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  • Runs Flow on a hot day!

    by Tobe in Uncategorized | Posted on July 28th, 2014 | No Comments

    Sydenham vs Haddenham on 26th July
    Haddenham won the toss and batted first 173 all out from 35 overs
    Sydenham 163 for 8 from 35 overs

    EXTRA! EXTRA! Come and get your Extras!
    On a very warm day and an extremely dry pitch Haddenham CC made good use of winning the toss by batting first. A steady start to the game followed; with Nic Barker producing some very tight accurate fast bowling whilst at the other end Matt Reading produced more of a mixed bag! Both bowlers took wickets and Haddenham were reduced to 33 for 2 from 8 overs. Unfortunately several of the 33 runs Haddenham had accumulated were gifted to them by too many wide balls and some more than charitable fielding from the home team. Haddenham’s middle order progressed nicely with a good left/right hand combination making it difficult for the home sides’ bowlers to bowl as accurately as needed to set a good field. The runs continued to build with the odd wicket falling, Dan Bradley trapped one LBW whilst Phil Archer game close to the edge of the bat on several occasions with no luck. The score progressed onto 75 for 4 from 17 overs at drinks, where many of the Sydenham fielders looked less than fully motivated to return to the heat of the field. There was a definite lack of cheerful motivation with the absence of full-time captain Toby ‘happy face’ Roe taking a mid-season break in Cornwall in search of his best batting form. Lets hope he returns next week fully refreshed and raring to go!
    After drinks the introduction of Chris ‘Chalky’ White on debut was an excellent fit into the Sydenham team in so many ways. His name just seems to fit on the team sheet so comfortably. Unfortunately he was rather less comfortable due to a strong dose of sciatica preventing his normally free flowing bowling action, nevertheless he produced 7 good overs taking two wickets at just over 3 runs per over. Meanwhile at the other end saw Johnny ‘the youth’ Archer have his first ever bowl in a match, captain for the day Bradley putting some blind trust in this never seen before bowler. After the first 3 balls totalled 12 runs there was doubt creeping into the decision making process! Johnny came up trumps though completing the remainder of the over with 5 dot balls, beating the bat on three occasions and earning himself a second over that was equally as good.
    All through the match the Sydenham side contributed to the scoring with wide deliveries, overthrows and byes. The score creeping up to 142 for 6 from 28 overs . Bradley and Barker returned for the remaining overs but despite taking the last four wickets the score finished on 173 (54 being the top score by nearly 20 – EXTRAS!!)
    It must be mentioned the outstanding contribution of Nigel Brewster, in the field he was dynamic, positive and a joy to play with. A quick rest for the last 10 over thanks to our 12th man rotation system only added to his general excellence.
    In return Sydenham knew they had a big ask, 174 to win would be something special. It got off to a steady start, if a little slow. Bradley and Brewster seeing the team to 38 for 0 from 13 overs. Brewster playing some elegant cover drives for his 12 and Bradley playing some bullish lofted straight drives for his 36. Both fell to catches trying to force the ball over the top and in the meantime Paul Reynolds chopped one onto his own stumps. James Ward was looking good for his 9 before Haddenham’s ‘mystery spinner’ eventually turned one down the hill to bowl him. With the score on 72 for 4 from 18 overs Matt Reading and Chalky were at the crease and they put together a fantastic partnership. Reading rotating the strike regularly and Chalky hitting boundary after boundary. Reading progressed into the 20s with Chalky moving past 50 in just 34 balls. Suddenly the score was 124, 50 more required from 6.4 overs – GAME ON! The opening bowlers returned and the boundaries were harder to come by but the strike was continually rotated and the score progressed. Reading then got caught on 25 followed by Chalky on 57. With 30 needed from the last 3 overs Phil Archer and Nic Barker gave it a great shot, Nic hitting two boundaries to set up a close finish, 15 needed from the last four balls of the match. It was not to be and we finished 10 short of the target.
    A good competitive game played in excellent spirits by both teams, but it left the home side rueing their sloppiness in the field with all those extras, 54 vs (12 for Haddenham) was just too much to make up. Next week is the annual tour to Wiltshire, Roe back at the helm – Thank God for that!!

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