HCC 2019 Season:
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