Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Plumpton on Sat 04 Aug 2007 at 1.30
Edenbridge Cricket Club Lost By 142 runs

Match report Cornish Tour – By your correspondent Court B. Hind

After a great deal of discussion with ‘her indoors’ your correspondent reluctantly agreed to a week on vacation in Cornwall staying with the outlaws. Madness I thought for two reasons: 1. It’s the middle of the cricket season and 2. It is the wettest summer since 1912, incidentally the year of the first triangular tournament between England, Australia & South Africa. It should be pointed out that in the first 3 day test of this tournament, between England and Australia, only 3.5 hours play were possible on the first day and 20 mins. on the second but enough time for a certain JB Hobbs to hit 107 and CB Fry (no relation to the chocolate Fry’s I understand) a quick 42 before being run out carrying an umbrella.

However, the thought of my partner leaving me, having to cook my own meals, iron my smalls and change the duvet cover for the next 40 years persuaded me that perhaps a week on tour in Looe would not be such a bad idea. I immediately looked on the positive side, as us men tend to do, pasties, fish & chips with lashings of salt and vinegar, Cornish fine ales, no washing up and the golden rule that on holidays you must have an ice cream every day. As I was on holiday with my 14 year old daughter and her mate this golden rule proved easy to comply with, as there was always the excuse for me hot footing it to the next available confectioner for my daily dose of Cornish vanilla or chocolate with the obligatory chocolate flake buried deep in the bowels of the cornet. All for the good of the children of course, oh happy days.

The holiday started off in the usual fashion, stress all round, as looking to leave as early as possible on the Friday afternoon, to avoid the M25 car park, we eventually hit the road at 4.00pm. Perfect timing for the jams and traffic at its heaviest. This coupled with my daughter not knowing what to pack, have nothing to wear, forgot Ipod etc led to a strained first couple of hours as we inched our way 2 miles from Junction 6 to 8! Your correspondent was already suicidal with blood pressure at record levels, before the M4 turn off, and was threatening to leave two 14 year old’s in the middle of the fast lane if they didn’t stop talking in tongues.

Anyway after an uneventful journey of six hours with one wee stop and a Burger King Angus meal, with fries and onion rings plus a healthy option of an orange juice instead of a gallon of coke, from a Little Chef the holiday had really begun.

Saturday turned out lovely, just right for a game of cricket I thought, as I donned my holiday shorts and flip flops. But there I was talking houses and Location, Location, Location with the mother-in-law and wondering where my Saturday sports fix was to come from. Then like a flash of lightening it hit me, just as I was discussing house prices in Devon, that very afternoon was England V Wales in a warm up for the rugby world cup. Perfect. My only problem how to persuade ‘her indoors’ that a pub on a glorious August afternoon was the place to be instead of the nearby beach. Fortunately, by this time the two 14 year olds had already gone off to do ‘their thing’ i.e. boys, drugs, alcohol, dressing up (only joking) and ‘her indoors’ has already had a disagreement with her mother. I then played my ace card by reminding my good lady that England would be fielding that Wasps love god Laurence Dallagio. At this comment said good lady was putty in my hands and an afternoon in front of Sky was assured as she ogled and blew kisses at the screen every time he touched the ball! Don’t ask me what happened when he scored late in the game and strutted himself back to the half way line. I had already disowned her surrounded by drunken Cornishman and I think even the local trawler men were positively embarrassed by her antics but the photographs sold well and paid for the holiday.

The rest of the week passed as holidays in Cornwall normally do. Fortunately the sun shone and we spent days on the beach getting burnt, especially the tops of my feet, eating too many pasties, chips, ice cream etc and the two 14 year olds disowned me as being embarrassing every time I opened my mouth or breathed for that matter. On the plus side me and ‘her indoors’ are still talking although now and again she does lose consciousness in a Laurence induced coma. Personally he runs too upright the arrogant git but I wouldn’t tell him that to his face.

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

(0.0 overs)
Scott Beaumont Bowled  4
Alan Joyce Bowled  8
Simon Williams Bowled  0
Tim Fuller Caught  8
Mark Slack Lbw  5
Mike Mills Bowled  4
Richard Williams Caught  10
Jonathan Watts Not Out  2
Howard Johnson Bowled  0
Brett Knapp Bowled  0
Bradley Edwards Bowled  5

Plumpton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A Earl11.022555.002.27
T West6.021300.002.17
P Brinkhurst5.02414.000.80
R Ward1.40541.253.00

Plumpton Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 1 wickets
197 (0.0 overs)
C Wycherley Not Out  101
M Bralkpool Caught  26
K Speirs Not Out  35

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Howard Johnson8.013300.004.13
Mike Mills13.0140140.003.08
Simon Williams12.024100.003.42
Brett Knapp9.005700.006.33
Bradley Edwards2.001800.009.00