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  • Sydenham CC vs Ewelme CC June 1st 2014

    by Tobe in Uncategorized | Posted on June 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

    Ewelme 174 all out from 33 overs
    Sydenham 124 all out from 28 overs

    Sydenham won the toss and decided to bowl, on a rather soft slow wicket. The winning of the toss allowed captain Roe to redeem himself from last season’s poor decisions at the toss to bat first on many occasions under similarly moist conditions. Things were looking positive! Then James Ward was handed the ball to open the seasons bowling. To be fair to captain Roe we were rather short in this department so it seemed a straight forward decision to give the ball to our shortest player.
    The opposition got off to a bit of a flyer with their opening pair throwing caution to the wind and showing little respect to the bowlers. Boundaries, dropped catches and some questionable movement in the field by the now, Vice-captain Dan Bradley allowed Ewelme to move swiftly on to 50 for 0 from 8 overs. It did seem during this period that wherever the field was set the ball dropped from where fielders had just moved and when it did finally go to them for a catch the lack of practice certainly showed in some pitiful attempts at getting the batsmen out, more runs!
    With no fear and only great optimism shown by captain Roe he changed the bowling to spin, despite there being no obvious change in the pace of the bowling Paul Reynolds broke the opening partnership with a ball that turned down the hill and pushed middle stump backwards just enough to dislodge the bails. In the very next over Dan Bradley achieved a similar delivery and the score was now 54 for 2 from 10 overs. The game had changed, many tight overs from Reynolds, Eaton and Bradley followed and wickets tumbled with Ewelme reduced to 120 for 8 from 24 overs, Reynolds the pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets to his name, with Nigel Brewster taking 3 fine catches. The last two partnerships saw the momentum swing back in Ewelme’s favour and some excellent hitting from their last pair in particular saw them reach 174 all out from 33 overs. A rather above par score and one that sent shivers through the Sydenham dressing room at tea. Which was excellent by the way! Thank you Mr and Mrs Ashfield for a delightful spread.
    With the players all looking rather heavier and slower after a huge tea we trudged out to bat. Nigel Brewster and Paul Reynolds were handed responsibility to get the run chase going and they were doing rather nicely until an LBW appeal went up, followed quickly by the umpires finger, Reynolds was not such a happy boy! Sydenham with Brewster and Eaton at the crease re-built however and were 37 for 1 from 12 overs, with Brewster hitting some fine boundaries in addition to the very occasional quick single. The partnership was broken when Brewster hit a wide one straight into covers hands and he managed to cling on. For the next 10 overs or so scoring was rather laboured, thanks in part to some accurate bowling by Ewleme and in a larger way to the slowness of the pitch. Eaton fell to a slower ball that bounced twice to york him, bowled! Bradley was slowly chipping away to move onto 20 odd. With the run rate slipping some way behind where we needed it to be, Kermack and Bradley had discussions to push the rate forwards and some sharp running between the wickets helped. With the score at 72 for 4 from 21 overs Bradley started to find his timing and over the next few overs the score started to advance, but Ewelme hit back with a couple of wickets, largely helped by last season’s batmen extraordinaire James Ward forgetting to play a shot to a straight one! Another one bowled out!
    With the score sat on 97 for 6 from 26 overs, Sydenham required 10 runs an over for the remaining 9 overs to win the match, but with only 4 wickets remaining it looked unlikely. Bradley moved onto 50 by hitting a fine 6 over square leg, but was bowled out by the very next delivery. From there the game slipped away and we were bowled out for 124.
    No matter though!, as for the first time in several years The Crown in Sydenham opened its doors on a Sunday night and both teams drank and compared notes on a very fine game of cricket. We look forward to our return fixture to Ewelme on July 6th and to our fixture next Sunday against Old Berkley.

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