Sun 26 August - Otford

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SHOREHAM 174 for 9
OTFORD 119 all out

The Shoreham Sunday side made amends for the mauling given to the seconds the previous day in the league by beating Otford by 55 runs. Being invited to bat the visitors got of to a bad start loosing Nick Pearce for 6 ,but fellow opener Ray Trick remained unbeaten on 74 despite having to retire for a while after pulling a hamstring(or just to use the oxygen tent) when on 50 but returned with a runner to see the innings to a close. Richard Nash making his debut made 11 and is one for the future. Bob Stacey batting at no 4 made a valuable 31 and Russell Brooks 15. Greg chipped in with 4 and Jamie B .Tom P (golden) and George R failed to trouble the scorer. Brad (6) and Dave F (6no) stayed with Ray to the declaration.

In reply Jamie took an early wicket which brought Ben Cobb (48) who took a liking to Jamie’s leg side bowling and took him for 24 in 3 overs Dave Fletcher picked up 2 wickets for 29 and Bob Stacey dismissed the dangerous Cobb taking 1 for 22 of 8. Brad Simms then took out the middle order of Kelly (25) and Grove (3) ending with 2 for 20. Enter George Rivett who was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets in 4 overs for just 8 runs by pitching the ball up and bowling an excellent line ensuring a well deserved victory.

Sat 25 August - 1st XI v Halstead I

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Halstead 219 for 7
Shoreham 171 all out

After inserting Halstead, Shoreham got of to a good start Jamie Bromfield (1 for 35 off 7) taking an early wicket. This gave way to a 92 second wicket partnership by Matt Hughes (62) and Nel (35) .Both being dismissed by the old warhorse Ray Trick .Phil Dent (66) then took a liking to ray’s bowling and dispatched him to all parts of the boundary with him ending on 2 for 54 off 9 .J. D. bowling well from one picked up his first league wicket of the season finishing with 1 for 41 James Trick with a late flurry picked up 3 wickets finishing with 3 for 28 from his 9 overs.

Shoreham got off to the worst possible start losing Monteith (2) to an LBW appeal. Stanyard (41) making a rare appearance set about the Halstead attack before being caught behind. Styles (30) failed to make his ground after being called for a quick single by Wells(6). James fell for 3. It was left to Mark McDonald (39) and J.D. (20) to try to maintain the rate and push us to the total. With the fall of these 2 wickets the tail was exposed and 8,9and 10 fell for the combined total of 9 runs giving Halstead victory by 48 runs.

Sat 25 August - 2nd XI v Otford II

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Waste paper basket full, ash tray overflowing, scotch gone, sun slowly rising. Must find the positives in this performance soon.

There were several positives to take from this local derby:

• The weather was better than it has been recently.
• Nevertheless those who forgot to put on sun screen did not suffer prolonged exposure to UV radiation.
• Graham’s sandwiches were well up to Shoreham’s high standard.

Otford won the toss and elected to bowl. That meant we were likely to be in trouble because a second team batting line up without at least two of Paul Styles, Martin Wells, Nick Pearce, Nick Walker, Montie or a guest star has always looked a bit thin this season and on Saturday none of these were available to us.

- resist cheap joke about Chris being the more experienced tosser and find somewhere to add ‘Chris will feel that his captaincy is an important factor in the team’s performance when he sees this result’ in the final version -

Otford’s opening bowlers were at some times quick and accurate but at others perversely wayward. The number of wides and no-balls meant that 9 and 10 ball overs were not uncommon and extras began to overtake the batsmen.

- add ‘Pat’s umpiring was firm and fearless’ to list of positives

The ball tended to stop a little on a damp pitch, making timing tricky, and Otford’s young fielders proved very agile. Shoreham’s first three batsmen fell to some splendid catching for 6, 13 and 11 respectively. After 17 overs the score stood at 52 for 3. After 24 overs we were all out for 58 of which extras contributed 25.

- add ‘James improved his batting average with an undefeated one’ to positives

There followed an excellent, early tea in beautiful sunshine. There was a splendid variety of sandwiches with more than one kind of bread and several different fillings. My particular favourite was the succulent ham and tomato though the tangy cheese and pickle came a close second. The thoughtful provision of fruit is always refreshing to the palate and in supplying one of the necessary ‘five a day’ is beneficial to the players’ general wellbeing. John’s mastery of the tea urn was extremely impressive and the general standard of service provided by Graham was deserving of at least three rosettes.

- can’t avoid getting back to the match sooner or later

After that we set out to defend our total. In another context, the fact that a bowling attack of Asplin, Fletcher, Peck and Rivett (G) restricted the opposition to a scoring rate of just above four an over and took two wickets before the opposition reached 60 would be a very good performance

- actually that is pretty good. Rewrite report finding a way to focus on this aspect of the game.

- Wyn

Sat 18 August - 1st XI v Flimwell

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Flimwell’s a long way away. Their ground has a short enough boundary behind the stumps for Ray to walk to his fine leg position in-between overs without holding up the game, and a long enough boundary square of the wicket for Duracell James to run around happily all day long. James was only distracted the once (unfortunately when the ball was coming towards him from high in the air) but his running and throwing more than made up for his drop. Sam ‘Rapido’ Trick fielded with a very casual attitude all afternoon, but pulled a ferocious throw out the bag to run out Flimwell’s no.6 bat. John Dinnis’ exuberant run out attempt which missed all three stumps and the unimpressed backing-up fielder (who happened to be our Captain) made me chuckle. Ray Trick proved that he hasn’t lost his charm as he somehow got a cup of tea made and delivered to him in the field because he needed a ‘little boost’ after a gruelling 20 overs in the sweltering heat. Indeed it was very overcast all day, and the light-but-continuous rain near the end of the game did get the opposition a bit wet. Although by now Ray had located the comfiest chair in the pavilion and had set it up like a throne by the window.

