Royal Navy - Day 2 v Incogniti Cricket Club Incogniti CC on Fri 26 Jun 2015 at 11.00
Incogniti Cricket Club Lost 49 runs

Match report A.N Other (Guests):
S Bardon - Opened Batting 22runs and 8 overs 2-60 (* E Charles, navy opener given out LBW but called back as he indicated he had hit it).
J Burke - batted 9 (15 not out) and 9.2 overs, 3-31
C Griffiths - batted 3, 27 runs, did not bowl
P Du Plessis - batted 10, 2 runs, 8 overs, 2-19.

Match Report.

Day Two of the Navy "Tour" was a 50-over game, with fielding and bowling restrictions, and a batting powerplay. The Navy, having been a couple short on Thursday, now had 10, with an 11th "on the way" according to their skipper John Parker.

All 11 of Incogniti CC and all 9 of the Thursday Navy side had enjoyed a fine evening in Portsmouth the night before, sharing a meal at the Wine Vaults". The Navy boys were in particularly charitable mood as they allowed Tom Whyte and Sunny Bowry to relentlessly wind them up about all matters, and were decent enough to allow Bowry to give them a ten-point lecture on how amazing he is at cricket.

A regimented departure at 10.30 from the Navy lads left Incogniti CC to their own devices, which inevitably meant a failed attempt to get in to a nightclub and a few hours watching the roulette wheel whirl away at a nearby casino. I hear 2, 22, 12 and 0 were particularly fruitful for some of the touring party. In fact, it was surprise to see one of our team at the till of McDonald's the next morning, trying to break open a sealed bag of £50 notes!

Before we get to the cricket, the accommodation must be mentioned. Whilst thanks are surely due to injured match-manager Ben Wakeford for organising and booking us in to the IBIS Budget, on a retail park just outside Portsmouth (the view - B&Q, KFC Drive-through and Fratton Park stadium), I'm not sure too many of the side were particularly enamoured by his choice of digs. This was somewhat exacerbated by his visit to the ground on Thursday, whereupon he was quite happy to tell everyone when leaving that he had booked himself into a four-star resort with a swimming pool! The rooms themselves consisted of a small double bed with 2-inch mattress on planks, and a TINY bunk bed, above the double bed, which to enter required negotiating a treacherous six-foot ladder. The tiny showers had an ingenious method of humidity extraction, which was simply the addition of a round hole about half-way up the barely frosted glass door. Suffice to say Bowry and Whyte, who had been designated "roomies", both immediately went to reception to enquire as to further room availability. Crisis was averted as a last-minute cancellation allowed Whyte to book in to the penthouse suite at 3.30am.

Anyway... back to the cricket. Skipper Tom Wakeford AGAIN lost the toss and the Navy AGAIN elected to bat.

Bardon and Burke opened the bowling and bowled with good discipline early on. Bardon, regular purveyor (persistent offender?) of the slower ball, appeared to have his man as Crighton was adjudged LBW. Whilst we didn't quite have the DRS system in place, the batsmen clearly thought he had edged the ball, and was duly asked to return to the crease, much to the dismay of Bardon who is not regularly entrusted with the new ball. Just an over later, however, Burke evaded the willow of Crighton to pin him LBW legitimately. After failing to make any further early inroads, Wakeford and Whyte came on. Wakeford had left-hander Charles caught in the ring, and also the key wicket of Pollard caught at Mid-off by Griffiths, who had moved himself to that position just a ball earlier.

Whyte enjoyed more success with the (cricket) ball than on Thursday's fixture, his figures only marred by an over of 12 wides as the inswinging pace evaded Johan behind the stumps. The Navy, however, were rattling along at 5-an-over though, and it took a fantastic spell from left-armer (Marco) Pierre Du Plessis. He switched ends from the previous day and bowled with great pace and hostility. Regularly short-of-a-length deliveries rushed past the batsmen at chest height, and his 2-19 from 8 got us right back into the game.

