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Sat 31 May - 1st XI v Speldhurst

Posted on 6th June in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

With all the rain we’ve had, the wicket last Saturday was pretty spongy (technical term) so everyone wanted to bowl first.  Unfortunately the coin didn’t quite land properly so we were thrown into bat.  Nevertheless, spirits were high after the 1sts incredible win the week before - thanks to Andy’s big hitting - so those of us in the lower half of the order made themselves comfortable in front of the main stand.

Pretty soon into our innings the more youthful Nick Walker was caught trying to repeat the crunching drive he had executed just one ball earlier.  This brought the in-form Andy Monteith out to join the remaining Nick Walker at the crease, but he could only muster 12 this week. The pair got stuck in though, but found it slow going with the ball doing all sorts of mad things and the outfield being very slow. After 10 overs we had acquired a mere 10 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. We needed to accelerate fast if we were to post a decent total.

Nick Walker Sr grafted an important 22 before being also being caught. Our skipper, James Trick, was our only player to get a half-century, ending on an invaluable 58 n/o. His little brother Sam chipped in at the end with three stomping sixes to reach 28. And that was that. 159 runs for 6 wickets (including 19 handy extras). No one really knew if it would be enough or not on that wicket, but there was tea to be had so we put it all behind us.

Speldhurst’s innings got off to a tense start with our bowlers stifling their runs, and Sam snatching an early run-out after a mix-up by the batsmen. James Trick (9-41-1) bowled well after his long innings and picked up a wicket. Ed Walker (9-20-1) bowled damn tightly and also got one wicket. Speldhurst’s middle order progressed steadily though, leaving the game delicately poised.

John Dinnis (5-13-0) bowled far fewer long-hops than I was expecting, and also grabbed a couple of solid catches. It was the introduction of our superstar slow bowlers, Ray Trick (8-31-2) and Bob Stacey (9-32-4), that proved pivotal for Shoreham, demolishing Speldhurst’s resistance. Booth (40 n/o) gave us a scare at the end with a flurry of boundaries, but it wasn’t enough to get the visitors home. They ended on 138 for 9 - 22 runs short of victory. And if it wasn’t for the honesty of Nick Walker Sr noticing Bob’s foot was just over the boundary when he had Booth caught with a few overs left, we could have bowled them all out AND had more time in the pub. Fortunately, despite this strategic slip, we did end up with plenty of time in the pub and had a good laugh with the returning 2nd team players.

Sorry for the lateness of this report. If there’re any points I’ve forgotten please feel free to add them below. And, I’ll put up some more photos after I’ve sifted through the 300 Sam took last weekend!

- Ed