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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:52
Written by Chris Savory

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Badgers, as a rule, tend not to be creatures that hibernate but I can think of a few who probably wished that they do on Sunday...and a few Beechwoodians likewise for that matter. Our first outing of the season was a decidedly chilly affair to say the least but somehow both teams managed to put this to one side, along with some understandable rustiness, and conjure up an exciting cricket match of which narrowly ended in a two-wicket defeat for the hosts.

Inserted by their opponents, Beechwood closed their innings on a respectable 177-5 off 44 overs and for the most part it looked like nobody had been away. Hamish, in spite of not a lot of cricket over the past twelve months, eased himself into the openers berth with little fuss until he uncharacteristically misjudged one, and Fraser looked similarly composed until he unfortunately played on to the impressive Jenkins (8 overs, 1-12) when on 17. This brought together Russ and a welcome return for Sean Guerin and once they eventually saw off those brisk boomerangs of Mr. Jenkins, set about rebuilding the innings with a sixty run partnership and when Russ departed for 21, Bradley (30) took up the cudgels and along with Sean hauled Beechwood up to 170. Both batsmen would quickly depart however thanks to the catching exploits of the recently arrived Amy Gordon, Bradley's being a particularly audacious pluck!

Just time for a wristy cameo from John Catterson nudging Beechwood up to their total but star of the show was certainly Sean - first match for three years or so - compiling 75 which deserved to be but sadly wasn't undefeated, but was still great to observe and had everybody hoping for a few more appearances before the tour...here's hoping. In spite of the Arctic temperatures it all resembled proper cricket though - apart from the various umpires clad in so many layers that they resembled Michelin Men..

After a well put-together tea, Badgers set about chasing down their total and after runs were initially hard to come by off Fraser and Ian Mac, the openers steadily clambered up to 30 before losing three quick wickets to Ian, pegging them back to 38-3. Enough batsmen were able to stick around with new bat Jake Gordon however, and he was not slow to pounce on anything loose and although the odd wicket fell here and there, Jake got them to within ten of their required total, latterly assisted by some muscular blows from Jenkins, before he holed out to Hamish's safe hands in the deep. Hamish had already smartly snaffled one in the deep proving he was indeed awake and alert - as always - despite wearing pyjamas in the field... Sean also smartly held one in the deep and a couple of difficult chances were spilled but Badgers kept their heads and although a couple of late wickets fell setting up a tense finish, Jenkins held firm to be there at the end and the total was reached with just a couple of balls remaining.

Fraser in two spells lucklessly went wicketless and all Badgers' wickets fell to spin (not always with the aid of the pitch) with Ian and DoC claiming three each. Such a tight finish meant play going on until 19.45 and the last few overs were played in some pretty gloomy conditions making Badgers' chasing down our total all the more impressive and indeed, the whole match was played in fantastic spirit and we look forward to hosting our opponents again...hopefully on a warmer afternoon. We never take them for granted but special praise should go to Ron & Lyn this week (and indeed, Badgers' scorer) for enduring such a cold afternoon while we went about our 'summer' pastime.

Baby, it's cold outside!!


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