Sun 4 May - St Mary’s

8th May, 2008

Shoreham 187-4
Beat St Mary’s 92 All out By 95 Runs

After losing the toss for the 2nd time this season, Shoreham were forced to bat against a strong St Mary’s bowling attack in what can only be described as blazing Shoreham Sunshine ideal for batting. Bromfield dropped last weeks opening partner King to 4th in order to sure up the Shoreham battling line-up, which meant the responsibility was given Ed Walker to lead the Shoreham batting attack with Bromfield.

After an assured first two over and a lovely cover-drive for 4 by Walker, he missed a straight one and was out for 4, bringing the experienced Fletcher to the wicket who was wily in keeping the impressive St Mary’s openers and even managed to be on the receiving end of the slowest bouncer in history. While Bromfield at the other end was struggling for form and played and missed at a few drives. With the score at 24 Fletcher was caught behind for only 6 but was invaluable in steadying the Shoreham ship.

This brought the impressive Dom King to the wicket and together with Bromfield managed to move the Shoreham innings into the next gear even though the endless line of good line and length St Mary’s bowlers continued to be coming on. With the score at 70 Bromfield used the first of his 5 lives and was dropped after trying to hook a slow delivery (the words oh sh*t were heard in the pavilion).

With the score at 79 King was bowled after missing a straight delivery. Bringing the man inform Sam Trick to the crease and the innings really started to take off as Bromfield started to get his eye in and use a bit of luck being dropped another 3 times although difficult chances the wicket keeper started asking for his Lottery numbers. Trick picked up were he left off on Saturday as he raced to a quick fire 34 and Bromfield took full advantage of his luck and smacked his way to his maiden 100 of the season and finished 104 not out

Shoreham innings finishing on 187 after 40 over from the away side.

After an impressive tea Shoreham took the field. With Walker leading the bowling attack after his impressive 5 wicket haul the week before, but is was the impressive Bradley Simms (Shoreham’s answer to MR T) from the golf course end that was causing the early problems for St Mary’s, who had come out all guns blazing going to a quick-fire 10 of 4 balls.

With ST Mary’s playing suicide cricket trying to smack the leather off the ball the calculated Simm’s and Walker worked well and backed up with great catches by the ever reliable Trick in the slips and the impressive Sunday debutant Alex Haysler reduced St Mary’s to 52-6. With St Mary’s elder statesmen trying to save the game and making Jeff Boycott look like Adam Gilchrist !! Bromfield turned to Shoreham’s youthful spinners Haysler and Rivett to make the breakthrough and they didn’t disappoint with a wicket a piece. Leaving the away side at 89-7.

Bromfield then turned to experience and the unknown when he put the evergreen David Fletcher and Russell Brookes on. Brookes surprised the team with great line length and accuracy and went for only 1 run from 2 overs, while Fletcher cleaned up with 2 wickets in 8 balls.

Fantastic Victory with St Mary’s all out for 92. Watched by a record crowd including 3 members of the Last of the Summer Wine cast (thanks Ray Trick, John Bromfield and Brownie)

Man of the Match: Sean Bromfield

Ray Trick Fielding award: No-one great team effort

No game this week but the Band-wagon rolls onto Waggoners.

- Sean

- Photos by Sam, George and Greg*


- Photos by lots of people.

Comments (4)

  1. Jonty Rhodes

    who took the photos of shoreham in the field

  2. Jonty Rhodes

    Jonty recalls someone doing 2 sets of press ups on sunday, auditioning for the RTF award

  3. Gregory

    I do believe you are right. Lucked his way to 100, and then proceeded to drop anything that came his way…

  4. I took the bloody pictures!!