Sun 29 July - Horton Kirby

July 30, 2020 on 3:09 pm | In Friendly Match Reports | 4 Comments

As another Sunday arrived so did a new era in Shoreham CC. After another lengthy process of selecting a new captain for the Sunday side, the newly appointed captain led his team out to a very young Horton Kirby side. The Shoreham Sunday team has seen many great captain it in the pasts; names such as Walker and Trick come to mind. With many of the usual suspects missing from the Sunday side it was a must win toss for the skipper. However the toss was lost and Shoreham were sent into bat first by the ten man Horton Kirby. The batting in the team was missing some key players. Ray Trick who was offered a lucrative photo shoot with Men’s Health was unavailable for the side, also Chris Brown gave the excuse that the OAP bus doesn’t stop near the ground and Martin Wells couldn’t get out his double shift at B & Q. However with the poor batting line up, the captain looked towards his favored members of the team, Sam “Trigger” Trick and Dom “superman” King to open the innings.

Shoreham was off to a slow start with Sam being caught on 4 off 10 overs. The team had to rely on the captain’s personal shower buddy Dom King to hold up the batting. With an impressive total of 86, Dom King allowed Shoreham to mount a defendable 155. Other key batsmen were Bob Stacey who offered support to the “Wonder Kid”, who produced a steady 22. The captain wanted to follow his brother in familiar form by offering a captain’s performance, but was hinder by Sam “trigger Finger” Trick, who had no trouble is dismissing his friend of 15 years – cheers Sam. After King was dismissed on 86, the tail end fell at a fast pace, with a valiant effort by David Fletcher Shoreham was all out for 155.

After a heavy tea provided by the mothers of Dom King and James Bromfield, (thanks to whoever brought the food blender as this was much appreciated by the older spectators) the Shoreham side were ready for an innings of wicket taking. Our bowling coach Chris Brown gave the team an inspirational team talk, and promised us all rub downs after the game if we won. Needless to say the team was fired up, especially the young Dominic King, who Chris Brown has taken a shine to over the past few weeks. The bowling was rapid and tight at both ends. J Bromfield with figures of 10 overs for 27 and taking three wickets. With Bob Stacey offering a similar service at the top end, with figures of 6 overs for 24 runs and 1 wicket. However the bowling decreased in stability and Horton Kirby rushed off the mark towards Shoreham’s total.

The fielding in some parts was very Shoreham like, but this was due to Chris Brown’s early comment about rub downs and many players felt the only way to avoid this was to lose. The game changed its face after the umpire failed to hear the noise made by leather on willow and the catch behind was not given. Dom King obviously not pleased made a few Kevin Pietersen like comments to the guilty party after he failed to walk. The sell out crowd at Shoreham also had some comments to make. However finally Dom King provided the break through that was needed and a catch on the boundary by his captain got the ball rolling again. Dom King also provided three other wickets including 2 caught and bowled with superman like dives. Dom ended up with figures of 8 overs for 24 runs and 4 wickets. Other included Sam Trick’s short leg position catch and Greg Taylor’s catch on James Bromfield’s bowling, luckily the cakes were not squashed in Greg’s pocket after the catch. With the victory in sight and Brownie oiling his hands up, Shoreham couldn’t find the last wicket and Horton Kirby took us down to the last over to score the winning runs.

Although defeated, a small victory was felt by everyone, the Sunday team now felt a victory was in sight in future games. And by the way lads don’t worry I have already called up original source and they are sending us a free case of Mint flavored shower gel – let the good times roll. By the way Chris no need to focus on the groin area next time, some of the team felt a bit uneasy.

- Jamie

Sat 21st July - 2nd XI v Plaxtol II

July 22, 2021 on 7:49 pm | In 2nds Match Reports | 3 Comments

After the downpours of Friday and Saturday mornings the going was good to soft at Shoreham Paddock.

Invited to race first, Loadsa Style started from stall 1 with Beamish Boy in stall 2. It was Beamish Boy who set a good early pace. At this point the much fancied and very consistent Plumstead Pensioner, who had been very severely dealt with by the handicappers, was still trying to surmount the hurdles on the A225 and only arrived in the parade ring in time to see Beamish Boy leave a straight one that sent him in for an early towelling down. Ageing Hack, five to two (every week), then took up the challenge. After Loadsa Style came New Father who showed good early promise but still seemed short of stamina. Then came Sue’s Away! who had been given his head and led the field until late inside the final furlong. There was no further change until, with about a third of the distance remaining, Ageing Hack eventually gave way to Samson who looked very sprightly in his summer coat. Rubber Glove threatened briefly from behind and then It’s A Gas took up the running to be replaced by Mum’s Away! who stayed to the finish along with Jack Who? Extended Metaphor finally ran out of steam but not before being flogged to death.

