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Sat 21 June - 1st XI v Kilndown & Lamberhurst

Posted on 23rd June in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

K&L won the toss and chose to bowl with the new ball on a damp wicket.  After our comprehensive victory against Bidborough II the week before (where we didn’t lose a wicket), the Shoreham batsmen were looking forward to the opportunity to really get some runs.  Opener from the week before, Sree Kokkiligadda, started out where he’d left off against Bidborough, hitting boundaries all over the place…  Nick Walker Snr kept up with the pace at the other end, scoring a measured 64 before being the first Shoreham wicket to fall, with the score already on 195!  A superb opening partnership by Sree and Nick laid some very solid foundations for a Big Score from Shoreham.  By the time Andy Monteith finally got out to the middle, Sree was in full flow.  Andy joined in the hitting but was caught on the boundary for 13 - he’ll have to wait another week then before he emulates his crushing 158 of earlier in the season.  Phil ‘The Edge’ Edge strolled out to the wicket for a taste of the action, but soon returned after scoring a quick 8.  When will this behemoth of batting get the runs his unique style so deserves? Sam Trick then chipped in with 10 before losing his gamble that the K&L fielder would miss the stumps with his throw on a tight run. By now, though, we had got all the batting points we could get, and were just pushing to get as many extra runs as we could. James Trick joined Sree at the end, and knocked a quick-fire 35 to bump our total up to a whopping 349 after the full 40. Sree had batted magnificently throughout to reach the highest total for a Shoreham batsman that anyone can remember - 165 not-out! An incredible performance. He may have ridden his luck a few times, but he punished K&L for their mistakes.

After that slogging the ball was unrecognisable from the one K&L had started with. Ed Walker found it hard up the hill, going for 50 runs from his 9 overs - but did pick up the wicket of K&L’s opening bat in the process. John Dinnis started from the top end, and bowled an economical spell, going for only 7 from his 5 overs. He was replaced by James Trick who (as is becoming a habit of his) ripped through the opposition’s top order: 9 overs, 5 maidens, 10 runs, for 4 wickets. Meanwhile, Bob Stacey took over the uphill duties, and was also rewarded with 4 wickets - from 7 overs for 18. Ray Trick (a.k.a. ‘Sting’) had a cameo at the end and picked off the last K&L wicket of the day.

After a couple of pints in Kilndown (or was it Lamberhurst?) the Shoreham party returned to its spiritual home where they were greeted, once again, by a victorious 2nd team! Congratulations guys. I can’t remember what we were drinking, but it was good. It must have been midnight before the ‘Fun Warden’ got mean with the remaining revelers, forcing them to take their thirst to a 21st Birthday party in the village. Thanks very much Joe and Chris for allowing us in, we had a great time! Mark ‘definitely not a crook’ McDonald spent his first night over in Shoreham. And then it was Sunday, and another game of cricket…

RTFA: No distinguishable candidates this week.
JABA: I suppose it’s got to be me - after all, over half K&L’s runs were scored off my bowling.

- Ed

(No photos unfortunately because someone forgot their camera.)

9 Responses

  1. sree says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    what is ‘jaba’?

  2. Ed says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    The ‘James Asplin Bowling Award’ of course!

  3. Duracell bunny says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    4 overs 15 runs 1 wicket so the award can now be changed to JAFA James Asplin Feilding Award

  4. Hatchethands says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Mr Asplin why should you get an award for a small town in New Zealand? I could possibly understand one for sterling work in the field - but what have you done for the town of Feilding?

  5. DOUGAL says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    HAHA! Slow clap for the spelling champ!

  6. Ed says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 1:29 pm


  7. sree the ball chopper says:
    June 24th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    i chop cricket ball on saturdays and but real balls on wednesdays- therefore i thought ball chopper is appropriate- what do you think of my nick name guys?

  8. Duracell bunny says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Any chance of a spell check device being added to the site Ed? I wrote this comment by myself just incase there are no mistakes by the way

  9. Ed says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Ha ha Ball Chopping sounds painful! And Bunny, if you buy yourself a dictionary I’ll deduct it from your tour deposit which you still owe me.