Broomfield Cricket Club 2nd XI v Rayleigh III on Sat 13 Jun 2009 at 1.30pm
Broomfield Cricket Club Lost by 147 runs

Match report After a week of rain to soften the lush outfield the sun shone all day and the pitch was looking good considering the water which fell on it. Initial confidence after the past two weeks' victories was shot to pieces in an emergency team shake up as the 1st team lost two players an hour before the match. Despite frantic phone calls to get up to 11, and with a couple of people late, Thorn tossed up with only 8 players present. The oppo skipper was also a man down and called correctly to have a bat.

Baker turned up just on time but Woodger was still in transit so Eglin took the gloves for the start with a fielder light on both sides of the wicket. Broomfield could not attack as they would have liked with the new ball swinging in the warm humid conditions and ill-discipline with wide deliveries meant there was little pressure on the batsmen. Woodger arrived to take over behind the stumps after about ten overs and we were able to put in a slip, Baker catching an excellent low chance, missing a harder effort to his left, then catching a dolly.

As Foster and Green bowled a bit tighter the Rayleigh middle order started going for a few more shots, Thorn dropping a fairly easy low chance at mid on but then holding on to a harder hit drive at head height and Green got through the opener's gate to leave them 170 ish for 6 with ten overs remaining. After the start with only 9 men it was looking like we may be chasing near 300, now it was conceivable we may only have to get 200. Unfortunately the seam bowlers were still bowling too erratically, 27 wides out of an extras total of 53, and being a man down in the field there were gaps for extra runs and airy shots falling safe. Baker finished off well with a straight yorker then effecting a run out with the last ball to prevent full batting points for the oppo but allowing us the chance to get them if we chased successfully.

We were down to nine at tea as Davies went to A&E to check on a possible broken finger and the chase started well enough, the short balls were not bouncing at all (the morning's rolling must have worn off and the week's rain taking its toll on the soft undersoil) but there were enough full tosses to strike some early boundaries. Thorn played the wrong shot to the left arm over's long hop - instead of planting the front foot and attempting a sweep (to protect the stumps, cannot be lbw outside the line) he got his front leg out of the way to swing to cow but as the ball didn't get above ankle height the skipper was gone with the score at 37 off five overs.

Attempting to use his feet to make some room off the steady dibbly-dobbly O'Riordan yorked himself and Green's gate was gaping to another grubber first ball. Woodger was unlucky with a good return catch off another full bunger and defeat looked inevitable when Foster got a leading edge to cover off one that held up in the sluggish pitch, 56-5 still nearly 200 runs shy with only 3 wickets remaining. Baker and Eglin dug in and tried to get some useful match practice against a chirpy opposition on the up until Eglin picked out the short fine leg with a well hit pull and Copeman gave deep square leg catching practice. Baker played on and Broomfield were all out for only 101, Asopa stranded, unable to go after the spinners.

If we had halved the extras, held on to our catches (three simple drops) and had a full quota of fielders to build some pressure we may have only been chasing 160 but we were out-bowled, out-fielded and out-batted. If we had won the toss things would have been different, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

We need to be more consistent if we want to think about promotion, next week's match at Rettendon now a must win so we don't lose touch with our conquerors Rayleigh and Aythorpe, before we host table toppers Writtle in a fortnight to round off the first half of the season.

Rayleigh III Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
248 (0.0 overs)
P Dudmish b  Green 72
Verrinder ct  Baker b Foster 18
Moyor ct  Baker b Foster 37
Wyse ct  Baker b Foster 2
Wright b  Green 4
Cutling ct  Thorn b Foster 2
Davenport run out  (Baker) 34
Smith b  Baker 25
Stevens Not Out  1
A Dudmish  

Broomfield Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Anand Asopa7.004700.006.71
Gary Copeman8.004500.005.63
Matty Green12.0061230.505.08
Tris Baker6.0044144.007.33
Kevin Foster12.0147411.753.92

Broomfield Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Chris Thorn b  Stevens 29 1
Chris O'Riordan b  Cutling 13
Chris Woodger ct  & b Stevens 8
Matty Green b  Cutling 0
Kevin Foster ct  ? b Cutling 7
Tris Baker b  Wright 23 3
Aaron Eglin ct  ? b Dudmish 8
Gary Copeman ct  ? b Dudmish 5
Anand Asopa Not Out  2
Owen Davies   at hospital
A.N. Other   man down

Rayleigh III Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A Dudmish5.011728.503.40