Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Preston Nomads III on Sat 25 Aug 2007 at 1.30
Match was Drawn

Match report Global shock as cricket played in bright sunshine:
by your correspondent Court B. Hind

Serious questions were asked this Saturday as the brave boys of Edenbridge welcomed the wandering Bedouin tribe of the Preston Nomads. However, it was the fine bright sunshine, high temperatures and blue skys that was of greatest concern to the teams global warming experts, who were most concerned that these conditions were being seen in August and had lasted for a full day. Players had to discard full length raincoats, scarves, balaclavas and wet suits in order to play which they found most unsettling and probably contributed to this low scoring game. Senior pro Mr. Teacox was later quoted as "..... being shocked and stunned at the weather for this time of year...." as he had always played in zero temperatures with heavy rain and doubted the long term future of the game if it now had to be played in such fine conditions.
Nomads, a wandering tribe based in Preston Lancashire travel great distances each year to play their cricket and today was no exception flying into Stanstead and arriving in Edenbridge by a train of camels hired from Hertz. Which proved to the benefit of the club, as with club funds limited, the camel dung is now being seen as a money raiser, at 50p a bag, in the absence of this years camel race night. The late great Barrie Davies would surely have approved. As befits a Bedouin tribe a slaughtered goat was used at the toss and with Preston's captain Graham Watson, calling 'slit throat' incorrectly, Edenbridge elected to bat on a damp wicket but in fine, if unusual for the year conditions. With the normal opening partnership of Teacox and Woodman reunited after their holiday together on Mikanos a stand of 75 was grafted on a track playing low and slow before Cox was well stumped off Standen. PC Williams joined the patient Woodman but with 110 on the board Woodman was deceived for an excellent 58 and when our resident plod was bowled by the young Levene playing for the spin the Preston Camels didn't half kick up a stink. With wickets in hand a total of 175 and 10 batting points seemed well within the home teams grasp but with the ball beginning to turn from both Graham Watson and the young Josh Levene wickets began to fall and the run rate rapidly fell away. Cox (G) and Joyce both went without troubling the scorer and with Tim Fuller run out by the 'Cheetah', a swift running spotted feline that can be trained to hunt deer, Edenbridge found themselves at 113 for 6 and the nature of the game (not deer, see Cheetah above) had changed. A number of lusty blows from Marc Ng wide awake this week it was good to see (see Balcombe match report) and the Cheetah saw Edenbridge stumble to an all out 135 which considering the opening stand was a little disappointing.
However, with the wicket now taking turn and continuing to play low this total was no formality for the chasing Bedouins who lost two early wickets to a fired up Gareth Fuller, thankfully back after his hand injury. Excellent batting then by the youngster Chapman who with a number of class shots belied his tender years ably supported by Appleton started to put the tribe into a winning position. With Fuller now relieved after a fine spell Mr. Teacox and PC Williams were then able to maintain pressure, keeping runs to a minimum, which paid dividends when Appleton holed out to mid off off the bowling of Williams and with a couple more quick wickets, including that of the youngster Chapman for 39, Preston were now in a bit of trouble with overs running out and the run rate high. A further run out only increased the pressure but while Graham Watson remained at the crease Preston continued to go for the Edenbridge total and it was not until he was out for an entertaining 21 that the nomads 'shut up shop' with a couple of overs of the final 20 left and finished on 117 for 8. This was an exciting game of cricket played in unseasonal weather and with Edenbridge picking up 10 points and Preston 12 should go some way to relieving both teams relegation fears with one week of the league season left.
TEAS: 10/10 This Saturday saw the craft and guile of a true professional as Mrs. L Teacox stepped up to the plate to deliver a tea of majestic dimensions. Clearly fired up after recent stiff competition from the likes of Poynings and the ever consistent Balcombe Mrs. T was really on top of her game highlighted by the lightly baked scones with fresh cream and strawberries, luscious lemon cake and the quite outstanding flapjack thoroughly enjoyed by all including the camels out the back. I think it is fair to say that after Saturdays showing Mrs. T's performance can be suitably summed up by the songs the players were singing in the shower at the end of the game most notably:

I only want to be with you - Dusty Springfield
I wanna be your man - Rolling Stones
Glad all Over - Dave Clark Five

Incidentally these were the first three records presented by DJ Alan Freeman on Top of the Pops 1 July 1964. Extraordinary!

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

(0.0 overs)
Tim Cox Stumped  30
Jon Woodman Bowled  58
Simon Williams Bowled  7
Graham Cox Bowled  0 1
Alan Joyce Bowled  0
Scott Beaumont Lbw  11
Tim Fuller Run out  0 2
Marc Ng Caught  10 1
Niraj Perera Lbw  0
Mike Mills Caught  0
Gareth Fuller Not Out  0

Preston Nomads III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
T Bell10.002800.002.80
J Schildkamp10.032700.002.70
P Standen10.0235135.003.50
G Watson8.031844.502.25
J Levene8.002245.502.75

Preston Nomads III Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
117 (0.0 overs)
M Jeffries Caught  2
J Palmer Bowled  0
J Appleton Caught  29
J Chapman Bowled  39
P Jefferies Caught  0
P Standen Bowled  6
G Watson Caught  21
A Burchell Run out  1
J Schildkamp Not Out  2
J Levene Not Out  2
T Bell  

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Fuller11.0424212.002.18
Mike Mills7.002600.003.71
Tim Cox14.0440220.002.86
Simon Williams10.021635.331.60