At 163-7 Incogniti felt in the ascendancy, and Bowry came on to mop up the tail. A sensible 30-run partnership between Collins and Dunston was broken by Whyte - 193-8, but this only brought local premier-league player Davies to the crease. He immediately timed the ball perfectly and played an absolutely devastating innings of 38 from just 24 balls. Bardon in particular took the brunt of his aggression, though perhaps fields were not set to accommodate probably the best number 10 bat we will ever encounter (sorry Duggers!). Burke also leaked a few runs but got his man via an excellent catch by Du Plessis at deep mid on. The final total, 239.

Incogniti's innings saw Hoyle and Bardon get us off to a solid start despite some high-quality swing and seam from Parker and Turrell. Both fell for well-constructed 20s, but we really could have done with one of them contributing more substantial innings. Griffiths likewise looked in fine form before inexplicably missing a low full toss off the left-arm spin of Durston for 27. Smith found the boundary from his first ball, but then proceeded to pick out Pollard at Extra-Cover on his 8th ball and departed for 4. Bowry strode to the crease with purpose and threatened to play the innings we so desperately needed, but a shooter from Durston founds its way onto the stumps via the bottom edge of his bat. Another 20-odd wasn't enough to scare the Navy, who were still in control at 128-5. Chakrabarti looked solid but found the hands of Mid-On with a "half-shot" lofted drive for 13, and Johan, one of the heroes of Thursday, completed a rather miserable day by being cleaned up first ball. This brought Wakeford and Burke together to try and salvage things. Burke played sensible picking off singles without taking any risks. Wakeford was a bit more 'gung-ho' as is his style, and despite a few aerial (and air) shots, managed to find his range to start knocking the Navy spinners to all parts. A spell of twenty runs from 9 balls and the run-rate was suddenly not an issue. However, lack of wickets in hand was, and once Wakeford gloved behind for 33, the resistance was minimal from Du Plessis and Whyte. Burke, who had a fantastic 2 days on his Incogniti debut, was left unbeaten on 15 - a shame none of us could have supported him to see us over the line.

Nevertheless another good game, and in 2015 Incogniti against the Royal Navy reads won 2, lost 1, abandoned 1, which is a fine effort in my opinion!

Thanks again to Sam Bardon, Joe Burke, Creed Griffiths and Pierre Du Plessis for helping out following late injuries and cry-offs.

Royal Navy - Day 2 Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
28w 8b 9lb 
for 10 wickets
239 (49.2 overs)
G Crighton lbw  J Burke (AND) S.Bardon 15
E Charles ct  Du Plessis, b. T Wakeford 27
A Pollard ct  Griffiths, b. T Wakeford 42
L Boscombe lbw  T Whyte 0
J Parker b  T Whyte 0
D Storey ct  J De Silva, b. P Du Plessis 19
C Turrell ct  Chakrabarti, b. P Du Plessis 6
S Collins st  T Whyte 34
K Dunston b  J Burke 13
J Davies ct  Du Plessis, b. J Burke 38
P Barsby Not Out  0

Incogniti Cricket Club Incogniti CC Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A.N. Other9.2131310.333.32
Tom Whyte9.0160320.006.67
Tom Wakeford 7.0225212.503.57
Sunny Bowry7.002700.003.86

Incogniti Cricket Club Incogniti CC Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
16w 5b 3lb 
for 10 wickets

(44.2 overs)
Matt Hoyle ct  J Parker, b. D Storey 28
A.N. Other ct  A Pollard, b. K Durston 22
A.N. Other lbw  K Durston 27
Kelvyn Smith ct  A Pollard, b. D Storey 4
Sunny Bowry b  K Durston 21
Indraneel Chakrabarti ct  K Durston, b. C Turrell 13 1
Johan De Silva b  S Collins 0 1
Tom Wakeford ct  L Boscombe, b. C Turrell 33
A.N. Other Not Out  15
A.N. Other ct  and bowled J Parker 2
Tom Whyte b  D Storey 1

Royal Navy - Day 2 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Parker7.0127127.003.86
C Turrell10.0042221.004.20
D Storey6.202438.003.79
K Durston10.0138312.673.80
S Collins10.0051151.005.10