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  • Wiltshire Tour Match – 3rd August

    by Tobe in Uncategorized | Posted on August 4th, 2014 | No Comments

    Sydenham CC 196 for 9 from 35 overs
    Kington St Michael 162 for 10 from 35 overs
    Sydenham won the toss and chose to Bat

    Our annual tour to Wiltshire is now a highly anticipated highlight to a season with all sorts of highs and lows. The trip down the M4 might be as straight as Nick Barker, or at least his bowling, but for many of the players it is a long and winding road to cricketing greatness and local folk law in years to come. Certainly by the time we actually arrived in the T. Roe ‘tractor’ it seemed as though the route was somewhat less straight forward, but this allowed us the time to create many memories on an otherwise uneventful journey.
    Arriving on the Saturday evening allowed the team to meet and discuss the following days match in great detail. A team meeting in the local hostelry certainly seemed a good place for this. After much debate it was decided that we should play the match and that it didn’t matter if we could see 22 yards or not!
    Arriving at the village of Seagry the next afternoon (Kington St Michael, like us, do not play in their own village for fear of embarrassment) we went straight to the local pub for our second pre-match meeting; only for it to be disrupted by local farmer/bookmaker Robert, who promptly gave us £20, Evens on us to win! Naturally we took the money assuming with great confidence that we would (in a few hours’ time) keep his money having lost the match.
    The ground was stunning, part of the grounds of the village manor house owned privately but cricket has always been played here. We felt quite out of our depth in such regal surroundings, both from a cricketing point of view and for most as individuals. Matt Reading being the only exception did mention that ‘this is what one expects when travelling!’

    Toby, our great leader, won the toss and with some confidence chose to bat. He obviously knew what was to follow. Our highest score of the season thanks largely to a great team effort where 5 of our batsmen achieved good double figure scores, with Paul Reynolds scoring 30; James Ward 64 and Nick Barker 36. Ward in particular showed great patience to get himself in and then hit some stunning boundaries, including 3 sixes in the space of 2 overs; whilst Paul Reynolds could count himself unlucky to be out LBW after controversial use of the DRS system by the standing umpire Mark Kermack. In fact the DRS system has ben re-named ‘ask James Ward the rules’ or JWRS (James Ward Review System). The amazing thing was after scoring 30 more than we had done all season we were a little annoyed that we had not passed the 200 mark, Bradley, Brewster and Reading all furious with their rather tame dismissals. Brewster for a Golden Duck that certainly wasn’t in the plan from the previous evening, but may have had something to do with him ‘helping out his captain’ with a rather nasty looking drink from another lost drinking game.

    The change of innings saw the Sydenham team tuck into far too much tea and we all rolled out to field well stuffed! A good start was important to ensure we gave KSM not even a sniff of victory and this was provided by the opening pair of Bradley and Barker. From one end you had youthful enthusiasm bursting with energy and at the other a rather sorry looking sportsman from yesteryear, but as a pair they were quite complimentary. KSM could only score 9 from the first 8 overs. The change in bowling kept the pressure up and wickets begun to fall, Roe and Brewster getting the scorers pencil working before Reading put the pencil sharpener into over drive with 3 wickets in one over, followed by two more to give him 5 for 11 from just 4 remarkable overs. KSM were way off the rate; 40 from 17 overs for 5 wickets. They did make a comeback, largely through N Walton who bashed 52 from just 44 balls, he was well supported and they managed to get up to 130 from 29 overs, but with Walton’s dismissal any feint hopes were well and truly extinguished. Sydenham then took the remaining wickets to win the match by 34 runs.
    A great ‘mini tour’ completed with a win, the only sacrifice was Roe’s drinking pride and the loss of £40 to Robert the bookie who cashed in on our success!! We look forward to our remaining matches this season, and as ever welcome new faces into the team who have a connection to the village, no matter of age, gender or ability!

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