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Sun 8 June - Buckhurst

Posted on 11th June in 2008, Friendly Match Reports

Last Sunday Shoreham’s motley crew of regulars and irregulars rolled over to Sevenoaks Rugby Club to face Buckhurst.  After the ever-reliable Dave Fletcher was forced to pull out, Ed Walker (our stand-in captain) managed to convince his Dad that he’d get a decent bat if he made up the numbers - ha yeah right.  Soon after arriving at the ground though, it became apparent that half our side were suffering from the night before, and certainly one (to his own admission) was still drunk.  Spirits were therefore pretty high, despite the absence of our leading run scorer, and talismanic skipper, Sean.  Ed won the toss (hurrah!) and decided that a couple of hours chasing the ball around every part of the ground in the baking sunshine sounded like a good idea.  And a good way of sobering up the squad…

Ed opened the bowling with himself and George Rivett. The Cream of Boakes Meadow found it tough from the word go, however, with Ed ending with 1 wicket from his 9 overs for 51 runs, and George 0 wickets from 4 overs for 32. The Shoreham field gradually became more spread out to try to stem the tide of early runs as Marshall punished our bowlers all over the place. Our openers made way for another pair of Boakes Meadow’s Finest: Jack Rivett (5-42-0) and Alex Haysler (5-33-0) bowled tightly at first, but Marshall had a taste for it by now, and was unrelenting in his attacking batting. Dan Setterfield (6-58-1) picked up a wicket, and Steve Gear (2-23-0) and Kumar Senthil (1-8-1) were thrown into the mix at the end: Kumar finally picked up the big wicket of Marshall (with a solid catch from Jack) from the last ball before Buckhurst declared on 255; Marshall had scored 175 of them. And we must have dropped him about a dozen times. A superb innings nonetheless.

The team were pretty knackered at tea, but at least the tea was plentiful, and the time we were afforded to eat it was extended accordingly. Result. Our oldest of farts and youngest of guns opened the Shoreham innings: Nick Walker (9) and Alex Haysler (4) had a tight partnership which took some while for Buckhurst to break down. Richard Nash (12) came in at number three to hit our second highest score of the day - yes it was one of those days. Russell Brooks had the regretfully short-lived honour of being the first duck of the day, as Greg ‘SWEEP!’ Taylor, Kumar Senthil, and Steve Gear were all to fall without a run later soon after. Although Jacko Rivett (1) just missed out. Dan Setterfield hit two 4s for a glorious 8, and shared Shoreham’s longest partnership with Ed. Skipper Walker got stuck in and acquired 47 runs before being the last wicket to fall, with the score on 99. He was gutted he missed his fifty, failed to get us over the 100 mark, and denied poor George at the other end the chance to face a ball. Shocking captaincy I know.

Overall I think everyone had a laugh, and it was good to see James Asplin, Sam Trick, James Anderson, Pat Barrett, and Martin and Linda Wells all popping by at various points. Keep up the support!

- Ed






- Photos by Sam and others?

14 Responses

  1. Psycho says:
    June 12th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Great shot of Pat in action!!

  2. Psycho says:
    June 12th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Looks as though you have been “bulking out” Ed!!

  3. Jock Strap says:
    June 12th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Almost a model forward defensive stroke from Greg Taylor - but still too much of a gap between bat and pad though…

  4. Ed says:
    June 13th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks Psycho. I’ve been weight training with yards of ale instead of weights!

  5. AHAYSLER says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    some great pics on the site. note the greg ‘defensive’!

  6. AHAYSLER says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    is there a funny rivett?

  7. AHAYSLER says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    by the way, are we playing a sunday league game this weekend? because no e-mail has circulated.

  8. Ed says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Ha ha he’s only funny-on-demand. Yeah Alex you’re def in the team for Sunday. I’ll forward you Sean’s email.

  9. Ed says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Or did you mean Saturday?

  10. sree says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    bob and all the second team players- thanks guys for sharing my success with the bat on saturday. it was special and my top score ever in any format of cricket beating my previous best 102 by a long way. unfortunately, my team mates preferred to enjoy their drinks at kilndown!!!. sree

  11. sree says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    could some one tell me, how did we match up against kemsing last year?

  12. Duracell bunny says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    we mullard them thats all you need to know sree

  13. Duracell bunny says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    the got beat more than kilndown less than bidborough thats it

  14. Hatchethands says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Sree we bowled them out for about 75 odd and made it with 1 down, but this is probably not a fair reflection of their normal level of play.