This was our best batting line-up to date and in the event we posted our highest score of the season. 184 meant two batting points and a respectable total for Plaxtol to chase. Ray showed the way with his opening 22, Nick’s 68 was the first fifty plus score for the seconds this season and Wyn collected a measured 29 – all off the back foot.

An interesting feature of Ray’s umpiring during our innings was his encouragement to men older than himself to chance the sort of dashing runs that he remembers making in the 1970s.

After 20 overs of Plaxtol’s reply they were hovering at about the required run rate: the first wicket fell early to a Tom Palmer caught and bowled but thereafter their numbers two and three made steady progress. After Dave Fletcher had bowled his quota ( 9 - 0 - 33 ) and despite varying the attack we began to find it difficult to contain the run rate. Sam Trick’s introduction did not slow Plaxtol’s scoring but wickets began to fall: he finished with figures of 5 – 3 - 38. Meanwhile, at the other end, Paul’s first over also brought a dramatic wicket. Rob fielding at long off demonstrated the speed of Lynford Christie and the hands of a neurosurgeon to take a diving catch on the boundary that brought the whole pavilion to its feet and that no-one will (be allowed to) forget in a hurry.

Plaxtol tied our score in the 31st over but even then Ray Trick took a final wicket to add a bowling point to our two batting points before the winning runs were struck. Ray finished with an excellent 7 – 1 – 18.

As a postscript I should like to point out that I have made generous mention of a young bowler in my previous reports. He should be aware however that there is only room for so many double barrelled names in one team. I would therefore suggest that the artist referred to in last week’s team sheet as ‘George Rivett–Teas’ should drop this pretension and resume his former, single barrelled moniker forthwith.

And finally our congratulations to James Asplin who was promoted to the first team and managed his usual score, on this occasion without being asked to bat.

- Wyn

Sat 21st July - 1st XI v Kemsing

July 22, 2021 on 7:46 pm | In 1sts Match Reports | 2 Comments

I’d spent the whole morning watching TV to the continuous backdrop of rain outside our living room window (either that or Brownie was pissing on our roses again), and was pessimistic about our chances of a full game. Miraculously, the torrent subsided and not a drop of water fell during the match (apart from perhaps the beads of sweat from my brow as I bowled all my overs uphill-and-into-the-wind as always). James won an important toss and sent Kemsing into bat on a damp, lively strip…

Kemsing reached 47 before an inch-perfect throw by Andy Monteith back to Ed Walker at the bowler’s end produced the tight run-out of dangerous opener, G Wood (20). R Shipton (23) was the only other Kemsing player to reach double figures. After our first, we managed to take a wicket (on average) every 3 runs, resulting in a 10-man Kemsing being bowled out for a mere 71. James Trick (0-10-9) bowled as consistently as usual; Ed Walker (0-26-9) did go for the most runs, but who cares about details like that; Pete Wright (2-18-9) bowled very tightly; Sandy Clark (4-4-6) had the complete opposite of his game the weekend before and ended with superb figures, destroying the Kemsing middle order; Bob Stacey (2-4-3.1) picked up a useful couple; and James Asplin (0-2-1) only bowled two wides! (Sorry James). We fielded extremely well again and, despite missing the odd chance, held four catches in total. Mark McDonald did a grand job with the gloves in the absence of our Chairman as well.

Nick Walker Snr looked set in his favoured opening slot, but played a rubbish shot and was caught on 4. Andy Monteith (32no) and Pete Wright (33no) finished the job for Shoreham before the end of the 12th over – leaving us comprehensive winners by 9 wickets. And, needless to say, everyone enjoyed the couple of extra hours in the pub afterwards!

