Chris Savory
Beechwood start the new season with a winPDFPrintE-mail
Sunday, 24 April 2011 19:27
Written by Chris Savory

The match reports' pages have been a bit fallow of late so the DoC thought it would be a good idea to try to get them up and running again - new site and all that. Rather worryingly he also thought it would be a good idea if I compiled the first one, soooo... here we go again.

Beechwood's weekend actually started on Saturday night with the celebrations for Stuart's first Beechwood 50 - albeit one he's accumulated in years, and it was great to see so many familiar and not so familiar faces on parade. A word of praise for Carole as well for the task of organising such a bash, and for keeping it secret from Stu. Many Happy Returns mate, and thanks for your generosity on the night... a great night had by all, ecpecially those playing the next day, worryingly...

Sunday arrives and it’s a ridiculously warm and dry April afternoon that greets us for our season opener with Badgers CC at Otford. An unfathomable ten unavailables were listed come selection time, so it meant our old mate, Pinewoods' finest, Martin Bashford was pressed into action to help us out alongside Beechwood debutants: Jason Fox and David Crawley. Thanks to all concerned, including their recruiters. Victorious tosser Tony hesitantly opted to bat first and promoted Larry to open alongside Fraser, dropping himself down to the middle-order in the process. With Matthew on hand to umpire proceedings and Lewis on 12th man duty, the changing-room was a little more packed than usual; Larry's kit-bag being the size of Malta not helping, so it was yours truly who found himself shunted into the shower entrance, an unfortunate choice of words as I read over them again, admittedly, but accurate nonetheless. We're ready for the start of the match now, but in no time there are loud groans from the hutch as Fraser top-edges the first ball of the match into mid-wicket's clutches. Not too sure what the correct term for a first ball of the season dismissal is - Fraser has a Facebook buddy who has some terminology for it which can't be reprinted in these wholesome pages - but I can certainly think of a few opening-bats I've played with who wouldn't have been a placid as Fraser as he strolled back in. Early events were going true to form; Larry's scorecard looking like a cribbage board and Keith triggering Hamish just as he was looking settled, but to be fair Larry was toughing it out in there and finding the fielders regularly, but was able to sit in as Brad's arrival gave the innings some impetus. After several lusty blows Brad was eventually castled for a well made 33, but the momentum was momentarily lost especially after Larry was next out with Beechwood stuttering along to 89-4. Estimates for a total were pretty pessimistic at this point but Tony typically found his way through the gears, and ably chaperoned by Scott, helped Beechwood to close their innings on 156-4 with Tony reaching a half-century and Scott undefeated on 19.

Chris Savory

At tea, Keith's banana sandwiches were again well received, if perhaps not the roaring success of the previous year.... maybe you can have too much of an odd thing... but anyway, hats off to all the caterers and those who assisted in its preparation. Time for Badgers to reply to our total, and by all accounts Indian bookmakers were inundated with phone-calls from punters ready to place bets on Scott's first over producing a beamer, and sure enough, those predicting ball number three are certainly a little richer by now... cue warning from Umpire French. In fact Matthew had his arm outstretched for long periods of the afternoon, so much so that I thought he was bound to get crows landing on it at some point! If Scott's third delivery had the batsman diving for cover, his fifth had him walking back to the hutch when he trapped him lbw, and from then on in Scotty got into his groove. New boy Jason was ably supporting him but the short boundaries were assisting Badgers in keeping up with the rate.

The skipper decided to introduce my 'spin' into a fixture where I stank the place out with it the previous year and after five overs and sitting on figures of 2-2 it looked like I was laying that ghost to rest somewhat. After eight and a bit overs though, those figures were in shreds as batsman Jenkins set about hitting me into the train station with regularity. Luckily Scott and his replacement David kept things tight from the other end - no-balls notwithstanding, so the match was still nicely balanced. Eventually Jenkins picked out the safe buckets of Hamish and with David and Martin chipping in with valuable wickets; Martin's the bonus cheap dismissal of the skipper's, Beechwood just had to hold their nerve to wrap things up and produce a rare opening day victory, which they duly did with five or so overs remaining, the winning margin being 41 runs. Badgers as usual played the game in the right spirit, never giving up the ghost of the run-chase, and they were probably slightly bemused by KHM's aberration after effecting the stumping of a colt... good job kids are required to wear lids these days! A quick word to our one... David, sort that front foot out son, because the stuff coming out the hand, legal or not, was beautiful. It should also be noted that Beechwood pulled this off without usifying four front-line bowlers on parade, highlighting the nice problems confronting the skipper this season! With ten unavailable this week I presume Tony will have a completely new one at his disposal next week - we shall see.

Springwatch notes:
Buzzard spotted over the railway line, Green Woodpecker, Skylark and Cuckoo (identified by Tony!) heard from neighbouring fields. Still no hirundines but it is only April... Happy watching!!

Sunday 24th April 2011, Orchard Field, Otford Beechwood won by 41 runs





43 overs


31.5 overs

all out

Freeman 54*

Hill 33

Culhane 21

Savory 6/50

Garnett 2/14


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