Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Hartfield on Sat 07 Jul 2007 at 2.00
Match was Drawn

Match report Three weeks is a long time in politics as they say and it is certainly true of cricket as that is the length of time since the last match report and the disappointing defeat by the youth of Dormansland. Since then, as the whole world knows the South East and Edenbridge in particular have been hit by earthquake (just outside Crockham Hill), flood, pestilence and a nasty outbreak of Deng fever resulting in the cancellation of two games. Fortunately this Saturday the sun shone and week 7 of the league season saw a real local derby as Edenbridge welcomed an eleven from the village of Hartfield.
Once again Edenbridge won the toss, although on reflection perhaps they would rather have lost, but chose to field first with the wicket looking distinctly green. Early on runs were in short supply for Hartfield as tight bowling restricted the run rate but it was soon apparent that perhaps the wicket wasn't as helpful to the bowling attack as first thought as wickets failed to materialise and runs began to flow. For the visitors the veteran William Boone (Eton, Oxford and the Guards) dug in as if it was the first morning of the Somme and although a couple of wickets were taken by Gareth Fuller and Andy Hill bowling up the hill and into the wind (no pun intended) Hartfield made it clear they intended to bat the full 47 overs and post a decent score. Boone (Winchester, Cambridge and Edenbridge Conservative Club) was now beginning to see the ball well and played a real anchor role, taking the ones and two's but also punishing some wayward bowling in the middle of the innings and when joined by Chris Bowers this unusual pair, Boone's 'silver spoon' elegance with Bower's 'rough cider' brutality, really started to increase the run rate. Eventually Bowers was well caught by Woodman, on the deep square leg boundary, off a beautifully flighted full toss from Graham Cox for an aggressive 62 and although Gareth Fuller bowled well to pick up 4 wickets at the end Boone (Repton, Oxford Brooks and Spearmint Rhino) remained unbeaten on 82. In the circumstances a very useful knock that set Edenbridge a decent and formidable total of 216 to chase in an hour plus 20 overs.
Edenbridge really needed to start well if this total was to be achieved but both Medhurst and Bowers bowled with no little skill and claimed early the wicket of Tim Cox without troubling the scorers. Scott 'The Cheetah' Beaumont joined John Woodman to repair the damage and up the run rate but after a number of attractive shots the newly helmeted 'Cheetah' was unfortunately bowled by a beauty from Medhurst for 13. Hartfield continued to keep up the pressure and introduced the wily left arm spin of Fred Ball (good name for a bowler) who caused problems not through any prolific spin but because his hand, when he released the ball (no pun intended), was above the sight screen at the Petrol Station Lane end. However, John Woodman and Graham Cox looking to bat Hartfield out the game added 89 for third wicket and with the game safe were able to accelerate towards the end to pick up a couple of valuable batting points helped by a quick knock of 19 from PC Williams fresh from a family holiday in the West Country after Cox had departed for 43. Woodman again batted well to remain undefeated on 69. An honourable draw and after the inclement weather we look forward to the visit of newcomers Chailey next week and a heat wave.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Skateboarders rioting in their pen to loud rock music and peppering the Edenbridge fielders with empty beer bottles before PC Williams put on his best deep 'Copper voice' and waded into the pen to tell them in no uncertain terms where he might stick a bottle if they did it again. Classic police training out of the handbook as he described it later to his two children Charlie 4 and Sally 3.
TEA: In place of a tea report this week which by the way was very pleasant with PC Williams and his catering team again doing the honours I think it only right and proper to point out that ALAN JOYCE AT LONG LAST HAS A NEW PAIR OF CRICKET TROUSERS WHICH FIT AND DO NOT NEED TUCKING INTO HIS SOCKS. He looked a picture of sartorial elegance crouching low as he does in the gully. Top Trousers Joycey you looked like a young Colin Cowdrey sorry Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge. I wonder if Mr. Boone knew him?

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Jon Woodman Not Out  69 1
Tim Cox Bowled  0 1
Scott Beaumont Bowled  13
Graham Cox Caught  43
Alan Joyce Bowled  1 1
Simon Williams Not Out  19
Tim Fuller   1
Andy Hill  
Mark Slack  
Marc Ng  
Gareth Fuller  

Hartfield Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S Medhurst9.0028128.003.11
C Bowers11.0330130.002.73
F Ball9.012900.003.22
T Wenham5.011500.003.00
C Medhurst6.0045222.507.50

Hartfield Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
216 (0.0 overs)
W Boone Not Out  82
A Medhurst Caught  16
T. Wenham Caught  1
J. Murray-Willis Bowled  5
C. Bowers Caught  62
S. Medhurst Bowled  21
M. Whitehead Caught  3
F. Ball Bowled  0
D. Warbuys Not Out  2
B. Freeman  
C. Medhurst  

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Fuller14.0343410.753.07
Andy Hill10.0521121.002.10
Tim Cox13.0255155.004.23
Simon Williams8.016000.007.50
Graham Cox2.0019119.009.50