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Sun 13 July - Erith

Posted on 14th July in 2008, Friendly Match Reports

Shoreham 83 all out lost by 3 wickets to Erith 87-7

On a glorious Shoreham afternoon, the skipper once again LOST (much the same as all the matches this season) the toss and was put into bat on a good firm Shoreham track.

The new opening pair of Bromfield and Kokkilagadda got stuck straight away into the Erith attack carting them to all parts of the Shoreham ground, it was looking a bit too easy for the pair.

Disaster nearly struck early on as the skipper was TRIGGERED by his own team mate whilst on 20 but with a few glances and some fantastic sportsmanship from the opposition the captain was allowed to stay in as all parties agreed he had hit the ball before it hit his pad.

With this slice of luck the pair carried on flying to 62 for 0. this prompted the opposition to turn to their spin attack. The change duly worked as Bromfield was bowled round his legs for 35 (turning out to be the top score of the day) after attempting a STUPID sweep shot.

This started a bit of a collapse for the home side with Shree falling soon after, making the score 69-2. the shoreham inexperienced batting line-up was up against a well oiled spin attack. To be fair it was like having Shane WARNE at one end moving the ball 2 feet either way with ease. The only notable contribution was Bob Simm’s quick fire 8 but apart from that no reistance was offered and Shoreham were all out for 83 !!

With 10 wickets falling for 21 runs. The opposition’s figures were impressive with the 2 spinners Benn and Clifford finishing both with figures of 7 overs 4 wickets for 13 runs.

With an early tea the skipper thought some fielding practice might do the trick and IMTIMIDATE the opposition and IT DID !!

The skipper turned to Shree and Russell Smith to give the opposition something to worry about. They bowled a fantastic opening spell backed up with attacking fielding and great catches.

The first wicket to fall was a regulation catch in covers for Russell “the CAT” Brooks, The next wicket followed soon after with what can only be described as catch of the season from Tom Palmer (making his Sunday debut) diving to his right one handed !!

the pressure was on the opposition as they faltered to 12 for 2. this soon was 31 for 4 when Shree clean bowled two more Erith players. Russell Smith at the other end was working away well swinging the ball both ways causing the batsman all sorts of problems and duly picked up 2 wickets one bowled and the other caught by “the CAT” in the covers again.

The openers had done the damage and with the score on 55-6 it was time for a change. Shree had bowled his 10 overs for 11 runs and 4 wickets and Russell his 10 overs for 29 runs and 2 wickets. Great bowling effort matched with equally fantastic fielding

In order to make inroads to Erith middle order it was up to Brad Simms and Tom Palmer, they were both unfortunate and bowled a steady line for no reward !! with time running out the skipper came on and got the break through wicket caught once again by the infamous “CAT”!!

with the score now 69-7 Shoreham thought they were in with a chance of an unlikely Victory but with the low total Erith had re-jigged there batting line-up and they were steered clear by a classy knock from J. Leaver.

Shoreham were once again beaten on a Sunday but will no doubt try and pull themselves together for the Local Derby against Otford next weekend

Star Man: Shoreham Fielders 5* performance (shame about the batting)

- Sean