Chris Savory
Beechwood survive a Brasted bakingPDFPrintE-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:27
Written by Chris Savory

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Sunday, 05 June 2016
Orchard Field, Otford

Brasted Invicta 235 for 6 (43 overs)

Beechwood 155 for 5 (38 overs)

Well, somewhat surprisingly, I have been asked to write a few lines about Sunday's fixture against our old friends Brasted Invicta, who invariably find Otford a pleasurable venue, even without its current shorter boundaries. The opposition faces seldom change but it was good to see our old mucker Martin Bashford back on a cricket field as indeed it was great to have Onkar Gramopadhye back in Beechwood colours once more. I presume my being entrusted with this task would stem from the thinking that if you don't witness the conceding of 236 runs, you can't be too critical of it...

Anyway, it appears Brasted won the toss and elected to bat, (they've played here too often to be fooled by the Otford decks' green sheen) and with yours truly and The Goose pulling up lame, it meant calls off the bench once more for Messrs Leadon & Lockey. A glance at the scorecard would reveal some initial damage caused by Justin Wilson, ably supported down the order by Simon Bishop. Onkar eased himself back into the groove with a mere twelve overs on the spin and The DoC and Ian continued their impressive wicket hauls thus far.

I actually arrived (you can guess the type of journey I endured) with Brasted on 186-6 (they'd been 150-6 at one point) but just four overs later they had racked up their aforementioned total, literally turning up the heat on a belting afternoon. Having seen so little of Brasted's innings myself, it would only be fair to let those closer to the action to summarise events...

The Skipper - "It went okay, not a lot we could do there in the end"

The DoC - "It was going okay until my last over..."

Mark - "It was going okay until my last over..."

The CoCK - (somewhat forlornly) "It was going okay until around the third over"

Adrian - (slightly wide-eyed) "You seen that tea in there?!?"

I don't like to over-dwell on the food on offer - much - but Fraser could hold his head high for conjuring up an epicurean feast on the day and I can only be left gutted that I didn't qualify to partake in it - not that it stopped me sampling it!

As for the run chase; well, it was always going to be a tall order, and with Fraser and Bradley unfortunately registering ducks, it put a huge burden on the other batsmen. Adrian battled away before retiring somewhat sickly having compiled his half-century, Russ tried to give the innings some impetus after Fraser's early departure and Mark came close to scoring a maiden Beechwood half-a-ton in the game's dying embers, but Beechwood were never really in contention and finished eighty runs short when their innings closed, five wickets down, and for some of our number; well, shall we say that I assume the excitement towards the end was all too much for them as they had changed out of their whites in fear of staining them.

“Bloody Marvellouzzzz"

Oh, and well played Brasted... see you soon.

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