Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI v Ardingly II on Sat 08 Aug 2009 at 1.30
Match was Drawn

Match report A story of what might have been....

Skipper Langton wins another toss and despite the very green look of the wicket (which actually played extremely well once again - thanks go to Charlie) decided to go all out for the 30 points which would have taken us within striking distance of a top three finish.

For the first few overs while Kevin Murphy and Phil Matania were finding their feet and when Kev fell in the 6th over with the score at 13, this decision looked questionable but in the event, this was just about the last time in this game that any possible result other than a Bridge win or a draw ever looked possible.

Phil and Tim proceeded to put on 79 for the second wicket, helped no end by the Ardingly skipper's decision to allow singles almost at will. With the two fleet batsmen at the crease runs were steadily accumulated until Phil drove over the top of one and bottomed edged onto his stumps.

Ardingly's joy at taking a wicket soon turned to despair as George Bantin continued his recent excellent form and took the Ardingly bowling apart on his way to yet another good score (84 off 45 balls), falling in the end to a very good catch at long off. Quote of the day #1: From an Ardingly fielder to me as square leg umpire - "sod bowling to the bloke in the cap"

With the score now standing at 222 after 36 overs, the declaration was entirely feasible but skipper Langton showed his sentimental side and delayed the declaration whilst first Phil Millard and the Ben Porter kept "Corky" Fuller company whilst he reached his ton from 109 balls in 149 minutes in the 41st over. Tim's innings was chanceless until in the 90's and showed yet again how valuable he has been to the 2's this year, even if he is a negative and grumpy old git.

For the second week in a row (not counting the rain aboandoned match last week), Bridge's batsmen had posted an unreachable target for their opponents and the only question was, could the bowlers finish the job?

Wickets in the 3rd and 5th overs (both for Toby) set Bridge on their way, the first being with the aid of a very smartly taken catch at first slip by dad. What a pity Gatt wasn't umpiring 'cos then I could really have had some fun with this report.

With only 38 overs eventually possible, it was obviously crucial for Bridge to be bowling at the tail as quickly as possible. Zahid bowled exceptionally well with no luck for his first five overs but then got the results he had deseved in overs 6,7,8 and 9 leaving Ardingly reeling at the start of the last 20 on 55 for 7.

Zahid then managed to avoid a jug whilst keeping his team mates happy by dropping a catch off his own bowling but then running the batsman out. Quote #2 from the batsman concerned in the bar after the match: "yes, I did try to obstruct him by running in his way but god must have looked down and said I'm not having that"

So, with 20 overs to go and 3 wickets needed for victory, game on. And on, and on.

Ardingly's #9 wielding an old GN500 of late 1970's vintage never looked like requiring the skipper to post sweepers on the boundary and eventually faced 57 balls in his 6 not out - an innings that featured three scoring shots and drove George Bantin up the wall who, as usual, did exactly the same to his fielding team mates. Ardingly #11 in facing 31 deliveries also kept the Bridge bowlers at bay - sharing an 11 over unbroken stand with his mate for the 10th wicket.

Failure to take the final wicket cost 16 points - a game very reminiscent of the earlier one at Lindfield where Bridge scored a Putman Jnr inspired 290 odd but came up one wicket short of victory. There was, however, one massive difference - the spirt in the field and the quality of catching and ground fielding were excellent throughout.

Special mention must be made not just of Zahid with his 4 for 23 off 14 but also to young George Bushell who once again impressed in a short spell and took 2 for 3 including a wicket from his very first ball.

With now only three games to go, the Bridge batting unit is starting to look very like one that could easily hold it's own in Division 2 - James Gardiner and Zahid Khan for example listed to bat at 7 and 8 both being perfectly capable of some very handy runs if they ever get a chance!

We should expect of ourselves to achieve maximum batting points in each of the last remaining games. All three games are definitely winnable and if we keep the same level of confidence, togetherness and intent that was shown yesterday we are in with a very good shout of a very strong finish indeed.

In the end a disappointing result but a real pleasure to see Tim Fuller, talked out of retirement at the start of the season, add to his personal tally of tons whilst recording Bridge 2's first one of the season - well done mate!

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Phil Matania b  Cornfield 42 1
Kevin Murphy lbw  Fleming 5
Tim Fuller Not Out  103 1
George Bantin ct  Fleming, B Cole 84
Phil Millard b  Fleming 4 2
Ben Porter Not Out  4
Zahid Khan   1
James Gardiner  
George Bushell  
Toby Fuller  
Bob Langton  

Ardingly II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Paul Meader8.003300.004.13
Rory Fleming12.0260230.005.00
David Port5.002900.005.80
Iain Cornfield6.0034134.005.67
Ed Stevenson3.003000.0010.00
Derek Cole5.0031131.006.20
Hugh Netherway2.002700.0013.50

Ardingly II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
85 (0.0 overs)
Mick Stubbings ct  Tim Fuller, B Toby Fuller 9
Rory Fleming b  Zahid Khan 8
David Port b  Toby Fuller 0
Iain Cornfield ct  Phil Matania, B Zahid Khan 19
Ed Stevenson run out  Zahid Khan 6
Jeremy Nurse ct  Phil Millard, B Zahid Khan 0
Neil Phillips b  George Bushell 10
Aidan Grant b  Zahid Khan 0
Hugh Netherway Not Out  6
Derek Cole ct  Phil Millard, B George Bushell 0
Paul Meader Not Out  3

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Toby Fuller10.0227213.502.70
Zahid Khan14.052345.751.64
James Gardiner6.011300.002.17
George Bushell3.01321.501.00
Bob Langton3.01200.000.67
Tim Fuller2.01400.002.00