St. Andrews v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI on Sat 25 Jul 2009 at 2.00
Edenbridge Cricket Club Won by 119 runs

Match report Having a team laden with bowling and on what looked like it would be a helpful pitch, Bob "lucky" Langton won another toss that he would have preferred to have lost but eventually decided to put his faith in his batsmen.

Bears steady opening bowler Chris Tucker was surprised to have his first ball at Bridge 2's debutant Emmerson Wood greeted by a wander to off and a flick off the pads for 4. Unfortunately, Em didn't stay long enough to treat us to much more of the same and when Niraj fell in an astounding manner (playing defensively), the wheels looked like they might just fall off.

Matania, finding some of his early season grinding form was joined by George Bantin who batted superbly putting on 89 with the old man including one GB trademark back foot cover drive that was an absolute joy to watch from the other end. Just when the 2 Bridge batsmen appeared to have the innings by the scruff of the neck, the sniper struck again leaving Matania standing on one leg. Attempting to go down with all guns blazing, and trying to bat like Botham not Boycott, Matania gifted a stumping to the veteran Bears skipper who didnt even have the decency to buy a beer as a thank you.

In what Matania later claimed was a master tactical stroke, this brought Phil Millard to the wicket. After his 27 ball 50 last week, Millard surprisingly decided to start in a very sedate manner, waiting 24 balls before launching the first of his two sixes in a very nicely gathered 56 not out.

After Bantin's depature to what he naturally described as the ball of the century on the worst pitch in living memory one run short of maximum batting points, Millard was ably assisted by Ross Baugh, George Bushell until he ran himself out attempting the cheekiest of singles and finally James Gardiner who's 20 not out including a six and two fours was a further marker in his development into a real all rounder. Skipper Langton called a halt to the fun after 2 hours 40 but only 41 overs which always looked like being comfortably enough.

With your reporter replaced by PJ for the Bears innings (if only there had been a bar at the ground!), the oppo comments and intentions from ball one were very clear indeed. Much talk there was of Bears heroic defiance of overwhelming odds the previous week to bat out for a draw only 150 runs short of the target and considerable reference to the Alamo, Custer's last stand and the 300 at Thermypolae.

No shock, therefore, to see Bears veteran captain and opener dig a trench and set himself to bat for the rest of the afternoon.

Emmerson sportingly did his utmost to make a game of it by delivering 21 extras including 19 no balls, the first or second of which bowled the Bears other opener which, as it turned out, was only a taste of things to come.

On a windy day, someone had to bowl into it and despite his heroics of the previous week, Toby Fuller drew the short straw.

In his second over, Emmerson limited himself to only one no ball but helped himself to two wickets, both clean bowled.

It always seemed that the major obstacle to a Bridge victory was Bears' skipper and so when young George Bushell gained an LBW decision that even the batsman said he would have given himself if the umpire hadn't beaten him to it, the door appeared open.

James Gardiner again bowled well with no reward as Toby had done earlier. A brief experiment with Bantin's off spin which threatened the helicopters to and from from the Hickstead show more than the batsman, skipper Langton returned to the naked pace of Wood and the steady Zahid who chipped in with 2 wickets, Emmerson eventually returning figures of 12 overs, no maidens, 6 for 39 of which 21 were extras!

As a glance at the scorecard will confirm (8 opposition bowled and 1 LBW) the Bridge bowlers were pleasingly consistently straight and full which is normally enough at our level and so it proved with the final Bears wicket falling with 4 of the 20 left.

A good all round fielding performance with only George Bantin guilty of spillage this week and that off a rapid Wood delivery nicked to second slip.

So; back to back 30 point wins leave Bridge comfortably above mid table and with a mathematical chance of the championship. Next week's game against Clayton who have lost only once so far this year will be a much sterner test.

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Phil Matania st  Barry Holmes 27
Emmerson Wood b  Charlie Thorpe 10
Niraj Perera b  Chris Tucker 9
George Bantin b  Charlie Thorpe 76
Phil Millard Not Out  56
Ross Baugh b  Simon Bushell 4
George Bushell Run out  6
James Gardiner Not Out  20
Zahid Khan   1
Toby Fuller  
Bob Langton  

St. Andrews Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

St. Andrews Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
123 (0.0 overs)
Barry Holmes lbw  George Bushell 18
Alfie Dale b  Emerson Wood 0
John Spencer b  Emerson Wood 0
Simon Bushell ct  Toby Fuller 13
Matt West Not Out  15
Martin Crouch b  Emerson Wood 20
Jamie Smith b  Emerson Wood 0
Henry Tagg b  Zahid Khan 12
Chris Tucker b  Zahid Khan 0
Peter Goodwin b  Emerson Wood 0
Charlie Thorpe b  Emerson Wood 2

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Emmerson Wood12.003966.503.25
Toby Fuller6.0210110.001.67
James Gardiner5.011500.003.00
Zahid Khan7.031125.501.57
George Bushell4.0019119.004.75
George Bantin2.00700.003.50