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Sat 7 June - 1st XI v Knockholt

Posted on 9th June in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

The latest visitors to Fortress Shoreham were third in the league Knockholt on Saturday. We had a strong looking lineup with one new face - Ritesh Chouhan - who was to prove himself with the ball and, later, just have enough time to hit a crisp six down the ground to finish the game… Anyway, Shoreham won the toss and marched out to field, safe in the knowledge that a Dinnis tea would be awaiting our return. Later it became apparent that John may have helped himself to A Bit Too Much Tea before the game though, as he launched an unchallenged bid for the RTFA.

James Trick (9-32-2) bowled a sharp opening spell, with Ritesh (9-29-0) holding up the other end nicely. Knockholt found runs hard to come by as Shoreham’s ring of fielders stood firm. The introduction of John Dinnis (6-29-1) finally provided the breakthrough for the home side: John’s stampeding run-up (echoing the Biggin Hill jets overhead) was just too much for the batsman, and Sam snatched a difficult catch to dismiss Knockholt’s number 2.

More solid catching from Shoreham meant that Knockolt’s middle order never got into their stride. Bob Stacey (7-29-2) eventually bowled the remaining opener, Thresher (31), just as he was starting to look dangerous. And Peter Wright (5-14-1) and Ed Walker (4-21-0) kept the visitors from the big finish their innings needed, ending on 160 for 6.

Sree Kokkiligadda and Nick Walker Jnr got our innings underway, but unfortunately Nick was caught at slip before scoring. This brought Pete Wright into the fray, and he soon set about the Knockholt openers with gusto. Pete raced to his fifty before Knockholt knew what had hit them. In the meantime, Sree kick-started into action during Neil Hardstone’s first over - by smashing five successive fours (much to the enjoyment of the spectators). Both Pete and Sree reached their fifties in the most stylish fashion - with a six - before Pete was caught on 51, and Sree on 63. However, Knockholt’s low total was suddenly in our grasp. And although Andy Monteith was bowled for 3, James Trick (18) tipped us over the line with a bit of help from Ritesh (7) at the end, with 4 overs to spare.

News of a second victory of the season for the Shoreham 2nds was greeted with cheers. And, as usual, the majority of both teams met up down the pub to savour the moment.

- Ed

View the League table here

- Photos by Sam, George, and Hatty (I think)

One Response

  1. Hatchethands says:
    June 10th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Ed - a feel you did yourself a disservice by not mentioning that you were the only Shoreham bowler not to contribute to the grand total of 19 wides.

    Also I believe you tried to take some shots of James batting using time-lapse techniques (shutter open for overs on end) but there was no movement.