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Fri 24 October - Market Porter 1st XI

Posted on 25th October in 2008, Friendly Match Reports

Shoreham’s first winter fixture against the Market Porter 1st XI was a roaring success last Friday night. Strong performances from Ed, Greg, Brownie and Pat provided the foundations for the Shoreham innings. Birthday boy Sam (who acquired a sizeable army of supporters throughout the match) was also going at it hard. Special guest appearances from Mick, Deborah, and little Omar - all on loan from Acme for the evening - brought the game alive. And, despite arriving long after kick-off, Nick, Sarah and Blythe all gave worthy contributions, and helped make up the full Shoreham XI.

The Market Porter 1st XI’s strongest player, Harveys of Sussex, was the focus for most of the Shoreham team - and he’s a great character that I look forward to playing again in the near future. The fish’n'chips afterwards were sublime, and everyone left contented after a thoroughly enjoyable fixture.

- Ed

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SCC Winter Fixtures vs. Market Porter 1st XI

Posted on 16th October in 2008, Announcements

Attention all players!

Just because the season’s over, doesn’t mean we have to stop going drinking together.

With this in mind, a handful of members have arranged what will hopefully be the first of many ‘winter fixtures’, against the prestigious Market Porter 1st XI. Our first fixture is on Friday 24th October (next friday), and kick-off will be 6pm sharp. The Market Porter is a wonderful venue situated a mere stumbling distance from London Bridge station (follow the link below to view a map). So for those of you who live/work in the City, this is the perfect opportunity ‘to keep your hand in’ over the winter months with your fellow teammates. And as it’s so close to the station it’s very easy for the locals of Shoreham to make the journey up (and probably back again) as well.,0.02&hl=en

Everyone’s most welcome to play, so I look forward to seeing you all there!


(Ministry of Propaganda)

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2008 Annual Dinner

Posted on 26th September in 2008, Announcements

This year’s Shoreham Cricket Club Annual Dinner will take place on Saturday 15th November at Darenth Valley Golf Club. This is your first chance to reserve your places and book your tickets for what is likely to be the best ever Annual Dinner celebrating this season’s fine team performances and to toast the promotion of the 1st XI.

Additionally we shall honour our fellow cricketers in the awards ceremony and shall listen to some short speeches. No doubt there shall be some childish barracking and lots of demands for more alcohol whilst we savour the gastronomic feast for which the choice is:

  • Tomato and crushed Basil Soup served with crusty Bread Roll
  • Prawn Cocktail

  • Roast Breast of Chicken wrapped in Bacon and served with Pan Gravy
  • Braised Steak with a Rich Red Onion Gravy
  • Filo Parcel of Stir Fried Vegetables

(all of the above served with a selection of seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes)

  • Homemade Cheesecake with Fruits of the Forest Compote
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

  • Coffee, Cream and Mints

Price is £20 per head.

Please confirm to [email protected] or [email protected]

Block bookings a speciality!!

I shall send forms round for all to confirm their choice about 4 weeks before the event.

Players are being given the first opportunity to reserve places so please confirm the number of tickets you require and names to me by email and send payment by cheque, made payable Shoreham Cricket Club, to:

Jon Beard, Record, Church Street, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, TN14 7SD

Alternatively payments can be made direct into the SCC account. Details will be supplied with your order form.

- Jon

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Who will win the Duck Cup this season?

Posted on 25th September in 2008, Polls

Who will win the Duck Cup this season?

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Sat 20 September - Lemmings - Gold, Frank Incense and Mercenaries

Posted on 23rd September in 2008, Friendly Match Reports

Shoreham: 151
Lemmings: 146
Shoreham won by 5 runs

After losing the toss and being put into bat on a sunny September afternoon (not a joke) Mark Doughty and Nick Walker Snr strode out to the crease for the home side, on a suspect pitch to say the least. But one important item was missing. The Ball! The travelling side had neglected to bring a ball, resulting in the home side frantically needing to locate one of theirs. like London buses, two came along at once, and this meant the game could begin. Lemmings on loan fielder Alex Haysler was just one of many deployed by the travellers due to a shortage of players on their part, including Mark, Miles the Mercenary and Brownie. 

Mark (23) immediately got stuck in with some great blows, before succumbing to their opener. this brought Captain Hofmann to the crease, and immediately removed him from it, after playing round a straight one. Ed then found himself, knees shaking, crowd watching, coming out to face the hat trick ball. This was not the only reason for his reluctance to be seen within a mile of the square. He was desperately trying to win the duck cup, a hotly contested affair this season which has seen pre season favourite Pat drop out of contention, leaving Boakes Meadows finest Ed, Jack Rivett, Greg (the other Walker) and Jasplin (the other Rivett) to battle it out. There must be something in Boakes Meadow’s water! 

Unfortunately, Ed failed at his task, hitting a crunching boundary off of his second delivery. he added another 4 runs before playing the ‘dirty slog’ shot, with Nick ‘Boycott’ Walker Snr still at the crease. This did not last long before a rush of blood brought the same shot and the same result. As they say, like son, like father. JD and Ian Walker then injected the innings with some much needed impetus, trading blow for blow from both bowlers before JD departed for 20. This brought Brownie to the crease.

It was not long before Brownie was dazed , befuddled and confused by a spinning ball, slowly trudging back for a duck. Brad entered the frame and, despite assurances to the waiting batsmen to be prepared, he hit some lusty blows, including a six and a four landing inches inside the boundary, earning him a total of 13. Wyn’s first ball resulted in a horrible LBW decision by a biased umpire, as Wyn subsequently recounted to me. Alex Haysler (2) had to face the second hat trick ball of the innings before chipping towards the golf course but finding the fielder. In amongst this hive of activity Ian produced a classy display of stroke play to end with 51 and bolster Shoreham’s total up to 151.

After both teams had recharged courtesy of a Hofmann tea, Shoreham set about dispatching the opposition. JD scattered the ball around early on to keep an alert Mark on his toes. Almost inevitably JD got the first wicket with a classic longhop that was directed at an alert Brad in the field - no dozing there! Eddie {9-34-0} toiled away with no luck. The captain then made his first tactical move, bringing The Mercenary on to bowl. This change was inspired, bringing war like shrieking, scared batsmen and a very tidy and vital 8 overs for 2 wickets with the loss of just 33. Wyn then contributed to the cause at the other end, before being replaced by Brad {4-8-2} who then picked up the key wicket Shoreham badly needed. Both Miles and Brad benefited from lightning catching reactions from Nick Walker Snr and Ed Walker - There is definitely something in Boakes Meadow’s water! Alex Haysler then replaced Brad with a good first over and a terrible second which earnt him banishment to the boundary - several times!

Captain Hofmann stepped up to replace Miles but still nothing was going the way of the fielding side. Lemmings total was creeping ever closer with each over. Captain Hofmann then bought JD {10.3-26-4} back on, which proved a fruitful turning point with 2 wickets in 2 balls. We had won, against all the odds. They needed only 6 off the final over after Ed came on and helped their cause {most likely thinking this was wasting valuable drinking time} in the penultimate over. Thanks to all who provided a great sporting event and a great season for players and spectators alike.
Gold? We won our last Saturday match of the season. Frank Incense over the dreadful decision against Wyn. And could we survive without Miles the Mercenary.
- Alex Haysler


Sun 31 August - Earlswood Strollers - Photos

Posted on 16th September in 2008, Photos

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Sat 30 August - 1st XI v Kemsing - Photos

Posted on 16th September in 2008, Photos

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