Steve Cooksley
Never say never in Sunday cricketPDFPrintE-mail
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 19:22
Written by Steve Cooksley


Beechwood recorded a remarkable victory over Tonbridge CC by 32 runs, in a game we never looked in the running for the majority of the match.

With only ten men on parade and against an esteemed club as the hosts, most of the visitors had arrived at the picturesque Poplar Meadows expecting a long, hot and testing afternoon. With Alok and Chris still on the M25 at the toss, reducing our numbers to eight, captain Freeman decided to bat first, the aim was to bat the forty allocated overs without disgracing ourselves.

The pitch was very dry and offered indifferent bounce and pace, the Tonbridge bowlers bowled superbly, with leg-spinner Ben Peters looking particularly impressive. Adrian Warner dug in and made a splendid 50, with Keith Makin (23) and Bradley Hill (37) applying themselves to help drag Beechwood up to 161 for 8 at tea. The consensus was given the strength of the opposition we were about 100 runs shy of being competitive.

After a fine tea the Tonbridge openers did nothing to allay our fears. Matthew Wiggins was dispatching the opening bowlers to all parts of the ground and brought the hosts to 65 in just seven overs. We were now wondering if we could survive until the drinks break. However, Alok Rege stuck to his guns and bowled Wiggins for 41, much to everyone's relief. Then the man of the hour, the legendary Lee "Blaster" Bates was thrown the ball, and so began an hour of devastation.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, and when the sixth wicket fell with 56 runs still required, for the first time that day Beechwood knew they had more than an outside chance. With Blaster causing mayhem at one end, Chris Savory bowled with skill and guile at the other, ensuring the run flow was truly stemmed. Bates finished his spell with fantastic figures of 6 for 18, and was replaced by opening bowler Fraser Morris to have another dart. The Tonbridge tail was very strong mind, as being a friendly game the order was shuffled, and both teams still fancied the win. It was however Beechwood's day, as Morris clean bowled the last two batsmen to ensure a quite unlikely victory. The shock of winning was apparent to most of the Beechwood side, who walked off the field shaking their heads and feeling quite confused.

An enjoyable game against our new oppositions who were the perfect friendly hosts and played in the spirit of how Sunday cricket should be played - we hope to see them again next year where they will undoubtedly take their revenge... won't they?

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