vs Bordeaux Giscours CC 16/17 May 2015
The inaugural ‘Les Cendres’ Test Match between CTCC and Bordeaux Giscours began with Thoiry losing the toss….
Date: Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th May 2015
Location: Château de Thoiry CC
Game Type: ‘Les Cendres’ Test Match – 2 days Château de Thoiry Cricket Club
Opposition: Bordeaux Giscours CC
Toss Won: by BGCC who chose to bowl
Link to photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskakfsWP
Jon Taylor (Capt.), Mark Moodley, Pragash Kumar, Jack Hardy (wkt), John Hardy, Hammad Muhammed, Danny Tetaravou, Usman Umar, Cedric Fleuroux, Christian Chancé, Arif Jamil, Pat Dalling (12th man)
On an overcast Saturday morning, the inaugural ‘Les Cendres’ Test Match between CTCC and Bordeaux Giscours began with Thoiry losing the toss and being put in to bat in challenging conditions. Jon T and Mark opened the batting, building a steady partnership of 34 before confusion over a quick single saw Moodley run out for 16, and with further wickets to follow, Thoiry were left at 91-4 at lunch.
Bordeaux strengthened their grip on the match by taking the wicket of Jon T (57) shortly after the interval, and by mid-afternoon, Thoiry were all out for 139.
However, little were Bordeaux to know that when Thoiry have their backs to the wall, they come out fighting! With a hostil spell of fast bowling, Pragash (10-1-40-3) made early inroads, dismissing the openers with sharp catches in the slips by Arif and Jon T. However, it was Usman who swung the game back in Thoiry’s favour with a phenomenal, uninterupted 16 over spell. With pace and movement, Usman ripped through the Bordeaux middle order, finishing with figures of 16-5-38-5. With a wicket from Arif (5-1-17-1) and a run out from Mark, Bordeaux finished on 96, giving Thoiry a first innings lead of 43.
With a tricky 12 overs to negotiate until the end of day one, Thoiry began their second innings cautiously, but lost Mark in the 10th over. Cometh the hour, cometh the nightwatchman, as Cedric saw Thoiry safely to the end of day one with no further losses at 33-1.
With the pitch bathed in sunshine, Thoiry began day two looking to build a handsome lead before looking to dismiss Bordeaux later in the day to secure a famous victory. Like in the first innings, Jon T (47) played patiently but then fell just before lunch. Nevertheless, Hammad showed excellent discipline in constructing a vital 57, which in addition to John Hardy’s (18 from 16 balls) late cameo, raised the Thoiry total to 205 all out, a lead of 248 with 2 hours and 40 minutes to claim the 10 Bordeaux wickets.
The visitors began the second innings with much greater concentration than the first, reaching tea with the loss of no wickets. Thoiry needed a quick breakthrough and the ever reliable Christian (9-2-27-2) delivered with a double wicket maiden straight after the interval. A sharp stumping off Arif (8-0-44-1) seemed to suggest that the momentum was with the hosts, but a 100+ run partnership for the 4th wicket saved Bordeaux and steered the match towards a draw.
A late rally saw Jon T (6-0-29-1) eventually break the partnership with a towering caught and bowled but it wasn’t going to be enough. As the clock ticked past 17.30 time was called with honours even; a fair result to end a magnificent occasion.
Roll on 2016 at Bordeaux!
Thoiry award winners:
Best Batsman – Jon T (57 & 47)
Champagne Moment – John Hardy for 3 consecutive audacious sweep shots from outside off-stump
Link to scorecard https://www.crichq.com/#matches/255701