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Sat 28 June - 2nd XI v Flimwell II

Posted on 1st July in 2008, 2nds Match Reports

Shoreham won the toss and elected to bat against the team who had picked up the most bowling points so far this season. The old stalwarts of R.C. Trick (10) and P. Styles (32) opened the batting against some good bowling from the home team with the demise of Trick with the score on 22, A. Hummersome (27) on his debut strode to the crease to take part in the highest partnership of the day for Shoreham of 49. Alex Hofmann (26) stayed at the crease for sometime and was the eighth wicket to fall, M. Wells chipped in with 13 before being adjudged lbw. Jack Rivett (0) swished at a wide one and lobbed the ball to mid on, Nick Pearce (1) fell early as did Montie (4), Brown (9) not out tried to rally his troops. Tom Palmer (1) lobbed the ball back to the bowler then Brad Sims (0) gloved one to gully and was called by Chris for a quickie but did not come quick enough and was left short. (Just like the majority of our bowling). The Shoreham innings closed on 148 in 36.3 overs with the last six batsmen accumulating 15 runs between them. This was by far the best all round bowling attack faced by the seconds this season with no let up from good line and length.

The Flimwell innings got off to a flying start with them having 39 runs on the board after 3 overs, with Hofmann going for 12 off his first over and electing then to change ends, Tom Palmer bowled one over to allow this to happen and got punished form 18 runs. Brad bowled his normal good line but went for 33 off 5 taking 2 wickets, Ray Trick got punished severely going for 49 off 6 picking up 1 wicket, Jack tried in vain and went for 18 off 3, Tom came back and picked up a wicket and ended with figures of 1 for 27 off 1.4 overs. Flimwell deservedly ran out the winners by 6 wickets in 18.4 overs.

- Ray

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Sat 28 June - 1st XI v Kemsing

Posted on 30th June in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

The Shoreham 1st team came into their latest match with 7 wins from 7 games under their elasticated belts.  The sun was shining down as we took to the field after (naturally) winning the toss again.  James Trick decided that he needed to digest his lunch a little longer, and handed the ball to Ed Walker (9-35-2) and John Dinnis (7.5-28-1).  Ed bowled his first three overs for only a couple of runs, as JD fought hard to find his rhythm.  Wood (41) and Shipton (19) were looking solid after 11 overs with the score on 56, until the introduction of James Trick (8-17-2) and Pete Wright (9-16-3) brought about Shoreham’s first wickets of the day, in quick succession.

Kemsing’s number 3, Shaw (31), was the only other batsman to get going; but a sharp run-out by Andy Monteith (with assistance from Ed Walker) left Kemsing struggling on 112 for 5.  James and Pete had ripped through Kemsing’s top order, and their tail didn’t trouble the Shoreham bowlers either - John, to everyone’s (including his own) surprise, even picking up his first wicket in ages at the end!  A good fielding performance all round, with no clear RTFA candidate as far as I can remember (although Nick Walker Snr did technically drop two catches, they were admittedly Very Hard chances, and he helped me with teas).  It would also be rather cruel to award the trophy everyone’s talking about - the “JABA” - to anyone in particular either, as there were no deserved performances this week.  Sree bowled his 5 overs for 25 runs by the way, and JD surprised himself a second time by bowling what he insisted was his first no-ball EVER.  Yeah we believe you John.

With yet another low target to chase, Shoreham’s lower order gorged themselves on the Walker tea, and grappled for the comfiest chairs from which they could spectate for the remainder of the game. After his 165 n/o of the week before, Sree Kokkiligadda’s duck came as a surprise blow for Shoreham at the start of their innings, and almost had me choking on my home-made doughnut at the thought of having to put my pads on. Pete Wright came to the rescue, however, and amassed 64 runs which, along with Nick Walker Jnr’s well-crafted 60, got us past Kemsing’s target with 20 overs and 9 wickets remaining. To the pub!

