Horsted Keynes v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 24 Jul 2010 at 1.30
Edenbridge Cricket Club Won by 1 wicket

Match report Destiny and hero are two of the most over-used words in the media today, and I am afraid they are about to get used a couple more times now. If anyone ever thought that this would be a humble account of what might be actually the highest tenth wicket stand in the club's history then you were wrong. This was quite simply my most enjoyable moment as Edenbridge captain.

To set the scene, I won the toss and felt we would stand a better chance chasing the game, along with solid advice from Hilly and Woody. Dismissing Stuart Fuller early is always and important break through, however the batting of Robinson was fantastic and he kept his side right in it. The fielding could have been better and I think we all agreed that we should have kept that score down by 30 runs or more if we had taken our catches. A couple of things to mention, Dom bowled very well, and tirelessly, and deserved more then his three wickets, Hilly and Graham Cox also did well to keep the eventual run rate down to below 200. We all agreed that none of us had ever seen so many c&b.

183 was always going to be a tough target to chase down on a pitch that was doing a little, however I did not anticipate how quickly it was disintegrate. With the new ball the top five batmans were dismissed for a combined total of 16 thanks to the Fuller brothers, and a loss was looking a matter of minutes away. It must be said Jon Woodman was not dismissed, however wore a nasty shiner to the face and had to go to the hospital and have 6 stitches, it is important to confirm he will be back this week and injury is no way to avoid paying match fees. Jon please bring £20 on Saturday. After this collapse Hilly and Dom and then Niraj dug in as the ball started to loose its shine. Hilly making a very useful 45 contribution before the ball kept low and bowled him. With the score somewhere below 120-9, lets call it 107 so the story works, in stepped the final man, Me. The target was simple 77 off eight overs, as Joycy said as I began my walk of destiny, only eight an over. As I walked out onto the pitch I was completely unaware of what was about to happen, Edenbridge folklaw about to be made. In order to give the drama to you in the best possible fashion I will deliver a ball by ball account in high definition and 3D. Only joking.

With the game looking lost Lewis and I decided to play our shots, and for the first time I can ever remember it worked. The middle of the bat is something I rarely find, however with consistency Lewis and I despatched a bowling attack that by the minute was starting become more and more frustrated. Excellent fun. I hit my first ever six, and then another and then another, I don't know about Lewis but I would say 50% of my shots played were with my eyes closed. Anyway, into the third to last over the win was insight and the field was in. With Lewis refusing to play a shot in the last over, rather selfishly I thought, it was left to me to have a go, something which under these circumstances I'm not very good at. Anyway with the scores on 183 a piece I felt at one that shot into the air, "bugger" (polite version before 9pm) I thought holding my head in shame, the ball was dropped however, Lewis shouted "run" so I did, a silly run, the fielder threw in the ball, direct hit, I was out, ball gathered I was out, however the ball was gathered and the fielder missed the stumps with the ball. That was it, a huge victory.

Although I have told this from my point of view, Lewis must get a huge mention, he played beautifully hitting wonderful shots and never presenting even a half chance, yet again instrumental in a dramatic run chase and fully deserved his 42*.

Whether any of you know this or not, I finished on 48*.

Well done chaps, great game.

Tea: 7/10, without Tim around it is always a difficult decision to make, however brown suger with a cup of tea dropped them a few points I'm afraid.

Funny moment: Finding out that Hilly couldn't bring himself to say "Good shot" at any point, the closest was "Good bat speed"

Champagne moment: All of the above, well batted Lewis, great day. Also a Lancaster bomber and Corsair flying over, that was good to see.

Horsted Keynes Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
183 (0.0 overs)
S Fuller Caught  4
T Robinson Not Out  94
J Lasis Caught  7
E Glenn Caught  18
J Powell Bowled  4
E Crouch Caught  1
H James Caught  14
G Emmerson Caught  0
J Fuller Lbw  5
M Emmerson Not Out  23
D Wright  

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Andy Hill14.0441220.502.93
Howard Johnson6.0032132.005.33
Dominic Jordan17.0058319.333.41
Graham Cox10.0145222.504.50

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
George Bushell Caught  2
Jon Woodman Retired Not Out  5 2
Sebastian Goodhew Bowled  5
Graham Cox Caught  4 1
Alan Joyce Bowled  0
Andy Hill Bowled  45 2
Dominic Jordan Caught  8
Dan Afonso Bowled  1
Niraj Perera Lbw  5
Lewis Warburton Not Out  42
Howard Johnson Not Out  48

Horsted Keynes Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S Fuller8.0238219.004.75
J Fuller11.0140313.333.64
T Robinson5.3035135.006.36
M Emmerson7.0132132.004.57
J Lasis4.0021121.005.25
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