Steve Cooksley
Hosts get a 99 but didn't flakePDFPrintE-mail
Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:44
Written by Steve Cooksley


Beechwood pulled off a great 31 run win against on a wet and blustery day which cricket seemed most unlikely, but in a 30 over match where attritional cricket was the buzzword, it turned out to be a most enjoyable one.

Broadway stepped in at late notice after the sad demise of Farnborough, and were warmly welcomed back after a couple of years of absence.  Captain Freeman won the toss and decided to bat, Broadway opened with two spinners which seemed a stroke of genius as the scoring was slow - very slow, but in these conditions completely forgivable.  At the end of thirty overs Beechwood had set their guest a round 100 to win, with the Pogose/McCrea partnership chipping in with yet more valuable runs and another week of red ink next to their names.

After tea, the tactic was to strangle Broadway of any runs.  The outfield was incredibly slow by this stage (not a single boundary was scored in the innings, despite some lusty blows) and a "ring of steel" was in place.  But at drinks, the game was even, and either team's to win or lose. 

In stepped Rob Pogose (pictured), who bowled a delicious spell of line and length, and assisted by a sticky wicket and fading light, blew the middle order apart with figures of 6 for 11.  Broadway ended up being bowled out 31 runs short.  The general consensus was though that due to a mixture of determination and at times crazy optimism, both teams had a thoroughly enjoyable day and went one-nil up in the series against mother nature.  I'm sure she'll come back with a vengeance soon mind.

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