- Ed

- Photos by James Asplin and Ed

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Sun 22 June - Wrotham - Photos

Posted on 24th June in 2008, Photos

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Sat 21 June - 2nd XI v Four Elms II

Posted on 23rd June in 2008, 2nds Match Reports

Apologies for match report, no Wyn this week, so if you are not a fan of watching paint dry, switch off now!

Another good week end for Shoreham CC lst and 2nd’s winning again, congrats Sree.

The seconds won the toss, decided to field with Brad getting into his usual mode of bowling a decent line, well supported by Alex, we had great hopes of rolling Four Elms over. Their opening batsman had other ideas and plundered 50 a piece. On 100 for 0 we were loooking at a big chase until, against the backdrop of Linda Wells screaming in the boundary bushes, Simon was introduced to the attack taking 3 wickets off 6 overs. At the other end Jack bowled a tidy spell returning figures of 9-0-31-1. Replacing him James Asplin at last found out where the off stump was and aimed at it for four overs, taking a wicket for 15 runs getting us a bowling point and putting us in for a shout, chasing 179.

Our openers found the going hard early on against some tight Four Elm’s bowling until Alex fournd his range and started to set about their attack. Paul was strangled and unlucky to be out for 12, this allowed Martin Wells to the crease who after a decent start didn’t know whether to stick or twist and was bowled for 13. SImon repaced his Dad and after great promise he too was bowled for 13, in the meantime, Alex was still bashing them out at the other end, this time suppported by Nick Pearce who hit a couple of straight sixes in his well played 21. Alex was eventually out for a career best of 67.

I returned to true form and was bowled for 1 leaving Montie and Jack the ‘golden Rivett’ to see Shoreham home, Jack scored an impressive 24 not out, with Montie on 13 and Shoreham with a total of 183 and our 3rd win of the season.


- (Most) photos by George

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Sat 21 June - 1st XI v Kilndown & Lamberhurst

Posted on 23rd June in 1sts Match Reports, 2008

K&L won the toss and chose to bowl with the new ball on a damp wicket.  After our comprehensive victory against Bidborough II the week before (where we didn’t lose a wicket), the Shoreham batsmen were looking forward to the opportunity to really get some runs.  Opener from the week before, Sree Kokkiligadda, started out where he’d left off against Bidborough, hitting boundaries all over the place…  Nick Walker Snr kept up with the pace at the other end, scoring a measured 64 before being the first Shoreham wicket to fall, with the score already on 195!  A superb opening partnership by Sree and Nick laid some very solid foundations for a Big Score from Shoreham.  By the time Andy Monteith finally got out to the middle, Sree was in full flow.  Andy joined in the hitting but was caught on the boundary for 13 - he’ll have to wait another week then before he emulates his crushing 158 of earlier in the season.  Phil ‘The Edge’ Edge strolled out to the wicket for a taste of the action, but soon returned after scoring a quick 8.  When will this behemoth of batting get the runs his unique style so deserves? Sam Trick then chipped in with 10 before losing his gamble that the K&L fielder would miss the stumps with his throw on a tight run. By now, though, we had got all the batting points we could get, and were just pushing to get as many extra runs as we could. James Trick joined Sree at the end, and knocked a quick-fire 35 to bump our total up to a whopping 349 after the full 40. Sree had batted magnificently throughout to reach the highest total for a Shoreham batsman that anyone can remember - 165 not-out! An incredible performance. He may have ridden his luck a few times, but he punished K&L for their mistakes.

After that slogging the ball was unrecognisable from the one K&L had started with. Ed Walker found it hard up the hill, going for 50 runs from his 9 overs - but did pick up the wicket of K&L’s opening bat in the process. John Dinnis started from the top end, and bowled an economical spell, going for only 7 from his 5 overs. He was replaced by James Trick who (as is becoming a habit of his) ripped through the opposition’s top order: 9 overs, 5 maidens, 10 runs, for 4 wickets. Meanwhile, Bob Stacey took over the uphill duties, and was also rewarded with 4 wickets - from 7 overs for 18. Ray Trick (a.k.a. ‘Sting’) had a cameo at the end and picked off the last K&L wicket of the day.

