Chris Savory
Beechwood's wisdom staves off the WysePDFPrintE-mail
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 18:00
Written by Chris Savory
Russell Cartwright begins the run chase

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Sunday, 17th July 2016
Orchard Field, Otford

Cudham Wyse 134 for 8 (41 overs)

Beechwood 138 for 3 (26.2 overs)

Our recent Otford fixture saw near neighbours Cudham Wyse CC Sunday Casuals (I'm only going to type that once!) step in for the cancelling Dulwich. First game back after the Ashes tour and dare I say it, we had an almost Austrian temperature to greet us although that accompanying stickiness could only be British.

Cudham won the toss and elected to bat first. The toss was notable as Tony had forgotten to pack his strides and decided to perform this act in shorts, cricket socks and sandals. This look has now been added to the Kalibazar catalogue. Fortunately the DoC was on hand to loan him some suitable legwear.

Fraser and Rob opened the bowling and Keith was almost immediately into the action, pouching opener Kumar in the third over off Fraser. Other opener Burnham had a bit of stickability about him but new man Hafeez was pretty much a lone hand in his effort to rebuild Cudham's innings. He had a life in the eleventh over when Mark, who'd replaced Fraser, breached his defences but Keith was unable to gather cleanly to effect the stumping (he would pull off two successful stumpings during the innings I should point out).

Rob bowled well again without any luck but I hope this unfortunate run hasn't driven him to drink as there were reports of him cracking open cans of cider later in the day; unconfirmed I should point out in Rob's defence. This pair pushed the score up to 78 before Steve, who'd replaced Rob, removed the opener Burnham, and with no further addition to the score Hafeez (57) was stumped attempting to launch me into Sevenoaks. Beechwood spilled a few during the afternoon but none proved too costly as although the scoreboard ticked over steadily, no really harmful partnerships developed despite Cudham's lower order batsmen all looking more than capable with bat in hand. Fraser's whirling arms caught the skipper's eye and he repaid him with a couple of wickets towards the end and Cudham eventually closed their innings on 134-8.

Adrian and Russ opened the batting for the home side to chase down their teasing total and all looked comfortable enough until Adrian was on his way back to the pavilion with Beecwood's score on 17. Steve's excellent Flickr page catches the dismissal perfectly so I won't waste words on it here suffice to say that those not familiar with his page ought to rectify this.

Enter Hamish who sadly only stayed for a brief cameo, and when Russ, who'd played well, got out to a shot he'd be more than disappointed with, the hosts were somewhat vulnerable on 57-3. Fortunately, Bradley (37*) and Fraser (40*) steadied the ship and without too many dramas got Beechwood across the line with a couple of overs to spare. It was tight at one point but Beechwood's middle-order stalwarts held their nerve and always kept the required run rate at a manageable level on their way to a seven-wicket victory.

An enjoyable afternoon out in the sunshine then, and Cudham proved to be a very sporting bunch with a nice mixture of youth and experience to call upon, and it would be nice to entertain them again sometime in the near future. A charitable bunch too as I'm pretty certain their skipper had a straight face when he enquired as to whether any of us were playing league cricket - I'm not sure who amongst us raised their eyebrows the highest.

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