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Match report vs. Sevenoaks 22 June @Wenvoe (skipper J Furnham, report A Furnham)

Captain Furnham lost the toss and we were put in the field. Ed Dain commented that he had a good feeling while I said we should beat them on paper! Dan opened from the pavilion end and Paul the other. The wicket proved to be maybe the best we have ever had at Wenvoe.

Lewis started with a wide but then got his radar right. He was most unlucky with an edge behind with a sprawling Gough unable to take the catch so I commented that I was glad Steve was not here. It was a hard one but was typical of our luck early on as the ball seemed to be either beating the bat or being edged, with the odd good shot to be fair. The first wicket fell on 15 when our white Sri Lankan friend was run out as yours truly collected the ball at mid wicket and found no batsman at the bowlers end so a roll to Paul was enough for an easy run out.

This meant Collyer came to the wicket who from the start seemed to either play and miss or give it a good wallop on the off side. Dan finished with 4-0-21-0 which was rough justice and Paul took a wicket from his last ball when the other opener hit it high for "Horse" to make it look easy at mid off. 44 for 2 and Paul ended with 4-0-22-1.

The opener who was clearly knackered and turned down an easy second run just before the wicket was not in Goughys good books. This it seemed is due to him asking Gough where the main keeper was after he missed a stumping. This led Simon to cry out " come on boys lets get this fucker" or something along those lines. Anyway Gough was most pleased when he left.

Number 4 was young Williams who looked like a scruff bag but played very correctly including some nice shots through the leg side. He had made 14 until Muff did him and bowled him. 62 for 3. Ed had also come on and was taking some unusual stick. To be fair though you have to give Collyer credit as he took his chances on a good pitch and rode his luck. Some of his shots he timed perfectly but the question was how long it could last. Ed finished with 3-0-27-0 and was replaced by Tesh while Fox took over from the pavilion end.

By now I was convinced that get rid of Collyer and we were in business but to be fair nearly all the bats the other end made a contribution. Some more controversy was about to explode when the number 5 was stumped off Goughs pads from the bowling of Tesh. At first the ump didn’t give it as he thought Gough may have kicked the stumps. Not sure how as I was behind him but it was given anyway. Score at fall of wicket not recorded but this brought Stork to the wicket who was undone by first a lack of pace on his part and a storming throw from Easy which was close to side on direct hit. 104 for 6 in the 17th over. Foxy finished with 2-0-18-0 so Muff came back from the pavilion end while Tesh carried on till the end.

The bloke who is fatter than me and needs a rest after he runs two was in next and hit two really good fours until he played for a single to give Collyer the strike and missed a Muff delivery. 127 for 7. Next was another super run out and this time a direct hit from Paul who of course made it look easy.

All the while Collyer had gone past his 50 and finished on a really good 62 not out but not before Tesh managed a brilliant throw from the last ball of the innings of his own bowling to save us a run. Muff finished on 4-0-22-2 and Tesh with 3-0-26-1 and a target for us of 140. On this wicket with a quick outfield and plenty of bats it was well within our grasp. Our fielding was pretty good I thought with 3 really top quality direct hits.

Manish and Furnham opened up and put on 84 for the first wicket with the help of some top shots and plenty of wides. The big guy took a dim view of Ed it seemed although Ed seemed to think a break down in communication was the culprit. Either way after 10 overs we were on 73 for 0 and when Furnham was caught behind for 29 it was 84 for 1 in over 12 and this became 84 for 2 as Easy fell first ball (tactics he said) and was bowled. This brought Gough to the wicket who was still a bit irate and looked in good touch as he stroked one through mid wicket. At this point we were still looking good but then Manish fell bowled for an excellent 42 and Gough soon after, lifting one through mid wicket and was caught. A bit of bat throwing followed and a glove was kicked onto the roof so Biily had to go and get it which he did with so much ease that you wonder just how many times he has climbed onto a roof that is not his! 84 for 0 had become 97 for 4.

Foxy carried on from Sunday and played a couple of cracking shots till he was run out for 9 claiming Ed couldn’t keep up with him. The pressure was now on and was not easy for the incoming bats. The big guy had Tesh caught at point for 1 and Ed who also looked in good touch fell to a dolly dropper with bowler apologising as he let the ball go. He wasn’t so sorry that he made him come back after seeing the stumps go. Ed scored 6 but the book does not tell us fall of wickets as this point.

We needed 32 off 18 balls which would have been OK had we had at least one set batter (not the FIFA bloke) but despite the best efforts of Paul who creamed his first ball for 4, and Muff we fell 10 short on 130 with both Paul and Muff not out 8.

You have to give credit to Collyer who certainly batted far better than I have ever seen him and they cut out the wides after they bowled a huge amount early on. ( and no the wides didnt dry up because Dan was umpiring) If either Manish or Furnham could have just stayed around a bit longer it may have been different as we saw how difficult it is for new bats chasing 8 or 9 an over.

It was however a really good game of cricket although I don’t think Goughy quite saw it like that. Our unbeaten run has come to an end and I don’t think 7oaks would have been seen as a likely candidate to end it but shit happens and tonight it did.


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