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Sat 26 July - 1st XI v Halstead

Posted on 31st July in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

The weather was glorious as Shoreham’s finest took to the field on Saturday afternoon.  George Rivett was loitering around the boundary, watching on as his neighbour and chaperone, Ed Walker (7-32-0), hurled the ball down from the pavilion end for a tight seven over spell.  James Trick (8-13-0) bowled even more tightly at the top end, but neither could make the breakthrough.  Halstead’s opening pair of Brooker (30) and Smout (24) put on 52 before Shoreham’s secret weapon (and lucky mascot), Harry, turned up at the ground (late - as punishment for not going to bed when he was told to the night before), signaling the beginning of the end for Halstead.  Harry’s Dad got Shoreham’s first wicket the moment the little man arrived, and from then on wickets came regularly for Shoreham.  Bob Stacey’s turn and Sandy Clark’s wobble ripped through Halstead, after their patient start; Bob picking up 4 wickets from his 9 overs for 33, and Sandy getting 5 wickets from his 5.4 overs for 29 - match winning bowling which guaranteed two jugs already at the pub (as Bob got a run-out off his own bowling also).  Only Barclay (38) made any more signifant runs for Halstead, as they were bowled out for 143 from 35.4 overs.  Sree Kokkiligadda (4-22-0) and Nick Walker Sr (2-11-0) also contributed with the ball, but less than 15 overs of bowling from Bob and Sandy did the job for Shoreham. Oh yeah, and only 1 bye got past the joker behind the stumps.

Sree Kokkiligadda and Andy Monteith opened our batting after tea, and perhaps it was the tea that accounted for Andy being caught LBW first ball.  Either way, this brought the in-form Nick Walker Jr to the crease, and he and Sree started to assert themselves.  Sree, unfortunately, was caught on 14 just as he was getting going, which meant that we were 33 for 2 when Phil Edge entered the arena.  Phil and Nick saw off Halstead’s openers with a few suspiciously quiet overs, then when the change bowlers came on they suddenly went up a few gears.  Nick chose to only run 9 of the 63 runs he acquired, the rest of course being boundaries (very lazy of you Nick); and Phil was just as bad, only running 8 of his 56 runs, which included 4 sixes and several lost balls.  Nick and Phil saw Shoreham home within 30 overs to the delight of the rest of the team, who knew they now had all the more time to enjoy the four jugs that the day’s game had produced!  A worthy effort.

- Ed