Horsted Keynes v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 28 Jul 2007 at 2.00
Edenbridge Cricket Club Won by 42 runs

Match report Horsted Keynes Kained - from your cricket correspondent Court B. Hind

Saturday for once shone bright and dry as the men of Blossoms, Edenbridge, took their motor vehicles (cars) and one motor bike (Mick Mills) to the pretty village of Horsted Keynes. Not to be mixed up with Milton Keynes, Arthur Milton the last of the double internationals or John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) the famous economist considered the main founder of modern theoretical macro economics whose expression "In the long run, we are all dead" is much quoted and sums up life quite nicely I think.
Horsted riding high at the top of the league were looking to bounce back from a shock defeat at Poynings the week before while Edenbridge were looking for a good result after the disappointing loss to Chailey which dropped them to mid table. On winning the toss Horsted had no hesitation in inserting the brave Edenbridge batters on a wicket well rolled but bound to offer some encouragement for one of the best attacks in the league but with hindsight (a wonderful thing) it was a good toss to lose.
Edenbridge started well with Tim Cox in fine form scoring most of his runs in boundaries including a massive six into the tennis courts much to the surprise of the villages budding Pancho Gonzales and Margaret Court's (no pun intended). Fortunately no harm was done, only to the ball, as it cannoned into the concrete. John Woodman at the other end went about his business in his usual unflustered way accumulating here there and everywhere while hitting the bad ball for four but with the score on 44 Cox holed out for a rapid 33 when a larger score seemed certain. PC Williams joined Woodman batting up the order in place of the 'Cheetah' who was having a little lie down but was soon undone to the wily bowling of Ray Fuller from that same tennis court end. It was becoming clear that from this particular end the wicket was beginning to deteriorate and the ball began to act oddly sullen, moody, disinterested, uncommunicative just like a teenager on alcohol or drugs. In fact the ball was really beginning to pop and lift as well as provide turn for Jack Emmerson who eventually bagged a Michelle (five for) 19. In the meantime Graham Cox joined the dependable Woodman and together the pair grafted a partnership of 70 before Cox was stumped for 19 deceived by the flight and prolific spin of the boy Emmerson and brother of Horsted's attractive young scorer Lucy who although with stubby pencil was a delight on the eye and a former cricketer herself until cricket whites became unfashionable for 19 year old blue eyed blonde's.
At 125 for 3 Edenbridge were well on course for 175 and 10 valuable batting points but with the wicket deteriorating and fielders all around the bat the visitors were bowled out for 155 with only Woodman with a priceless 76 and Andy Hill 11 making runs in the lower order to claim 8 points in the first innings.
Edenbridge at tea (see later report) were probably a little disappointed not to have posted a bigger total especially after the fine start but when the home side batted it was clear the 155 would not be a fancy pan crumble (cake) walk.
Andy Hill bowling into the wind and up the hill (no pun intended), from the Centre Court end, soon found the spot that had caused the Edenbridge batters so much trouble and it was soon apparent that he was becoming unplayable as the afternoon wore on. Well supported by Mick Mills who bowled a fine spell at the other, less helpful end, Hill soon had Stuart Fuller, Horsted's prolific opening bat, caught at silly mid off just as he was about to settle in. Then a moment of true inspiration from PC Williams really set Edenbridge on their way. Fielding at forward short leg our resident plod fielded a 'no run' dab into the leg side and all in one motion threw down the wicket of the batter while still out of his crease. A surge of belief now ran through the men of Blossoms and you could feel the trepidation and confidence of Horsted begin to drain away. Andy Hill was now running in with true venom and wickets began to fall primarily at his end as the ball popped and rose off a length and Edenbridges captain was able to set attacking fields with 7 or 8 men around the bat. Only Dave Lancaster showed any real resistance or attacking intent but soon fell to Hill off an attempted hook for a fine 35. Tim Cox in tandem with Hill maintained the pressure picking up three wickets but it was Hill who kept going for 19 uninterrupted overs who finally ended up with a deserved 6 for 68 and with Horsted all out for 113 effectively bowling Edenbridge to victory by 42 runs. This was a fine victory by Edenbridge against a strong side looking to win the title and notably, with the exception of the run out, all wickets were taken by catches. This not seen in the Stoner League since 1884 when Richard Percival threw the cricket ball 140 yards 2 feet on the Durham sands to claim the furthest throw of a cricket ball. Extraordinary!
Apart from PC Williams brilliant run out, sharing numbers with the delectable Lucy (who very kindly wrote up our scorebook at the end of the game), Martin Emmerson's huge six through the window of an adjoining house and the realisation that Edenbridge's 1st XI on Saturday contained the 3 W's: Woodman (J), Williams (R) and Watts (J). In fact its 4 because we have PC Williams as well but he doesn't count as he's a policeman and part of the establishment (fascist bully boy).
TEAS: 6/10 - disappointing for £40!

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Tim Cox Caught  33 2
Jon Woodman Caught  76 2
Simon Williams Bowled  0 1
Graham Cox Stumped  19 1
Alan Joyce Bowled  0
Scott Beaumont Run out  4
Marc Ng Bowled  0 1
Andy Hill Caught  11 1
Jonathan Watts Caught  2 2
Mike Mills Stumped  0
Richard Williams Not Out  0

Horsted Keynes Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Fuller8.032900.003.63
R Fuller13.0344222.003.38
M Emerson7.003800.005.43
J Emerson8.211953.802.28
T Robinson7.0222211.003.14

Horsted Keynes Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
113 (0.0 overs)
S Fuller Caught  19
J Emmerson Caught  18
T Robinson Run out  0
D Lancaster Caught  35
A Monforth Caught  1
R Fuller Caught  5
M Emmerson Caught  12
J Fuller Caught  2
A Waten Caught  3
K Jones Caught  11
M Lasis Not Out  1

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Andy Hill19.0668611.333.58
Mike Mills7.011800.002.57
Tim Cox12.0333311.002.75