After a couple of pints in Kilndown (or was it Lamberhurst?) the Shoreham party returned to its spiritual home where they were greeted, once again, by a victorious 2nd team! Congratulations guys. I can’t remember what we were drinking, but it was good. It must have been midnight before the ‘Fun Warden’ got mean with the remaining revelers, forcing them to take their thirst to a 21st Birthday party in the village. Thanks very much Joe and Chris for allowing us in, we had a great time! Mark ‘definitely not a crook’ McDonald spent his first night over in Shoreham. And then it was Sunday, and another game of cricket…

RTFA: No distinguishable candidates this week.
JABA: I suppose it’s got to be me - after all, over half K&L’s runs were scored off my bowling.

- Ed

(No photos unfortunately because someone forgot their camera.)


Sun 15 June - Waggoners

Posted on 20th June in 2008, Friendly Match Reports

So near and yet so far.
Waggoners 126 all out beat Shoreham 115 all out by 11 runs.

With a lot of new faces and a few familiar ones, Sean Bromfield the Sunday skipper lost another toss and Shoreham were put into field on a gloriously sunny day.

The skipper with no hesitation threw the new ball to his younger brother James (the Bomber Bromfield) and the two nearly combined with the first ball of the game, as Waggoners openers tried a quick single, the agile skippers threw at the stumps with the batsmen know where in sight only for his brother to deflect the ball away !!! (cheers bruv)

At the other end, on hearing the Australian accent in the changing room the skipper threw the ball to his new overseas player Russell Smith. He did not disappoint with a skilful lesson in the ART OF SWING BOWLING and persistent APPEALING !!!

The opening bowlers did a fantastic job in keeping Waggoners tied down and on another day could have had at least 3 wickets a piece, instead Bromfield ended up with figures of 9 overs 1 maiden 0 wickets for 35 runs and Smith 9 overs 2 maidens 1 wicket for 30 runs !!

After the opening pair the skipper turned to the experienced Bob Sims and he turned out to be the pick of the bowlers turning in a great performance. With a mixture of good line and length and backed up with some great fielding he created havoc from the bottom end and managed to get the prized wicket of G Potter the classy Waggoners batsmen, aided by a great catch from Martin Wells without his gloves on !!! ( I knew there was TELFON on those gloves !!).

Sims finished his 6 over spell for 13runs and 2 wickets but in addition helped with 2 run outs !! great effort !!

The skipper also weighed in with some bowling finishing with figures of 8 overs 1 maiden for 24 runs and 1 wicket. But if Bob was the star of the day then Russell Brooks was the surprise of the day clearing up the Waggoners tail-end finshing with impressive figures of 3 wickets for 9 runs !! including a caught and bowled where he knocked poor steve gear out of the way in the process

After a great bowling effort the team returned to the pavilion for a famous Bromfield tea..

The Shoreham innings got of to a bright start and the skipper was confident of victory even with a weak batting line-up. The game got of to a good start with the skipper opening up with Martin Wells and the two looked comfortable together against the experienced Waggoners attack of Wardle and Fox.

Unfortunately Wells was TRIGGERED for 6 (IBW on a SUNDAY !! the skipper nearly had a heart attack) !!! this started a mini collapse with the Richard Nash getting a golden and Steve Gear getting 1 !! Shoreham all of a sudden were 17 for 3. this brought the impressive Russell Smith to the crease and along with the Skipper they combined well together to take Shoreham to 47. But Smith misjudged a slow one and was caught brilliantly at short mid wicket !!

This brought the Bromfield Brothers together at the crease and James looked impressive when he flicked one off his legs for a 4 off his first ball !! Unfortunately it didn’t take long until he played inside one and his off stump when flying !!

With the skipper having more PARTNERS than CHRIS BROWN AT A SHOREHAM BARN DANCE !! things when from bad to worse with the side slumping to 63-6 and Russelll Brooks got another DUCK !! and then Kumar made a quick fire 4 !! Shoreham where in big trouble at 66-7 and then 68-8 after Bob Sims was out for 1!!

