VICE PRESEDENTS DAY - 14th July 2019
Well what a day of sport and celebration for the whole country!
England winning the Cricket World Cup, brilliant men's final at Wimbledon and Hamilton winning the British GP. For those who bravely made it onto the field instead of sitting at home watching the action on TV, a hot game against Erratics CC, stopped in the middle of play at least twice to see or hear crucial parts of events unfolding at Lord's.
Technology provided by a grant from the ECB related to the Cricket World Cup allowed us to watch in the pavilion, albeit on a smaller screen than the Chairman had planned.
Vice-presidents arrived and witnessed good play then were refreshed by tea coordinated by Isabelle Steer.
After tea we made a presentation to Tony Hawtin, honorary life member, who is moving to Shebbear. He was given a beautiful print by Dick Todd.
The game was won by Harberton with Mike McClement scoring 99 and Colin Shearer a half century.
A fantastic day all round finished off with a BBQ in the setting sun.
Well done England!!
HCC vs Plympton 12.5.19
Harberton played under glorious blue skies yesterday in a friendly fixture against Plympton. Mike McClement and Dave Norris opened up against a young Plympton side. After an early dismissal of Dave Norris, Colin Priddons joined Mike at the crease where they both played some graceful shots off the young bowlers. After building a steady partnership Colin was unluckily runout and was dismissed for 25. Matt Thompson joined the fray where he continued to help build a growing partnership with Mike McClement who reached his half century. With momentum building both played some attacking shots to extend the total further. Matt was bowled by playing on to a leg side delivery. A debutant Toby Lovell joined the crease where he too played some fine shots building onto the lead. A ton up as Mike reached his century in style with a shot through the covers. Both eventually retired giving the way to Charlie Hill who played some hard hitting shots through the covers who was also joined by Colin Shearer, Tom Heath and Leroy Lane. Harberton eventually finished on 268 for five giving the opposition a large total to chase down.
After a sumptuous tea Harberton got under way with Dave Norris and another debutant Leroy Lane both bowling excellent tidy spells. Leroy managed to pick up three wickets after some great line and length pressurising the batsmen into making shots. Matt Thompson and Charlie Hill both also began their spells with Matt being sent to the boundary with some loose delivery’s. Needless to say Harberton persevered and continued to collect some vital wickets with fine bowling from Noah Tobias and Hugo Whitlock. The day ended up with the opposition being bowled out for 154 which capped an enjoyable days cricket.
Thanks to all who took part!!
Harberton CC v Plymstock CC
Sat 20 April 13.00 start
40 overs per side.
The sun shone on the Bank Holiday weekend and the ground looked beyond compare for the start of
the 2019 season. Our thanks to all involved for that.
Unfortunately the same could not be said for Harberton’s cricket or team availability (a bank holiday
Saturday being difficult for a number of reasons).
With late withdrawals we took to the field with only 8 players with Plymstock lending us one. The 8
included several club stalwarts easing their way in at the start of the year.
Plymstock fielded most of their first XI treating the match as a warm-up for their oncoming league
Plymstock batted first. Finlay Porter and Dave Norris opened up and bowled well with Finlay getting
early scalps bowling an opener and having their No 3 mistime a pull for a sharp catch by Andrew
Frankland at mid-wicket. Thereafter the lack of bowling resources available to captain for the day
Mike McClement predictably led to a mid-innings deterioration for the bowling side. Finlay and Dave
were allowed to bowl more than their allocation but runs were shipped to leave Plymstock on 293-5.
The tea was of a high standard and sadly greatly outshone Harberton’s batting. Colin Shearer went to
an early lbw decision and the writing was on the wall when captain McClement (realistically our only
hope for a respectable total) also went for a duck coming in at 3. This report won’t dwell on our
batting as it is doubtless a record for all the wrong reasons. Suffice to say, all (well 7) out for 19.
From my standpoint as umpire for the day though, Mike captained admirably with limited resources
and everybody gave it their all with no lack of good humour.
We can only get better from here and as the holder of last season’s duck award I can be happy that a
good number have got off to a flying start this season.
To close…let’s all make ourselves available whenever we can to make Noah (and Sleepy’s) job easier
and please can we all reply to team availability e mails within 24 hours.
AWARDS EVENING Friday 12th April