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Sat 4 August - 1st XI v Sissinghurst II

Posted on 5th August in 1sts Match Reports, 2007

The Shoreham contingent found their journey into deepest kent hard going due to the grid lock in Sevenoaks and the inconsiderate motorist blocking the A21 the team only just made the ground by 14.00 baring Andy. A call to his wife releaved all anxiety as she confirmed he was on his way and had left home at 13.15. James not being there for the toss J.D stepped in and lost the toss for a change, It made no difference Sissinghurst decided to bat James and J.D. opened the bowling on what appeared to be a good batting track.

Bugess 42 and Rusling 24 did not appear to be in any difficulty (they did not allow for our prowess in the field) both fell to run outs by Jack R and Bob S, Edwards 42 then took charge before being caught by Mc Donald off the bowling of Rivett (2 for 42). Wickets then stated to tumble with 2 more impressive run outs by Sagar and Sam. Mc Donald also picked up 3 stumpings. Bob bowled his normal good line and picked 1 for 25 in his 9 overs and Ray took 3 for 22 of 5 overs. It was quite obvious that the opposition were aware of Andy’s exsploits with the bat from the previous week because as he glided across the outfield in pursuit off the ball the sniper struck. Andy went down clutching his leg, his teamates rushed to his aid ,a surgion was called to remove the bullet and dress the wound so as he could carry on. Andy then retreated to the slips to recuperate in the meantime the bats men ran 4. The oppositions innings was brought to a close on 180. Special mention to Mark behind the stumps being involved in 4 run outs 3 stumpings and 1 catch. I also put this down to the missing ingredent of the rallying call from Sagar “come on Boyzzz”. Shorehams hopes were high with what was considered a getable score.Sagar (7) and Andy (19) got the innings of to a good start with Sagar stroking an elegant drive through the covers for 4 and spirits were high of things to come (how misguided we were), Andy with his wound causing him discomfort and causing him to turn 3s into 1 sent for a runner, so sandy was dispatched to add impetus to the innings. Soon afterwards Sagar missed a lethal straight one that shattered off stump, this brought Alex (26) to the crease who with a flurish kept the run rate on target. Andy then tried to hook a shortish ball and edged it onto his stumps. J D (5)  joined Alex at the crease J D flayed his newbury out side off stump and blugeoned a 4 to the boundary and things looked on the up until John pushed a ball to fine leg and the yes no interlude commenced which ended in both batsmen at the bowlers end and J D making the long trek back to the pavilion dragging his rod behind him thinking of the big one that got away. Alex followed soon afterwards much to the dismay of the Shoreham contingent who did not clap which frustrated Alex who launched his box in anger, Mark (9) stayed a while with James (45) who looked well in control, but Sam fell for 11 and then Sandy and Bob did not trouble the scorers. Ray (7) stayed for a  while, but James was slowly running out of partnes and was the last man out with our score on 145, 35 runs short.

- Ray