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Sat 7 July - 1st XI v Ightham

Posted on 9th July in 1sts Match Reports, 2007

With a couple of players dropping out at the last minute, and six weary Isle of White tourists from the previous three days (and heavy nights) in the side, we were rather reserved about our chances against current league leaders Ightham. We won the toss, however, and decided to field on a flat batting track. Unfortunately our talismanic skipper James Trick (*) was having an extremely rare off day; though this was fortunately complimented by a (just as rare) on day by Ed Walker who demolished Ightham’s top order - ending with figures of 3 for 29 off 9. Brittain (36) and Alexander (47) helped move the score up to 108 before the safehands of keeper Martin Wells held a catch off Pete Wright’s (1 for 44 off 9) bowling. Raymondo Trick (2 for 22 off 5) restrained Ightham’s middle order well with the help of some youthful fielding by Nick Walker Jnr. Jamie Bromfield was a welcome return to the side from last season, and his 8 overs went for 43. A late flurry from J Bental (26no) meant that Ightham closed on 216 for 9.

Shoreham’s innings got off to the worst possible start with Nick Walker Jnr being run out without facing a ball thanks to the decidedly unsafe calling of a certain Shoreham batsman who will remain nameless. This brought Pete Wright to the crease who immediately set about despatching the bowling to all parts of the ground, car park and fairway with no concern for the safety of the spectators. Pete made a sensational 106 (which included 9 sixes and 8 fours) to get us to within 23 runs of what would have been a heroic one-man victory for Shoreham. Unfortunately wickets fell as regularly at the other end as Pete hit boundaries, and only James Trick (32) could stay with him for any length of time. James got out LBW to Moodie (3 for 39 off 9) and Pete was eventually caught on the boundary going for his 10th six from the bowling of Bridge (3 for 37 off 9). The Shoreham lower order did their best to keep the run chase going though - with Jack Rivett (12) only our third batsman to reach double figures. However, we were bowled out with five balls left and only three runs away from victory. A climactic finish to an exciting game. We swapped stories of our days with the 2nds in The George until late into the night. Jack and Duracell James left early, and I popped next door when I got back and ate Jack’s curry. Cheers Jack, it were grand!

* Bowling figures withheld

- Ed

- Photos by Ed

8 Responses

  1. Duracell bunny says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    is that the shot where the ball ended up in the tree tops or the fairway???

  2. chrisbrownslovechild says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Ray Trick’s a dream boat

  3. chrisbrownslovechild says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Holding the shot for the camera and spectators. True showman.

  4. Hatchethands says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Actually Ed it was the younger Wells, (not the keeper), with the safe hands who pouched the catch. Legside behind the bat on the 45 - I know for my bowling this would often be the best spot for the keeper, but in this instance let us give credit where it is due.

  5. Ed says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Apologies to Mark for my mistake. And to think I thought that Martin actually held a catch that day…

  6. Hatchethands says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 10:11 am

    To be honest I thought it was a very kind report and you showed a very gentle touch in not revealing that James went for 67 runs.

  7. chrisbrownslovechild says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 10:14 am

    I should know he dropped two of mine

  8. seanbromfield says:
    July 11th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Jamie !!! WHat a forward defense !! straight out of Matt’s Jeff Boycott BOOK