General26th Apr, 160 Comments
Four Elms Cricket Club Team Sheet & Newsletter
Week 3 - 26th April 2014
WE PLAYED SOME CRICKET! Hurrah. Last weekend saw us play on Saturday and Sunday. The conditions were difficult, the pitches soft and the temperature low, scrub low…. It was freezing! But some good cricket played. Unfortunately we came second best in both encounters but it was great to be back out playing.
On Saturday we played Orpington at home. Having lost the toss, we faced a good bowling attack who certainly had the best of the conditions. Early wickets fell but some solid play by Clive Grierson (30 odd) and some acceleration from Bob (46) and Alex (25) meant we set a respectable if not outstanding 148 all out from 39 of our allotted 40 overs. In reply we took some early wickets and the young Orpington batsman who eventually made a not out half century, was lucky with some aerial shots dropping where fielders were not. We were in the game with Orpington at 70-5, Bob and Alex again contributing taking 2 wickets a piece, but 2 dropped catches in one of the Chairman’s overs led to Orpington taking a more conservative approach to the chase and knocking off the remaining runs. A loss by 5 wickets, but some positive displays although a few things for us to work on.
Sunday we were away at Ide Hill. The Captain won the toss and batted…… (Not one of my best decisions!) With the exception of Mike Bey (23) none of our recognised batsmen troubled the scorers early on. The wicket was a bit spicy and the Ide Hill bowlers bowled fairly well, thus we found ourselves wobbling at 70 odd for 6, BUT…... Cometh the hour, cometh the man…. Sean Teasdale, having been convinced to play the day before, played an excellent innings. He was a bit wobbly at the start but once he got his eye in he played an aggressive and mature knock. Managing the situation fantastically he hit balls to all parts of the boundary and took singles at the right times to protect the tail-enders. He was last man out agonisingly on 99, his highest ever score! A great knock given the situation and took us to a respectable 177ao. I hope Sean will show such composure and maturity in his batting throughout the league campaign. If he does he is sure to contribute well this season.
All the bowlers did well but unfortunately we could not get a break through. Young Stan Bey bowled a nice line opening the bowling, Miles Walker bamboozled the batsmen with his pace and bounce and Oli Hills tested the batsmen but, as the wicket got easier, the Ide Hill batsmen started to enjoy themselves and accelerated well, dominating on the small pitch and passing our total for the loss of 2 wickets. It was great to see Fred back bowling following his off season operation and I saw enough to suggest that, as we play more, we will improve.
Men of the matches were Bob Richards on Saturday and Sean Teasdale on Sunday. They will go into the draw for my ‘Club Captains Man of the Match’ award at the end of the season. Anyone who receives a nomination throughout the season will get put forward for a special prize to be presented at the End of Season dinner on 15th October at Hever Golf club.
Friday we had the preseason curry at The Tulsi. Our sponsors put on a great spread and all who attended had an excellent feed. Thank you to Clive & Alex for organising. Hopefully we will organise another meal there later in the year.
Sorry to bore you all but thanks again to everyone who has paid their subs so far and to the vast majority who have been replying to my messages about availability. Please keep doing this as it makes my life a lot easier. I do hate chasing and nagging people. Subs will go up if not paid soon so if you are still to pay please do so asap.
There are still a couple of spaces for this weekend. If anyone is available but has not let me know, contact me on the numbers below.
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to share with you my personal highlight of the weekend. Our new Treasurer Mr Andy Stephens was playing his first game of the season on Sunday. He was sporting some lovely new cricket boots and very much looked the part of ‘cricketer’ in his new Four Elms cap. He was called upon to bat at number 6 on Sunday and strode to the crease full of purpose. Having taken guard he faced his first ball, defended it confidently but in doing so took a step out of his crease. Sensibly, not wanting to take the risk of being run out, he stepped backwards, tripped over his own feet and landed on his stumps……. Out hit wicket! I would ask for a refund on those new wheels Andy! Fortunately the opposition captain was very gracious and called Andy back for a second go and Andy was very generous in return and did not score very many runs, but he did make my day.
Roll on this weekend. Team sheet will be published soon once teams confirmed.
Social events 2016 - Full details will be sent nearer the time.
Friday 22nd April – Pre-season meal at The Tulsi.
Saturday 30th April – 1st Team players meeting at FECC (after warm up game)
Friday 20th May - Quiz at FECC
Friday 8th July – TBC
Saturday 27th August – Race Night at FECC
Friday 16th September – Golf Day venue TBC
Sunday 9th October – Sponsored Walk route TBC
Saturday 15th October – End of Season Dinner & Prize Giving at Hever Golf Club
Saturday 5th November - 1st Team Fines Day venue TBC
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