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Sat 19 July - 2nd XI v Limpsfield Chart II

Posted on 22nd July in 2008, 2nds Match Reports

Limpsfield Chart had already got the better of us this season but we were feeling confident as we fielded one of the best 2nd XI sides of this season. Our confidence didn’t falter as Limpsfield Chart won the toss and decided to bat.

Montgomerie and Sims opened the bowling attack and kept the visitors contained bowling a good line but wickets were hard to come by. Brad had one appeal that was so convincing that even a golfer on the 10th hole went up for it but the umpire was unmoved. The breakthrough came from an inspired change of bowling from skipper Chris Brown. Bromfield, fresh from the Sunday team, took the wicket of Maynard (25) with only his second ball with a good catch from Wells. Spirits were still high after 20 overs as Limpsfield Chart had only managed to amass 64 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Another wicket fell shortly after drinks bringing Soper to the crease who hit a quick 40, punishing anything short or wide. R. Trick (3-0-24-0) and J. Rivett (8-1-52-0) tried in vain to take wickets. Sims (8-1-31-2) continued his hard work in his second spell ably assisted by some excellent fielding including a classy run out by J. Rivett. The pick of the bowlers was Hoffman who consistently bowled well going for only 13 runs off of his 7 overs for the reward of 2 wickets. However, the runs continued to accumulate until the innings ended on 208 for 6 after 40 overs.

The team reflected whilst gorging themselves on a well prepared Rivett tea but we were still not beaten as our batting line up was strong. The innings got off to a slow start with Singh (7-3-12-1) and Playford (4-0-19-0) bowling well. Our openers Styles (3) and Trick (22) both fell to the bowling of Kaylan Reddy. Bromfield was deceived by the spin of O’Rourke and was stumped for 7 and Harris departed for 3. Hoffman put up a strong fight but was run out on 12. James Asplin looked good until skying one back to the bowler and the last 4 batsmen made 10 runs between them. Wells made the only other telling contribution but ran out of partners on 21*. After 32 overs we were 105 all out with the help of our top scorer: extras on 25.

We were outclassed by a superior bowling attack and Limpsfield Chart deserved the win and their position of 2nd in the table. Next week’s fixture away at Leigh should prove to be a closer encounter.

- George

One Response

  1. Ageing Hack says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Another budding talent with the pen / keyboard. Well done George.