Chris Savory
Heat the only winner in stalemate PDFPrintE-mail
Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00
Written by Chris Savory
Alex Gordon made a welcome return to the side

Full scorecard

Sunday 18 June 2017

Orchard Field, Otford

Beechwood 185 for 3 (39 overs)

Brasted and Sundridge 117 for 6 (37 overs)

Match drawn

Just a few lines reflection on our recent fixture with Brasted & Sundridge CC at Otford. A glut of available bods meant that yours truly was confined to scorebook duties and Dave Lockey was a willing and capable twelfth man. It was great to see Alex Gordon get another outing for Beechwood and all were hoping he would have a better reward for his efforts than his luckless first outing. At the start of what would would go on to be a mini heatwave, B&S won the toss and inserted their hosts on a typical Otford deck, but a lush verdant outfield meant that runs along the carpet would be extremely hard earned.

Two drink breaks were agreed upon and when the first was reached, Beechwood openers Fraser and Dean were still there but with barely twenty runs on the board, such were the hostile conditions. The scoring rate was upped slightly after these drinks before Dean (17) was stumped with the hosts' score on 48. Hamish joined Fraser and after some initial hard work, was able to find the square boundaries fairly regularly which took the innings' tempo up another notch.

Fraser was selflessly playing the anchor role at this stage although he still pretty much matched his partner's rate in a 97-run partnership which ended when Hamish was cleaned up having scored 49. Brad would have been a handy weapon on such a slow scoring outfield were he to have got going, but sadly a tight call on a full-toss accounted for him early so it was left to Ian and Fraser to shepherd Beechwood up to their score of 185-3. Fraser worked hard to carry his bat for 75 and was pretty shattered after his efforts, and although the scorebook reads that Beechwood received 39 overs, it was slightly more than that as seven-ball overs were being called for fun at one stage.

As for B&S's chase, well, at 47-4 they looked unlikely to overhaul their opponents, but the middle order dug their heels in and would finish up 117-6 by the time the overs had counted down to stave off defeat. Foreman top scored with an undefeated 37 aided by opener Reynolds's 29. Mark and Ian shared four of the wickets with Steve and Alex sharing the other two, Alex finally getting onto the scorebook after having singed KHM's gloves on several occasions. Those same gloves cost Ian a run and an extra delivery after they encroached beyond the bowling crease but it was an otherwise tidy performance in the field by the hosts with Dave's fresh legs being put to good use subbing for Fraser and Ashley.

Nine wickets falling in the day is about par for the course these days at Otford (even Tony got an over at the end) but the heat made today's affair somewhat more attritional than usual and certainly finished up the winner today.

T'was still an enjoyable outing however but still no victory against domestic opposition yet... Soon, surely...

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