vs Lisses 29 May 2016

An astonishing dismissal, an exceptional catch and two brilliant batting performances.

Sunday 29th May 2016 at Château de Thoiry

Game Type: Non-League, 35 Overs
Château de Thoiry Cricket Club vs Lisses CC
Jon T (c), Tabreez, Ali, Hussan, Hammad, Arjun, Tyson, Dilip, Pat (wk), Robin, Arnab.


A rain-sodden pitch greeted the Thoiry players arriving early Sunday to finish off ground preparations for this 35 over match against Lisses. But hopes of a full day’s play were high as the match got under way and Thoiry started batting in overcast yet bright(ish) conditions.

Jon and Tyson opened and moved on quickly to 41 when Jon (on 21) had a moment of distraction. Defending a good, fast ball it bounced straight up into the air high above his head. With a risk that the ball would fall back down onto the stumps Jon had too much time to think. Perhaps recent memories of watching football on TV made him react as any professional footballer would in extreme difficulty; he handled the ball.

As this very useful Wikipedia page explains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handled_the_ball handling the ball is one of the 10 ways you can get out in cricket. First documented in 1744 “If ye Striker touches or takes up ye Ball before she is lain quite still, unless asked by ye Bowler or Wicket Keeper, it’s out.”

There was some confusion in the middle but all, including Jon, quickly realised that ye striker had indeed touched ye Ball before she be quite still. So Jon had to pass ye batting responsibilities on to Arjun who joined Tyson at ye crease.

The entertainment value of Jon’s dismissal was soon surpassed by the next 160 runs put on in the second wicket partnership. Tyson was caught on 86 and Arjun continued on to the end of the innings finishing on 127 not out. Thoiry’s innings ended on 311 for 4 with excellent support from Hammad (15), Hussan (19) and Ali (7 not out).

And not a drop of rain in the last 60 minutes of Thoiry’s innings…….

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Tea was taken in the clubhouse as the light faded and a couple of rain drops fell. There was some reticence to get back out on the pitch in the drizzle, mainly due to the excellent chocolate cake that was unfinished, but the game restarted.

The drizzle continued on and off for the first five overs but the weather then brightened. Thoiry’s bowlers got to work and the opening batsman fell for a single run (a catch by Hammad at 2nd slip from Tabreez’s bowling) and two others to catches off Dilip’s bowling. The second catch taken by Tabreez was exceptional and even overshadowed events in the first innings as the moment of the day. One handed, at full stretch and falling backwards just a few metres from the boundary, the catch was very special.

The last of the four Lisses wickets to fall was also worth the price of entrance to the ground as Arjun flung in a sharp throw from extra cover destroying the stumps and running out the Lisses player.

So Thoiry were looking good. Lisses were behind the required run rate but the game was clearly far from over.

However, the rain turned from drizzle to heavy drizzle and then to a downpour. The match was stopped after 21 overs with Lisses on 143 for 4. A morale victory for Thoiry as the Duckworth Lewis formula declared Thoiry winners by 29 runs.

Man of the Match – Arjun
Champagne Moment – Tabreez’s catch
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