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Sat 18 August - 1st XI v Bidborough II

Posted on 18th August in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

Bidborough won the toss and elected to bat on one of Shoreham’s trademark wickets which, after a summer of perpetual rain, had little to amuse the bowlers with. The now familiar opening barrage of Ed Walker (1-26-9) and John Dinnis (1-23-8) kept Bidborough under wraps, and Ed took Shoreham’s first wicket with a very tidy and untheatrical caught-and-bowled. The introduction of James Trick (1-16-9) soon brought about our second wicket, with a solid catch from Peter Wright. Bidborough were only on 54 after the first 20 overs, having lost their two openers just as they were getting going.

Shoreham continued to bowl tightly into the second half of Bidborough’s innings: Peter Wright (0-14-5) bowled economically for no reward; Ray Trick (1-28-6) took the wicket of Bidborough’s no.3; and Bob Stacey, fresh from his holiday, also picked up a wicket to end with 1 for 13 from his 3 overs. Pete took the catch off Bob’s bowling, and James caught one off John’s to round off a professional effort in the field by all concerned, inspired by the presence of The Duracell Bunny himself. Although, thinking back, I do recall a certain Mr Sree performing one of his long barriers for us… but it wasn’t enough to earn him the RTFA in the eyes of this reporter, who has the upmost sympathy for all things fielding. Also, there’ll be no JABA this week for similar reasons.

Bidborough reached 131 from their 40 overs for the loss of 5 wickets, with 20 of their runs coming from extras. Although this is by no means a reflection on stand-in wicket keeper Nick Walker Jr, who did a sterling job behind the stumps chasing mine and John’s wide deliveries - all with a bruised hand from use of excessive force when changing gear in his rush to the ground!

After tea, Nick Walker Jr and Sree Kokkiligadda strode out to bat, as Ray made for the showers - in an act of extreme confidence in our upper order. Sree immediately took the attack to Bidborough with some early boundaries, before Nick fell on 2 with the score on 18. Pete Wright took his place but, after a quick 9 runs, was caught to leave Shoreham stuttering on 31-2.

Was Ray getting anxious about changing back into his whites? Was he hell. Ray looked on comfortably as his youngest bashed another six into the surrounding trees. Sam and Sree had a strong partnership to bring us up to 99, when Sree was neatly stumped on 36. This brought James Trick into the fray, and he and his brother carried on to get Shoreham within reach of an early finish, and, most importantly, more time down the pub. James hit 25no, and Sam secured our only jug of the day, getting 55no with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Shoreham emerged victorious in 20.4 overs for the loss of only 3 wickets, with half the team not getting a bat again. Oh well, that’s probably best considering my performance the next day…

I’d like to thank the support shown by many of our 2nd team players who popped by the ground or who met up with us at the pub afterwards. Thankyou Martin as well for umpiring the majority of the game, even though you didn’t accept any of our LBW appeals.

- Ed