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Sat 10 May - 1st XI v Chevening

Posted on 11th May in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

Shoreham resumed their old rivalry with Chevening Amblers for the first match of the 1st XI league season, with the Chipstead wicket looking firmer and truer than it has done for many years, and their new pavilion now fully functional.

Captain Trick continued his record as a lucky tosser and unhesitatingly inserted the Amblers to take advantage of the new ball. His first three overs were maidens and he continued to keep the useful opening pairing subdued. But his partner at the other end, local agriculturalist John Dinnis, proved more profligate and was removed from the attack with the score on 19-0 after 6 overs. Trick looked immediately to Ed Walker to stem the flow of runs, and this proved a successful choice. Whilst the talented Sree and newcomer Russell Smith bowled too many loose ones after James’ 6 over stint, steady Eddie performed with increasing confidence and control at the other end. He bowled out at a cost of 26 runs, but it was not until his ninth and final over that Shoreham took their first league wicket of the season, as Stacey calmly pouched a mistimed square cut, and Chevening looked well placed at 91-1 after 24 overs.

It proved to be an innings of two halves however and Shoreham’s perseverance in the field eventually began to yield results. The entrepreneurial Bob Stacey settled quickly into a good length and was rewarded with the scalp of Mark Burkitt, whose patient 57 was the bedrock of Chevening’s innings, with Sree juggling a simple catch at point. Chevening then progressed to 143-3 after 35 overs when Dinnis was given a chance to redeem himself and produced two successive overs of extraordinary contrast. It was as though his stuttering GPS first came suddenly to life – and with 3 wickets in 4 balls he ripped the heart out of Chevening’s middle order – and then equally suddenly went on the blink again, since his next over proved an eternity of wides and no balls, with several deliveries landing in McDonald’s safe gloves without bouncing.

But by then Chevening’s forces were spent and Sree and Trick tidied up the tail – 166 all out in the final over.

A good fielding performance by the visiting side and no RTFA candidate, with McDonald deserving a mention for pouching a couple of catches, conceding only one bye, and sustaining a bruise or two on the way. 9 wides and 3 no balls almost proved costly though…

Shoreham’s response with the bat started well. Andy Monteith looked in belligerent form and set the early pace, whilst Nick Walker Jr played himself in more circumspectly. Chevening’s bowling throughout was steady, without being menacing, and the second change Hadlow was the pick of the bunch (9-1-27-2). Monteith, having reached 18, injudiciously chose to shoulder up to a straight delivery which took his middle stump – a strange error of judgement which raised a laugh around the boundary. Thereafter NW Jr became more assertive and, with the wristy Sree playing the ball tidily off his legs in particular, the scoreboard kept turning steadily at 4 an over through a succession of modest but effective partnerships. NW Jr edged to the keeper on 44 and was replaced by NW Sr, Sree was clumsily stumped on 31, McDonald picked out a fielder with a lofted cut on 10, NW Sr swung across the line once too often on 18.

131-4 in the 33rd over. 36 runs needed off 7.2 overs.

This target looked eminently achievable, since Trick was joined at the crease by The Swaggering Edge. However, by the end of the 36th over, the score had only progressed to 137.

30 required off 4.

Edge then dispatched a steepling six towards the nearby A21, but immediately tried a repeat performance next ball, and was clean bowled. Captain Trick then seized the initiative and punished short deliveries off both Baldwin and Burkitt.

We were still not there though as 153-6 off 38 then became 161-8 off 39 with Dinnis and Smith perishing in successive deliveries. All of a sudden wickets became a factor as we entered the final over needing 6.

In the end though, the experience of Trick and the youthful confidence of Ed Walker at the other end ensured that only 4 balls were required, with James ending on 24 not out for a man of the match all-round performance.

A great start for the 1st team’s league campaign was enhanced by the news of the 2nd team’s victory, and this first ever ‘double’ was celebrated back at the George until closing time by the hard core of both sides.

- Nick Walker Sr

Harry (Team Photographer): “Everyone say lager”
Shoreham 1st Team: “LAAAAAAAGER!”

- Photos by Ed, Nick Snr and Harry

5 Responses

  1. Ageing Hack says:
    May 11th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I see that the Ist XI has found its own Frank Keating. Nice report Nick! Looking forward to seeing the details of what was certainly a great victory for the seconds: the match was intriguingly poised when I had to leave. Is the correspondent still hung over?

  2. Jonty Rhodes says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Ed

  3. Hatchethands says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    So as Ed ages does this mean his “youthful confidence” will become more like JT’s “experience”?

    Happy Birthday Ed.

  4. Ed says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Cheers guys. Sorry I can’t play on Saturday. I’ll be thinking of you when I’m in the pub…

  5. sree says:
    May 16th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    happy birthday ed- enjoy your day off- sree