It was up to the skipper to pull the innings forward and he duly obliged hogging the strike and putting waggoners on the back foot, hitting the attack to every corner of the ground !!

was the impossible possible !!

the spectators were growing with C Brown and P Barratt enjoying a few beers in the pavilion and with the tension growing the Waggoners fielders were starting to lose believe.

With the score on 115 and 3 overs to go, it looked on, but the opener Fox was brought back into the attack and with Bromfield trying to score he got an inside edge onto the stumps bringing to end a heroic performance, finishing on 76, in an innings which included 15, 4’s !!

So Shoreham Slumped to another defeat on a Sunday !!

The bandwagon rolls into Wrotham next week !!! come on boys we need a win !!!

- Sean

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Sat 14 June - 2nd XI v St Lawrence II

Posted on 17th June in 2008, 2nds Match Reports

For this mid-table clash we fielded a strong-looking batting line up. The bowling was strengthened by Graham’s return (the new nail varnish is not completely dry yet but he was determined to play), but weakened by the continued absence of the Plumstead Pensioner.

I have been reading about the program of post office closures and, as we didn’t hear from him last week, I’m a little concerned that PP wasn’t noticed dozing in the corner of his local branch when they shut it down. Could someone check?

St. Lawrence’s innings was in two parts: Nick Cobb’s and everyone else’s. Everyone else scored a total of 68 whilst Nick (the St. Lawrence captain) plundered 170 from our depleted attack. Apparently, catches were dropped and stumpings were not given: things that could have affected the result profoundly. I wasn’t there at this stage so I have to rely on my informers in this regard. It is however a matter of fact that St. Lawrence scored 257.

Brad was the pick of our bowlers with a very economical 9 – 30 - 1. Everyone else went for around seven an over and would probably wish to remain anonymous, except that possibly Jack would like me to make mention that he took two wickets.

St Lawrence’s bowlers in their turn found it difficult to bowl on the stumps and so we kindly helped them out: Paul kicking one from outside leg onto his wicket and Simon Wells doing much the same to one a long way outside the off, but using his bat. The returning Nick Pearce has yet to rediscover his touch and Martin was still muttering about the injustices of life as a wicket keeper instead of concentrating on the line of the ball that cleaned him up (he maintains it swung prodigiously). Danny was the only one of the top five to reach double figures, and then only just.

The galacticos in the line up had failed to deliver and at 41 – 5 things were looking pretty dire, so it was left to our middle and lower order, journeymen batsmen to restore some semblance of respectability, which they did with style.

Runs came more easily once St. Lawrence’s opening bowlers had finished their spells (A. Churchman 9 – 38 – 3, and R. Berry 9 – 32 - 2). First Montie steadied the ship and then Chris stepped up to play a captain’s innings, encouraged by the fact that his scoring shots were greeted by a chorus of ‘Brownie for Pope’ from the returned 1st team. Chris, Montie and extras added 97 for the 6th wicket – surely a record for the seconds? This was aided to some extent by the fact that St. Lawrence failed to appreciate the nature of Chris’s innings and persisted in posting fielders in front of square on the off side.

Montie eventually departed and then 138 for 6 quickly became 138 for 7 as Graham got a ball that was too good for his understandably tentative shot. Chris was finally out for 62, with the total on 155. Brad, accumulated 16 with four boundaries, but was ninth out with the score on 159 leaving one run required for a second batting point. Our last wicket brought together the Flying Rivetts. Jack managed to get bat on ball consistently this week and he briskly reached 18 before George was dismissed for a crucial 3, with the total on 176.

So, one way of looking at the day is that our ‘top’ 5 batsmen contributed 29 whilst numbers 6 to 11 contributed 122. Another would be that St. Lawrence’s batsmen, except their captain, scored 68 whilst Shoreham’s batsmen, except their captain, scored 89 but we still lost by a country mile. I foresee some difficult selectorial decisions.

- Wyn

- Photos by Ed (on his camera phone)

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