Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020

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Newsletter #12

25 Jul 2019



Dear Friends and Members of Portsmouth Cricket Club

This week is the return of the newsletter after missing a couple of weeks due to Annual Leave. Whilst the editor may have had sand between the toes the club has been busy playing matches, training and winning a competition or two.

The U19’s progressed through the initial round in the ECB U19 Club T20 competition, this is good news though unfortunately the opposition struggled to raise teams and out of a potential four fixtures only one was played – this was won convincingly by PCC.

In the league the 1st XI continue to push for promotion though there was a minor setback of coming second against current league leaders Hook & Newnham Basics. However PCC responded well with an impressive away win to the current fourth placed team Rowledge; and Jack and his team expect the winning ways to continue when they welcome Ventnor to St Helen’s on Saturday.

The Unicorns (2nd XI) are currently in fourth and we will not ruin your enjoyment of our very own wordsmith Jamie ‘Mitch’ Mitchell with a bumper pack of reviews.

Having endured a losing streak of incredibly close matches the threes enjoyed a visit to the old County wicket at Burnaby Road to beat United Services, hopefully there will be more of the same as they welcome Fareham and Crofton to St Johns College playing fields.

Last and most definitely not least we would like to congratulate PCC Ladies with their success in the W10 competition. Travelling to Hythe and Dibden CC the ladies competed in a number of matches and won the competition outright. We hope to be able to provide more detail soon.

(News Letter Edited by PKE)



Unicorns (2nd  XI)




As hinted in the opening paragraph this week we have a bumper edition of  'View From Silly Point' ...enjoy!


Part 1

EDGY THRILLER - Match Played 6th July 

View From Silly Point by Jamie (Mitch) Mitchell

After last week's slump at Sarisbury, Pompey 2s made a swift return to the winner's enclosure, in a tight encounter with Bournemouth 2s.

On another gloriously sunny afternoon at HQ, the visiting skipper made the wise choice to bat first after winning the flip. 

With one of Pompey's opening bowlers aged 16 and the other over 60, it would be safe to conclude that expectations were exceeded when the visitors found themselves 35 for 2 after 15 overs - debutant Joe Eales taking 2 for 19 from his 7-over opening spell, and grizzled veteran Rick Marston racing through his allotted 9 overs, conceding a miserly 29 runs. 

Spinners, Lee Hungerford (1 for 33), Ethan Randall (1 for 31), and Paul Hungerford (2 for 47), continued to chip away at the Bournemouth lineup. Only the number 4 batsman for the visitors managed to establish themselves, and without his classy 93 (dismissed in the final over by the Eales brothers - caught Billy, bowled Joe), Pompey would've been set something much less testing than the posted 204 for 8. 

Teatime once again became the domain of club alpha Collette Palmer-Goddard, who served up yet another unsurpassable spread - a feast worth waxing poetic about on any website/social media account.

The start of the home side's chase followed a steadier path than the well-trampled spectacular, as openers Nicky Wyatt and Jamie Mitchell found the visiting attack difficult to put away. Regardless of their lack of fluency (and more dicey singles than at Palmerston Rd of a Saturday night), Wyatt and Mitchell put on 58, until Pompey's Piers Morgan (Wyatt, for those who have yet to encounter him) was caught at mid on for 37.

The (briefly) returning Harry Collier, and Paul Hungerford came in and perished like extras in a Game Of Thrones battle sequence, to set the 'Win Predictor' in favour of Bournemouth, as Pompey were gasping for air on 88 for 3 at around the halfway point of the innings. 

The situation seemed tailor made for the level headedness of Dom Wood, who joined Mitchell who (along with enjoying a patch so purple, bookies have slashed the odds on his expected baby to be named Violet - should Mini Mitch be a girl), had finally asserted himself on the Bournemouth bowling. And despite Wood's fast-approaching-desperate need for a new blade, he was able to rotate the strike, and find the boundary when required. After putting on 68 from 11 overs, to put Pompey back into the ascendancy, Mitchell took an ill-advised skip/shuffle down the pitch, for an even less-recommended swipe at one of Bournemouth's spinners, to be stumped for 63 - leaving the game poised in a state that's 'a bit Drew Barrymore' (ok, since you asked, it could go either way). 

There's probably a circle of cricketing life reference to be made, as the vastly seasoned (ok, old) Mitchell was then replaced by 2nd team newb Joe Eales, and the youngster batted with the assurance of an experienced campaigner, despite losing Wood, who was cleaned up by a returning opening bowler for 27. 

Eales continued to look secure in partnership with Lee Hungerford, as they added 29 in 4 overs, before the latter was unluckily run out on the last ball of a tight penultimate over, for a fine 16-run cameo. 

With 7 needed from the final over, and a new batsman in Ethan Randall taking strike of the first ball, to be bowled by someone who hadn't sent down a single delivery in the previous 44 overs, the situation was very 'marquee and a teepee' for everyone at the ground. And it was a Randall - not known for his nevelessness, or hustle - confidently chipped the opening delivery over extra cover, and scampered a hard-run three. 

When Eales fortuitously nicked the next delivery through a vacant slip area, and beyond the boundary-riding fielders, for the four runs needed for victory (and an excellent 22 not out to accompany his 3 wickets, to bookend a dream debut), cheers of a raucous nature emanated from relieved 2nd teamers, and a more than sufficiently rehydrated 1st team. 

In the aftermath, drinks were drunk, songs were sung, and (mimed) tassels were swung. 

