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Sat 5 July - 1st XI v Weald

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

The match we’d all been waiting for had finally arrived: Shoreham Brackets Kent CC versus Weald CC. The big clash between the top two teams in Division 3 of the Kent County Village League. Our last game of the first half of the 2008 season was always going to be a tense affair.

Shoreham had pretty much their strongest XI out for the game, although James, Ed and Bob were all feeling a little stiff from the Isle of Wight tour of the previous three days. Well I was anyway. Weald won the toss and elected to bat on a decent track. Ritesh (6-17-1) opened down the hill and varied between some very tight deliveries and some very wide ones, with very little in-between. His early pressure did result in the wicket of Weald’s no.2 for only 4 runs with the score on 7. It was too early to celebrate though as Weald’s other opening batsman, Clive, kept their scoreboard ticking over. Ed Walker (9-33-0) was the only Shoreham bowler to use his full quota of overs, and despite bowling tightly, couldn’t pick up a wicket this week.

James Trick (7-28-0) replaced Ritesh at the top end, and, much like Ed, bowled tightly for no reward. Clive was still chipping away at the Shoreham attack, so we were in need of some wickets. Peter Wright (5-22-1) broke the deadlock, getting Balcombe out LBW for 10, leaving Weald on 74 for 2. Bob Stacey was then handed the ball, and bowled tremendously to get 3 wickets for 36 from his 6 overs, backed up well by a solid catch from Pete and a tidy stumping from Mark. John Dinnis (7-38-1) came on to bowl after James and quickly launched into his familiar volley of deliveries, using the whole length and breadth of the wicket, to secure this week’s JABA.

Weald ended on 175 for 7 at tea, aided by Shoreham’s 18 extras, and some loose bowling at the death. Clive was the only batsman who made any significant runs for Weald, being run out near the end for 101. Shoreham felt confident that they could reach this total, but Stringer’s bowling was going to be the deciding factor.

Shoreham’s top five of Nick Walker Jnr (16), Sree Kokkiligadda (0), Peter Wright (5), Andy Monteith (4), and Ritesh (16) all fell within the first dozen overs - leaving Shoreham facing the prospect of an embarrassing defeat on 33 for 5! Stringer ripped our top order open, ending with figures of 9-19-3. His last three overs were saved for the end though, and Shoreham’s middle-to-low order needed to grab the opportunity to make some runs. James Trick, the Shoreham skipper, shared a pivotal 6th wicket partnership of 122 with Phil Edge which changed the face of the game. Phil’s lusty blows earned him 57 runs before being caught in the deep going for yet another monster six, whilst James remained on about 40. Suddenly victory was in reach for Shoreham, with 20 runs required from 24 balls. Mark McDonald, who had been pacing around in his pads for the last 30 overs trying to remember what it was like the last time he batted (6 weeks ago!), was thrust into the middle with the responsibility of bringing Shoreham home with James. The lad did not disappoint, hitting an assured 12 n/o (including a lovely top-edge for 6). James carried on at the other end, finishing with 49 n/o - a true captain’s innings. Shoreham won with 5 balls to spare, much to the relief of our three remaining batsmen: John, Ed and Bob, as well as the whole of our top order!

A thrilling end to a tense game, which really proved the depth of our batting, and strength of character. Shoreham are now on 128 points at the top of Division 3, having won all of their 9 matches. Although Weald are not far behind on 105. Will it go down to our last game of the season against them?

RTFA: A first for Nick Walker Jnr this week, joining the long list of RTFA winners, after a couple of fielding errors and dropped chances. Congratulations!

- Ed





3 Responses

  1. Hatchethands says:
    July 8th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    A query for the scoreres here - how could we possibly be 33-5 when you add up the top five scored 41 runs between them. Although I must say that this was a cunning plan we devised in the changerooms.

    We all got out deliberately to see how the lower middle order coped with the pressure, also we had got tired of Mark complaining that he had not batted for 6 weeks. Our plan has now given us even more confidence to go out and play the same silly shots week after week secure in the knowledge that we can bat all the way down the order.

    Finally congratulation to Nick for snatching the RFTA in the face of some stern opposition.

  2. hoffers says:
    July 8th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    They say that you are not a true rider unless you have fallen from your horse five times. Some may say the same thing about winning the RTFA. Not me though.

    And another thing, where is the traditionally hilarious Tour report? Come on Eddy, you’ll have forgotten it in another week.

  3. Duracell bunny says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I think i remember Mark saying he had premeditated his six however the picture proves other wise !! but keep bringing the jugs back marky boy