CLC Staff cricket derby
CLC staff, comprising players from the teaching staff, and the commercial, marketing, and grounds and gardens departments played local team Cowley CC on a damp evening on Thursday 18th May. An eagerly anticipated journey to the picturesque Cowley ground was met with some disappointment as we realised a groundsman had not been seen at Cowley CC for many a year!
CLC won the toss and elected to bat. CLC got off to a flying start with an excellent opening partnership by Dave Stokes and Luke Wildgoose. Rules of the game were such that batsmen had to retire at 25. Lots of runs followed with Dave Stokes, Luke Wildgoose and Simon Davies all reaching 25. David Runciman and Heath Gunter held the innings together at the end to take us to a total of 122.
In reply, Cowley opened up with their skipper, a very good batsmen. He did not however give enough respect to our opening bowler Dominic Hawley who decided to come off his long run. Tempting the batsmen into a big shot, Dominic had him beautifully caught by Heath Gunter at deep backward square. James Sherriff and Dominic Hawley teamed up as a formidable opening pair. Next up came the wizardry of Piers Todd and the raw pace of Heath Gunter. Restricting the run flow early on meant Cowley were always chasing their tail. David Runciman, playing his first game for CLC, ably kept wicket and then insisted he have a bowl. With his first ball for CLC he took a wicket – quite a talent. With the game drifting away from Cowley, Simon Davies and Luke Wildgoose took some cheap wickets at the death.
Special mention must also go to the fielding. Dominic Hawley and Vince Miller were both excellent in the field as was Luke Wildgoose with his spectacular caught and bowled. A great time was had by all.
Simon Davies, CLC Captain