10 May 2013 - Charlie Compton
Last Friday we hosted Solefield Slumberers, including a couple of familiar faces. Paul Nash turned out for the opposition but apparently John Bowden was surplus to their requirements. We elected to play 18 overs, which looked ambitious as we didn’t start till 6.15 and the weather was a bit iffy, but we managed in the end.
They won the toss and put us in, the Old Oaks fielded a strong batting line up; Nigel Taylor (23) and Simon Judd got us off to a steady start before Juddy was removed for 12 with the score on 26. BT (25 no) took the fight to them. Nigel was well caught at Mid on, bringing Mike Jones to the crease. His stay was a short one, though as he got a beamer that he tried to play what looked like a tennis smash to, but couldn’t quite reach as it was so far above his head, that dropped onto his stumps. Not a no ball apparently though? That brought the skipper (25no) in, looking nervous having scored just one run from two innings this term. I was soon joined by Gavin Tovey (26no), fresh from scoring a mid week ton for Meopham, who was still seeing it like a beach ball, and between us we picked up the run rate a bit. Then the ex skipper finished the job (ed; assaulted by Gibbo in the process) with a quick-fire 18* or so to bring up a fairly respectable 158 for 5 off our 18.
Solefields neglected to fill out our score book so the rest is from memory, but they had some guy opening the batting for them who was a proper cricketer (ed; that’ll be James Cramp who played Hartley 1st XI last year), plays for Bromley I think (ed; Bromley Common now), who absolutely terrorised our opening bowlers, messrs Churchman and Crook, in fact I think Richard needed counselling after his first over went for about 26 (ed; Rich told me that he only took on half a gallon before the game and ran out of fuel). The old oaks are experienced in dealing with this type of player though and the strategy of letting him to get to 25, or 30, then making sure he doesn’t come back in worked like a charm. Alan Smith bowled beautifully and stifled the run rate, and took a wicket or two, and Burden shone in the field as usual, taking a fine catch (ed; Paul Nash, like a panther at short mid-wicket) and another caught and bowled, luckily caught on video!
They ended up about 12 runs short I think, with 8 wickets down, with the danger man back in if another wicket had fallen. So two wins on the spin, people will be talking of a streak!
Next up New Beacon, Gibbo is in charge.
Team:- Charlie Compton, Gavin Tovey, Bryan Thompson, Alan Smith, Gavan Burden, Mike Jones, Simon Judd, Nigel Taylor, Allan Churchman, Rich Crook, Alan Gibson