CRACK OPEN THE CHAMPAGNE –THE VALLEY HAVE HAD THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON (but only just!!!!)
After inserting the opposition The Valley got off to the best possible start by getting a crucial wicket in the first over, but with consistent batting against a well balanced Valley attack saw Team Boon (a team with an iconic history in Christchurch Club Cricket) score a respectable 188 , their captain Scott Bermingham scoring an attractive 50 and Sam Rendall a hard hitting 46. Kade Atkinson 3/18 and captain Dayle Eathorne 2/22 were the most successful of the Valleys attack.
Aided by a solid opening partnership between Hugo Davison ( a late, late replacement) and Tim Yardley, the home team looked on track for a comfortable victory , but with 3 run-outs the game quickly balanced up and went down to the wire, with the Valley winning with 2 balls to spare. The backbone of the innings came from a debutant Mike McArdle, who batted with much composure in scoring 60.
A terrific days cricket , played in a most enjoyable and competitive spirit. Team Boon proved to be an excellent addition to the Valleys fixture list.
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Team Booth in opening stance at Valley of Peace cricket ground
The VoP came within a whisker of beating Millbrook in Arrowtown. We lost the toss, batted first and posted, what was thought, a 30-run under par 170 with Ben Rogers, Michael Kirkland and Greg Jones all retiring at 30 as per golden oldies rules. The VoP bowled straight, took catches and stumpings and left Millbrook needing 30 from their last partnership. We grounded a couple of tough chances but the hosts got there in the end. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day including a great BBQ lunch, cold Speights, plenty of laughs and a game against a great bunch of blokes.
Gathering at the pavilion, Arrowtown
The pavilion, Arrowtown
The toss was lost by the Valley and London NZ put us into bat on a slow low wicket. We were plessed with our position at 35 overs being in the 80s for the loss of only two wickets. Tom Music and Ryan Cutts worked well together at the top of the order to get us to that position. Unfortunately we failed to press home the position, finishing on 135 for 9. Most agreed 150 would have been a good total.
The London NZ innings seemed to mirror our own with a couple of early wickets followed by consolidation from their skipper, James Dobson and Glyn Howell. With our bowlers coming back into it towards the end we had an exciting finish with London NZ creeping over the line in the end with a wicket to spare.
The annual fixture between the Valley of Peace and the Hawkeswood Magpies was hosted this year at the Valley. Conditions were overcast and humid so Hawkeswood’s decision to bat first on what at first appearances was a road of a pitch could have been their demise. Some superb swing bowling from Chris House and Kade Atkinson had them reeling at 3-3 as batsmen struggled with the movement both in the air and off the pitch. The metaphorical road could have been lifted straight from the back streets of Delhi as the ball seemed to stall off the pitch and was giving plenty of turn.
The Hawkeswood middle order dug in and was starting to wrest back some control when a slower ball left Pete Raynor fighting the invisible swordsman and saw Captain Eddy Norgate take the field. Despite some close LBW shouts early on, Ed survived and began to martial the troops. Hawkeswood had 80-5 at drinks and were under the pump thanks to some excellent bowling and fielding from the Valley team. Justin Haley had the ball on a string and got some prodigious turn and some able support from the other end with Hugo Davison and Tim Yardley bowling tightly to restrict the batsmens’ scoring options.
After drinks Chris House returned and had an immediate impact as Hawkeswood faltered further. It then became a bit of a juggling act as to who would bowl when as the Valley were 1 bowler light. This did however give Ben Sturman an opportunity to further his claims as a genuine allrounder. His ability and guile in using a range of different length deliveries gave the Valley fielding team several tough chances to mop up. At one stage Ben had seen 4 possible catches go down. Perseverance won the day and he snatched the wicket of Stu Dixon, who had patiently watched several of Ben’s signature DOU-BOU deliveries slide past before lashing out at a fuller ball. Hawkeswood was eventually back in the hutch for a total of 118.
Valley had bowled extremely well to restrict the scoring, ably supported by excellent fielding and panther like reflexes behind the stumps from Jim Smith and Dean Robinson.
