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Sat 14 June - 2nd XI v St Lawrence II

Posted on 17th June in 2008, 2nds Match Reports

For this mid-table clash we fielded a strong-looking batting line up. The bowling was strengthened by Graham’s return (the new nail varnish is not completely dry yet but he was determined to play), but weakened by the continued absence of the Plumstead Pensioner.

I have been reading about the program of post office closures and, as we didn’t hear from him last week, I’m a little concerned that PP wasn’t noticed dozing in the corner of his local branch when they shut it down. Could someone check?

St. Lawrence’s innings was in two parts: Nick Cobb’s and everyone else’s. Everyone else scored a total of 68 whilst Nick (the St. Lawrence captain) plundered 170 from our depleted attack. Apparently, catches were dropped and stumpings were not given: things that could have affected the result profoundly. I wasn’t there at this stage so I have to rely on my informers in this regard. It is however a matter of fact that St. Lawrence scored 257.

Brad was the pick of our bowlers with a very economical 9 – 30 - 1. Everyone else went for around seven an over and would probably wish to remain anonymous, except that possibly Jack would like me to make mention that he took two wickets.

St Lawrence’s bowlers in their turn found it difficult to bowl on the stumps and so we kindly helped them out: Paul kicking one from outside leg onto his wicket and Simon Wells doing much the same to one a long way outside the off, but using his bat. The returning Nick Pearce has yet to rediscover his touch and Martin was still muttering about the injustices of life as a wicket keeper instead of concentrating on the line of the ball that cleaned him up (he maintains it swung prodigiously). Danny was the only one of the top five to reach double figures, and then only just.

The galacticos in the line up had failed to deliver and at 41 – 5 things were looking pretty dire, so it was left to our middle and lower order, journeymen batsmen to restore some semblance of respectability, which they did with style.

Runs came more easily once St. Lawrence’s opening bowlers had finished their spells (A. Churchman 9 – 38 – 3, and R. Berry 9 – 32 - 2). First Montie steadied the ship and then Chris stepped up to play a captain’s innings, encouraged by the fact that his scoring shots were greeted by a chorus of ‘Brownie for Pope’ from the returned 1st team. Chris, Montie and extras added 97 for the 6th wicket – surely a record for the seconds? This was aided to some extent by the fact that St. Lawrence failed to appreciate the nature of Chris’s innings and persisted in posting fielders in front of square on the off side.

Montie eventually departed and then 138 for 6 quickly became 138 for 7 as Graham got a ball that was too good for his understandably tentative shot. Chris was finally out for 62, with the total on 155. Brad, accumulated 16 with four boundaries, but was ninth out with the score on 159 leaving one run required for a second batting point. Our last wicket brought together the Flying Rivetts. Jack managed to get bat on ball consistently this week and he briskly reached 18 before George was dismissed for a crucial 3, with the total on 176.

So, one way of looking at the day is that our ‘top’ 5 batsmen contributed 29 whilst numbers 6 to 11 contributed 122. Another would be that St. Lawrence’s batsmen, except their captain, scored 68 whilst Shoreham’s batsmen, except their captain, scored 89 but we still lost by a country mile. I foresee some difficult selectorial decisions.

- Wyn

- Photos by Ed (on his camera phone)