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Sun 29 July - Horton Kirby

Posted on 30th July in 2007, Friendly Match Reports

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

4 Responses

  1. samtrick1985 says:
    July 30th, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Sounds a lot like sour grapes to me young Mr. Bromfield!!!!!!

  2. chrisbrownslovechild says:
    July 30th, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    You only gave me out because you was worried about me taking you over in the averages!!

  3. samtrick1985 says:
    July 31st, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    that as well as you being hit straight in front of middle and leg and only taking a partial step forward.

  4. Hatchethands says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Any discussions on the LBW law and the application thereof should be routed through J. Stanyard and N.Walker Snr. as they have discussed this at length earlier in the season.