Cricket:Sporting take their chances

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For in all, including Senior Cups, league titles and Uptons, Carlyon has won 11 trophies with his team during that time.And as good as he is, scoring 19 runs and taking two wickets for 25 runs in the inter-insular game, he knows that the reason his side won was that they took their chances while Wanderers didn’t.In all Wanderers put down four catchable chances, including the wicket of man-of-the-match Mark Reynolds who went on to score 30 not out at a time when Sporting Club had been struggling, before returning with figures of 1 for 16 when it was Wanderers turn to bat.Meanwhile every loose shot that Wanderers played was snaffled up, with three catches to Simon Short standing up at the wicket and an unprecedented four slip catches by Matt Hague, Steve Carlyon, his brother Tony, and an athletic one-handed catch by Nick Jewell that somehow stuck when, on another day, it could easily have been dropped.As a disappointed Wanderers’ captain, David Piesing said afterwards: ‘The chances we had didn’t go to hand.

We bowled ten or 11 wides too many in a low-scoring game and we were 30 runs short of what we needed to be.Mark Reynolds was lucky not to have gone to mid-on early on, but you make your own luck.

We’re getting closer to them, and once you get past their opening three batsmen you’re in with a chance.

Maybe next year – we can but try.’Wanderers were bowled out for 122, a target that should have been easy meat to the thrice-Channel Island champions.In truth, however, Sporting Club weren’t as assured as they have been in the past, and although Steve Carlyon made 33, fellow opening batsman Matt Hague made only four before he was caught and bowled by Pierre Moody.Wanderers, batting first having won the toss, had a score of 100-plus and could have caused all kinds of problems to Sporting Club if they hadn’t put down their chances.Even so, with new batsmen at the crease, Wanderers upped the pace and had Sporting Club pinned down at 73 for six before Tony Carlyon and man-of-the-match Reynolds steadied the ship to take the home side past the 100 mark.After Carlyon had gone, bowled by Moody, Reynolds carried his bat for 30 as Bradley Vautier, in for Ben Silva who has returned to university, hit the winning runs.Wanderers had, in a very sporting manner, lost in the 41st over, having no answer to Tony Carlyon’s side and: ‘The best bowling and fielding display by this club all season.’Matt Hague, having failed with the bat for the second time in a week, weighed in with five wickets for 30 runs.For Wanderers, in their innings, Gary Tapp top-scored with 41 but he was never given the support he deserved and the second highest scorer was opener Steve Birkett, with 27.When it came to bowling Sporting Club out, Wanderers put down catchable chances which virtually handed the game to the home side.If those chances had been taken, Moody’s figures would have been five for 41 instead of two for 41.So Wanderers paid the penalty for their sloppy fielding and as Tony Carlyon said afterwards: ‘There was not too much wrong with the wicket.

There would have been no excuses if we had lost today and there should have been more runs.

But Mark (Reynolds’) knock, coming in at No 7, was the most important for us all year.’This win has made up for the disappointment of last week in the Senior Cup and this club is on an upward curve.

Next year I’ll just look forward to batting and bowling without the responsibility of being captain.

I’m upset to relinquish it, but it’s time for someone else to take the reins and to take the side on still further.’

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