Colemans Hatch v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 09 Jun 2007 at 2.00
Edenbridge Cricket Club Won Won by 8 Wickets

Match report Not since Bob Fitzsimmons, the Cornishman from Helston, knocked out 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett in round 14 to win the bare knuckle World Heavy Weight title in 1897 at Old Trafford had we seen such a dust up on a cricket field but fortunately Bob's famous solar plexus punch was not in evidence as this 'heat of the moment' encounter was swiftly defused by PC Williams who threatened to arrest everyone. More of this later as it should not divert our attention from what was another good win for Edenbridge in week 4 of the Stoner league this time at the small but full of character ground that is Colemans Hatch.
Edenbridge had good fortune in winning the toss and asking the Hatch to bat on what was another green wicket after the heavy rain of the early morning.
However, if the visitors expected early wickets and struggling batsman they were rudely awakened by the sight of Tim Singer taking guard and without any further ado looking to strike any ball in his half of the wicket as far out the ground as possible. Whether Tim was struggling from a heavy night before or perhaps hampered by an injury to his back he clearly was not intent on staying long. Running between the wicket was clearly not an option as both opening bowlers for Edenbridge Fuller (G) and Andy Hill, bowling up the hill (no pun intended), felt the force of Singer's bat as balls disappeared with an array of fine but in some cases fortunate shots. With 60 on the board after only a handful of overs Singer eventually rode his luck once too often and found his stumps uprooted by a delighted Andy Hill who wasted no time in telling the batsman the way back to the pavilion. Understandably, Mr. Singer was quick to retort with a witty one liner that had Gareth Fuller making notes for a further addition to his vocabulary swear book (see match report V Poynings). However, events took a very unusual turn for the worst as a heated argument ensued with only the quick reactions of Bradley Edwards, who tackling like a young Laurence Dallaglio, took out man and bat, as Edenbridges left armer was in danger of coming under serious cross fire from a Newberry batting glove (£24.95 Oxted Sports: Men and Youths / no discounts). This little flashpoint was soon defused by the calm words of PC Williams threatening to arrest everyone and making police siren noises as he ran around the boundary but back to the cricket:
With Singer gone Edenbridge main priority was to try and wrestle back control and exert some pressure which was achieved by some tight bowling from first Fuller (G) and then PC Williams and Tim Cox. This pressure ultimately told as while one or two of the Hatch batsman played themselves in they were unable to really accelerate and more often than not lost their wickets to forcing shots. Colemans Hatch were eventually dismissed for 147 in only 40 overs which considering their start was a fine afternoons work by the visitors bowlers and in particular Cox and PC Williams taking three apiece.
Tim Cox and John Woodman, perhaps understandably wearing helmets, opened the Edenbridge innings in fine style both punishing wayward deliveries from the very sharp Treleaven (good Cornish name but no relation to Fitzsimmons I understand) and the wily old Nigel Cannon who is shall we say in the Autumn of his cricket career and can remember going on honeymoon with Edenbridges second team keeper David Brown, all very strange!
Both Cox and Woodman seemed set to bat all the way through until the end but at 108 Cox was caught three short of a well deserved half century and Woodman perished four runs later to a sharp chance in the gully for a well constructed 41. It was then left to PC Williams and Graham Cox to add the required 38 runs to take Edenbridge to victory by 8 wickets and secure a further 25 points. All in all a fine result and fortunately no harm done as a result of the very rare flare up at the start of the innings.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Andy Hill being no balled for the first time since playing beach cricket with his Mum at Weston-Super-Mare July 1976 (yes that's right the very, very hot summer when Dennis Amiss took a double ton off the West Indies batting like an open chested Morris Dancer) and secondly Seb Goodhew telling 'senior pro' Tim Fuller where to get off when trying to muscle in on Seb's changing position in the Coleman Hatch pavillion.
TEAS: 5/10 - Excellent use of the granary cob with egg mayo but generally a disappointing spread after the delights of Poyning the week before. One can get a little tired of the Cadbury mini roll especially the ones with jam sponge. However, having said that the Farmhouse fruit cake with splintered almonds was a rare surprise and must surely be a throw back to the pre-war period and in particular Percy Holmes & Herbert Sutcliffes first wicket partnership of 555 for Yorkshire V Essex at Leyton in 1932. Vintage.

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 2 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Tim Cox Caught  47 2
Jon Woodman Caught  41
Simon Williams Not Out  21 1
Graham Cox Not Out  14 1
Alan Joyce  
Sebastian Goodhew  
Tim Fuller  
Andy Hill  
Bradley Edwards  
Richard Williams  
Gareth Fuller  

Colemans Hatch Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
R. Treleaven3.002100.007.00
N. Cannon5.002400.004.80
K. Brooker10.0342142.004.20
T. Rowson9.1046146.005.02
A. Pole2.01600.003.00

Colemans Hatch Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
147 (0.0 overs)
T. Singer Bowled  41
S. Singer Bowled  22
P. Brady Bowled  13
C. Down Bowled  19
A. Pole Caught  24
T. Rowson Caught  17
R. Treleaven Caught  4
J. Roberts Caught  0
K. Brooker Bowled  0
N. Cannon Not Out  0

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Fuller11.0241141.003.73
Andy Hill9.0250225.005.56
Simon Williams11.0530310.002.73
Tim Cox9.142137.002.29