Steve Cooksley
Dead pitch at Gravesend fails to bury BeechwoodPDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 11 July 2011 11:40
Written by Steve Cooksley

HamishA half-century from Hamish McLachlan and five-wickets for Onkar Gramopadhye ensured Beechwood came away with the honours against Gravesend RFCC on a tough pitch and a gigantic outfield at the North Kent club's homeground.

After winning the toss, captain Tony Freeman thought it best to face the new hard ball first in the hope it may also be easier to find the boundaries with it, although it was rarely the case in an innings full of twos and threes, and very red faces on the batsman.

McLachlan (56) and Burgess (34) pushed and ran together magnificently, putting on a third-wicket partnership of 85 in very tough conditions - it was almost unanimously agreed that all runs counted double that day given the slow, low pitch and outfield.  Eventually, Beechwood finished on 152 for 7 in this 40 over contest; most weeks that would seem slightly under-par, but the visitors knew that was a good score here.

In reply the Gravesend openers were put to the sword by the fast spitting off-spin of Onkar Gramopadhye , who tore through the top order in his allotted eight overs, returning with figures of 5 for 17.  He was supported well by the medium pace of Bradley Hill, of which the pitch suited him down to the ground as he took 3 wickets for 8 runs.

In the end, Gravesend could only manage 72 runs before being bowled out by the Beechwood attack.   A good all-round performance by the visitors, who seem to be benefitting from the transition of the squad and are now approaching every game full of confidence for a win.

Sunday 10th July 2011, Gravesend Beechwood won by 80 runs



Gravesend RF


40 overs


30.1 overs


McLachlan 56

Burgess 34

Gramopadhye 5/17

Hill 3/8

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