Steve Cooksley
Frindsbury's youngsters give our old guard a good testPDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 17 August 2015 16:35
Written by Steve Cooksley


After the disappointment of not being able to play our local rivals St Mary's this season, late replacements Frindsbury rolled into Otford and gave the hosts quite a testing time for the majority of the afternoon.

The visitors won the toss and rightly decided to bat first. They were pegged back early on from a great spell of bowling by Larry Culhane (2 for 47), but once the spinners were on the young middle order tucked into the bowling nearly as much as they did the tea. Credit to Beechwood for never dropping their heads and Frindsbury finished their innings on 208 for 5, with three half-centurions.

Beechwood felt they had an outside chance of chasing down the runs with a strong top six, although hampered by a back injury to regular number three Russell Cartwright (10). However, Adrian Warner holing out first ball to mid-off triggered a difficult afternoon for us, with the light ever diminishing (not using that as an excuse mind). The highlight was Ian Burgess's madcap 38 from 27 balls, with Culhane acting as runner for Cartwright and everybody else extremely glad they didn't have the job. It was mentioned that we have finally found a worthy replacement for Colin Robinson.

In the end, the host's innings fizzled out to a mere 127 for 6, but sometimes there's more to games than just the score, and Frindsbury were an excellent opponent, playing with great spirit and friendliness, and some great batting displays from their young team.

We do hope we can host them again next season, where we'll be even older and no wiser.

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