Steve Cooksley
Blaster hat-trick sets up victoryPDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 22 June 2015 11:47
Written by Steve Cooksley

An expensive day for Bates!

Beechwood recorded another victory at Otford with a 78 run win over Nuxley.

Stand-in captain Keith Makin won the toss, and advised that the opposition were under-strength, decided to bat first. Openers Fraser Morris (89*) and Adrian Warner (59) put on a first wicket partnership of 143 before Warner was eventually dismissed LBW. Russell Cartwright then came in after nearly two hours in the nets and scored a brisk 13 runs, before Makin decided enough runs were scored and declared twenty minutes before tea.

After a delicious array of sandwiches and cakes, Nuxley set about chasing down the target in good fashion, with the classy-looking Hudson (36) scoring freely from the Beechwood opening bowlers, who in all honesty were not at their usual best. Wickets did fall, but the run-rate was good enough to worry Captain Makin into thinking he may have made another clanger of a declaration, some years after the Locksbottom debacle.

However, he called upon his trusty old steed Lee Bates to quieten the free-scoring batsmen. Bates surpassed his suppressing role by achieving something that has probably hardly ever happened at any level of cricket - taking a hat-trick with the first three balls of his spell. Nuxley's run-chase was in tatters and Bates took two further wickets to finish with incredible figures of 5 for 3. Cooksley sealed the win with Makin finally achieving a stumping and Beechwood won with plenty to spare. A very enjoyable day at the office in the end, as were the jugs of beer to celebrate Blaster's achievement afterwards.

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