Anyway, of course we won the toss and elected to bowl. James Trick (9-31-0) and John Dinnis (8-37-0) ensured we had a tight opening spell, although couldn’t provide the breakthrough. Pete Wright (9-23-2) was the pick of our bowlers. He took the first scalp with not his greatest delivery, which the batsman tried to pull, but got a big edge which looped up past Martin towards Ed Walker at short backward square. Fortunately for Shoreham my outstretched hand plucked the ball from the air in what was widely agreed in the pub afterwards to be the Play Of The Day. The Flimwell openers had reached 102 though before their first wicket fell, and were looking set for a high total. Ray Trick (8-45-2) put down his cup of tea long enough to take out their number 3 and 4 bats, then Pete took care of their number 2 with a caught behind from Martin. Flimwell added a handful more runs near the end of their innings to close on 190 for 6. Nick Walker Jnr took a couple of nice catches, and Martin got a stumping as well I think.

The two Nick Walker’s got our innings off to a quick start. Senior was caught on 12 though, but Junior carried on to get his maiden 50 of the season! Pete then came in at three and joined Nick Walker Jnr in the runs – amassing 46 with a few crunching straight sixes (none of which he middled apparently). James Trick (13) and Martin Wells (12) were the only others to reach double figures, and Sam Trick (4no) joined Martin at the end to help us to victory with six overs and four wickets to spare.

We retired to a very pleasant pub a short drive away and bought a load of chips and sausages to celebrate our achievement. A few diehards made it back to The George to join those remaining from the 2nds game, and I can’t remember much after that.

- Ed

Sat 18 August - 2nd XI v Leigh II

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No-one should fail to (try and) join a Shoreham convoy. The afternoon starts here: missed turnings, misdirections, frantic car to car mobile conversations. Put it this way: if the invasion of Iraq had been left to us it would have saved everyone an awful lot of trouble. “We’re in Syria, where are you?” “Still on the A21.” “Anyone seen Dave?”

This week there was the semblance of an excuse as we scrambled to relocate to Leigh (pronounced Lye to confuse the Republican Guard) when it became clear that they were at their ground waiting for us whilst we were waiting for them at the Paddock. There will have to be a court martial although sources close to James Asplin have revealed that the discrepancy in fixture lists had been spotted as long ago as May by the daughter of Leigh’s captain and the Duracell Bunny who were playing I’ll show you my fixture list if you’ll show me yours (well it’s a start James) and it is not yet clear that we were mistaken nor why action was not taken earlier.

Consider the pathos of Chris’s abandoned sandwiches slowly curling at the edges in the empty pavilion. It’s like life really.

The first 9 Shoreham players to Leigh elected to field and Montie and Dave Fletcher opened the bowling. Leigh’s openers proceeded unspectacularly at a steady 5.5 an over. The only real excitement was when the heavy armour on Dave’s Nissan was nearly punctured by a high velocity six off Montie. At the beginning of the next over Dave was heard enquiring where Montie had parked.

Teacups in Tonbridge rattled at around 4 p.m. when Patrick’s attempted triple toe salcoe ended ignominiously, by which time the score was 97 for no wicket after 16 overs.

The first bowling change came now as the match was restricted to 35 overs a side. The introduction of this week’s guest star Martin Bowden made a real difference as his pace and swing proved too much for a succession of batsmen. Martin finished with a splendid 5 for 35 off 8.

Meanwhile Brad was operating at the other end and bowled 8 overs for only 59 runs, taking one important wicket in the process. Some lusty swinging by the Leigh batsmen unfortunately took the gloss off his figures in his eighth over.

With only three overs to go Leigh were 6 down. Chris took a catch off Wyn’s bowling in the 33rd over and then took two wickets himself in the 34th with his confusing, slow, straight ball. Wyn then took a caught and bowled off the last ball of the 35th over and we secured three bowling points that had seemed improbable half way through the innings.

A light drizzle had set in after tea and the light was failing. Wyn totally lost the trajectory of the first ball directed at him and headed it away from below knee height. Leigh sportingly did not appeal for lbw which the umpire would have been compelled to give. Dave meanwhile used his head more conventionally at the other end, collecting runs with judiciously placed shots. (Montie had moved his car well down the road during the tea interval).

Wyn and Dave had been replaced by William Westacott and Martin and the score had advanced to 35 for 2 after 8 overs before the worsening weather brought an end to play with the game interestingly poised.

Finally, welcome and well played to Josh Westacott who made his Shoreham debut and fielded very competently, stinging his father’s hands with a series of flat, hard returns. Well done too to Will who recalled his keeping skills and executed an important stumping. Thanks to Rob Simms who stepped forward when needed and patrolled the boundary to good effect and also to Matt Robinson who threw himself around on the opposite side of the field almost always coming up with the ball (Pat please note).

- Wyn

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