Chris Savory
Beechwood fail to break down the StonewallPDFPrintE-mail
Friday, 19 August 2016 09:15
Written by Chris Savory
Fraser Morris top scorer on the day with a fine 69

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Sunday 14th August 2016
Orchard Field, Otford, Kent

Beechwood 194 for 4 (39 overs)

Stonewall Park 155 for 5 (38 overs)

Just a few lines from our recent hosting of Stonewall Park, our eventual opponents after a couple of cancellations along the way. After the recent events of the last couple of away trips I wouldn't say this was one was a non-event, just a little unremarkable, apart from a couple of batsman's knocks maybe. I was quite looking forward to returning to Otford after bowling on a couple of roads of late but the square was as docile as ever as both teams sharing nine wickets would seem to bear out and a couple of those were as a result of guys throwing their bats looking for first innings runs.

Beechwood, numbering only ten this week, won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny afternoon. Fraser and Ade opened for the hosts and faced some tight if not express bowling first up but the introduction of some younger faster tearaways ensured that the ball went further off the bat with more regularity, and apart from the odd minor scare, these two were able to put on a century stand before Adrian, hampered by being struck on his favourite toe, was out for 35. Fraser (69), the more fluent of the pair, followed soon after but Beechwood were healthily placed on 133-2. Larry joined Russ, who'd survived an early let off, and both of these put bat to ball pleasingly and it was great to hear the cries of "very good Larry" from the boundary again even if Russ had hit a couple of these... Russ (35) would eventually perish looking for quick runs, taken very smartly on the square-leg ropes as would Dave, unable to replicate his previous week's knock but Mark was just the man to partner Larry for the last couple of overs with these two ensuring every ball was scored off. Beechwood finished up 194-4 from 39 overs received with Larry and Mark undefeated on 19 and 11 respectively.

After a plentiful tea, yours truly with a fuller belly than usual was asked to open the bowling with Larry, and both opening bats steadily knocked it around a little until we each winkled one out, Mark and Fraser supplying the safe hands with both wickets falling with Stonewall on 39. The next pair played similarly but again, one fell soon after the other with 67-2 becoming 70-4 and Mark having the distinction of being the first person to hit our new poles! Mark has become Tony's go-to guy of late and with his subtle pace variations and nous he certainly hits the stumps frequently with a third bowled victim soon leaving Stonewall on 102-5.

Of late it's been Beechwood's safer hands that have been dropping chances but this week we reverted to type with myself and Keith among the culprits dropping the easier ones. Keith would probably point to his dodgy knees after putting them through a week of torture and I would point to the rare sight of the sun hampering my efforts, but on a different day these both could've been taken with The DoC being the unfortunate non-beneficiary on both occasions. In general, Beechwood's fielding was okay though, not really noticing being the man short despite the heat and Keith and Ade also nursing their injuries, although it'd be fair to say that Beechwood's body-language in the field wasn't the best as the game drew towards its close. I even got praised for a piece of Russ's good fielding at one point...little wonder he gets robbed of MOTM votes if we can't distinguish him from the rest of us when batting and fielding! I actually spent a large chunk of the afternoon staring into the sun which isn't to suggest that the game petered out into a damp squib, far from it, but it'd be fair to say that despite the best efforts of The DoC, the tireless Mark, and the latterly introduced Fraser with some back-of-the-hand stuff, and Dave doing his best gun-dog impersonation in the outfield, there wasn't really the likelihood of a positive result for either side with Otford's deck once again coming out on top and a handy stand with a brief late flurry pushed Stonewall up to 155-5 at the finish from 38 overs.

As I say, an unremarkable but still enjoyable afternoon, with Stonewall being a pretty decent bunch with some more than handy cricketers in their ranks, with a nice blend of youth and experience and we would certainly welcome a return fixture in the future.

Now.... any dust-bowls on the horizon?

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