When we arrived at Beckenham on another hot and sunny Saturday, our first thought was that the wicket looked rather like the one at Bickley Park which had seen 500 runs scored when Sevenoaks Vine came to visit. But as we were to discover, it played very differently indeed!
Alex Fullarton and Philip gave us a steady start, but once they had been separated wickets fell regularly. Fullarton and Mitch both reached 20, but at 81 for 6 we were in a fair amount of trouble. Adeel then made 33 in his usual belligerent style, while Dan made a more patient 30 before perhaps being unlucky with an lbw decision. On a wicket offering plenty of help to the slow bowlers Beckenham had only one regular spinner, but Alex Blake’s occasional off spin brought him three wickets and plenty of turn. We were bowled out for 162, and while that was a bit short of the target of 180 that we’d set ourselves, we were still optimistic as we went out to field.
The opening burst from Dan and Warren removed both openers, with Dan taking an excellent caught and bowled. We were well aware that Macvicar and Blake would be the key batsmen in an inexperienced Beckenham team though, and Macvicar had made his patient way to 18 before touching a ball from Adeel to Mitch behind the stumps. At 89 for 4 the game could have gone either way, but then Blake charged Adeel, missed, and was bowled. Adeel finished with two wicket maidens in a spell of 4-23, as well as taking a good catch in the deep, while there were wickets for Michael and Philip as well as Beckenham subsided to 119 for 9.
Junaid Nadir always does well against us though, and he was still at the crease. He hit two sixes as he became Beckenham’s top scorer, while his No 11 partner was playing sensibly enough, blocking when he needed to and leaving otherwise. Warren came back on to bowl the 48th over, and with the final ball he had that No 11 caught behind to give us victory by 19 runs.
Our spinners would very happily play on that wicket every week; their biggest challenge was to stop the ball turning too much and being called wide! On the other hand, the batsmen will hope for something a bit different when we go to Blackheath this week.
|14 July 2018||12:00 pm||Premier 1st XI 2018||2018|