Valley’s innings opened with Doc Jarman and Tom ‘Maverick’ Sturman. Doc showed superb control and defence early on to keep Hawkeswood’s strike bowlers quiet where as Tom indicated his intentions early. It was not to be his day however, as he fell to the two paced nature of the pitch trying to clear mid on. The Valley’s innings began to replicate Hawkeswood’s as batsmen fell trying to get on the front foot. Things were looking grim as the Valley lost 3 early wickets before the Auckland connection of Will ‘The Rock’ Tipping and Dean Robinson took command. They guided the team through to drinks at 51-3. Dean had given a couple of chances but had fought on stoically finding the boundary with ease. However, the drinks break gave him the opportunity to switch his bat, which he failed to use straight after to a full toss on his legs whereupon the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger. Wickets fell as the Valley inched closer to the the target and the game looked in hand with Will Tipping still batting solidly, supported by Justin Haley.
The game had one more turn with Valley needing 9 runs for victory. Will’s stand was finally defeated by a ball that stayed low on him striking him in line. He had made a marvellous 56 showing concentration and control over 40 overs. Enter the Captain and last batsman. The sensible option on a pitch of this nature would have been to take the game with easy singles, but Ed Norgate’s inspiring piece of captaincy in bringing on Stu ‘Golden Arm’ Dixon to bowl the last few overs was too much of a temptation for Captain Wow. Patiently waiting for Stu to overpitch Hugo Davison went for the full ball only to fall for the same thing as so many had that day. Instead of lamping the ball over the back fence into the llama paddock, it tamely fell into the grateful hands of mid off. Valley lost by 5 runs.
It is hard not to use the usual drab cliché in describing this match but cricket was the winner on the day. The match had swung back and forth in favour of the two teams several times in the course of the day and everyone got some action. The game was played with fantastic spirit.
(defeated yet slightly wiser Captain)
Yandina has generously hosted the Valley touring team for five years so it was great to be able to reciprocate and welcome the Yandina Cricket Club of the Sunshine Coast, to the Valley.
Ken McKnight lost the toss and was asked to bat first on a wicket which had been covered since the previous Wednesday. Thank goodness for the covers as we had had welcome rain again over night. Unfortunately light rain continued to fall throughout the morning, but this did not dampen the desire of both teams to complete the game.
Yandina lost early wickets as a result of some good bowling by Dion Blair and Oliver Forde, but a strong innings of 55 ret from Kevie Kretschner, supported by Scotty Cameron, Pete Walker and Ken McKnight saw them through to a very respectable 201. The Valley in reply were in early trouble but valuable partnerships between Hayden Ryan, Bert Walker, Lance Ryan and Chris House levelled the playing field and 12 runs were required off the last over with 4 wickets in hand. In a dramatic final over Kevie Kretschner took not only a hat trick, but 4 wickets in 4 balls to win the game by 11 runs.
The game was also memorable for being the first time that a woman has played on the Valley ground, that honour falling to Jenni Walker, who has now played against the Valley team on five occasions.
A most enjoyable game played in great spirit. Thank you to all involved.
The Valley sent a touring team to South-east Queensland again in May this year to take on the local Australian sides. Results are as follows…
17th May 2015 – vs Logan Village Vets, at Logan Village. LVV – 247/7, Andrew Davidson 2 for 59; VoP – 239/10, Terry O’Loughlin 66.
19th May 2015 – vs Trundlers Charity Cricket, at Caloundra. TCC – 187/6, Lance Ryan 2 for 29; VoP – 186/6, Terry O’Loughlin 30, Geoff Olsen 30.
21st May 2015 – vs Honest Trundlers, at Caloundra. VoP – 192, Geoff Olsen 41*; HT – 193/3, Lance Ryan 2 for 21.
23rd May 2015 – vs Yandina Cricket Club, at Yandina. VoP – 170/4, Terry O’Loughlin 34*; Yandina – 172/5, Lance Ryan 3 for 32.
CBHS fielded a strong side with Matt Parr Matt McClintock and David Wakefield having their first games at the Valley. Unfortunately College was hit by the unavailability of some key players due to the early grape harvest .
CBHS won the toss and Matt Parr and Dayle Eathorne were a handful with Matt 3 for 5 and Dayle 1 for 13 off their respective 4 over spells. With College reeling from this onslaught it was left to Andrew Gould to try to save the innings. Andrew hit out strongly with a bold 72 carrying CC to 147 of 35 overs.
