Rye Golf Club
5 Sep 2014 - Charlie Compton
Apparently Bonze’s match report has been held up while the police investigate suspicious betting activity in the Camber Sands area, but he has written a few thoughts, see below. Responsibility therefore has fallen to me as the only wholly neutral witness to events.
Not sure who won the toss but Rye went in to bat. Tiley opened the bowling for the Old Oaks before the umpire or batsmen were ready and bowled a straight one, dismissing Jack Munro for a Golden Duck. That was followed by 2 more quick wickets, including my brother who had driven over from Belgium to be removed without scoring. Rye were reeling at 2 for 3, but rallied with through Nigel Taylor (I didn’t know he was even a member), Patterson and Morris all retiring, somewhat assisted by Alan Smith, who dropped 3 catches in fairly quick succession. There was a late cameo from Tony Lawson with a quickfire 19. The Golf Club got to 128 – I off their 16 overs.
The Old Oaks opened with the the experienced pairing of Stanyard and BT, both removed early on by Compton (3 for quite a lot!). Tiley and Seldon fought back for the Old Oaks and it looked like anyone’s game with 14 required off the last 2. It looked all over when Bonze struck a massive 6 which probably landed in the Rugby Club, leaving Taylor to defend 4 off the last 6 balls. There was a bit of chuntering from some of the more myopic Old Oaks, asking for a wide when the ball flew over the top of leg stump (ed. er, several yards wide of 1st slip actually), and in the end Burden (ed. A case of mistaken identity – it wasn’t him) was run out on the last ball with the scores level.
A tie represented a great climax to a really good season, with the Old Oaks recording some memorable victories, and only being beaten 3 or 4 times out of 20 odd fixtures. I hope you all enjoyed it. I aim to organise a “wet net” in October.
Finally a big congratulations to the first team for winning the league, a stunning achievement. It was great to see lots of Old Oaks supporting on the last game of the season.
Man of the Match Fingers