Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI v Ansty on Sat 24 Jul 2010 at 2.00
Edenbridge Cricket Club Lost 48 runs

Match report For the first time in 16 matches and over a year, I have to report on a game that Bridge 2s lost.

Losing the toss and being asked to field first was exactly what we wanted to happen, given our recent inability to bowl sides out but to chase down any sort of target.

Toby and Zahid opened the bowling as is usually the case when they play together but neither were able to make a breakthrough and with the score on 48 after 10 overs and both batsmen looking well settled on the normal Blossoms batting wicket, Bob decided to take the pace off the ball, giving George Bantin a chance to try out his slow bowling for the first time in 8 months. Not even George's mixture of flight, turn and banter was able to achieve the desired result. Despite his chest infection, skipper Bob managed 6 overs from the bottom end taking 1 for 22 and with the exception of one over that went for 9, at least the scoring rate was brought back to manageable levels. Stephen Smith replaced George at the top end and bowled as well if not better than he has all season taking a very creditable 3 for 19 from his maximum allowable 7 overs. Dan Ott bowled six overs for 27 before Bob turned to the openers to try to close out the Ansty innings.

Once again, we failed to take all 10 oppo wickets giving Ansty the opportunity to declare after 47 overs on 206 for 9.

Several good catches to mention this week with the pick being Jon Watts excellent take low down in the gully. This was a better catch than it sounds because Jon had chosen to field a couple of yards closer to the bat than normal gulley because, once again, balls finding the edge either flew over or dropped in front of the slip cordon. Kieran put in his best performance of the year behind the sticks, giving byes from only 3 balls in 47 overs and taking three good catches from the quicker bowlers. Zahid's take off his own bowling was the only other catch pouched whilst George spilled what for him would usually be a dead cert in the covers.

There was a real sense of deja vu about this innings as, just like last week, any number of balls were hit in the air or edged but consistently eluded fielders. It is an odd stat but I reckon that the first boundary in front of the wicket came when the score was on more than 50.

So just like last week, Bridge were set to chase just over 200 in what would prove to be a maximum of only 36 overs.

Unlike last week, Dave Putman's promising start with 17 off 14 balls in 10 minutes didn't develop into a match winning innings. Having belted an undefeated 100 against touring opposition on Friday night, Dave was seeing it like a football right from the start but failed to connect with a straight one.

Still, with Phil solid at one end and Dan Ott starting to fire, there was no panic. Frustratingly, this week Phil failed to kick on and was bowled playing an uncharacteristic shot with the score on 89 in the 14th over. George Bantin came and went quickly hitting 2 fours and one massive six from the 8 balls he faced. Stephen batted maturely and well after losing Dan (53) and for a while, the Smith / Watts partnership kept Bridge's hopes of a win alive. Once both of the guys were sent packing, the end came quickly and Bridge's proud run came to an ignominious end after only 30.1 overs with only Josh Boakes managing to score more than 2 (9).

The result, together with SJM's 30 point win over Smallfield now leaves us still in second place but 21 points adrift, 8 points ahead of Horsted Keynes in 3rd spot.

Only five league games now remain and to stand any chance of being in a position to contest the title in our last game away at SJM, it looks like only 4 good wins will be enough.

There is no doubt that we are perfectly capable of doing this but two things have to happen: 1 - we must bowl more tightly. If we aren't taking wickets, we must put pressure on by starving the batting side of runs and 2 - we must bat better collectively. You don't win many games when 4 of the top 5 fail!

Let's take this game as a reality check and refocus our efforts by realising that we have to do more than turn up to earn a win.

Champagne moment: 3 pints of Summer Perle after the game
Cup of Camomile tea moment: Kieran's 3 catches and Jon's great take
Catching it in the zip moment: even the "hairy bikers" didn't bother to stay to the end, it was that bad.

Ansty Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
206 (0.0 overs)
Brian Still lbw  Bob Langton 28
Will Wright ct  Jon Watts B Stephen Smith 29
Ed Coombs ct  Kieran Peters B Stephen Smith 1
James Wright ct  Kieran Peters B Toby Fuller 48
Harry Chandler lbw  Stephen Smith 7
Stuart Barker ct  Kieran Peters B Toby Fuller 6
Joe Carey b  Toby Fuller 19
Peter Fowles run out  Kieran Peters / Dan Ott 28
Bill Barker ct  Zahid Khan B Zahid Khan 10
Zak Henry Not Out  5
Richard Lillicrap Not Out  2

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Toby Fuller13.0148316.003.69
Zahid Khan11.0253153.004.82
George Bantin3.001700.005.67
Bob Langton7.0030130.004.29
Stephen Smith7.021936.332.71
Dan Ott6.002700.004.50

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Phil Matania b  Will Wright 19
David Putman jnr b  Richard Lillicrap 17
Dan Ott ct  Joe Carey B Zak Henry 53 1
George Bantin ct  Ed Coombs B Will Wright 15
Stephen Smith ct  James Wright B James Wright 20
Jonathan Watts b  James Wright 7 1
Josh Boakes b  Stuart Barker 9
Zahid Khan b  Stuart Barker 1 1
Kieran Peters lbw  Stuart Barker 2 3
Toby Fuller b  Stuart Barker 1
Bob Langton Not Out  1

Ansty Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Bill Barker6.003900.006.50
Richard Lillicrap6.0037137.006.17
Zak Henry6.0026126.004.33
Will Wright3.0022211.007.33
James Wright6.011728.502.83
Stuart Barker3.10741.752.21