- Ed

Sun 15 July - Erith

July 16, 2021 on 9:48 am | In Friendly Match Reports | No Comments

A depleted Shoreham team was bolstered by two rather unique ringers from Chelsfield Park on Sunday: Myles and Ian Walker gamely padded up for Shoreham and both made valuable contributions. (Ian Walker used to teach history at Sevenoaks School to Nick Walker and John Dinnis back in the dark ages before Big Brother began). At 11am on Sunday, Shoreham were down to 9 men -hope the sore throat is better, Jack- and so Ray Trick made yet another bid for MPP (most prolific player). Shoreham won their 4th toss in a row (if only they could win matches like they win tosses) and conventionally inserted the opposition. Erith no longer have a league team, but this did not seem to affect their batting. Shoreham opened with Hofmann and Simms, but Bradley pulled a muscle in over #1 and had to be replaced by JD. Fifty runs were quickly on the board and we were set for a long sweaty afternoon.

Pick of the Shoreham bowlers, if that is not an affront to Pick, was Myles Walker with 2 –approx. 60 runs. Myles bowls a unique ball from below the umpire’s left shoulder, looping up into the sky, then falling on the unsuspecting batsman’s feet before scurrying like a mouse towards the stumps. Two good catches were held on the boundary by Simon Wells, making a guest appearance from Dorking CC and Hofmann. Erith declared 5 minutes before tea on 261 for 4. JD moved into the hotseat for the season’s most hotly contested competition, the Ray Trick fielding award. Wicket-keeping duties were shared by Setterfield and Haysler, who both did remarkably well.

Shoreham’s openers began slowly before JD holed out to midwicket off the bowling of googly merchant Moore, who toyed with Shoreham batsmen all afternoon. A win was never on the cards – perhaps Erith should have opened the bowling with some pie-chuckers, given their unassailable total – and of the batsmen, Simon Wells made a hearty 39 and Hofmann a more proletarian 26. We ended on about 130 and retired to the George.

Perhaps surprisingly, Brownie was not the winner of the Unusual Arse-Action of the day award, a prize which was shared by JD and Rob Marsden. Rob was insouciantly chatting to Mrs Hofmann Snr, when his rump was rudely assailed by a stunning one-bounce-into-the-cheeks cover drive for four by JD.

- Alex

Sat 14 July - 1st XI v Crockham Hill

July 15, 2021 on 11:37 pm | In 1sts Match Reports | No Comments

Another home game for the Shoreham 1sts on a muggy Saturday afternoon. This was our first return fixture of the season, having played Crockham Hill in May and narrowly losing by 13 runs. As then, we won the toss and inserted the opposition…

James Trick (2-32-9) and Ed Walker (1-35-9) got our bowling off to a steady start despite Jamie Bromfield rocking up to the ground fashionably late. P Westcott, the Crockham Hill no.3, punished Shoreham’s first and second change bowlers, reaching 105 before succumbing to the wily bowling of Nick Walker Snr (who I thought was only in the team to help me with the teas!) My Dad ended up with respectable figures of 2-32-6. Bob Stacey (2-35-7) picked up a couple of wickets, though, unfortunately, Sandy Clark, Ray Trick and Jamie all had bad days with the ball. C Hogan (28) and J Wade (29) were the only other notable scorers for Crockham Hill, but P Westcott’s ton meant the visitors ended on 243 for 9 – the most we’ve gone for this season I think. It is worth noting that Shoreham fielded surprisingly well despite the high total. Special mention should go to Will Gulliver who, on his debut for the club, saved many runs around the outfield; Sandy Clark, who made a superb diving catch and assisted a great run out; and Andy Montieth, whose finger got badly hurt when taking a high catch on the boundary just before tea.

Nick Walker Jnr (30) and James Trick (35) got our batting off to a well-paced start. However, much like our bowling, it went sadly downhill from there. After our openers’ demise at the hands of Tink Taylor (3-39-9), a 20-20 mode Will Gulliver hit a speedy 12 before suffering a similar fate. Andy Montieth (who had dropped himself down the order after his injury) kept the momentum going with his 19, and Nick Walker Snr hit 17, but neither could hold the Shoreham innings together. C Hogan (4-31-5) finished off our middle order, although a virtuoso stand by last-man Ray Trick (no19) added a bit of kick to the long Shoreham tail. We were bowled over for 164 – leaving Crockham Hill deserved winners by 79 runs.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that a poorly Martin Wells ran out yet another Shoreham batsman without him having faced a ball – for the second week in a row! Unfortunately it happened to be Bob’s turn this week…

- Ed

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