Bells Yew Green (Away)
9 Jul 2013 - Nigel Langley
Border League – Division 1
Away to Bells Yew Green CC Tuesday 9th July 2013
George Conley (C)
Ewan Gavin (VC)
Finn Langley (VC)
Jack Berger-North (WK)
A balmy evening in Bells Yew Green saw us looking to gain revenge for our last ball defeat from early in the summer.
We won the toss and decided to field even though we had nine players at the start but BYG kindly lent us two players whilst we waited for CT and JB to arrive. Next time GC please bat when we do not have a full team, some opposition are not always so generous!
With a short boundary one side it was important to keep the lines tight to the batsmen. FL and CD opened up it was the latter getting the first wicket bowling Couchman for 1 in his first over. But BYG started to accelerate aiming towards the short boundary against EG’s leg spin. GC brought himself on and replaced CD with CW’s leg spin, and CW got the second wicket with CD taking a good sharp catch at square-leg, 38-2 off 6 overs. CG changed from spin to pace with JL and GS bowling at good pace and following through with their actions but the runs continued to come and at half way BYG were 65-2.
We needed wickets quickly and were duly rewarded with GS having Glynn LBW in the first over after the break. We soon had another new batsman at the crease as Maynard retired for a very good 28*, so two new batsmen in. FL soon got in the on the act and bowled Collett for 6 and CW had an LBW decision go his way, 98-4 with 5 overs left. CW and GC bowled 4 good tight overs between them for 14 runs as anything more than 120 was going to be tough to chase down. But BYG finally finished on 124-6 with GS picking up a second wicket. The pick of the bowlers being the spin twins CW 3-0-8-2 and GC 3-1-9-0 and a special note to JB-N for some good wicket-keeping.
JA and CT opened up and the curse of the Run Out continued with another mix up and needless victim of JA. CT soon got into his stride defending the good balls and getting the quick singles to get the scoreboard going, but his new partner EG was soon out bowled for 3, which was a big blow after he scored 25* against BYG earlier in the summer. GC joined CT and started to accelerate and one great shot by GC over the bowler’s head for 4 was class. But GC was out caught at extra cover for 11 in the next over, 35-3 off 7 overs.
A middle order collapse turned the game BYG’s way, CT was bowled for a well made 13 by a delivery that bounced twice, which is allowed but can be difficult to defend against, JB went to an excellent stumping and CW was Run Out going for a second run, 47-6 after 10 overs. 78 to win off 60 balls with 4 wickets left, a good game to win!
JL and GS batted very well repairing the damage and running well between the wickets, before GS was caught for 9, 78-7 with 4 overs left. 90 was the aim now for that extra batting point as the game was out of reach and it was CD who took us across that line with some excellent hitting which left us 97-8 at the close with JL out off the final ball for 10 and CD 10*.
A disappointing result at an idyllic ground and the boys gave their all which is all I can ask for and now our focus is to finish on a high at T. Wells next week.
Many thanks to Peter Conley for Umpiring.
BYG 20 points
Sevenoaks Vine 6 points
Man of the Match – Gus Sears, 3-0-19-2, 9 runs and excellent fielding in the deep.
Next match – Away to Tunbridge Wells Thursday 18th July @ 18.00. Venue: TWells