Canewdon CC 105ao - D Deadman 5/16, S Jackson 2/1
Mount CC 107/3 - S Johnson 52no
Mount win by 7 wickets
On a cold and windy late September afternoon, this extraordinary season drew to a close with a rearranged home fixture against Canewdon. The game was postponed from early season due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and would now mark not only the final match of 2020, but also the Skipper’s final match in charge.
Before proceedings got under way, and to mark this emotional and sombre occasion, the President presented the Club Captain with a special gift – a hat in the shape of a sheep, with a bat handle attached as a memento of simpler, happier times! Aah Bridgetown! I never scored a run there.
Anyway, to the cricket. Canewdon, who had been on the receiving end of Mount’s biggest ever win earlier in the season, lost the toss, and were asked to bat. In the earlier fixture, Canewdon’s batsmen had imploded, scoring just 38 in pursuit of an always unreachable target of 294. Today however was different. They started well. Very well. Duffin and Foley opened the bowling, as they had done so many times before, and whilst tidy, they rarely troubled the openers who accumulated 40 without loss from 10 overs. Dan Deadman and Justin Montellier were the first change pairing and for once, this didn’t seem to do the trick – well not to start with at least. The visitors reached 63 without loss before “Deadly” Dan started to work his magic. 63/0 quickly became 70/3 as Dan took 3 wickets for 0 runs from 9 balls which included a double-wicket maiden and an incredibly sharp catch by Jamie Lambert at mid-off that many of us would have been happy to get out of the way of at the best of times, let alone on as finger-chilling a day as this. We had to then wait another 4 deliveries for Dan’s 4th wicket. Obviously inspired by Lambert’s catch, Deadly took a blistering caught and bowled on a day when everything seemed to stick – at this stage anyway! With wickets tumbling, “Monty” came to the party, bowling their no. 8 in his penultimate over. Deadman than took all the polish off his day by securing his 5fer by bowling a small child, first ball. As the child returned sobbing to the pavilion, we congratulated Dan on another excellent performance with the ball, whilst marvelling at his cruelty. There was no option but to remove him from the attack and send him into the deep to think about what he had done.
Lambert replaced Deadman, and on a day when some incredible catches were held, he quickly fashioned a chance which resulted in an easy, gentle looping catch to Monty at cover – a formality. Apparently not! Monty somehow managed to spill the chance and soon began to explain at great length why it was a much more difficult chance than it looked. The President replaced Monty at the Pavilion end, and once again proved that he is woefully underbowled. A maiden followed by 2 wickets in his second over gave him figures of 2/1 and left Canewdon 9 down with 105 on the board. This soon became 105 all out as Lambert, wisely deciding that he was going to have to do his own catching, took another excellent c&b to close the visitors’ innings.
A routine chase was made even more so by a chanceless and unbeaten 50 from Steve Johnson, who then politely retired. His opening partner, Montellier, had promised us Calypso cricket and instead delivered Calippo cricket. Seeming to bat with an ice lolly rather than any willow in his hand as time after time, he marched down the wicket to play another defensive shot, failing to get the ball off the square once. He was eventually bowled without scoring – perhaps still haunted by that dropped catch. Andy Abel and David Mackay kept things ticking along before Paul Offord and Toby Duffin saw us home by 7 wickets.
A comfortable win and a very pleasing way to close the 2020 season and my stint as Captain. It has been an honour and a privilege to Captain Mount Cricket Club, and I am incredibly grateful to every single player who turned out during my 3 seasons at the helm.
I am very excited about handing on the baton to the new skipper who I know will do a great job and I look forward to announcing my successor at the AGM.