Balcombe III v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI on Sat 18 Jul 2015 at 13:30
Edenbridge Cricket Club Won by 86 runs

With the skipper's record of calling at the toss Coxy already had his batting pants on before Woody went out with the Balcombe skipper. But hang on ..... what's this ? Skipper changes his call from heads to tails, & the coin comes down ...... heads ! Odd wicket this one. Very slow, but bouncy one end.Coxy was all at sea & after pulling the ball for six into the next door manor house's swimming pool, really didn't settle. Mike M was also undone by the bounce, bowled off his chest !. Skipper went on to compile his customary 50, but knock of the day goes to Tim Fuller who hit, carved, & swept his way to a fine 77, ably supported by Hill Junior Junior. A sporting declaration after 45 overs set the game up nicely for the second half.
The usual fine spread for Balcombe tea had the added attraction of scrambled egg & smoked salmon sandwiches, but was then spoiled by the home skipper objecting to our guest umpire's (Nick Ward -- pics to follow :) )somewhat lary shorts & suggesting he should not be allowed to umpire. Controversy was avoided by Fisty not even bothering to listen to the objection !
Jimmy Witt steaming down the hill & Mike J taking the uphill routegot us an early start with Mike picking up one of the openers, making good use of the uneven bounce, a nice little dolly being snapped up by Mr Watts in the gully. Soon after, Mr Watts was again in the game, leaping like a flanker in a line out to take a fine catch above his head off the hostile Witt. Some power hitting from the other Balcombe opener still kept them in with a good chance of a win but our ground fielding kept things in check, Jimmy Witt in particular doing sterling work with one hand after taking a fearful blow on the fingers. He fielded better with one hand than most of us "vets" did with two ! But it was the catching that won us the game. Seven catches & not a single chance grassed. In particular Gatt with another great catch, running back a full 20 yards grabbing the ball coming over his shoulder just inside the boundary to dismiss the dangerous opener.
Replacing Mike at the pavilion end, Gatt then dismantled the Balcombe middle order, making full use of the variable bounce ending with a well deserved "Michelle" (five-fer for the uninitiated). Some fireworks from the Balcombe late order threatened to spoil the day but Gatt dealt with all that nonsense with a deal low full toss. The innings was wrapped up & full points secured with a sharp stumping from the skipper.
Good contributions from all, but for once it was the vets' day & especially a Fuller day (& still the skipper can't win the toss !)
Pics to follow - look out for Wardy's lady shorts.

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 7w 19b 3lb 
for 7 wickets

(44.5 overs)
Tim Cox ct  Murrills b Diggins 14 21 1 66.67 1
Jon Woodman ct  Everett b Diggins 56 75 10 74.67 1 1
Josh Hill ct  Draude b Diggins 1 14 7.14
Michael Martin b  Diggins 1 6 16.67 1 1
Dan Martin ct  Rawbin b Diggins 10 30 2 33.33
Tim Fuller st  Smith b Draude 77 72 10 2 106.94
Ollie Hill b  Diggins 26 37 4 70.27 1
Jonathan Watts Not Out  9 16 1 56.25 2
Michael Jewsbury Not Out  0
Gareth Fuller  
James Witt  

Balcombe III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
D Everett4.002800.007.00
R Diggins21.0480613.333.81
T Draude9.5040140.004.07
T De Castro5.012600.005.20
N Beecroft4.002400.006.00
T Rawbin1.00500.005.00

Balcombe III Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 5b  
for 10 wickets
139 (28.4 overs)
A Smith ct  G Fuller b Witt 33
N Draude ct  Watts b Jewsbury 4
N Beecroft ct  Watts b Witt 11
J Dransfield ct  M Martin b G Fuller 23
T Rawbin ct  T Cox b G Fuller 14
D Everett ct  O Hill b G Fuller 0
T Draude b  G Fuller 31
T De Castro ct  Woodman b G Fuller 6
C De Castro Run out  1
R Diggins st  Woodman b M Martin 9
T Murrills Not Out  1

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Witt8.0135217.504.38
Michael Jewsbury5.0023123.004.60
Gareth Fuller9.004659.205.11
Michael Martin6.4030130.004.50
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Oops sorry Mike :(


ahhh..... how the young can concentrate


Have this shorts been sanctioned by the ECB ?


Proper umpiring gear


Shot Dan


Ouch !


The skipper sweeping !??


That's more like it





Classic -- that's what a decent eduction does for you



Watching the boy !



Ooops - I think that one was out. Sorry Dan !