Steve Cooksley
Garnetto rides into town with a five-ferPDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 13 May 2013 19:14
Written by Steve Cooksley


On a damp and dismal afternoon at Otford, Beechwood saw off a spirited young Southborough side, eventually winning by 73 runs.

Beechwood batted first and were made to work hard for runs, with the youthful away bowling attack showing a lot of control and talent throughout the innings.  But mid-way through the afternoon cricket took very much a back seat after the Southborough wicket keeper took a very nasty blow to the head from a Bradley Hill top-edge.  We understand he went to hospital as a precautionary measure and we wish him a speedy recovery.  Fraser Morris (35) and Brad Hill (34*) were once again the major run scorers, as Beechwood got through to tea on 153 for 6.

After tea the predicted rain came, not heavy enough to call a halt, but persistent enough to make it very unpleasant to field in.  Captain Freeman opened the bowling with his trusted leg-spinner Chris Savory (4/46) and Scott Garnett. 

Scotty then embarked on a spell of excellent swing bowling, taking a Beechwood-best 5 for 18 in a devastating seven over burst which gave the Southborough batsmen no respite.

Yours truly then took over at the cow-shed end and decided the ball was far too wet for leg-spin, and instead to try a few off-breaks.  I now wish I took that decision 20 years ago instead of enduring the misery of bowling out of the back of the hand, and in future will leave it to the expert Savers, who neatly wrapped up with game with eleven overs to spare.  A special mention goes to Scotty Bowman who debuted for Beechwood, and indeed for cricket, and we hope to see him in Beechwood whites again real soon.

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