Early wickets for College were encouraging with Joseph Till 2 for 16 and Hugo Davison 3 for 13 more than a handful. CBHS were fortunate however to have their innings anchored by Matt McClintock 65 and reached their target in the 37th over with 4 wickets in hand .
A great game with the Presidents team batting first. Some excellent bowling off their respective 8 overs saw David Lau at 4 for 20, Tim Yardley 2 for 20 and Kade Atkinson 1 for 8. Notwithstanding this bowling onslaught DS Banks dug in and contributed 34 valuable runs supporting a quality innings of 77 by Tom Music. The Captains XI were left to chase 157 which looked well within their capabilities. Kade Atkinson lead the run chase with a useful 47 but the batsmen were well contained by a superb 8 over spell by Tony Gray returning 7 for 2. With some 6 overs to go victory looked well within sight for the Captains XI with only a dozen runs needed. Enter John Kerrison for a short spell capturing 2 wickets quickly for a handful of runs. Unfortunately with only 2 runs to get the final wicket fell, much to the delight of the Presidents XI.
After putting us in on a good pitch the London NZ X1 bowled very well early on and had us reeling at 38/6 after 15 overs when Tommy Music, who had provided the only real resistance up to that point, was out for a good 22.
Then we were 77/8 at drinks after 25 overs. So at that stage an early lunch and finish was well on the cards, but Ben Larter (70) and Joey Edgerton-Till (35*) then put on 62 for the 9th wicket, and Joey and the Valley no 11 put on a further 28* for the last wicket, to help us bat out our 50 overs and reach a competitive and very welcome total of 167/9.
Best of their bowlers were Reido, who took the first 3 wickets and ended up with 3-15 off 8 overs, and Mark MacGoldrick, who had 2-0 off his first 3 overs during the early carnage and finished with 3-14 off 8 overs. While Tony Gray certainly wasn’t flattered by his final figures of 1-20.
In reply Joey (2-29) and David Lau (3-14) bowled very well to knock the strong top off their line-up and at 3-15 it was their turn to struggle. Three of their batsmen got into the 20’s but each time they threatened we managed to get a wicket, with Nick Thomas (2-20) and Hamish Anderson (2-16) both backing up the openers very well, with 2 clean bowleds each. So the London NZ X1 eventually finished with 126 (their captain Graham being left high and dry on 22*), giving us a win by 41 runs – which looked totally unlikely at the half way stage of our innings!
And it was an excellent day with lovely hot weather, great catering and hospitality from Barry Frost and Richard Edgerton-Till, while all 22 players got a bat and 15 had a bowl.
Captain for the Day
On an extremely hot day and with a grassy wicket in prospect, the Valley of Peace elected to field after winning the toss. Joe Edgerton Till bowled well in his 4 opening overs to regularly beat the bat with pace and movement. Geoff Olsen also bowled tightly but neither of them gained any early reward. The Police eleven paced their innings well and gutsed out the opening stanza in a determined manner.
With the temperature rising and a much needed drink, the Valley was well placed having restricted the Police to 80 off 25 and 4 wickets in the bag.
After drinks however, things changed dramatically in favour of our opponents. Several key partnerships and a strong innings by Richard Ryan (55) lifted the score to 229 after 50. Some big hitting was hard to kerb and most of the bowlers were taken to at times. Andrew Levenger bowled well in the closing stages with 8 on the trott as did Russell Drake who was on a hat trick at one stage. Rupert Davison (a new comer) also bowled 8 on the go during the heat with a couple of wickets.
After lunch and the pitch baked to perfection, the Valley commenced the chase. With Paddy Sullivan bowling at near 130 clicks and ably backed up, the Valley struggled to gain any ascendancy. Regular wickets fell with another new comer Rupert Bool opening but sadly running himself out in the twenties. The middle and lower order showed some resistance with Rupert Davison smashing 26 in defiant manner. However the ask was too big and the Valley were dismissed for just 110. A heavy defeat to a very strong Police side.
A positive was the ground fielding (from both sides) with particularly the agility of the oldies like Bert Walker doing their very best. We’ll have to wait for next year though and a strong side will need to be fielded as the Police side is very keen on this fixture!
Valley Captain of the day