Part 2

WHO NEEDS THE HUNGERFORDS? (WE DO) - Match Played 13th July

View From Silly Point by Jamie (Mitch) Mitchell

As soon as it appeared that Pompey 2s were back on the wagon, following the Sarisbury setback, they found themselves reaching for the sherry again last weekend, after copping a 38-run beating at Bishop’s Waltham.

In being asked to field first in humid conditions, and the appearance of a grassy, horror show of a pitch, Pompey were presented with an opportunity to run through the home batting line-up, to set up an early finish. However, a combination of the deck playing better than expected (a ‘Sally Gunnell’ as Nicky Wyatt refers to it – for an explanation of its meaning, please direct all enquiries to Nicky), and a pretty ordinary bowling effort, aided the home side to amass 240 for 7 from their 45 overs. James Holder was the only real standout with the ball, taking 1 for 21 from his 9 overs – Jed Whitecross and Ishy Ahmad took two wickets apiece, while Joe Eales claimed one.

Whereas the Bishop’s Waltham Nos. 3 & 7 made sizeable contributions with the bat when they had got in (86 not out and a run-a-ball 61 respectively), Pompey couldn’t manage the same in reply. When openers Nicky Wyatt and Jamie Mitchell raced to their almost weekly 50 partnership in just 43 deliveries, the outlook was initially optimistic. Sadly, Mitchell had neglected to consult Alexa as to whether nudging a ball straight to the point fielder and running would be considered reckless/suicidal/plain stupid (delete as appropriate, and as a result, rissoled poor Wyatt on 21 (from just 17 balls).

Each of the remaining top four all made starts, without kicking on – Mitchell perished for 35, Jordan Palmer-Goddard 25, and Matt Shaw 52 – leaving the middle-order far too much to do to get close to the 241 target. Pompey were eventually dismissed in the 42nd over for 202.


Part 3

TWO MISSED AA REFERENCES - Match Played 20th July

View From Silly Point by Jamie (Mitch) Mitchell

Among the friends of Pompey 2s, murmurings have started in relation to staging an intervention, after they slumped to another abject defeat – this time at home to Rowledge 2s.


Pompey’s St Helens HQ had held up remarkably well to the persistent rain on Friday, and Saturday morning’s showers, but it was either malfunctioning or poorly assembled covers that left a section of the pitch soaking wet. A half-hour delay to the start of he game helped to downgrade this section to ‘rather damp’.


As a result, it became an important toss to win, managed ably by the visiting skipper, who asked Pompey to bat first.


Although the damp section wasn’t in a particularly dangerous area of the pitch, the less-than-predictable bounce it produced was a ‘swipe left’ for free scoring batting. The previous sentence was however made a mockery of by home skipper Nicky Wyatt, as he played Jason Roy to Jamie Mitchell’s MS Dhoni, in racing to 27 at better than a run-a-ball, before the bedlam began.


It’s often said that the first step towards overcoming a problem is to acknowledge its existence - Wyatt and Mitchell can no longer live in denial about their running between the wickets.


The former slapped one straight to the cover fielder and took off for a run, and even though the Rowledge fielder effectively had one stump to aim at, the ensuing direct hit left Pompey’s BoJo fanboy the best part of half the pitch short of safety. Not one to be outdone, Mitchell, a few overs later, seemed to be under the mistaken impression that he was inhabiting the frame of someone a few stone lighter, and several years younger, as James Holder padded one to a short square leg. From the non-striker’s end, the home side’s wannabe wordsmith charged for a run like he was on the front line at a medieval re-enactment. Holder, stunned at the absurdity of the sight galloping down the pitch, tried to send the silly old fool back, but by the time the anchors took hold, they could’ve been shaking hands. The task for the Rowledge fielder was more straightforward on this occasion, as Mitchell was run out for 20 runs, and by 20 yards. More episodes like this, and we may see Pompey’s once-prolific openers embark on some form of therapy.


In an encouraging sign, the kamikaze running didn’t filter down to the rest of the team – a less encouraging sign is that the poor decision-making did. Disappointing dismissals appeared to be de rigueur - with Jordan Palmer-Goddard and Joe Kooner-Evans being the exceptions (no parental influence was exerted when composing this paragraph) - as Pompey were bundled out for 133.


Early wickets became the home side’s entire agenda when they took the field, and the combination of Kooner-Evans’ pace and Holder’s canny off-breaks duly obliged, leaving Rowledge reeling at 40 for 4, with a low-scoring thriller a possibility. The returning Hungerford brothers replaced Holder (3 for 29) and Kooner-Evans (1 for 24), and it was Paul who collected the next scalp - thanks to a nice grab from Palmer-Goddard (again, no parental influence exerted) - with the score on 74.


As the game drifted away from Pompey, Micky H’s itchy trigger finger handed Ishy Ahmad a wicket, with the visitors still requiring 30 for victory. Thankfully the debatable decision didn’t have a lasting impact, as the Rowledge lower middle order extinguished any hope harboured by any wild optimists among the locals, as they cantered to their 134 target with 4 wickets in hand.


This recent run of reverses hasn’t been the result of any one discipline (batting, bowling, fielding) going awry, the last two weeks has been a case of the old cricketing adage “whatever you do first, do it well”not being adhered to. Setting a more positive tone in the coming games should bring about a change in fortunes, rather than making Tory cabinet-style wholesale selectorial changes.

To that end, Pompey 2s hope to get their broken down season back on the road this weekend, with a long journey to newly-promoted Bransgore in store.








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