 'A marvellously talented cricketer' .... 'a god-like figure blessed with sublime skills' .... 'the finest sportsman on the planet'. These are just a few of the phrases that have appeared alongside his name over the years - though of course that's just the reports that he's penned himself, and other writers have taken a rather more 'realistic' view shall we say. However, even his harshest critics would have to admit that there are occasions when he really does live up to his own billing.

Not this time though - out first ball to a loose shot before departing the scene with head bowed in shame. The Canes were well behind the run rate at this stage and never in with a realistic chance of victory - though Sully, having survived his Williams ordeal, started to hit out with freedom and verve to make his way to a most impressive 46 not out. The crowd was on the edge of his seat with Sully needing a boundary off the last ball to record a maiden fifty - but sadly he failed to make contact and the Canes finished well-beaten on 108 for 8.

Man of the Match - that's why they call him 'Super Sully'.

Eclipse Printing CC 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Christopher Stork b J Evans 52
Andy Court ct Bowen 13
Lee Court ct Normy 12 1
Gareth Coles ct J Stagg 9
Luke Bonelle ct Sullivan 3 1
Mike Williams ct Sullivan 4
Matt Williams Run out  28
Rob Deighton-Jones Not Out  1
Gihan Gihan   1
Dave Nash   1
Andy Campbell  

Highway Hurricanes Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
D Stagg2.001200.006.00
J Stagg2.0010110.005.00

Highway Hurricanes Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
108 (0.0 overs)
R Greenley b Matt Williams 17
D Driscoll ct Andy Campbell (Gihan) 4
J Evans b Gihan 17
C Campbell run out (Lee Court) 0
D Stagg b Mike Williams 0
Sullivan Not Out  44
Griffiths ct Gihan (Dave Nash) 0
Bowen ct Lee Court (Luke Bonelle) 2
O'Brein b Luke Bonelle 9
J Stagg Not Out  4

Eclipse Printing CC 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dave Nash2.00700.003.50
Andy Campbell2.0019119.009.50
Matt Williams2.0010110.005.00
Mike Williams2.02010.000.00
Christopher Stork2.001400.007.00
Gihan Gihan2.00522.502.50
Rob Deighton-Jones2.001100.005.50
Lee Court2.0012112.006.00
Luke Bonelle2.0016116.008.00
Gareth Coles2.001400.007.00