Steve Cooksley
Lightning fails to strike twicePDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 10 August 2015 19:26
Written by Steve Cooksley


On a gorgeous summer's afternoon, Beechwood lost quite convincingly against Eynsford at their picturesque Riverside ground.

There were many similarities to the previous week's victory away to Tonbridge, new opponents, a forty-over game and a side not quite at full strength. Indeed, captain Freeman once again won the toss and elected to bat, but after a turgid start must have wished he had the club's top openers in Morris and Warner in the side, alas this was not to be and Beechwood were struggling once again. The highlights of our innings, in which there were few, was a last wicket stand of 45 between Woodward (16*) and Savory (14*), which brought us up to the same total as last week of 161 for 9 after 40 overs. Unfortunately this was where comparisons to the previous match must end.

After a delicious tea, Eynsford batted with good purpose and more than a little class. Bowling became a struggle as wickets did not tumble, and instead under the beating sun some of our team's thermostats started to go into the red, a little too agrieved with some decisions, and were people old enough to know better. The home team reached the target with 12 overs and seven wickets to spare, and thankfully it was all smiles at the end as cricket should be a game to be enjoyed, especially on such lovely Sunday afternoons.

Despite the result, the game was very enjoyable (apart from the aforementioned Beechwood start, although KHM may still have been pleased with his stike rate of 10.91) and we found Eynsford to be excellent hosts. We hope to come back next season with a little more purpose and a few more smiles.

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