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Sat 30 August - 1st XI v Kemsing

Posted on 1st September in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

Win this game, win the League. That was our mission upon arriving at Kemsing’s ground. The weather was bright and humid as Shoreham’s elite took to the field, and Ed Walker and John Dinnis were given the responsibility of getting our attack under way. Nick Walker Jr was delayed, however, due to a perilous detour through Croydon on his way to the game, so Shoreham were a man down for the first 10 overs. Ironically these turned out to be our best 10 overs, as Ed (9-27-0) and John (7-29-0) kept the runs down, although neither could force that vital early wicket.

Peter Wright then took over where John left off, bowling all of his 9 overs for only 31 runs. A good first 20 from Shoreham had Kemsing only on 65 (if my memory serves me correctly), however their two openers, Wood and Shipton, had not been dislodged, and were starting to open up.

Bob Stacey (5-39-1) finally got the breakthrough, getting Wood (60) and leaving Kemsing on 106-1. The collapse Shoreham were working for never came though, as Shipton (80) accelerated the run rate. James Trick (9-47-2) earned his two wickets when Kemsing’s top order were in full flow, although Sandy Clark (1-13-0) was not shown any mercy. After 40 overs, Kemsing finished on 195 for the loss of only 3 wickets. A disappointing afternoon for Shoreham’s bowlers who toiled away in the heat, but a strong total for Kemsing’s batsmen who gave away very few chances and batted steadily throughout.

Faced with our largest total to chase since our third game of the season (against Halstead back in May), Shoreham’s batsmen looked a little out of sorts; with the wickets of Nick Walker Jr (3), Peter Wright (2), and Andy Monteith (5) all going cheaply, leaving us on 27-3. Having dug themselves out of similar holes on occasions throughout this season, however, Shoreham’s lower order were not perturbed by their task. Shoreham’s surviving opener, Sree Kokkiligadda, battled through to hit an invaluable 57, and share an 80 run partnership with Sam Trick (33) to drag us right back into the game.

Unfortunately, Sam departed with our score up to 107-4, and Sree fell soon after. Then Mark McDonald (1) failed to make the impact we were hoping for, leaving the visitors staring defeat in the face on 115-6. James Trick (38) came to the rescue, sharing a 68 run partnership with John Dinnis (31no) before being bowled with only a couple of overs to go. We were trailing by about a dozen runs coming into those final two overs. But the day didn’t get any better for Sandy Clark though, as he was dismissed the ball after James. This brought our no.10, Ed Walker, out to join his fellow opening bowler, John, in the middle. Ed scrambled 4 runs, and John added a few more to his tally, to bring us within 9 runs of victory with 6 balls to go (or at least I think it was that - I don’t have the scorebook and got too drunk afterwards to remember the following moments with any clarity anyway). John walloped his first ball for four. 5 runs from 5 balls then. He smashed his next ball just as hard, but was stopped by a brave piece of fielding at mid-off. The next two balls then passed with John trying to emulate his previous strokes, but to no avail. A bustled single from the penultimate ball brought Shoreham within a boundary of victory and the cool-headed Ed to the strike…

Well, you can’t say I didn’t try to hit the ball really hard out of the ground. The fact that I missed it completely and was bowled meant that Shoreham’s winning run finally came to an end. And it may have cost us 1st place in the League, with only one game of the season remaining - against 2nd placed Weald.

A few glum faces afterwards were apparent, but John and Ed, who had started and ended the game for Shoreham, did make the brief trip back to the George to celebrate the Club’s first double-loss on a Saturday in 2008 with the cream of the 2nd team, and some ace Irish music, long into the night.

- Ed

P.S. We found out on Sunday that we had actually won the League the day before despite losing to Kemsing, because Weald hadn’t picked up enough points in their victory over Speldhurst. How pleasantly ironic?!

KCVL Division 3 League Table
30th August 2008 (One game to go)

8 Responses

  1. Hatchethands says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 11:38 am

    “James Trick (9-47-2) earned his two wickets when Kemsing’s top order were in full flow” - A bit generous there Ed - is that hoping for a batting promotion given that you outscored many of the top order?

  2. sree the ball chopper says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:56 am

    there could be some truth in that- may be that isn’t a bad thing after all- as the top order doen’t seem to be pulling their weight. good luck Ed!!

  3. Ed says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Ha ha I think the Duck Cup will show me up at the end of the season. Must be on 4 or 5 by now…

  4. Gregory says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I make it 5…

  5. Pat says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    You’re all far too hard on yourselves. YOU WON THE LEAGUE!!!

  6. sree the ball chopper says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    another duck is not going to make a difference Ed!!! be brave and pick up the bat.

  7. Hatchethands says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Ed just remember that even if you win the duck cup (pretty good chance of that I hear) you still have a way to go to beat the record number of ducks in a season.

  8. Ed says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I dunno Pete, there are still 7 games left… I’m closing in on you Pat!

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