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Sidcup win with a bit of nousPDFPrintE-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:19
Written by Steve Cooksley

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Beechwood lost to a decent Sidcup side by 29 runs in a damp and drizzly day at Orchard Field. Captain Freeman lost the toss and Beechwood were in the field, however the old South Beckenham opening bowling attack of Pogose and Bates bowled well in the conditions taking one wicket apiece, and Sidcup were being restrained nicely. That was until a young Casey Jerrom came to the crease and scored a blistering century in just 75 balls (eclipsing Ben Stokes' effort at Lord's that day).

After raising his bat to take the applause, came a mixture of surprise and relief from the home fielders as Sidcup captain Brian Smith called his players in, declaring thirty minutes before the tea interval. It was quickly recognised by some (the more astute Beechwood players that is), that it was a very smart and sporting declaration, as the weather was detoriorating by the minute, and so Beechwood were set a target of 150 for victory.

The run-chase started quite well, and after Freeman was dismissed, the middle order put on some decent runs together, with Warner (25), Cartwright (31) and Makin (27) getting amongst the scoring and keeping Beechwood on track. It was also good to see Glen Lipscomb, a founder member of the original Beechwood/Chelsfield/Pinewoods team from 1979, turn out for us at short notice and scored a very entertaining eight runs before being caught.

In the end, wickets continued to tumble as a chaseable total began to look more distant, and Nick Jerrom (5-31) made it a very good day for the Jerrom brothers. After yours-truly got a golden duck (the ball did everything and more), Chris Savory stepped to the crease with victory possible but survival essential. All was going well until with just four overs remaining, Savory top edged a ball onto his nose, and the blood and swelling that followed was enough for his Beechwood team-mates to convince our rear-gunner that perhaps it would be best to admit defeat, but he can at least take some comfort that he ended with a red-inker as well as a red nose.

A slightly anti-climatical end to an enjoyable and intruiging game, which Sidcup may have struggled to win if it were not for that bold declaration.

Alaistair Cook please take note!

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