Colemans Hatch v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 05 Jul 2008 at 2.00
Edenbridge Cricket Club Won by 1 wicket

Match report We arrived at the game well in advanced, on a day that was warm, and missing the magical presence of Andy Hill who took his hatrick last week, and still without captain Howard Johnson.

However, being the brave competitive souls that we are, we moved on, and arrived at one of the smallest grounds, and an outfield that was reminiscent of the Pennines! It was impossible to keep your feet on the hills and so the bounce of the ball was going to be unpredictable to say the least.

Stand-in skipper Danny Ott won the toss, and elected to field first, deciding that chasing would have been less torture than trying to set any kind of score on this "handkerchief" (as T Cox put it) of a pitch.

The opening 10 overs seemed like an absolute eternity, with the opening partnership clearing the boundary and showing that it might have been a very long day. In fact they actually scored about 120 before we managed to break the partnership, and it seemed we were in for a long afternoon in the field.

However, a wicket each in consecutive overs from Tim Cox & Gat Fuller got rid of the opening partnership, both caught behind by the returning Jon Woodman. To give you some idea of how aggressive they were...after 10 overs the first wicket was taken, and he had scored 89 runs by himself! Quite a run rate to say the least!

I must therefore give credit to the performance in the field, as after the first wicket was taken the next 9 fell for just 70 runs...and on that pitch it was an outstanding effort!

With an easy run out, after some criminal calling, by Nick Jeffrey, and Tim Cox bowling the batsmen 4 & 5 middle stump, we were on our way. Catches from Joycie, Phil Millard, Danny Ott, and a 3rd for Jon Woodman, allowed us to restrict Coleman's Hatch from 120-1 to 197 a.o. The wickets were from Gat Fuller (4/97) and Tim Cox (5/99), both of whom bowled for 20 overs for the whole game. GREAT EFFORT GUYS!

After tea, Tim Cox and Jon Woodman opened the batting, with Tim taking great pleasure in smacking the opening bowler over his head for 6 on the 3rd ball of the innings. However, Jon (9) was Run Out, Tim (29) was Bowled, and Alan Joyce (2) came and went in between. After this we seemed to be collapsing after such a strong job in the field, and we were at 73-8 needing 125 runs to win, and only 2 wickets left.

At 73-8, Nick Jeffrey (on his league debut for the club) and Skipper Danny Ott were at the crease, and batting points were the only thing on their minds. Both needed little time to settle, and then needed even less encouragement to go for their shots. Nick scored his highest score EVER with 35 before eventually being bowled. However, he helped in an 83 run partnership to move from 73-8 to 156-9, with every run making us believe more and more that this could be won. This brought Gat Fuller to the crease who had already done stirling work with the ball, and now needed just 42 runs for victory...but at the same time, one more wicket would mean it was all over.

It seemed at this point that tension was all around, and no matter how many time the Cox's shouted to the middle to concentrate, it doesn't help nearly as much as you think it would! (Sorry to say it lads)

Anyway, with 42 runs needed and the master of the forward defensive stroke, Gat Fuller, at the crease, and Danny Ott heading to 50 the run rate ticked down slowly. However, the highlight of the day was to see Gat Fuller (13 n.o.), with a back foot drive and against the opening bowler, run the ball all the way to the boundary. As Graham says, "The shot of the day"!

Finally with 6.3 overs remaining, Danny Ott hit consecutive boundaries to earn himself 71 not out, and successive victories for the first time this season. (Oh...and I still have 100% record as captain! HOWARD...YOU'RE FIRED!)

It's fair to say that the match did not go as planned, but the determination was fantastic!

MoM: I'm afraid I cannot name one as their were many key performances. But mentions must go to Tim Cox, Gat Fuller (both of whom did well with bat & ball), Jon Woodman (who did really well behind the stumps) and Nick Jeffrey (who batted terrifically to earn himself his best ever score).

TEA: The teas were very enjoyable, but perhaps a little lacking in quantity and variety. But atleast it kept the team quiet for a good half an hour so I could sit down in peace. The homemade cakes however, were a particular highlight, and so the Colemans Hatch teas get a 7.5! Points also knocked off for the fact that we were charged £40!

Moment of the day: Moving into slip I was greeted while Mr Ng and Mr Joyce spoke about oral sex. However, I was informed of a certain players love of "nasal sex" and "ear sex". Apparently among us in the field is a player who loves to "plug a lug"!
Needless to say I shall ask someone else to field there in the future! IT'S JUST WRONG!

Colemans Hatch Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
197 (0.0 overs)
Paul Brady Caught  37
Tim Singer Caught  89
Kevin Van Bergen Run out  21
Roger Thorogood Bowled  38
Oliver Holroyd-Pearce Bowled  0
Steve Singer Caught  2
Nigel Cannon Caught  1
Andy Martin Bowled  1
Andy Cooper Caught  0
Anthony Mason Caught  5
Geoff Ridley Not Out  0

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Fuller20.0197424.254.85
Tim Cox19.4399519.805.03

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Tim Cox Bowled  29
Jon Woodman Run out  9 3
Alan Joyce Bowled  2 1
Graham Cox Bowled  11
Marc Ng Caught  4
Zahid Khan Caught  6
Tom King Bowled  5
Phil Millard Caught  0 1
Dan Ott Not Out  71 1
Nick Jeffrey Bowled  35 1
Gareth Fuller Not Out  13

Colemans Hatch Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Roger Thorogood12.0177515.406.42
Nigel Cannon19.0371235.503.74
Oliver Holroyd-Pearce7.3048148.006.40