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Sun 27 July - Horton Kirby

Posted on 31st July in 2008, Friendly Match Reports

Sunday team win in Soaring Shoreham Heat

After the confidence building draw against local rivals Otford, Shoreham were back on home turf and with the sun beating down most were looking forward to batting first and having a relaxing snooze in the afternoon sun (RAY)

The skipper had other ideas and looking at the strength of the bowling attack decided the team needed to top up on their tans !!

The opening bowlers soon got in there groove with J Bromfield returning from the Magaluf sun, looking whiter than when he left and no pedalo incidents to report, bowled a tight spell of 5 over for 21 runs !! his opener partner the Russell Smith also bowled tightly and got the initial breakthrough with the score at 33-1 with a clean bowled out-swinging Yorker !!! A JAFFA of a ball!!!

With the heat taking its toll and the need to keep his bowlers fresh after 10 overs the skipper changed the bowlers with another class act of E Walker and Steve (Kumars mate), they also bowled tightly for little reward as the experienced Horton Kirby line-up soaked up the pressure. At the 20 over mark the score was only 70 as the Shoreham opening pairs had done a great job under the extreme heat.

With the need to open the game up the skipper turned to the spin wizardry of Rupert Harris and George Rivett !! both bowled with great guile and discipline and George managed to make the magic break through with the score on 126 with a regulation catch for A.Haysler who did a great job behind the stumps !!

With the spinners looking tired, the captain turned back to the pace duo of Steve and Smith !! they did not disappoint the impressive Steve got the tough opener A. Scott for 59 and in the process broke the NEW BAILS !! SORRY MARTIN !!
Russell Smith wrapped up the impressive bowling display with a great catch in the deep by J. Bromfield

The final total for Horton Kirby was 188-4, on another day this could have easily been 250 !! great display and bowling from the boys !!

After an extensive Haysler Tea

Shoreham got off to the worst possible start losing the experienced Ray Trick for a Duck, and the captain struggling to score.

It took Steve to take the innings straight into top gear by hitting 3 fours and a six off his first 4 Shoreham balls, which must surely be a record !! the quickfire batting didn’t last long and he was cleaned bowled in the 5th over of the match, Shoreham already looking shaky at 21-2.

Bringing the impressive Rupert Harris to the wicket, and his clever nurdles to 3rd man quickly frustrated the bowlers but excited the ever growing Shoreham crowd basking in the evening sun !!

Unfortunately for Rupert he was bowled by a seaming ball for 32 !! The Captain only contributing 9 to the partnership as he was finding it hard to get the ball off the square.

With the score at 65-3, and a draw looking the most likely result given the sudden batting collapses that have been a constant feature of the Sunday team this season, but fortunately it was not to be.

Ed Walker finally got past 10 for the Sunday team and didn’t look back scoring a season best 61 Not out including 11 4’s and the skipper also found his form putting the Horton Kirby bowlers to the sword and hit a impressive 66 Not Out.

It must be acknowledged that Bromfield and Walker rode their luck but ultimately made Horton Kirby pay for their mistakes with a great 134 Run partnership !!

So a well deserved first victory for the Sunday team !!

Great batting and bowling from the Guys !!!

Man of the Match:

THE TEAM !! great effort in the heat

As always if you fancy a game please email me

- Sean