Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI v Ansty III on Sat 15 Aug 2009 at 1.30
Match was Drawn

Match report For the first time this season (except the rained off game at Clayton), Edenbridge were asked to field first, relying therefore on bowling and fielding to have any chance of a maximum point win.

After some confusion over the starting XI which led to PJ generously standing down to allow Zahid to play, for the first hour of Ansty's innings, Edenbridge's bowlers looked like delivering. On a very good pitch, Zahid and James Langton had reduced Ansty to 38 for 3 after 13 overs. Unfortunately, what followed in the field was way short of the performance needed to build on a good start.

First, the returns to Millard as keeper managed to gift a number of overthrows before the really serious mistakes were made. As Ansty's numbers 3 and 5 were in the process of building the most significant partnership of the match (144), one simple chipped ball into the covers was allowed to drop harmlessly between Ban Porter and Stephen Smith as a result of confusion over the calling as to who should take it but then, more seriously when the Ansty man of the match skyed one to Matania having just made his 50, Phil somehow managed to carpet the ball having done all of the hard work by getting under it in the firt place. A bad miss and one that was to cost Edenbridge dearly (possibly the match) as the batsman went on to make an undefeated 116 out of the eventual total of 205 for 8.

Zahid's bowling again impressed with 6 wickets (including a hat trick ball), 5 of which were bowled and good support from the other end following James Langton's useful opening spell by the very unlucky Tim Fuller who could easily have picked up a couple, James Gardiner who was hampered by a groin strain, George Bushell and skipper Bob who, bowling in tandem with Zahid in his second spell, managed to stem the flow of runs reducing the Ansty total to manageable proportions after it had begun to look like we would be chasing 250 plus.

Although it has to be said that the standard of fielding was well below what we have come to expect, James Langton must be exempted from the criticism as he was not only his normal athletic self but was consistently Edenbridge's best fielder - one run out attempt that only narrowly missed the stumps would have been just reward for his efforts.

So, Edenbridge set out to reach 205 in what would prove to be 41 overs and with Stephen Smith opening the batting and despatching some early poor bowling for 29 in only 30 balls, the chase was on. With no George Bantin in the batting line up this week, it was important for Phil Matania and last week's centurion Tim Fuller to put on a decent stand to allow the bangers their freedom. Not to be. After Tim's departure LBW, Matania's concentration let him down and he missed a full straight one. Niraj got off to a good start, putting away his second ball for four but unusually, this was to be his last scoring shot before he too missed a straight one.

At 69 for four, most teams would have then simply shut up shop for the draw but with Millard looking solid and Big Ben Porter now at the crease, the run rate increased until the loss of Ben's wicket. Zahid followed shortly afterwards and almost decapitated the Ansty square leg with a flying bat and with James Gardiner bowled for just 4, it was squeaky bum time.

James Langton then decided that attack was the best form of defence and his 20 contributed to a partnership of 34 with Phil Millard as Bridge just kept their hopes of an extremely unlikely victory alive. 8 down, George Bushell at the crease with 10 overs to go - obviously the thing to do was for him to nudge and nurdle making sure Millard got most of the strike. Instead, young George unleashed a series of glorious cover drives making a solid 19 before being sent on his way LBW by umpire Matania.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

In what was possibly skipper Bob's only innings this year he strolled nonchalantly to the wicket to join Millard for the final four overs. Phil, having seen Bobby's slash at the first ball he received, now decided that it was time for time to farm the strike - this led to the game's comedy moment when Phil's effort to nick a single from the penultimate ball of the second last over unfortunately cleared the ropes at cow corner for Bridge's only six of the innings.

Despite this, the fact that Bob faced only four balls is testament to the succesful effort for Phil to take as much of the bowling as possible from the last 24 balls.

Now far be it from me to accuse Millard of being a gambling man but I have to wonder whether Mallard had put a cheeky fiver on an Ansty win as he did his best, with two balls to go, to collect his winnings by edging nicely to the keeper who evidently had his own fiver on the draw and obligingly took a leaf out of the section of the Edenbridge coaching manual titled "Catches - how to drop them".

We can take a degree of satisfaction from saving the game but the 12 points gained may not be enough to keep us in 6th place.

At the start of the season, the senior pros had said that a priority for the season was that we should seek to win or draw more games than we lost. Our record is now won 3, drawn 3 and lost 5 so with only two games to go, this is still a target we can and should achieve.

Ansty III Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
205 (0.0 overs)
Harry Chandler b  Zahid Khan 9
David Young b  James Langton 0
Ed Coombs ct  Ben Porter, B Zahid Khan 37
William Wright b  Zahid Khan 16
Ben Towler Not Out  116
Jack Anderson b  Zahid Khan 0
Tom Coombs b  Zahid Khan 2
Brian Still b  Zahid Khan 5
Callum Brown b  Stephen Smith 6
Megan Janman  
Peter Fowles  

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Zahid Khan15.045569.173.67
James Langton6.0115115.002.50
James Gardiner6.003800.006.33
Tim Fuller8.003000.003.75
George Bushell3.002700.009.00
Bob Langton6.002500.004.17
Stephen Smith2.00919.004.50

Edenbridge Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Phil Matania b  Callum Brown 17
Stephen Smith b  Jack Anderson 26
Tim Fuller lbw  Callum Brown 6
Niraj Perera b  Callum Brown 4
Phil Millard Not Out  34
Ben Porter b  Ed Coombs 13 1
Zahid Khan b  Ed Coombs 0
James Gardiner b  Ed Coombs 4
James Langton b  Tom Coombs 20
George Bushell lbw  Callum Brown 19
Bob Langton Not Out  2

Ansty III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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