Clayton v Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI on Sat 01 Aug 2009 at 1.30
Match was Abandoned

Match report Bridge travelled to Clayton more in hope than expectation given the weather forecast which proved depressingly accurate.

On the slowest, lowest wicket seen for a long time, the Bridge bowlers all managed to bowl tight enough lines and more importantly, hit decent lengths often enough to make life very difficult indeed for the Clayton batsmen.

Only one Clayton bat made a significant contribution; the young left handed opener labouring 32 overs over his 51 not out (remove "young" and that sounds a bit familiar) which whilst resembling drying paint was exactly what Clayton needed as wickets fell regularly at the other end.

Toby troubled all of the batsmen which was an exceptional effort on that wicket gaining his only reward when Matania took his first catch of the season at first slip. Zahid or Bambi as he became known (GET SOME BOOTS!) not only bowled well and took a catch off his own bowling but also had a hand in a run out, very capably completed by young Kieran.

PJ always looked like the type of bowler that would be the most difficult to get away and proved to be just that picking up two wickets including that of Clayton's centurion of the week before, Ross pouching a steepler to give him his second. Ross was especially grateful that the catch stuck as it would have been very difficult indeed to claim that the sun had got in his eyes.

For the first hour and a half of the match, the rain was constant but just about manageable and when Millard grabbed a neat catch at short cover, it really felt like Bridge had got themselves into a very strong position indeed.

This in itself was a very good effort considering Clayton's position in the league and their won, drawn, lost record of 5,3 and 1.

Unfortunately in the end the weather was the only winner as the rain worsened and Clayton's new batsman decided he couldn't see. Those of us also wearing glasses could definitely see his point.

So, 8 points for an abandoned game which could so easily have been much more leaves us in 7th place only 5 points from 6th - a vast improvement on the bargain basement of last year.

Four games to go and three of those against sides with a worse season's record than our own leaves us with a very good chance of a top four finish IF we can maintain the recent batting consistency and bowl with the same discipline as we showed on Saturday.

Clayton Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 6 wickets
99 (0.0 overs)
Sean Latham Not Out  51
Michael Prodger run out  (Zahid Khan) 21
Ben Hemmings ct  Ross Baugh - Pete Jeffrey 6
Leigh Latham ct  Phil Matania - Toby Fuller 0
Martin Long lbw  Pete Jeffrey 4
Kieron Benn ct  Zahid Khan - Zahid Khan 4
Simon Stewart ct  Phil Millard - George Bantin 9
Dave Avery Not Out  2
George Hewer  
Alex Rice  
Dan Norris  

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Toby Fuller10.0121121.002.10
Zahid Khan9.0226126.002.89
Peter Jeffrey10.0143221.504.30
George Bantin2.00515.002.50
James Gardiner1.00300.003.00

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 0 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Phil Matania   1
Peter Jeffrey  
Toby Fuller  
Kieran Peters  
Jonathan Watts  
Phil Millard   1
James Gardiner  
Zahid Khan   1 1
Kevin Murphy  
Ross Baugh   1
George Bantin  

Clayton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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