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Sat 28 July - 1st XI v Ightham

Posted on 1st August in 1sts Match Reports, 2007

Ightham C.C. 174-8
Shoreham C.C. 1st XI 176-7

With a number of regular second XI players Shoreham took to the field after winning an important toss to face second in the league Ightham. On a damp unpredictable wicket Shoreham got off to the best possible start with J. Trick taking a wicket with only his second ball trapping Canniford LBW. J. Trick with a point to prove after his atrocious performance in the home leg against Ightham ended with figure of 9 overs, 33 runs and 4 wickets. Trick was complimented with a tight opening bowling spell by J. Dinnis who battled through the pain barrier to end with figures of 9 overs for 37 runs. S. Trick then entered the attack and took a wicket with his first ball, the batsman being caught in the covers after taking evasive action from a vicious 90mph bouncer (ok it was a gentle long hop outside off stump which looked destined for the boundary until Monteith soared through the air to take the catch at full length to his right). Also in the wickets was R. Trick who ended with figures of 9 overs, 49 runs and 2 wickets. Special mention is reserved for J. Rivett who took his first 1st XI wicket in an outstanding spell of spin bowling in which he had the batsmen tied in knots ending with figures of 9 overs, 33 runs and 1 wicket. For the majority of the time Shoreham fielded superbly, A. Monteith picking up his customary 2 catches, S. Trick taking a regulation slip catch, Nick Walker Jnr caught a tough one on the boundary after some nifty chest work and M. McDonald who did the impossible and improved on his previous weeks work behind the stumps by conceding 0 byes and picking up a stumping in the process. All in all a fantastic bowling and fielding performance restricted Ightham to 174-8.

Much like the bowling Shoreham’s batting performance got off to a fantastic start with Monteith and Walker hitting 13 from Collins (9-41-1) first over. Unfortunately the good start didn’t last, Walker (2) deceived by an out-swinging, in-ducking yorker (that’s right isn’t it Nick) was bowled first ball of Bridge’s (9-24-1) first over. J. Trick entered the crease at 3 and performed a steadying role occupying the crease for 11 overs and scoring 15 runs before being trapped LBW from a ball that he claims he hit by Collins. Next to enter the fold was J. Dinnis who in his cameo hit a monstrous six straight back over the bowlers head, he then like many others was deceived by the unpredictable nature of the pitch and was bowled by Benwell (6-35-1) on 18. After Dinnis came Shoreham’s overseas pro M. McDonald who added a handy 14 to the score to keep Shoreham up with the run rate before also succumbing to the track, bowled by Mills (7-22-1). Second team regulars N. Pearce (8) and R. Marsden (8) were both involved in handy partnership which helped the score to progress. However Shoreham reaching Ightham’s total was on the most part down to A. Monteith. Captain J. Trick would also like to take some credit for the motivational remark made prior to the game of “Andy you’re one of only two players in the team not to get a 50 for the club”. Monteith not one to be left out batted from start to finish steadily going about his work and making batting on a difficult wicket look easy in a chanceless innings of 80. Shoreham reached Ightham’s total in spectacular fashion with Monteith hitting a six over mid-wicket with 4 balls to spare, it was never in doubt.

- Sam