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Sat 7 July - 2nd XI v Limpsfield Chart II

Posted on 8th July in 2007, 2nds Match Reports

The Shoreham convoy was scattered on its way to Limpsfield Chart, which turned out not to matter as the lead vehicle went to the wrong club anyway. This became clear when two other captains were seen tossing up out in the middle. “No this is Limpsfield” was said with the air of people who have to say this most weeks. At least they could give good directions.

Once reunited at the correct ground and fielding first, Shoreham struck with only the second ball of the innings: Dave Fletcher’s surprise, slow full toss being skied to George Rivett who took it handsomely. Then followed a partnership of 91 that threatened to put the game out of reach until a flurry of wickets – mainly due to some athletic catching by Messrs. Walker N. (Snr), Beard and Stanyard J – reduced the home side to 94 for 6. A second long partnership between Shaw (33) and Harrison (30) was finally ended by Nick Walker’s fine off break that defeated Harrison. Brad Simms then stepped up to finish off Lympsfield Chart’s innings by bowling Shaw and then the number 11 batsman in successive overs. Brad had the magnificent figures of 2 for 2 off 2 overs but the undoubted bowling star was Dave Fletcher who finished with 5 for 32. Nick Walker’s 9 overs for 23 runs was useful support and Stanyard W’s three overs suggested that a name not synonymous with bowling at Shoreham will soon become even better known.

There were two other outstanding performances in the field: Graham Peck hounded the ball down with such determination that he probably wishes that he had had himself on the boundary when he was bowling. Then there was young George Rivett who took one wicket in his six overs, held the first catch and executed a stunning run out later in the innings with a direct hit from 20 yards. George’s bowling continues to improve and with his cherubic features he resembles a young Ray Trick. Strange to think of him sitting in the George in 40 years time reminiscing about when he played with such legendary figures as Chris Brown.: ‘My brother told me that he once gassed a whole minibus on tour. They were unconscious for quarter of an hour and three of them could never taste anything again’.

Shoreham’s innings began with a partnership of 67 between Nick Walker and Wyn M-J at a fraction over three an over. When Wyn was out the target was around 100 at just above five an over. Whilst Walker N., Stanyard J. and Peck G. were at the crease it seemed that the target was achievable but after they were undone by a couple of loose shots and a poor decision respectively the only meaningful contribution came from the aforementioned Chris Brown, who had been chauffeured down in an open top car. That Lympsfield Chart held us to 141, just 30 short of their total, was mainly due to two accurate spells of bowling by Dale who was extremely difficult to get away on a low wicket. Dale started with four maidens and finished with three wicket maidens for overall figures of four for nine from his nine overs.

We came away with three bowling points and one batting point and the feeling that it’s not just the weather that’s beginning to look up.

- Wyn

3 Responses

  1. Duracell bunny says:
    July 8th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    congratulations on another good report wyn

  2. Hatchethands says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Wyn, yet again a joy to read. The flowing prose is somewhat reminiscent of a young Samuel Taylor Coleridge, during his period under the influence of unusual substances. Do you think Chris Brown’s emissions could be responsible?

  3. the funny rivett says:
    July 11th, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t know whether to be insulted or pleased