Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Balcombe on Sat 11 Aug 2007 at 1.30
Edenbridge Cricket Club Lost by 8 wickets

Match report Top of the League Balcombe still Top for Teas from your correspondent Court B. Hind.

Edenbridge this week visited top of the table Balcombe and champions elect with huge expectations for one of the finest teas since the mad hatters party or the 13th at Augusta. The brave boys of Edenbridge were not disappointed as the Balcombe WAGS conjured up a sumptuous display to match their table topping lovers on the cricket field. In fact not only was the tea of the highest order but to put the icing on the cake (no pun intended) the WAGS stayed on after the afternoons deliberations to serve a choice of chilliconcarni or lasagna with garlic bread. Absolutely top class as Jon Watts will testify after his third helping and having to be strapped to the roof of your correspondent's A40 for the journey home as the front seat was unable to accommodate him and the garlic bread!
Anyway, back to the cricket where Edenbridge won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious sun dappled afternoon. With the holiday season upon us an unfamiliar opening pairing of Hill and Cox G strode to the wicket with intentions to make mayhem and work up an appetite for the famous tea later in the afternoon. Unfortunately, Cox couldn't resist the aroma of baking flap jack and with his powers of concentration severely impaired was caught behind off the fourth ball he faced to a Danby outswinger which the skipper later swore he saw as a freshly made cheese roll loving drenched in spring onion and tomato. Fuller T joined Hill who by this time was beginning to enjoy himself as with a little bit of luck and some spilled catches hit a number of boundaries much to the frustration of the bowlers especially Alderman (not Geoff of Aussie fame) but Bob of Three Bridges. With Tim Fuller digging in at one end and Hill flailing away at the other, with a mighty grin on his face (most unusual I must point out for fans of Happy Hill), these two amassed a quick fire 47 before Hill was out much to the delight of Bob from Three Bridges with the score at 55; Hill had made an entertaining 44. Young Seb Goodhew joined the gutsy Fuller who with the score on 76 was unfortunately caught behind by the Balcombe skipper for a grafted 17. With Bob Alderman steaming in on a hard track it was very encouraging to see the diminutive Seb Goodhew play the quickie so well and he appeared to be in no trouble until playing across a straight one from the off spinner Todd and was bowled for a well constructed 12. But with Marc Ng unluckily playing on first ball Edenbridge were 84 for 5 and the call of the siren tea ladies was suddenly louder and more shrill as they went about their labours in the Balcombe pavilion. Apart from Mark Slack (12) and an entertaining knock from Ross Baugh (11) the Edenbridge rear guard faded away and were eventually all out for 113. Special mention must be made for Bob Alderman who bowled unchanged and finished with 7 for 66 off 22 overs. His fresh cream strawberry scone must have tasted that little bit sweeter along side his pint of Harveys as he rested during his sides innings.
Balcombe as befits a side at the top of the table took little time in knocking off the required 114 runs but both Mick Mills and Brett Knapp bowled well against good batsman, on a fine wicket and with a small ground before the home teams target was reached for the loss of 2 wickets, Barker Danby finishing 50 not out. On this performance Balcombe would appear to be worthy champions and it was just unfortunate for Edenbridge that they faced a side of this quality while not quite at full strength.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: Marc 'Nugget' Ng, while reading Keith Millers biography, falling asleep while next into bat at number 5. Top class preparation for his, unfortunate it must be said, first ball dismissal. Marc you can't burn the candle at both ends raving the Friday night away, eat a Balcombe tea and smash a run a ball hundred at your age.

TEAS: 10/10 Balcombe do the double, champions on and off the pitch. Wonderful fresh rolls with fine fancy pan crumbles (cakes) served by enthusiastic young ladies in summer tops. Later a very acceptable supper fully appreciated by young and old. This is what summer's about. Balcombe we salute you.

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

(0.0 overs)
Andy Hill Caught  44
Graham Cox Caught  0
Tim Fuller Caught  17 1
Sebastian Goodhew Bowled  12
Marc Ng Bowled  4
Jonathan Watts Lbw  2
Mark Slack Caught  12
Ross Baugh Caught  11
Mike Mills Caught  2
Brett Knapp Bowled  0
A.N. Other Not Out  0

Balcombe Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
R Alderman22.056679.433.00
B Danby12.1423211.501.89
T Todd10.0417117.001.70

Balcombe Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 2 wickets
114 (0.0 overs)
A Ruzicka Caught  25
B Danby Not Out  50
J Taylor Bowled  6
R Alderman Not Out  16

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Andy Hill10.0141141.004.10
Mike Mills8.0051151.006.38
Brett Knapp3.011400.004.67