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Anything but a boring drawPDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 19:20
Written by Steve Cooksley

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With the sun beating down on a very flat pitch at Otford, the general consensus was that a draw looked the favoured result without a ball even being bowled.  In the end, this was the case, but in between Beechwood winning the toss (and of course, batting first) and the final ball balled just after 7.30, the game had enough twists and turns to do an Ashes encounter proud.

nuxley2Umpire Rob Pogose clearly excited by the batting displayThe first half of the game went very much to type - both our Kiwi batsmen getting their usual fill of runs (Morris 121 and McLachlan 50*) as the hosts strolled to 214 for 2 at tea.   Taking ten wickets on this track was going to be impossible wasn't it?  And Nuxley couldn't get near those runs could they? Right down to the final couple of overs, all three results were still possible.  In fact Beechwood's run-scorers also decided to hog the wickets column as well, with Hamish and Fraser both taking three wickets apiece.  And they were needed, as Nuxley's Morley (46) and Saunders (62) took the game to Beechwood and particularly enjoyed the DoC's buffet on the day (I'm not sure I could mentally cope with many weeks of that).   But in the end Nuxley were 13 runs short of an unlikely victory and Beechwood one wicket shy. A draw was the result. But not a boring one. Oh no.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 19:35
 
 

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