Steve Cooksley
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Monday, 23 September 2013 17:30
Written by Steve Cooksley


With the majority of the Beechwood XI having celebrated the Kiwi duo's birthday the day before (and KHM doing this remotely), the writing seemed on the wall for the visitors before a ball had even been bowled.  However, with over twelve years of consecutive tours under some belts, the ability to bounce back after a few quiet drinks was overlooked by some, and this proved to be the case at a cloudy, damp yet surprisingly warm Wadhurst.

After losing the toss Beechwood were invited to bat first, much to the delight of many still pouring highly-sugared energy drinks down their throats, although most believed, including the tail, that they would be padded up within the hour.  However, Fraser Morris (77) and Tony Freeman (28) put on an opening stand of 127 to ease the nerves back in the hutch.  And the scoring did not stop there, with Hamish McLachlan (53*) and Brad Hill (41) pushing Beechwood up to 230 in a very brisk fashion as Captain Freeman declared twenty minutes before tea much to the delight of vice-captain Keith Makin but probably not the lady doing the teas.

With this fine tea consumed there was a spring in the step of the visitors - yet still a cautious one as Wadhurst had put us to the sword many times before and the declaration was more sporting than 230 may sound at some grounds.  But the bowlers soon got into a good rhythm and Morris was catching all that came to him, four in fact, whilst the Doc was dropping all and sundry as he was already dreaming of the close-season, where he could spend every Sunday in bed instead of in a damp field.  Thankfully, amidst the thousands of flies, and double-entendres, there were more than enough overs to rectify earlier errors.

Victory in the end came briskly, the hosts bowled out for 105 in just over 32 overs, although without the early declaration they may have just held out for a draw, who knows.  The post-match Harveys went down a treat, well for some of us anyway, others were looking decidedly green around the gills by then.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 17:59

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